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Thu January 24, 2013
Skeptic Check: Zombies Aren't Real
Sun. 1/27 11a: Zombies are making a killing in popular culture. But where did the idea behind these mythical, cerebrum-supping nasties come from?
Discover why they may be a hard-wired inheritance from our Pleistocene past.
Also, how a whimsical mathematical model of a Zombie apocalypse can help us withstand earthquakes and disease outbreaks, and how the rabies virus contributed to zombie mythology.
Plus, new ideas for how doctors should respond when humans are in a limbo state between life and death: no pulse, but their brains continue to hum.
Meet the songwriter who has zombies on the brain …. and we chase spaced-out animated corpses in the annual Run-For-Your-Lives foot race.
More details and download at: http://www.prx.org/pieces/87601-skeptic-check-zombies-aren-t-real