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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

On today’s show: Our resident chemist and industrial hygienist Monona Rossol returns to talk about the proposed Toxic Chemicals Safety Act that is currently before Congress. Then, literary critic James Wood joins us for the third installment of our Underappreciated summer reading series—we’ll examine the life and work of English writer Henry Green. Also, restaurateur Zarela Martinez talks to us about authentic Mexican food. Plus, Amitava Kumar looks at the cultural logic and global repercussions of the war on terror.

The Toxic Chemicals Safety Act

Monona Rossol, chemist and industrial hygienist, talks about the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act currently before Congress and what changes it calls for. She'll also take calls and answer questions about the safetly of household chemicals.

Do you have a question about the safety of household chemicals? Leave a comment below!

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Underappreciated: Henry Green

For this week’s Underappreciated segment, noted literary critic James Wood examines the life and work of English writer Henry Green, whose novels are frequently described as among the most important works of English modernist literature. His best-known work is Loving, and altogether he wrote nine novels and a memoir, Pack My Bag, between 1926 and 1952.

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Zarela's Real Mexican Food

Mexican chef and restaurateur Zarela Martinez talks about authentic Mexican food. Her restaurant Zarela opened in New York in 1981, and she remains committed to bringing regional Mexican food to New York. She discusses organizing an ongoing series of weekly gastronomic festivals featuring foods from different states in Mexico. She’s the author of Zarela’s Veracruz, Food from my Heart, and The Food and Life of Oaxaca.

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A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb

Amitava Kumar looks at the global repercussions of the war on terror. His book A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb tells the story of two men convicted in U.S. courts on terrorism-related charges: Hemant Lakhani, a 70-year-old tried for attempting to sell a fake missile to an FBI informant, and Shahawar Matin Siraj, who was accused of being involved in a conspiracy to bomb a subway. Kumar explores the experiences of ordinary people caught up in the war on terror and the growing suspicions about foreigners in post-9/11 America.

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