Questioning the Safety of Plastics; the Perils of Approaching 50; Shifting Demographics; Galadrielle Allman Remembers Her Father

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Monday, March 10, 2014

For the last few years we’ve been told to steer clear of plastics that contain the chemical Bisphenol A. On today’s show: we’ll tell you why you should be concerned about BPA-free plastics as well. Annabelle Gurwitch on the perils and pitfalls that come with approaching 50. We’ll take a look at how changes in our economy, family structure, gender norms, technology, and religious affiliations are creating major demographic shifts in our country. Galadrielle Allman talks about how the death of her father Duane when she was just 2 years old, shaped her life.

Has BPA Fight Obscured Wider Dangers of Plastics?

BPA was identified as a harmful plastic additive years ago, and it's largely been replaced. But recent studies show that many plastics contain similar chemicals that could be just as bad for us.

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Survival Stories from the Edge of 50

Actress and humorist Annabelle Gurwitch confronts the various indignities faced women of a certain age. She discusses the anti-aging offerings at a department-store beauty counter, coping with the assisted suicide of her best friend, negotiating the ins and outs of acceptable behavior with her teenager, and the reality that she’ll probably never be able to afford to retire in her book of essays, I See You Made and Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50.

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Demographic Shifts and the Future of America

America is undergoing a major demographic overhaul. Major generation gaps have opened up in our political and social values, our economic well-being, our family structure, our racial and ethnic identity, our gender norms, our religious affiliation, and our technology use. Paul Taylor presents a portrait of where we are as a nation and where we’re headed—toward a future marked by the most striking social, racial, and economic shifts the country has seen in a century. His book The Next America draws on the Pew Research Center’s extensive archive of public opinion surveys and demographic data.

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Searching for the Man Behind the Legend: Galadrielle Allman on Her Father Duane

The daughter of Allman Brothers founder Duane Allman talks about piecing together memories of her father, who was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24, when Galadrielle was just two.

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