This week on Up Close, what should we think about people who seem to have almost an obsession with helping others?
The story of pathologist Bennet Omalu is now a major motion picture starring Will Smith. But if the National Football League had had its way, Omalu’s findings would never have seen the light of day. The story of his devotion to telling the truth about head injuries in football, and how he developed that devotion, is told by Jeanne Marie Laskas, author of Concussion.
And then, so-called do-gooders sometimes place the lives of complete strangers ahead of those of members of their families and communities – and even their own. Is there something wrong with them, or are they on the right track? New Yorker Staff Writer Larissa MacFarquhar talks about her book, Strangers Drowning: Grappling With Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help.
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