The Good and the Bad: The Microbiome and Antibiotics, Politics and Tammany Hall

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Dr. Martin Blaser explains why our microbiome—the good bacteria and cells in our body—is essential for our health and how overusing antibiotics can damage it. An oncologist talks about losing his wife to breast cancer how that experience changed his attitude toward cancer treatment. Lydia Davis discusses her new collection of short stories, Can’t and Won’t. And we’ll take a look at Tammany Hall and how the infamously corrupt political machine also empowered the poor and disadvantaged.