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Thursday, December 02, 2010

Bioethicist Carl Elliott talks about the increasingly mixed relationship of medicine and consumer capitalism. Then, Jemma and Vanessa Redgrave discuss their theatrical family and their current roles on the New York stage. The director and producer of a new documentary about Benazir Bhutto talk about her life and Pakistani politics. Plus, our latest Underreported looks at what America’s leading agribusinesses are doing in India.

The Dark Side of Medicine

Carl Elliott, professor at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota, discusses the problems with medicine’s growing commercialism. In White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine, he looks at the social and legislative changes that have blurred the line between consumer capitalism and medicine.

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Jemma and Vanessa Redgrave

Jemma Redgrave and Vanessa Redgrave discuss their theatrical family and their current roles—Jemma stars in “The Great Game: Afghanistan,” which explores, in three parts, the culture and history of Afghanistan since Western involvement in 1842 to the present day. It’s playing at NYU's Skirball Center through December 19. Vanessa Redgrave stars in “Driving Miss Daisy,” which tells the story of the decades-long relationship between a stubborn Southern matriarch and her compassionate chauffeur. It’s playing at Golden Theatre through January 29.

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Duane Baughman, director and producer of “Bhutto,” and producer Mark Siegel, an intimate friend of Benazir Bhutto who helped her write her autobiography, Daughter of Destiny, discuss the politics of Pakistan and the life and assassination of the first female prime minister, Benazir Bhutto. “Bhutto” opens December 3 at Cinema Village.

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Underreported: Agribusiness and India

Mira Kamdar, senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and associate fellow at the Asia Society, examines why U.S. agribusinesses are extremely interested in India, especially when it comes to the development of new GMO crops.

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Backstory: The Food Safety Bill

On Tuesday, the Senate passed a bill that would overhaul the nation’s food safety system. On this week’s Backstory, Time staff writer Bryan Walsh explains what’s in the Food Safety and Modernization Act, how it aims to improve food safety and minimize recalls, and how it compares to food safety systems in other countries.

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