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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Find out how much influence the pharmaceutical lobby and its allies in the healthcare industry have had in the presidential campaigns. Also: a States of the Union update on Wisconsin. We look at why steak became an iconic American food, as well as how the milk industry has evolved from fresh, raw milk to Cheez Whiz. Plus, a discussion on the pros and cons of our fast-paced 24-hour news cycle!

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Drugs and Deals: Lobbyists in Healthcare

The healthcare industry spent more than $189 million on lobbying the federal government in 2007, up more than 32% from the year before. Over the past decade pharmaceutical interests alone have spent more than $1 billion on federal lobbying. We take a look at the sway healthcare lobbyist have over ...

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States of the Union: Wisconsin Update

We last looked at Wisconsin right before its February 19 primary. Now we get an update on the presidential race in the Badger State from Jeff Mayers, president of, an online political and government news service.


American Beef

Find out how steak became an iconic American food. Betty Fussell is author of Raising Steaks: The Life and Times of American Beef.

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Milk Through the Ages

We look into how the milk industry has evolved from the days of raw, fresh milk to today's Cheez Whiz. Anne Mendelson, author of Milk, tells the story of milk using recipes, culinary history, and glimpses into the industry.

Weigh in: What's your favorite milk-based recipe?


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How to Be a Dairy Farmer

Hear what it’s like to be a modern dairy farmer! Dr. Sam Simon left a successful career as an orthopedic surgeon to become a dairy farmer in the Hudson Valley. Now he’s president of the non-profit dairy cooperative Hudson Valley Fresh.

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24-Hour News Cycle: Media Speed

We debate the pros and cons of our fast-paced 24-hour news cycle – particularly in an election season. Charles Feldman spent 20 years as a CNN correspondent, and Howard Rosenberg spent 25 years at the Los Angeles Times. They’re co-authors of No Time to Think.

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