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Thursday, March 04, 2010

On today’s show, David Kirby explains the problems and dangers of industrial farming, from the diseases they spread to the impact on our natural resources. And our latest Underreported segments look at the cholera outbreak and “blood diamond” mining in Zimbabwe.

Leonard Lopate has been with WNYC for 25 years! You’re invited to celebrate his anniversary at a star-studded roast on March 25th! Find out more and buy tickets here!

Animal Factory

Investigative journalist David Kirby discusses the powerful business and political interests behind large-scale factory farms, and tracks the far-reaching contamination they cause on our air, land, water, and food. In Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment he shows ...

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Mark Bittman on Leonard's 25th Anniversary at WNYC

Food writer Mark Bittman talks about why he appreciates Leonard's interest in food, and recalls his favorite time being on the show. Find out more about Leonard's 25th anniversary here.

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Underreported: The UN Response to Zimbabwe's 2008 Cholera Outbreak

In 2008, up to 100,000 Zimbabweans got cholera. On today’s first Underreported, Foreign Policy’s Assistant Managing Editor Elizabeth Dickinson explains why one former United Nations official is now criticizing the organization’s response to the outbreak, and what it says about the UN’s relationship with authoritarian President Robert Mugabe. ...

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Underreported: Zimbabwe's Blood Diamonds

Despite international bans, Zimbabwe continues to mine “blood diamonds” from fields in Marange. On today’s second Underreported, Rona Peligal, the deputy director of the Africa division for Human Rights Watch, describes the human rights abuses there and why they continue.

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Jeffrey Toobin on Leonard's 25th Anniversary at WNYC

Jeffrey Toobin talks about why he likes listening to--and being a guest on--the Leonard Lopate Show, and talks about what it's like to fill in as a guest host. Find out more about Leonard's 25th anniversary here.

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