I am Michael Jacobson. I am 6 feet and 1 inch tall. I was born in Brooklyn, but have lived in Staten Island for the past six years now. I lived in Sheepshead Bay and Flatbush before moving to Staten Island. I am 17-years-old. I love to skateboard and do street art. I spend my time at home researching things for fun. My plans are to be either a forensic scientist or a fire fighter. I live in Bulls Head, but I am in foster care so nothing’s permanent. I was in the 2010 Staten Island film festival for the graffiti documentary.
Food labels often list ingredients like carrageenan, modified food starch, and butylated hydroxytoluene. On this week’s Please Explain we’ll find out what they are, what they do, and why they’re in packaged foods. Michael Jacobson, microbiologist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest a nonprofit health advocacy group that focuses on nutrition and food safety policies, and Marion Nestle, professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New York University, explain. Michael Jacobson is the author of Six Arguments for a Greener Diet. Marion Nestle is the author, most recently, of Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety, Updated and Expanded and Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine.
"Nothing's ever permanent in foster care" is how Rookie Reporter Michael Jacobson describes his life in the system. Just when he thinks things are settling down, he gets yet another case worker or must move to a new home. In fact, Michael has lived in seven different homes in just four years. Teenagers are the most difficult foster kids to place in homes, and Michael's story gives listeners a chance to hear first-hand why that's the case.
Aired September, 2010. The Staten Island Radio Rookies look into what motivates the bias attacks in their community. They wonder whether the beginning of school year will impact the tension in their neighborhood.