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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Man carries a woman to a makeshift clinic on his back on Saturday January 16, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Paul Taggart)

Alicia Menendez, in today for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Journalist Jonathan Katz gives a firsthand account of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 and the monumentalbut rocky—recovery effort there. Then, we’ll find out how habits are made and broken. And science writer Neil Shubin explains there’s evidence of the Big Bang inside all of us. Plus, Wenonah Hauter, organic farmer and executive director of Food & Water Watch, takes a look at the effects of corporate consolidation of our food supply on public health.

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Alicia Menendez

The Earthquake in Haiti

On January 12, 2010, the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck Haiti. Jonathan M. Katz, the only full-time American news correspondent in Haiti, was inside his house when it the earthquake occurred, and he writes of the terror of that day, the devastation ordinary Haitians experienced, and the monumental—yet he says misbegotten—rescue effort that followed in The Big Truck That Went By.  

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Making Habits, Breaking Habits

Psychologist Jeremy Dean tells us how habits are formed and broken. In Making Habits, Breaking Habits he explains that while people like to think that they are in control, much of human behavior occurs without any decision-making or conscious thought. He draws on hundreds of studies to show how to make any change stick.

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Neil Shubin on the Universe Within

Science writer Neil Shubin discusses a scientific mystery as big as the world itself: How are the events that formed our solar system billions of years ago embedded inside each of us? In The Universe Within, Shubin explains how fossils, the Earth’s position, and the universe’s fourteen-billion-year history can be seen in the human body.

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The Future of Food and Farming in America

Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch and organic farmer, argues that the local food movement is not enough to solve America’s food crisis. In Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America, she takes aim at what she sees as the cause of our food and public health problems: the consolidation and corporate control of food production.

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Tributes: Patti Page

Clara Ann Fowler was one of 11 children born to a railroad laborer in a small town outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  As “Patti Page,” she would become one of the most successful singers in the 1950s.  Her honeyed voice made hits of songs like “Tennessee Waltz,” “(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window,” “Allegheny Moon,” and “Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte.”  She died recently at the age of 85.  And you can listen to her reminisce with Leonard in an interview from March 2001.

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Tributes: Robert Bork

Robert Bork made history back in 1987 when his nomination to the Supreme Court was blocked by Congressional Democrats. As a result, modern boundaries of cultural fights over abortion, civil rights, and other issues were drawn. As solicitor general in the U.S. Justice Department, Bork had been involved in the 1973 "Saturday night massacre" of the Watergate era, carrying out President Richard Nixon's order to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox. The former federal judge and conservative legal scholar died just recently at the age of 85, and you can hear his 1989 interview with Leonard.

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