Steven Johnson--Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer (A Fan Event)

We are so happy to support Family Action Network (FAN) as they welcome Steven Johnson, author of the new book, Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer. Mr. Johnson will be interviewed by James Hamblin, MD, MPH. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Extra Life from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Mr. Johnson that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS program will appear in red font at the top of an email from The Book Stall. Look for it right after your receipt arrives!

About the Book: Steven Johnson, the host and co-creator of the Emmy-winning PBS/BBC series How We Got to Now, and the host of the podcast American Innovations, now returns with an urgent book tied to the current pandemic crisis: Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer, which delves into the extraordinary successes of public health and medicine in the past century, and the people who made it possible.

As a species we’ve doubled our life expectancy in just one hundred years. Modern advances have given us each an extra twenty thousand days to live on average—the most astonishing measure of human progress by far. Extra Life is Johnson’s brilliant and fascinating look at the milestones of this progress— from the discoveries of vaccines and antibiotics, to the introduction of things that are now commonplace, like pasteurized milk, chlorinated drinking water, and seatbelts.

Johnson will be in conversation with James Hamblin, MD, MPH, board-certified preventive medicine physician, staff writer at The Atlantic, and lecturer at Yale School of Public Health.

About the Author: Steven Johnson is a best-selling author and the leading mind of today's interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to innovation. Johnson's writing on the history of innovation inspired the Emmy-nominated six-part series on PBS, How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson. The book version of How We Got to Now debuted at #4 on the New York Times bestseller list, and it was a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. His TED talk on innovation has been viewed more than five million times. He is a regular contributor to Wired magazine, as well as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other periodicals.

About the Interviewer: James Hamblin, MD, MPH is a board-certified preventive medicine physician, staff writer at The Atlantic, and lecturer at Yale School of Public Health. He is the author of the 2020 book Clean: The New Science of Skin, which was named an editor’s pick by the New York Times Book Review and was the subject of profiles in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The Telegraph, and Columbia Journalism Review. Dr. Hamblin previously hosted the video series If Our Bodies Could Talk (based on his 2016 book If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body), for which he was a finalist in the Webby awards for Best Web Personality. He is also past Yale University Poynter Fellow in journalism, and he has lectured at Harvard Medical School, Columbia University School of Public Health, Wharton Business School, SXSW, Aspen Ideas Festival, and TED MED, among others.

Event date: 

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 7:00pm

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Virtual Event!
Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525538851
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - May 11th, 2021

“Offers a useful reminder of the role of modern science in fundamentally transforming all of our lives.” President Barack Obama (on Twitter)
“An important book.” —Steven Pinker, The New York Times Book Review