Visible Human, Financial Crisis
  • Jan 11, 2019 11:00 pm
  • 1:40:57 mins

Documenting the Immortal Corpse Guest: Vic Spitzer, Visible Human Project Creator, Director of the Center for Human Simulation, University of Colorado; Kurt Mutchler, Senior Science Photo Editor, National Geographic Medical students learn its intricacies studying the cadavers of people who donate themselves to science. But what if there was a virtual cadaver that could be dissected, viewed from different angles and reassembled? That’s the idea behind the Visible Human Project, in which bodies are frozen, sliced thousands of times and photographed after each cut. That is what Susan Potter signed up for: “ That was my last will and testament, to leave something behind that would have an impact on the whole human race.” Before her death in 2015, Susan Potter recorded lots of videos talking about her life, her health, and her involvement with the Visible Human Project. National Geographic documented that story over 16 years, resulting in a short film a stunning interactive story in the magazine’s January 2019 issue.  See National Geographic’s interactive version of The Immortal Corpse here Why Financial Crises Keep Happening to America Guest: Kathleen Day, Professor of Financial Crises, Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business, Author of “Broken Bargain: Bankers, Bailouts and the Struggle to Tame Wall Street” There are rumblings afoot that we may be headed for another one, which wouldn’t be surprising. Every decade prices get overheated in some sector like housing and investors get skittish, which leaves Wall Street firms and banks overextended, and usually, it’s the taxpayer on the line to bail them out. Why does this cycle keep happening? Given how painful these crashes end up being –especially for the American public –you’d think we’ve had crash-proofed our financial system by now.