Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Today's is a best-of Brian Lehrer Show, so we won't be taking any calls. But the comments page is always open!
With New Year's resolutions starting today, we look at a popular personal promise: to get fit and lose weight. Writer A.J. Jacobs on his efforts to follow all health advice out there; nutritionist Marion Nestle on everything you need to know about calories; and what's behind the 20-minute workout. Plus: author Jim Holt examines existence; listeners give each other advice; lessons learned from television; and comedian Penn Jillette on atheism.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
New mandated healthy lunches are proving unpopular in school cafeterias around the country. Students are pitching their salads and are complaining they're left feeling hungry. Brian Lehrer opens the phones on this always controversial subject.
Friday, September 07, 2012
Marion Nestle, professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, and professor of Sociology at New York University, co-author with Malden Nesheim of Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics, discusses the recently revived debate over the benefits of consuming organic vs conventional foods.
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Walt Disney is the latest company to jump on the childhood anti-obesity band wagon. Today Disney will announce a new initiative to advertise healthier food products on all its media platforms for children. The company says that ads for sugary cereals and junk foods will eventually be phased out, and by 2015 all companies advertising food products with Disney will be required to comply with new nutritional standards.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Food writer Peter Kaminsky and nutrition and public policy expert Marion Nestle talk about how to have healthy eating habits without sacrificing the fun and pleasure in food. In Culinary Intelligence: The Art of Eating Healthy (and Really Well) Kaminsky tells how he lost 35 pounds and kept them off and he shows how to think before eating, choose good ingredients, understand how flavor works, and make the effort to cook. Marion Nestle’s latest book is Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics (California Studies in Food and Culture).
Monday, March 26, 2012
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.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
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.
Monday, February 13, 2012
In August, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta began a billboard and television ads to raise awareness about childhood obesity, modeled after a successful anti-meth campaign. However, some health officials are concerned that the images and text in these ads are unnecessarily aggressive, and add to the stigma overweight children already face. In addition to sparking a month-long online protest in January, this controversial campaign has also inaugurated a discussion over whose "fault" childhood obesity is.
Friday, December 16, 2011
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn gives an update of FoodWorks: A Vision to Improve NYC’s Food System report, issued a year ago by the New York City Council. The report examined agricultural production, processing, distribution, consumption and post-consumption of food in New York, and proposes 60 strategic actions to improve health, community, and economic development and sustainability. She's joined by Rob Behnke, CEO and Founder of The Brooklyn Salsa Company, which has designated funds to aid cooperative farmland is taking strides towards Carbon Neutrality, has also teamed up with Community Gardeners, Local CSAs, and Public Schools to transform the rooftops, compostable landfills, backyards, empty lots, cement parks and into a urban farmland.
Friday, December 09, 2011
Food labels often list ingredients like carrageenan, modified food starch, and butylated hydroxytoluene. On this week’s Please Explain we’ll find out what they are, what they do, and why they’re in packaged foods. Michael Jacobson, microbiologist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest a nonprofit health advocacy group that focuses on nutrition and food safety policies, and Marion Nestle, professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New York University, explain. Michael Jacobson is the author of Six Arguments for a Greener Diet. Marion Nestle is the author, most recently, of Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety, Updated and Expanded and Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The federal government wants to make school lunches healthier — which also may mean raising the cost for students in certain areas. The White House's child nutrition bill suggests costs go up by 10 cents at the most, but some places are raising prices more than that. Some people are worried that this might generate some backlash from recession-strapped families. How much should Americans have to pay for a healthy school lunch?
Monday, September 05, 2011
Billie Jean King, tennis legend and member of The President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, discusses the president's and first lady's agenda on national fitness as well as her tennis career.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Marion Nestle, professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and professor of Sociology at New York University, discusses the increase in gluten-free living and the nutritional effects of a gluten-free diet.
Thursday, June 02, 2011
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to knock down the 20-year-old nutritional food pyramid and replace it with a simpler guide to healthy eating — a plate. Today the USDA will unveil how they think your dinner plate should look. But while the portion-divide plate might be a more digestible representation of a good diet, the question is will the message get through to people who really need to change their habits? Tony Geraci, former food service director for Baltimore City Schools and consultant for the Got Breakfast Foundation says that the USDA is addressing many health problems head on.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
The FDA is holding a panel of experts to examine the alleged links between artificial food dyes and hyperactivity in children. Joining us to discuss this issue is Marion Nestle, author, blogger, and Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Jonathan Bloom, Wasted Food blogger and the author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It) talks about why half of America's food goes uneaten and what consumers can do to cut waste.
What are your tips for cutting down on food waste?
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Coca-Cola has billed itself as the world's most popular beverage. Journalist Michael Blanding looks into the Coca Cola Company’s global impact. In Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind the World’s Favorite Soft Drink, he looks at how Coca Cola became one of the most profitable companies on the planet, and made "Coca-Cola" the world's second- most recognized word after "hello."
Friday, September 17, 2010
Ever since Joseph Priestly discovered how to "impregnate water with fixed air" in the 18th century, carbonated beverages have been ubiquitous. Sodas have been used to cure diseases, fight alcoholism, and spread American culture around the globe. On this week's Please Explain, we’ll find out what soda is, what’s in it, and when it became so popular. We’re joined by Dr. Kelly Brownell, the co-founder and director of the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, and Darcy O'Neil, beverage master and author of the book Fix the Pumps, a history of soda from the 18th century to the present.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Marion Nestle, the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and the author of What to Eat, estimates calorie counts based on crowd-sourced photos of meals, and discusses how our perception how healthy our food is matches reality.
Below, check out the variety of meal photos submitted by our listeners! (Note that we received LOTS of submissions, and will upload them asap. Thanks for your patience!)
Friday, August 06, 2010
The Wall Street Journal's Timothy Martin discusses a new nutritional-scoring system being tested at grocery stores and looks at why retailers are getting into the business of offering nutritional advice. His article “The New Nutritionist: Your Grocer” looks at what grocery stores are doing nationwide—some are hiring dietitians to offer advice to shoppers, and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the country's biggest food retailer, plans to announce launch a "nutrition program."