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NEW: Co-Host of NPR's Biotech Nation, Check Out Podcasts of the Show Below!

Recent and Upcoming
NPR "Biotech Nation" (Co-Host)
NPR "Morning Edition" (Commentator)
Nightline, 20/20 (Producer/Correspondent)
PBS NOVA (Correspondent)
Discovery Television
Newspaper Column: "Biotech and Creativity"
Discover Magazine (Contributing Editor)
Wired Magazine (Contributing Editor)
Fortune Magazine
National Geographic
MIT Technology Review
Atlantic Monthly
Harper's
Believer
USA Today/USA Weekend
Documentaries
Others/Selected Archives

Recent and Upcoming

"Down With Happiness"
Drugs, Implants, Virtual Reality, Do we really want joy 24/7?
Wired Magazine, May, 2007

"How Toxic Are You?"
Interview with Merideth Vieira
Today Show, NBC, October 19, 2006

"The Pollution Within"
David is tested for 321 chemicals inside of him, from DDT to flame retardants. Where did he get them, and are they dangerous?
National Geographic, October, 2006

"The Obesity Gene"
PBS NOVA's ScienceNow! (Correspondent),
Airs November 13, 2006

"Discovering the Pollution Within Our Bodies"
Interview with Lynn Neary
NPR's Morning Edition, October 19, 2006

"Toxic People"
Interview with Miles O'Brien, Transcript
American Morning, CNN, October 19, 2006

"Eating Super-Molecules to Live Longer"
Discover Magazine, September, 2006

"Can you live to be 150?"
Meet two scientists who think their research may lengthen your life.
USA Weekend, September 10, 2006

Q&A with Bioethicist Art Caplan
MIT Technology Review, September, 2006

"Can This Plant Transform Indian Pharma? Drug Discovery in India"
Fortune Magazine, October, 2005

"The Covert Plague: Diabetes and the rise of insulin resistance"
Discover Magazine, December, 2005



NPR Biotech Nation (Co-Host)

Every week we broadcast a new show on leading-edge biotech topics... Listen in or download podcasts!

Co-host: David Ewing Duncan, with host Moira Gunn
Airs weekly on 200 NPR affiliates and in 133 Nations, and on Sirius Satellite

For more info and podcasts go to the Biotech Nation Website

To Download Biotech Nation to your cell phone -- click here.

"BioIssue of the Week" with David Ewing Duncan and Dr. Moira Gunn
Debuted April 25, 2006

Shows coming this summer on bioprospecting and biopiracy, the desperate state of science education in the US, and more: check your local NPR listings for times in your area: KQED in San Francisco airs the show at 10 pm Sunday nights.

Some Recent Shows:

July 11, 2006
TV commercials for prescription drugs
Download Podcast *

Summer Break (reruns)

June 13, 2006
We're still waiting for truly personalized medicine
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June 6, 2006
Some promise in stem cells, but its still a very young science
Download Podcast

May 30, 2006
Socialites gather to support the stalled California stem cell initiative
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May 23, 2006
Hoped for biotech breakthroughs in malaria
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May 16, 2006
Can we live to be 150 years old? The genetics of aging -- and why red wine is good for you
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May 9, 2006
How personality drives scientific discovery
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May 2, 2006
The economics of the biotech industry
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April 25, 2006:
Review of President Bill Clinton address on biotech
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Go to the Biotech Nation website for more shows:

*We are working on offering David's segments on Biotech Nation as separate podcasts; for now, fast-forward to his segment on each week's podcast.


NPR "Morning Edition (Commentator)

Highlights and Favorites:

David Interviewed by Renee Montaigne
About his book: The Geneticist Who Played Hoops with My DNA
NPR, Morning Edition, June 23, 2005

"Godsend and Cloning"
NPR's "Morning Edition", Aired June 19, 2005

"Thinking Is Doing with Cyborg Technology"
NPR Morning Edition, aired March 14, 2005

"Full DNA Rundown Can Predict Future Health"
NPR Morning Edition, aired October 28, 2002

"San Francisco Bust: The Dot-Com Crash"
NPR Morning Edition, aired June 14, 2001

Reflecting on the International AIDS Conference.
NPR Morning Edition, aired July 14, 2000

David Interviewed by Weekend Edition
About his book: Calendar: Humanity's Epic Struggle to Determine a True and Accurate Year
NPR Weekend Edition, Aired April 11, 1999

David Interviewed by Robert Siegel
About the Coming Millennium and Calendars
NPR All Things Considered, aired July 14, 1998:


ABC Nightline, 20/20 (Producer/Correspondent)

Highlights and Favorites

"Goldrush.com"
Two-part documentary on the crash of dot-coms
Transcript Part 1 & Part 2 -- video to come
Description of program on abc.com
ABC Nightline, aired May 9-10, 2001

"Search for a Maya King"
Reporting from Guatemala with Hugh Downs
Video to come
ABC 20/20, aired October 13, 1998

"The Millennium Is Here"
Reporting from Rome
Video to come
ABC Nightline, aired January 2, 1997

The Y2K Bug
Video to Come
ABC Nightline, aired January 1, 1997

"Intern"
Two-Part documentary tracking a medical resident for 36 hours
Video to come
ABC Nightline, aired September 16 and 17, 1996

"Anatomy of a Hospital Bill"
Transcript -- video to come
ABC Nightline, aired 1993


PBS NOVA's ScienceNow! (Correspondent)

"The Obesity Gene"
Transcript and video to come
NOVA's ScienceNow! (Correspondent), Airs November 13, 2006


Discovery Television

Sky Archeology: Discovering Lost Cities from Space
Co-producer and director with Koch Television
An expedition to find a lost Maya city in the jungles of Guatemala using satellites
The Learning Channel, (Global distribution, 30 countries), first aired August 23, 1998


Newspaper Column: "Biotech and Creativity

The column ran twice a month in the San Francisco Chronicle, 2003-2005, and now runs periodically

  • "Tracking Genes in Iceland", October 19, 2003 (Preview)
  • "Biotech on the Brink of Breakthroughs", February 22, 2004
  • "When New Science Ignites a Firestorm", February 23, 2004
  • "Return of Dr. Faust presents important lessons for scientists", March 8, 2004
  • "Altered genes in worms may mean longer lives for humans", March 22, 2004
  • "Without a genetic fix, the banana may be history", April 5, 2004
  • Hollywood takes a look at cloning, April 19, 2004
  • "Alice goes to the land of biotech", June 13, 2004
  • "Is U.S. leadership in science now over?", June 27, 2004
  • "Trying to save the world on a shoestring budget", July 11, 2004
  • "Why a cautious scientist supports the stem cell research initiative", July 25, 2004
  • "Francis Crick left us valued lessons for life", August 8, 2004
  • "Coming very soon: An "Enhanced Olympics", August 22, 2004
  • "Venter's goal is creating life in the laboratory", September 19, 2004
  • "Now welcome to the California Republic of Science", October 3, 2004
  • "How many trillions for a drug miracle?" October 17, 2004
  • "Scientific progress can't be put back in the box, October 31, 2004
  • "Quadriplegic fitted with brain sensor ushers in cybernetic age", December 5, 2004
  • "Bio-Babel blockades scientific dialogue", December 19, 2004
  • "This year bio-science must start to get real", January 16, 2005
  • "Outrage today, normality tomorrow", February 6, 2005
  • "Hunt for the 'thrifty gene' leads to a south seas island", February 20, 2005
  • "Mr. Hyde is in remission, Soviet biowar designer now is a professor in the U.S.", March 6, 2005
  • Call it systems biology -- it's a revolutionary idea with a clunky label... Determining why some people get sick and others don't points to preventive health care", April 3, 2005
  • "Bush no match for science in debate over stem cells", May 29, 2005

    David is taking a break from writing the column; look for it to start up again soon.


    Discover Magazine (Contributing Editor)

    "Super-Molecules that Extend Lifespan"
    Discover Magazine, September, 2006

    "The Covert Plague: Diabetes and the rise of insulin resistance"
    Discover Magazine, December, 2005

    "Doug Melton: Crossing Boundries"
    Serialization from David's book, The Geneticist Who Played Hoops with My DNA
    Discover Magazine, June, 2005

    Frontiers of Science
    Short Articles from Special 25th Anniversary Issue -- See Below
    Discover Magazine, October, 2005

    "Longevity: Forever Young: Controlling appetite with a pill may incidentally lengthen life"

    "Genome: DNA Zip Codes for Disease"

    "Infectious Disease: The Bug's War on Drugs: Bacteria, HIV and other pathogens are fighting back"

    Dialogues Column
    Discover Magazine

    James Watson, July, 2003
    Baroness Susan Greenfield, September, 2003
    George Whitesides, December, 2003
    Cynthia Kenyon, February, 2004
    Sydney Brenner, April, 2004
    Craig Venter, December, 2004
    Paul Berg, April, 2005

    "20 Biotech geniuses to Watch"
    Discover Magazine, July, 2002


    Wired Magazine (Contributing Editor)

