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Poll: Should Critics Review Opera Singers' Looks?

Saturday, May 24, 2014

When mezzo Tara Erraught was called "dumpy" and "stocky" in newspaper reviews, online pundits reacted angrily, calling the critics sexist and insensitive. Others believe that the critics were on solid ground.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Studying Abroad, Bosnia, Obesity and Age, Affordable Housing

Monday, February 24, 2014

On today's show: Time magazine writer Amanda Ripley talks about following three American high school students as they studied abroad for a year in countries with higher standards, better teaching, and more motivated students. Then, Kenan Trebincevic discusses his memoir, The Bosnia List, about returning to Bosnia 20 years after he and his family fled the war there. Time magazine reporter Alice Park on the problems of obesity in children. Plus, New York Observer reporter Chris Pomorski looks at why efforts to incorporate affordable housing into real estate development plans like Hudson Yards have had mixed results, and what changes the de Blasio administration plans to make.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Cut Sugar and Processed Food and Cut Obesity and Disease

Friday, January 17, 2014

Dr. Robert Lustig argues that the increased sugar in our diets has led to the pandemic of chronic disease and obesity over the last 30 years. His new book, The Fat Chance Cookbook, the follow-up to Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease, includes more than 100 recipes as well as meal plans, nutritional analyses, shopping lists, and food swaps. Dr. Lustig director of the UCSF Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health Program.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bloomberg and the Mexican Soda Tax

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Mexico has just passed a soda and junk food tax to help fight obesity. Mayor Bloomberg's foundation has given $10 million over three years to finance anti-obesity advertising campaigns and research at Mexico's National Institute of Public Health. Elisabeth Malkin, New York Times correspondent in Mexico City, explains what's been called "the Bloomberg tax" in Mexico and what it says about his goals abroad.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Scarcity Explains it All

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Using behavioral science, Eldar Shafir, psychology and public affairs professor at Princeton University and the co-author with Sendhil Mullainathan of Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much (Times Books, 2013), discusses why strategies for coping with scarcity explain the persistence of poverty, obesity, procrastination, and even loneliness.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Public Defenders; Aleksandar Hemon; Typhoid Mary; Dr. Robert Lustig on Sugar, Fat, and Obesity

Monday, September 02, 2013

Happy Labor Day! We're re-airing some favorite recent interviews for the holiday. We’ll look at the current status of public defenders and the legacy of the Supreme Court decision Gideon v. Wainwright. Aleksandar Hemon talks about growing up in Sarajevo and watching its destruction from Chicago during the Balkan War. Mary Beth Keane discusses her new novel about Typhoid Mary, called Fever. Dr. Robert Lustig explains how the massive amount of sugar we’re consuming has changed our brain chemistry, affecting what—and how much—we eat.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Dr. Robert Lustig on Sugar, Fat, and Obesity

Monday, September 02, 2013

Dr. Robert Lustig documents the science and the politics that has led to the growthof chronic disease over the last 30 years. In the late 1970s the government mandated that we limit fat in our food, and the food industry responded by putting more sugar in. Dr. Lustig argues that the result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control. In Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease he presents strategies to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress, and suggests ways to improve the health of the next generation.

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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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Transportation Nation

Mayor Bloomberg Says You're Not Using the Stairs Enough

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

WNYC

NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg issued an executive order Wednesday requiring all new government facilities to be designed in a way that encourages physical activity, like taking the stairs. He wants to help the rest of the city do the same with new legislation and a new academic center. It's all part of a push to spread a philosophy called Active Design. 

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The Takeaway

Is Obesity a Disease?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

This week, the American Medical Association officially recognized obesity as a disease. But not all physicians agree on whether this new categorization makes sense. Dr. Stephen Cook, a pediatrician, and Dr. Davis Liu, a family physician, join us today to discuss how useful this disease designation is, and whether the change is simplifying a complicated problem.

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The Takeaway

Searching For an Immigration Compromise, Remembering James Gandolfini, Is Obesity A Disease?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

On Today's Show: A Voice From the Border on Immigration Reform | Is Obesity a Disease? |Actor James Gandolfini Dead at 51  | Protests Heat Up in Brazil | What Makes a Phenomenal Teacher? | Federal Reserve Eyes End of Stimulus

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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The "Is Anyone Too Fat to Be President?" Gabfest

Friday, May 10, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, live from Cambridge, MA, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: Obama's "red line," the modern surveillance state, and Christie's weight.

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The Takeaway

Can Facebook be Used to Predict and Fight Obesity?

Thursday, May 02, 2013

A new study suggests that people's Facebook likes are good indicators of a neighborhood’s obesity levels. Rumi Chunara, an author of the study and an instructor at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, explains her findings.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Lustig on Sugar, Processed Food and Obesity

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Dr. Robert Lustig documents the science and the politics that has led to the pandemic of chronic disease over the last 30 years.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Pushing Back

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New York State has agreed on legislation that would require mental health professionals to report patients who are likely to be dangerous and allow law enforcement to confiscate any guns they might have. Hear what it could mean for privacy and the patient-doctor relationship. Plus, questioning whether disaster aid should be on-demand; statistics explained; the new Congresswoman from Queens Grace Meng; and what to do when the doctor says your child is obese.

The Takeaway

Can Coca-Cola Re-Brand Itself as an Anti-Obesity Company?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Last night, Coca-Cola aired a new 2-minute anti-obesity ad that looks more like a public service announcement than a commercial. Is anyone buying the mega-corporation's attempts at rebranding itself as a health-focused company? Cindy Gallop, an advertising consultant who focuses on brand reinvention, has been watching the new Coca-Cola campaign closely.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Not Sweet on Sugar

Monday, January 14, 2013

Robert Lustig, pediatric endocrinologist and obesity expert, author of Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease, offers his take on the link between sugar and the public health obesity crisis and what to do about it.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Finding Balance

Monday, January 14, 2013

General Stanley McChrystal reflects on his tenure as Commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and looks ahead to the military's next steps there. Plus: Jon Huntsman on bipartisanship; Robert Lustig explains the role of sugar in the obesity crisis; and the state of Haiti three years after it was hit by a devastating earthquake.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Obesity around the World

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Charlotte Howard, health care correspondent for The Economist, talks about the magazine’s special report on global obesity and ways to address it around the world.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Big Issues

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

On today’s Leonard Lopate Show we’ll find out about the Economist’s special report on global obesity and what countries are doing to address it. Then violinist Midori talks about the 30th anniversary of her performing career. Landscape architect Kate Orff describes the environmental damage done along the Mississippi River system. And Monona Rossol talks about theater safely.