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A World Without Aids?

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When the AIDS epidemic hit in the 1980s, it was a scourge unlike any other, one that weakened the body’s defenses and left victims to die an agonizingly slow death. Now, new treatments have made HIV/AIDS a manageable disease, while a cure and vaccine seem like more of a possibility than ever. Host Frank Stasio gets an update on the latest HIV research breakthroughs and considers how a world without AIDS would affect politics, healthcare and the economy with Daniel Halperin, an epidemiologist and medical anthropologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and author of the new book “Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic, and How the World Can Overcome It" (Penguin/2012); Dr. Myron Cohen, an HIV/AIDS researcher from UNC with many titles including Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health and Public Health Director at the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases; David Ridley, an assistant professor at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University; and J. Stephen Morrison, senior vice president and director of the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Alex Granados joined The State of Things in July 2010. He got his start in radio as an intern for the show in 2005 and loved it so much that after trying his hand as a government reporter, reader liaison, features, copy and editorial page editor at a small newspaper in Manassas, Virginia, he returned to WUNC. Born in Baltimore but raised in Morgantown, West Virginia, Alex moved to Raleigh in time to do third grade twice and adjust to public school after having spent years in the sheltered confines of a Christian elementary education. Alex received a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also has a minor in philosophy, which basically means that he used to think he was really smart but realized he wasn’t in time to switch majors. Fishing, reading science fiction, watching crazy movies, writing bad short stories, and shooting pool are some of his favorite things to do. Alex still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up, but he is holding out for astronaut.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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