Greasing the Political Wheels

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Senator Tom Harkin’s once-every-four-year steak fry might go a long way to deciding who wins the Iowa Primary. Time Magazine's Mark Halperin joins us to review this presidential tradition, as well as Hillary Clinton's healthcare plan. Also, we talk with Gary Taubes about information on public health: where it comes from, and why most of it might not be all that useful. And, we listen live to President Bush's nomination of a new attorney general with analysis from's Emily Bazelon, hear about a new radio documentary series on Jewish immigration in America, and take your multi-religious calls on what holidays you are observing in the month of September.


Emily Bazelon, Mark Halperin and Gary Taubes

I rest my Mukasey!

Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate magazine, tells us about Bush's potential new appointee to the office of Attorney General: Michael B. Mukasey.

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Harkin's House Party

Every four years Senator Tom Harkins hosts a Steak Fry and endorses a Democratic candidate for president. Mark Halperin, editor-at-large and senior political analyst for Time Magazine, snagged himself an invitation and will talk about the politics and the food, as well as Hillary's upcoming speech outlining her new healthcare ...

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Open Phones: Religious Holidays

Many religions are observing important holidays this time of year, from Muslims and Jews fasting for Ramadan and Yom Kippur, to the Japanese celebrating "Respect for the Aged Day". Where can we all find common ground among these many celebrations? We take your calls.

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Weird Science

Gary Taubes, whose article Do We Really Know What Makes Us Healthy? appears in the latest New York Times Magazine, talks about how to make sense of health news and research, and why he thinks that epidemiological studies are the circumstantial evidence of medical research.

His upcoming ...

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Only in America

Larry Josephson, president of the Radio Foundation and Radio Documentarian, talks about a new project that traces 350 years of the Jewish immigration experience in America. The six hour documentary, produced around the Radio Foundation's 30th anniversary, is running for six consecutive days on WNYC radio.

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Larry Josephson

Larry Josephson

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Radio producer Larry Josephson describes the upcoming radio series on the history of Jews in America on the Brian Lehrer Show, ...


Gary Taubes

Gary Taubes

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Author Gary Taubes questions the validity of epidemiological studies on the Brian Lehrer Show, 9/17/07.


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