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The Unmentionable World of Human Waste

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

As the world’s population grows, our sewer systems are being strained to their limits. And right here in the U.S., nearly 2 million people don’t have access to an indoor toilet! Rose George, author of The Big Necessity, talks about the global politics of defecation, and why it’s a major public health issue that should be openly discussed.

Guests:

Rose George

Comments [8]

anonyme from NY NY

I heard that fancy hotels in Mongolia have composting toilets!

Oct. 21 2008 04:46 PM
Jeffrey Slott from East Elmhurst

mLu from NJ:
Why are you listening then? Especially when it is possible to listen to the program (if you care to) by streaming (no pun intended) at a later date.

Oct. 21 2008 01:55 PM
David Blaustein

Please ask guest whether Japan actually recycles purified human waste as a food product. I remember reading something about this a while ago in Discovery magazine and can't find it since. Not kidding.

Oct. 21 2008 01:46 PM
Ellen from Manhattan

Doesn't Paris have a sewer museum or something like that?

Oct. 21 2008 01:42 PM
Jeffrey Slott from East Elmhurst

I sincerely congratulate Ms. George for writing this book and to you, Mr. Lopate, for the interview.
It's such a shame that so many people are so immature to properly deal with this phenomenom, even it that ignorance jeopardises their very health and environment.

Oct. 21 2008 01:29 PM
YVAN from NEW YORK , NY

THIS IS A GREAT SUBJECT..

COMING FROM THE CARIBBEAN...I WISH THAT THE PEOPLE REALIZE (IN THE COUNTRYSIDE) THAT WEARING A SANDAL COULD HELP THEM FROM GETTING
SOME PARASITES THAT WILL GET THEM SICK ESPECIALLY THE CHILDREN....CAN YOU PLEASE MAKE
A COMMENT ABOUT THE CARIBBEAN...THANKS

Oct. 21 2008 01:27 PM
Paul from Montclair, NJ

"Digesters," machines that are increasingly being used to process animal waste on farms, may offer an energy-generating solution for human waste as well:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/24/business/businessspecial2/24farmers.html?scp=1&sq=Digester&st=cse

Oct. 21 2008 01:26 PM
mLu from NJ

Am I the only one having trouble hearing the interview over the sounds of my own vomitting? Hello..it's lunch time! This tops the bedbugs show. Will she be a guest on Jon Stewart tonight? That should be good.

Oct. 21 2008 01:22 PM

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