The Brian Lehrer Show

PEN Writers Protest; Sen. Warren's Influence on Hillary; Food Industry Changes

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The (Senator) Warren effect; the novelist Francine Prose; big changes to the food industry & an exploration of the most controversial elements of the Quran. 

The Leonard Lopate Show

Martha Stewart's Recipe for Green Juice, and Other Ways to Eat Clean

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Martha Stewart takes a break from her usual roster of cakes and cookies and makes a case for unprocessed foods and a primarily plant-based diet.

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The Takeaway

Rest Easy, America. Coffee is Good for You.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A new study from the nation's top panel on nutrition has found that coffee is good for you—and you should be drinking more of it.

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WEB EXTRA - Radiation in the Milk! From "Health Nuts"

Friday, November 28, 2014

With the American History Guys


The Takeaway

Home-Cooking: A Family Tradition Out of Reach?

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

A team of sociologists at North Carolina State University found that for low- and middle-income families in America, making a home-cooked meal is easier said than done.

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The Takeaway

A Monsanto Exec Takes On the GMO Debate

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Monsanto's been vilified for breeding and selling genetically modified seeds to farmers across the world. The company's Exec. Vice President joins us to make his case for GMOs. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Transforming School Lunch and Changing Lives

Friday, September 05, 2014

Tony Geraci radically changed the school lunch systems in Baltimore and Memphis, using fresh, local foods and getting kids on the farm and in the kitchen.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What Does 'Natural' Really Mean?

Friday, June 20, 2014

A food safety expert explains the rules for what food labels can claim— from "fair trade" to "organic"—and how they can often be misleading.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Home Economics for the 21st Century

Monday, June 09, 2014

Jeannie Fournier, senior director of nutrition education at the Food Bank for New York City, talks about CookShop, the Food Bank's program in NYC public schools that teaches kids about nutrition, where food comes from and how to shop for and cook healthy meals and snacks - on a budget. Listeners, what do you remember from your home economics classes? Do your kids have classes similar to CookShop in their school? Call in at 212-433-WNYC. 


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Will These Ninth Graders Make the Bronx Healthier?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Steering students toward healthcare careers, HERO High aims to tackle several endemic problems in the Bronx: unemployment, poor health, and high college drop-out rates.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Childhood Obesity Rates Fall

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

CDC data show a 43% drop in obesity rates among American children age 2 to 5. Nutrition expert Marion Nestle says this is a very hopeful sign, but that follow-through is required to keep rates low as children move through life. One way to address that: new nutrition labels being announced by the FDA tomorrow. Nestle is hoping that "added sugars" will be included in labels from now on.

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The Takeaway

Synthetic Food Takes the Hassle Out of Eating

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What if you didn’t have to ever eat to get all the nutrition you need? This dream of never having to deal with the hassle of "food" is what inspired Rob Rhinehart to create a grayish, macro-nutirtious cocktail called Soylent which he concocts in an ex-garment factory outside Los Angeles. About 20,000 customers have placed pre-orders of the stuff, and more than $2 million in orders will be shipped in early March. Rhinehart explains why in the future, everyone will eat Soylent.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: The Politics of Food

Friday, December 20, 2013

On this week’s Please Explain, Marion Nestle, author of Eat, Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food PoliticsFood Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and HealthWhat to Eat, among other books, talks about the politics of food.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What's In a Chicken Nugget?

Friday, November 08, 2013

Dr. Richard deShazo of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the lead author of the article "The Autopsy of Chicken Nuggets Reads 'Chicken Little'” in the American Journal of Medicine, talks about his investigation into what, exactly, chicken nuggets contain. Surprise: it's not all chicken meat.

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The Takeaway

Can Fast Food Fight Obesity?

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Fast food has its fair share of critics who say that the processed foods served by chain restaurants are responsible for the obesity epidemic in this country. But in this month’s cover issue for the Atlantic, David Freedman has a response to these critics: Fast food is actually the key to reducing obesity. Freedman argues that by putting our focus on fresh, organic products, we’re missing out on an opportunity to make low-calorie food more widely available.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

All Natural?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Nathanael Johnson, journalist and the author of All Natural*: *A Skeptic's Quest to Discover If the Natural Approach to Diet, Childbirth, Healing, and the Environment Really Keeps Us Healthier and Happier asks why, with better medicine, we're less healthy and tries to chart a middle course between "all natural" and "high tech."



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The Takeaway

Diet Advice Abounds, But Are We Getting Healthier?

Friday, March 01, 2013

Even if you're relatively secure about your health and waistline, it's been impossible to completely miss the buzz around the major diet trends of recent years. But is all this nutrition advice actually making us healthier?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Superfoods

Friday, March 01, 2013

This week’s Please Explain is all about so-called superfoods—natural, whole foods that are superior sources of anti-oxidants and essential nutrients. Dr. Drew Ramsey, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, and co-author of The Happiness Diet and the forthcoming Fifty Shades of Kale, explains which foods are healthiest—from nuts to fish to olive oil to grass-fed beef—for our bodies and our brains.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Should You Eat Like a Greek?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Are you getting your daily nuts, olive oil, fish and sofrito? Gina Kolata, medical reporter for the New York Times, discusses a big new study touting the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Science of Calories

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

When it comes to weight loss, does it matter more what you eat, when you eat or how much you eat? Marion Nestle, professor in the department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and of sociology at New York University tries to answer that question in her new book, Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics.