Radio Documentary on Genetic Disease by
Aaron Schwartz '09 to Air on WGBH Boston
by Alisa Giardinelli
Parents of children with sickle cell at Dr. Frempong's clinic in Ghana. photo by Aaron Schwartz '09
Aaron Schwartz '09, a biology and economics major from Bryn Mawr, Pa., is the writer and producer of Chasing the Crescent Moon: The Story of Dr. Frempong and Sickle Cell Disease. Set in Philadelphia and Ghana, the documentary features the work of Kwaku Ohene-Frempong, a child of Ghanaian cocoa farmers who, as the head of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Clinic at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, is a leading figure in the fight against the disease. The program, which aired on public radio stations in Chicago and western North Carolina earlier this month, is set to run on WGBH Boston this weekend. Listen here.
With a grant from the College, Aaron, a reporter for War News Radio (WNR), accompanied Frempong to his clinic in Ghana for six weeks in 2007 to interview physicians, nurses, sickle cell patients, and their families. He later worked with his WNR colleagues, including Wren Elhai '08 and Elizabeth Threlkeld '09, to edit the 30 hours of tape he collected there and in Philadelphia.