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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

On today’s Leonard Lopate Show we’ll find out about the Economist’s special report on global obesity and what countries are doing to address it. Then violinist Midori talks about the 30th anniversary of her performing career. Landscape architect Kate Orff describes the environmental damage done along the Mississippi River system. And Monona Rossol talks about theater safely.

Obesity around the World

Charlotte Howard, health care correspondent for The Economist, talks about the magazine’s special report on global obesity and ways to address it around the world.

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Midori Celebrates 30 Years of Performing

Violinist Midori discusses the 30th anniversary of her performing career, and the importance of music and arts education. She made her debut at age 11 as a surprise guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic in 1982. Today Midori is recognized as an extraordinary performer, a devoted educator, and an innovative community engagement activist.

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Petrochemical America

Kate Orff, an assistant professor at Columbia University and founder of SCAPE, a landscape architecture studio in Manhattan, discusses the causes of sustained environmental abuse along the largest river system in North America. The book Petrochemical America combines Richard Misrach's photographs of Louisiana's "Chemical Corridor" with Orff's "Ecological Atlas"—a series of speculative drawings developed through intensive research and mapping of data from the region

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Theater Safety

Chemist and industrial hygienist Monona Rossol talks about theater safety. She's the author of Pick Your Poison: How Our Mad Dash to Chemical Utopia is Making Lab Rats of Us All.

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