Toxic Shower Curtains?

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Chemicals in hand lotion, shower curtains, and cleaning supplies could be harming your health. So why is the US so far behind Europe in regulating these dangerous chemicals? Find out how the US government could improve regulation. Also: the Berlin Philharmonic, now stopping by New York. We hear some murder ballads and disaster songs from the early 20th century. And then...share your home repair disasters with the gurus of how-to, Al and Larry Ubell.

This Friday, Nov. 16, Please Explain is all about laughter. To help us prepare, we're asking you to tell us about a joke, a person, or a situation that makes you laugh without fail.

Everyday Toxic Substances….In Your Body

Thanks to everyday products like cosmetics and cleaning supplies, Americans of all ages have many toxic substances in their bodies…that’s according to tests done in 2005 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Mark Schapiro tells us what the US government needs to do to better regulate these substances. His ...

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Berlin Philharmonic in Lights

Berlin Without WallsThe Berlin Philharmonic is now at Carnegie Hall as part of the Berlin in Lights festival, which celebrates the city as one of the world’s centers of artistic expression and forward thinking. Leonard talks to Pamela Rosenberg, general director ...


Murder Ballads and Disaster Songs from the Early 1900s

Early 20th century disasters like the Titanic and the Great Depression inspired homegrown music. Henry Sapoznik has put together a new CD box set called People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938, with an introduction by Tom Waits.

People Take Warning! is available for purchase at

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Al and Larry Ubell, Gurus of How-To

Al and Larry Ubell, the gurus of how-to, take your calls on home repair. Today we especially want to hear about your home repair disasters: tell us about your infestations, collapses on major holidays, burst pipes, etc. Give us a call at 212-433-9692 (that’s 212-433-WNYC) or leave a comment below.


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Tastes Like Cuba by Eduardo Machado

Plantain Omelet

The combination of eggs and bananas may seem odd at first, but it is just that combination of sweet and savory flavors that keeps me coming back for more. The texture of this omelet is like a Spanish tortilla, with a uniform doneness on the outside, and a ...


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