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City Paper This Week: Finding Turner Station

City Paper This Week: Finding Turner Station (Creditl City Paper)June 7, 2017 – Segment 4

We hosted our regular feature City Paper This WeekSteiner Show Producer Imani Spence talked with Lisa Snowden McCray, Associate Editor and writer for City Paper, about her piece on Turner Station, where Henrietta Lacks grew up.

Anniversary of Henrietta Lacks’ Death: Rebecca Skloot on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Screen Shot 2013-10-04 at 5.42.06 PMOctober 4, 2013 – Segment 1

We talk with bestselling author Rebecca Skloot about her new book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  The book follows the life of an African-American woman whose cells were taken without her consent, and which became the first immortal cell line.

This is a rebroadcast from April 19, 2010.


Family of Henrietta Lacks, Unwitting Source of HeLa Cells, To Get Some Control Over Genome

Henrietta LacksAugust 12, 2013 – Segment 2

Last week the National Institutes of Health announced an agreement with the family of Henrietta Lacks – whose cells were collected and used for research, without her knowledge or permission, by Johns Hopkins University over 50 years ago – that will finally give them recognition and some degree of control over how the genome of these important cells will be used in the future.

We are joined by Ron Lacks, Henrietta Lacks’ grandson, as well as Dr. Gloria Hoffman, professor of Biology at Morgan State University.


Second Biennial Henrietta Lacks Symposium: Remembering Her Legacy

Henrietta LacksMarch 4, 2013 – Segment 3

We speak with participants of the Second Biennial Henrietta Lacks Symposium: The Dignity of Difference, which is happening at the University of Maryland Medical Center on Thursday, March 7th. We are joined by:

  • Ron Lacks, grandson of Henrietta Lacks and co-founder of the HeLa Foundation, founded by Lacks family members to honor and continue the legacy of healing left by his grandmother;
  • Bronwyn Mayden, Assistant Dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work;
  • and Rick Guidotti, photographer and founder of Positive Exposure, a nonprofit organization dedicated to highlighting the beauty of genetic diversity and challenging the stigmas associated with differences in appearance.