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PRI's The World

It's not just a soap opera, it's a 'radio movie'

Monday, September 08, 2014

Soaps aren't anything new in most parts of the world, but a long-running Nigerian radio show called "Story, Story" uses the techniques of film to create an immersive, realistic radio drama. The popular show also helps spread public service messages to a wide audience.

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PRI's The World

Universities are screening students from West Africa for Ebola as they return to school

Thursday, September 04, 2014

There are an estimated 10,000 students from Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea attending American colleges and universities. Many US campuses have put Ebola health screening measures in place to make sure students aren't infected.

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PRI's The World

Why isn't the rest of the world helping fight the Ebola outbreak?

Thursday, September 04, 2014

When there's a devastating earthquake almost anywhere around the globe, health care workers and humanitarian groups rush in. But in the case of Ebola in West Africa, only three countries — China, Cuba, and Uganda — have sent in medical teams. And the disease is outstripping the resources.

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PRI's The World

Liberia's hottest hip-hop station has all the latest Ebola music and news

Monday, September 01, 2014

One of Liberia's most popular hip-hop stations is taking its young audience and the Ebola crisis seriously. Hott FM is quickly becoming Monrovia's best source for 24/7 Ebola coverage — through both news updates and the hottest songs. Have a listen.

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PRI's The World

Ebola's spread to Nigeria presents a whole new level of risk

Friday, August 15, 2014

The medical relief agency Doctors Without Borders says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is like fighting a war, and the battle has now reached Nigeria. With huge, tightly-packed cities, the country could be in serious trouble if cases aren't contained.

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Intelligence Squared US

Intelligence Squared US: Is the FDA Killing Us?

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Broadcast Times: Saturday 6am on 93.9FM, Saturday 2pm on AM 820 and Sunday 7am on AM 820 and 8pm on AM 820 

The Food and Drug Administration, the oldest comprehensive consumer protection agency in the U.S. federal government, is charged with protecting the public health. Under this mandate, it regulates drugs and medical devices for their safety and effectiveness. But is it a failing mandate? It’s long been argued that the FDA’s long and costly approval processes stifle innovation and keep life-changing treatments from the market. But the question remains: when it comes to public health, is it ever okay to sacrifice safety for speed?

 

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The Takeaway

Paying Pregnant Women to Quit Smoking

Thursday, May 02, 2013

An organization in Eugene, Oregon is trying to get pregnant women to stop smoking by paying them in the form of a department store gift cards. Will it be effective? Kristian Foden-Vencil of Oregon Public Broadcasting reports.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NAACP Against the Soda Ban

Friday, January 25, 2013

The NAACP came out against Mayor Bloomberg's ban on large, sugary drinks. WNYC's Fred Mogul and Keli Goff, The Root's political correspondent and writer for their Blogging The Beltway blog, discuss why the NAACP has taken this position.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Future of Food and Farming in America

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch and organic farmer, argues that the local food movement is not enough to solve America’s food crisis. In Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America, she takes aim at what she sees as the cause of our food and public health problems: the consolidation and corporate control of food production.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Following Up: "Latch On NYC"

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Deborah Kaplan, assistant commissioner for maternal, infant, and reproductive health at the New York City Department of Health, follows up on yesterday's conversation about access to baby formula in city hospitals.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fail: Hip Replacements

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Barry Meier, reporter for New York Times business, public health and law, discusses his reports on the problems with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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WNYC News

Mayor's Annual Report Card Shows Economic Troubles

Friday, September 16, 2011

WNYC

The annual report card of the mayor's administration reflected a city under economic strain. The data shows city services are getting cut back while the city's most vulnerable residents are seeking more aid.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Shmeat: Is It What's for Dinner?

Friday, September 09, 2011

Michael Specter, New Yorker staff writer on science, technology and public health and the author of Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Harms the Planet and Threatens Our Lives (Penguin 2009), explains the science of lab-grown meat, or shmeat, and takes your calls on whether you'd eat it as an alternative to meat.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Patenting Genes

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Robert Cook-Deegan, director of the Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy Center for Genome Ethics, Law & Policy and Sanford School of Public Policy, discusses the federal appeals court ruling that companies can patent two isolated human genes linked to cancer.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Free Preventive Care for Women

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Linda Rosenstock, dean of public health at the University of California, Los Angeles, and chairwoman of the Preventive Services for Women Committee at the Institute of Medicine, discusses the Obama administration's new regulations for free preventive healthcare for women, based on the committee's recommendations. Kate Nocera, health reporter for Politico, discusses the politics of these regulations and what they mean for patients. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Violent Video Games

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Cheryl Olson, public health researcher and co-author of, Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Video Games and What Parents Can Dodiscusses why she thinks violent video games aren't so bad for kids.

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The Takeaway

In China, Anger and Panic Over Lead Poisoning

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

In China, factory workers and their families are speaking out about a growing public health scandal for the Chinese government. Mass lead poisonings are showing up in factory towns across the country. Lead is showing up in high levels in homes situated near factories, as well as in the blood of factory workers and their families.

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The Takeaway

Have We Become Complacent About Vaccination?

Thursday, July 01, 2010

In California, an outbreak of whooping cough — a bacterial infection that results in fits of coughing — has reached epidemic propotions. Five infants, all of them Latino, have died this year. California health officials are urging residents to get vaccinated. Meanwhile, in Colorado, an outbreak of meningitis has killed two Fort Collins residents. The two diseases aren't connected, but their appearance is raising questions about whether we've become complacent about getting vaccinations — or whether lack of access to health care is to blame.

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The Takeaway

Decline in Smoking Takes Toll on Tobacco Farmers

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Smoking is in decline. This is good news for the CDC, but bad news for tobacco farmers. This month, Washington State increased their cigarette tax to more than three dollars a pack. And two new smoking bans will take effect this summer in Kansas and Wisconsin, making a total of 26 states that say no to smokers.

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The Takeaway

Swine Flu: A Look Back on the Crisis That Wasn't

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What have we learned from the swine flu crisis that wasn't? Joan Nichols, associate director of research at the Galveston National Laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and D.A. Henderson, public health expert and co-author of "Smallpox- the Death of a Disease: The Inside Story of Eradicating a Worldwide Killer," share their differing opinions on what we did right and what went wrong.

 


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