Post-Sandy Mold; Medical Ethics; Organizing for Action; Food Expiration

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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Mold is a threat to public health post-Sandy. Michael Reilly, Columbia health sciences professor, discusses the public health risks of mold in buildings damaged by Sandy. Plus: a new series on medical ethics with Duke University bioethicist Nita Farahany; Nicholas Confessore of the New York Times discusses President Obama's political action group Organizing for Action; a new New Testament; and when it's okay to eat and serve food that is passed its sell-by date.

After Sandy: Mold

Michael Reilly, Director of the Division of Planning and Response at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness and Assistant Professor of Clinical Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public, talks about the threat of mold in buildings after Sandy, and what it could mean for public health during the ongoing recovery.

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OFA and Obama's Big Money

The Obama campaign operation has turned into a big-money PAC. Nicholas Confessore, politics reporter covering lobbying and campaign finance for The New York Times, discusses Organizing for Action and how it's using large donors to lobby around 2nd-term policy issues like gun control.

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Ask a Bioethicist: Reproductive Technology

Duke University bioethicist Nita Farahany, tackles some of the thorniest bioethical conundrums of our day all month on the Brian Lehrer Show. Today's topic: Reproductive technology. Should parents be able to choose the sex of their baby? Should there be age limitations on people who undergo in vitro fertilization?

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John Liu's Challenge to U.S. Attorney

Michael Saul, reporter covering City Hall for The Wall Street Journal, talks about mayoral hopeful John Liu's challenge to the U.S. attorney's office to "put up or shut up."

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The Bible, Revised

Hal Taussig, founding member of the Jesus Seminar, professor at Union Theological Seminary, edited and provided commentary for A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts, talks about the "new" edition of Christianity's New Testament and how the selections were made.

→Event: Book launch and panel discussion with Hal Taussig at Union Theological Seminar on Mar.5. 7PM. Register here.



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Is Food Passed Its Sell-By Date Okay?

Marion Nestle, professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, and professor of Sociology at New York University, discusses the new Urban Food Initiative in Boston--and whether it's okay to serve meals cooked with food passed its sell-by date to low-income consumers.

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