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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?
Friday, January 25, 2013
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.
Friday, September 16, 2011
By Kathleen Horan : Reporter, WNYC News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Do, discusses why she thinks violent video games aren't so bad for kids.
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.
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.
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.
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.