Blowing the Whistle

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

On the Media’s co-host Bob Garfield discusses the show’s crowd-sourcing project to find the mystery Senator who put a hold on the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, and highlights from the show’s 10-year history. Also, industrial hygienist Monona Rossol talks about her new book about the everyday household products that can harm us.

On the Media's Bob Garfield

On the Media host Bob Garfield discusses the 10-year anniversary of the WNYC show On the Media, how technology has transformed the media landscape in the last decade, and what we can expect going forward. He’ll also talk about On The Media’s project Blow The Whistle, a collaboration with Government Accountability Project to uncover the identity of the senator who last December put an anonymous hold on the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (Bill S.372), essentially killing it at the last minute.

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Monona Rossol on Chemicals, Health and Safety

Chemist Monona Rossol, talks about how the chemicals in everyday products are harming us—scientists have started linking our increased rates of cancer, autism, obesity, and asthma to chemicals—and what the government is not doing about it. In her new book, Pick Your Poison: How Our Mad Dash to Chemical Utopia is Making Lab Rats of Us All, she explains how everyday toxins get into our bodies and accumulate over time and provides us with inspiration to make changes. 

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