    "Down With Happiness"
    Drugs, Implants, Virtual Reality, Do we really want joy 24/7?
    Wired Magazine, May, 2007

    "Do-or-Die at Yucca Mountain"
    Wired Magazine, April, 2003
    Named as a runner up for the Houghton-Mifflin Best Science and Nature Stories, 2004

    "Me Two"
    News flash from the future about cloning
    Wired Magazine, April, 2003

    "DNA as Destiny"
    David has several hundred of his own genetic markers tested for disease in this award-winning article
    Wired Magazine, November, 2002
    Winner of AAAS Science Journalism Award, 2003
    Selected for Best American Science and Nature Writing, 2003
    Houghton-Mifflin, edited by Richard Dawkins

    "The Protein Hunters"
    Wired Magazine, April, 2001


    Fortune Magazine

    "Can This Plant Transform Indian Pharma? Drug Discovery in India"
    Can India become a major player in pharma drug discovery?
    Fortune Magazine, October, 2005
    Winner, SOPA Award for Excellence as part of a special Fortune Issue on India (SOPA -- Society of Asian Publishers, the Asian Pulitzer)


    National Geographic

    "The Pollution Within"
    David is tested for 321 chemicals inside of him, from DDT to flame retardants. Where did he get them, and are they dangerous?
    National Geographic, October, 2006


    MIT Technology Review

    "Q&A with Bioethicist Art Caplan"
    MIT Technology Review, September, 2006

    "Wired to Eat: Discovering why so many people on a small island in Micronesia are overweight could explain the genetics of obesity."
    MIT Technology Review, July, 2005
    This article was the lead story in an issue named as a finalist in the National Magazine Awards

    "Implanting Hope," about brain implants that allow a quadriplegic to operate machines using thought
    MIT Technology Review, February 2005


    Atlantic Monthly

    "Africa, the long goodbye: the world has failed in Africa, and seems to be losing interest"
    Atlantic Monthly

    "La Layenda Negra -- The Black Legend -- has vilified Spain for centuries. Is it finally being put to rest? "
    Article to come
    Atlantic Monthly


    Harper's

    "Is this any way to train a doctor?"
    A personal story of being married to a medical resident
    Article to come
    Harper's. April, 1993


    Believer

    Craig Venter Interview
    The renegade genius of genetics
    Believer, May, 2005
    (Check my Blog describing this literary magazine, May 5, 2005)

    Kari Stephanson Interview
    The Viking as Geneticist
    Believer, June, 2003


    USA Today/USA Weekend

    "Can You Live to Be 150?"
    USA Today Weekend

    "Two scientists chase the Fountain of Youth"
    USA Today Weekend, September, 2006

    "Five Miracle Treatments Headed Your Way"
    USA Today Weekend, June 17-19, 2005

    "The Calendar"
    USA Today Weekend, December, 2005


    Documentaries

    "Goldrush.com"
    Two-part documentary on the crash of dot-coms
    Transcript Part 1 & Part 2 -- video to come
    Description of program on abc.com
    ABC Nightline, aired May 9-10, 2001

    "Intern"
    Two-Part documentary tracking a medical resident for 36 hours
    Video to come
    ABC Nightline, aired September 16 and 17, 1996

    Sky Archeology: Discovering Lost Cities from Space
    Co-producer and director with Koch Television
    An expedition to find a lost Maya city in the jungles of Guatemala using satellites
    The Learning Channel, (Global distribution, 30 countries), first aired August 23, 1998


    Other/Selected Archives

    "The Arrogant Adventurer: Craig Venter... has plenty of new ambitions..."
    The Sunday Telegraph (UK), May, 2005

    "Finding the Fountain of Youth: Where will USCF biochemist Cynthia Kenyon's age-bending experiments with worms lead us?" Excerpt from The Geneticist Who Played Hoops with My DNA
    San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Cover Story, May 29, 2005

    "The Pursuit of Longevity". Long-lived worms tantalize researchers with the promise of extended life."
    Acumen Journal of Life Sciences July/August, 2003

    "The Year Ahead" Issue
    Acumen Journal of Life Sciences, January, 2004

    Profiles of Trend Setters:
    Edison Liu
    Steve Holtzman
    Corey Goodman
    Tom Cech
    Stanley Falkow
    Heino von Prondzynski
    Mark McClellan
    Susan Greenfield
    Carl Feldbaum

    "The Banana Crusade" GMO Bananas May Save a Major Food Staple of the Poor in the Developing World
    SEED Magazine, July/August, 2003