Corporations and Public Health; March Against Fear; B. J. Novak Talks Short Stories; Antitibiotics in Animal Feed

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Thursday, February 06, 2014

On today’s show: Nicholas Freudenberg examines the ways corporate influence and weakened regulations have affected public health over the last century. Then, the story of one of the central dramas of the civil rights era—the “March Against Fear” in Mississippi and the shooting of its leader, James Meredith. B. J. Novak, the writer/actor best known for his work on "The Office," talks about his new collection of short stories, One More Thing. Time magazine’s Bryan Walsh looks into why it took the Food and Drug Administration so long to act to stop the use of antibiotics in animal feed.


Corporate Power and the Failure to Protect Public Health

The chemical spill that polluted the drinking water in Charleston, West Virginia, last month raised a lot of questions about the failures to prevent such an accident and protect the public. Nicholas Freudenberg argues that as the influence of corporations has grown, regulations have been weakened and consumer and environmental protection has been undermined. His book Lethal but Legal: Corporations, Consumption, and Protecting Public Health examines how corporations have impacted public health over the last century. 

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Civil Rights and the March Against Fear

Aram Goudsouzian tells the story of one of the central dramas of the civil rights era—the “March Against Fear” in Mississippi and the shooting of the leader of the march, James Meredith. Goudsouzian's book Down to the Crossroads: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Meredith March Against Fear reveals the legacy of an event that would both integrate African Americans into the political system and inspire bolder protests against them. 

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B. J. Novak, from "The Office" to Writing Stories and Other Stories

B. J. Novak, an actor, screen writer, and director best known from the television series "The Office" tells us about his debut collection of short stories, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories


The FDA, Antibiotics, and Animal Feed

Antibiotic resistance claims 23,000 lives a year in the U.S.—and the overuse of antibiotics in livestock plays a role. Bryan Walsh looks at whether the FDA doing all it can to protect Americans, and looks at why antibiotics are used in animal feed in the first place and the risks of that practice. He’s written “New Report Says FDA Allowed “High Risk” Antibiotics to Be Used on Farm Animals.”

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What Space Does to the Human Body

New York Times reporter Kenneth Chang talks about how spending time in space affect the human body--from swollen heads to brittle bones to atrophied muscles and more. In his article "Bodies Not Made for Space," Chang looks at how NASA is working to understand these heath effects and solve them.

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