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Friday, December 09, 2011

Actor John Hawkes (L) as "Patrick" and writer/director Sean Durkin (2nd from L) on the set of "Martha Marcy May Marlene." (Photo by Drew Innis)

Kathleen Sharp tells the story of Procrit, which was promoted as a miracle drug, and of the man who blew the whistle on the medication’s dangers. Actor John Hawkes and writer-director Sean Durkin talk about the film "Martha Marcy May Marlene." Crime writer Michael Connelly discusses The Drop, the seventeenth novel in his Harry Bosch series. Plus, our latest Please Explain is about all those hard-to-pronounce ingredients listed on food labels!

Blood Feud

Kathleen Sharp details the bitter war between pharmaceutical giants Amgen and Johnson & Johnson, and their attempts to push a “miracle” drug by using financial kickbacks to doctors, bribes and Medicare fraud, and using patients as guinea pigs. In Blood Feud: The Man Who Blew the Whistle on One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever she tells the story of Mark Duxbury, a J&J sales rep who became a whistleblower. The case is now unfolding in a federal court.

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John Hawkes and Sean Durkin on "Martha Marcy May Marlene"

Actor John Hawkes and writer-director Sean Durkin discuss the film "Martha Marcy May Marlene." It’s an unsettling psychological portrait of a young woman who has run away from a cult-like community on a farm in upstate New York and moves in with her sister and struggles to rejoin normal society. Hawkes, who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance as Teardrop in last year’s Winter’s Bone, plays the community’s charismatic and manipulative leader. It’s Sean Durkin’s first film, and it won the Best Director Award at Sundance and the Cannes Prix de la Jeunesse.

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Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly, one of the best known writers of detective and crime fiction in America, talks about his Harry Bosch series. In the latest book, The Drop, Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever.

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Please Explain: Food Additives

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.

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