The Weight of the World

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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Guest host Julie Burstein fills in for Leonard Lopate. She’ll talk to Nancy Sherman about the psychological and moral weight war has on soldiers. And Wall Street Journal columnist Jeremy Singer-Vine tells us about the latest medical research and how you can use it. Then, we’ll find out about the strange and fascinating world of taxidermy. Also, we'll hear about the recovery and rebuilding plan in Haiti. Plus, our latest Underreported segment looks at the rise in food fraud.

The Untold War

Philosopher, ethicist, and psychoanalyst Nancy Sherman looks at the psychological and moral burdens borne by soldiers serving in war. In The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds and Souls of Our Soldiers, she looks closely at servicemen and women preparing for, experiencing, and returning home from war, probing the ...

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Research Report

Jeremy Singer-Vine, who writes the Research Report for the Wall Street Journal, talks about the most interesting recent medical research and how it can be used to inform and improve our health. He covers myriad topics—from why some people sneeze when they look at the sun comes out ...

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Adventures in Taxidermy

Journalist Melissa Milgrom explores taxidermy—from the skilled taxidermists at the American Museum of Natural History to the preservers of the animals in Damien Hirst's artworks. In Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy she takes readers into this eccentric, unusual world.

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Rebuilding Haiti

Yesterday, international donors pledged $5 billion in aid to help rebuild Haiti and United Nations unveiled a recovery and rebuilding plan that focuses on Port-au-Prince. Alan Manski, currently the head of the International Rescue Committee programs in Haiti and senior coordinator of its emergency response team joins us ...


Underreported: Food Fraud

As much as 7 percent of the nation’s food is mislabeled to fool consumers into paying more. On today’s Underreported, Lyndsey Layton, National Political Reporter for the Washington Post, explains why food fraud is on the rise and why both large corporations and small-scale producers are looking to ...


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