Pesticides, Veep, and What Happens When We Sleep

« previous episode | next episode »

Friday, April 11, 2014

Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: we’ll find out what happens to the children’s brains when they’re exposed to pesticides. Anna Chlumsky talks about her role on the HBO show, “Veep.” Isla Morley discusses her new novel, Above. And this week’s Please Explain is about dreams and nightmares.


Andy Borowitz

Bad News about Pesticides

Reporter Susan Freinkel talks about what happens to brains of children who have been exposed at a young age to pesticides. She’s joined by Lee Fang, who reports on how the pesticide companies have influenced regulations in Washington and at the local level. Both Freinkel and Fang are contributors to The Nation magazine. Freinkel is the author of the book Plastic: A Toxic Love Story and her article Warning Signs: How Pesticides Harm the Young Brain and Fang’s article The Pesticide Industry vs. Consumers: Not a Fair Fight appear in the March 31, 2014, issue of The Nation magazine.

Find consumer guides about pesticides and produce and more at the Environmental Working Group's web site:

Comments [11]

Anna Chlumsky on Keeping It Together on "Veep"

Anna Chlumsky on her character, chief of staff Amy Brookheimer: "She's like her own one-woman mafia."

Comments [3]

Above, a Novel by Isla Morley

Isla Morley discusses her novel Above. It’s about a teenager who’s abducted by a survivalist and locked away in an aban­doned missile silo in Eudora, Kansas. At first, she focuses frantically on finding a way out, until the harrowing truth of her new existence settles in—the crushing loneliness, the terrifying madness of a captor who believes he is saving her from the end of the world, and the persistent temptation to give up.


The Stuff That Dreams (and Nightmares) Are Made Of

On this week's Please Explain, we'll find out what goes on inside our brains as we sleep.

Comments [26]

Guest Picks: Anna Chlumsky

Anna Chlumsky was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her role in HBO's Veep. She also told us about the song that's become her personal anthem. Find out what else Anna Chlumsky's reading, watching and hearing...


Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.