Slate Out Loud: Laura Helmuth reads “James Watson Throws a Fit.”

Laura Helmuth Reads “James Watson Throws a Fit” (Audio)

Laura Helmuth Reads “James Watson Throws a Fit” (Audio)

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Feb. 3 2015 7:30 AM

Slate Voice: “James Watson Throws a Fit”

Listen to Laura Helmuth read her piece about the tarnished legacy of a Nobel laureate.


Illustration by Charlie Powell

James Watson Throws a Fit,” originally published in Slate on Dec. 1, 2014, is about an auction for the co-discoverer of DNA’s Nobel Prize medal. Subsequent reporting revealed the high bidder to be a Russian billionaire named Alisher Usmanov, who announced plans to return the medal to Watson.

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