Electricity, Health, and the Disconnect Between Fear and Science

Three new books argue for the health hazards of electricity

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In the last year, no fewer than three popular books have been published on the supposed dangers of electricity in general and cellphones in particular. Their titles say it all: Dirty Electricity: Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization (by Samuel Milham), Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t Be Your Alarm Clock and 1268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution (by Ann Louise Gittleman), and Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family (by Devra Davis). Host Steven Cherry speaks with Kenneth R Foster, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania and an IEEE Fellow, about the hazards of cellphones and other artifacts of our electrical age.

Audio engineer: Francesco Ferorelli
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