This morning on WLS/Chicago, I talked with Daniel Gardner about his new book, “The Science of Fear: Why We Fear The Things We Shouldn’t — And Put Ourselves In Greater Danger.”

From tomatoes with salmonella to crime in our cities, avian flu to airline crashes, there’s a lack of perspective on what matters and what we really should worry about. The media and various government agencies share responsibility for exploiting those fears, along with Americans who know nothing about statistics and how they can be exaggerated.

Listen, then get the book.