“Proof” by David Auburn
Cast: Anne Heche, Robert Foxworth, Jeremy Sisto, Kaitlin Hopkins
The science of genetics explains how you inherit eye color, the shape of your hairline, or even the ability to roll your tongue. But can science explain the inheritance of other traits, like your father’s ear for music, or your mother’s “green thumb”? And, in a more extreme case, can a parent pass along a trait for genius that’s paired with a debilitating mental illness? That’s the question tormenting a young woman in our story, Proof, by David Auburn. The broadcast includes an interview with Steven Strogatz, Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University and author of a weekly column on mathematics for the New York Times. Plus, we’ll speak with Dr. Carrie Bearden of UCLA’s Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences.