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City Visions: Steve Silberman's 'NeuroTribes'- Exploring the History of Autism

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August 22, 2016: Award-winning science journalist and New York Times bestselling author Steve Silberman discusses his book NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.  

Labeled “the definitive book on autism’s past” by The Economist, NeuroTribes chronicles the history of the autism, dispels some of the myths surrounding the diagnosis, and uncovers the origin of today’s “epidemic”.  How did the Nazi eugenics movement, evolving diagnostic criteria, and a fraudulent scientific paper shape public perception of the disease?  

Guest:

Steve Silberman: New York Times bestselling author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity; award-winning science journalist whose writings have appeared in Wired, the New Yorker, the MIT Technology ReviewNature, and other prestigious publications.

Producer: Kendra Klang