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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Julie Burstein fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Mark Bittman discusses why he believes taxing unhealthy foods is good policy. The director of the new documentary “Senna,” talks about the Brazilian race car driver Ayrton Senna. Oliver Pötzsch discusses his novel, The Hangman’s Daughter. Plus, Holly Finn describes undergoing many rounds of in vitro fertilization and the challenges of waiting too long to have a baby.

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Julie Burstein

Mark Bittman on Taxing Bad Food to Subsidize the Good

New York Times columnist Mark Bittman talks about taxing unhealthy foods. His article in the Times’ Sunday Review on July 24, “Bad Food? Tax It, and Subsidize Vegetables,” looks at why it’s so difficult to market healthy foods successfully.

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The Life of Ayrton Senna

Director Asif Kapadia talks about his new documentary film “Senna,” about the Brazilian race car driver Ayrton Senna. The film spans the racing legend’s years as an F1 driver, from his opening season in 1984 to his untimely death a decade later, using footage drawn from F1 archives, much of it never before seen. “Senna” opens August 12 at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema.

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Debt Ceiling Vote

Jonathan Capehart, opinion writer for the Washington Post and MSNBC contributor, reports on the impact of the debt ceiling vote.

There's more about the debt ceiling debate and vote on WNYC's It's a Free Country.


The Hangman’s Daughter

Oliver Pötzsch discusses his novel, The Hangman’s Daughter, set in 17th-century Bavaria. It tells the story of Magdalena, the headstrong daughter of Bavarian hangman Jakob Kuisl, who must race against the clock to prove that a midwife accused of witchcraft and murder is innocent, and simultaneously find the true killer.

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Adventures in Fertility

July 25th marked the 33rd birthday of the first test-tube baby. Since then, 4 million children have been born with the help of IVF, now a booming $5 billion business in the United States. Holly Finn, who is undergoing her sixth attempt at in vitro fertilization this week, discusses the challenges women face when they wait too long to have a baby. In The Baby Chase: An Adventure in Fertility she shares her personal story and writes about the new scientific frontiers of fertility, and breaks the silence around egg and sperm donation.

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