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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Writer/director/producer Judd Apatow arrives at the premiere of Universal's 'This Is 40,' December 12, 2012 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

On today’s show: We'll take a look at how well the Food and Drug Administration oversees food production and food safety with journalist Barry Estabrook and Peter Lehner, the executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Then writer, producer and director Judd Apatow talks about his latest film, “This Is 40.” It stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, Judd Apatow’s wife, and their two kids. Our word maven, Patricia T. O’Conner will take your calls on the complexities of the English language.

The FDA and Our Food Supply

Journalist Barry Estabrook and Natural Resources Defense Council Executive Director Peter Lehner discuss food and food regulations in the United States and the shortcomings of the Food and Drug Administration when it comes to food safety. Estabrook’s article “The FDA Is Out to Lunch” appears in OnEarth magazine.

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Judd Apatow

Writer, producer, and director Judd Apatow talks about his career and his latest film, “This Is 40.” It stars his wife, Leslie Mann, and their two daughters, and is based on his own experiences as a husband and father. He'll also discuss writing and directing "Knocked Up" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," and his role as a producer for comedies including “Anchorman” and “Bridesmaids,” and the HBO show "Girls." "This is 40" opens nationwide on December 25.

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Word Maven Patricia T. O'Conner on Quotation Magnets

Our word maven Patricia T. O'Conner talks about quotations that are credited to the wrong people. She’ll also answer questions about language and grammar. An updated and expanded third edition of her book, Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, is available in paperback, as is  Origins of the Specious, written with Stewart Kellerman.

If you have a question about language and grammar, leave a comment or call us at 212-433-9692!

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Guest Picks: Bartlett Sher

Director Bartlett Sher was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently -- along with actors Tony Shaloub and Seth Numrich -- to talk about the Broadway revival of Clifford Odets' classic play, "Golden Boy." He also told us what he's been reading and listening to recently. Find out what Bartlett Sher's a fan of!

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