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Monday, April 19, 2010

On today’s show, industrial hygienist Monona Rossol explains why the European Union is more stringent than the United States when it comes to regulating chemicals in everyday products. Then, Mark Kurlansky talks about how baseball changed one town in the Dominican Republic. Also, Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro discusses why so many people continue to question whether the bard wrote all of his plays. Then, we'll look how modern marketing and advertising has influenced our culture over the past 50 years.

Chemical Regulation

Monona Rossol, industrial hygienist and founder and president of Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety, Inc., discusses the European Union's adopting new labeling and information systems and requirements for industry testing of chemicals before they’re used in consumer products. She'll look at why U.S. manufacturers resist chemical testing and provide such ...

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The Eastern Stars

Mark Kurlansky describes what makes the Dominican Republic sugar mill town of San Pedro a source of some of the best Dominican players in the Major Leagues—Manny Alexander, Sammy Sosa, Tony Fernandez. In The Eastern Stars: How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Marcoris, he tells ...

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Contested Will

Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro explains when and why so many people began to question whether Shakespeare wrote the plays attributed to him, and examines the history of the controversy, what it means, why it matters, and how it has persisted.

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Persuasion

Every day we see hundreds—perhaps thousands—of marketing messages. Terry O’Reilly discusses our marketing-driven world and gives an inside view of a rapidly evolving industry. He’s the author of The Age of Persuasion, written with Mike Tennant, with whom he also co-hosts the radio show “The Age of Persuasion,” on ...

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