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Worse Than Ebola

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U.S. research labs can create even deadlier strains of Ebola, influenza, and other infectious diseases, in so-called “gain-of-function” research. We hear from biosafety expert Edward Hammond on threats from lab-created superbugs. Also, food safety lawyer Bill Marler and health threats from the hormone-aletring chemical BPA, from Connie Engel of the Breast Cancer Fund.

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A Good Death!

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It’s our Halloween show, and we talk to the most fun mortician on the planet, Caitlin Doughty. You may know her from her popular webcast “Ask a Mortician,” hosted on her website “Order of the Good Death.” We talk about morbid kids (it gets better), “secondary flaccidity,” the greatest death movie ever, and her new book, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, and Other Lessons from the Crematory.”

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Your Brain on Activism (Part 2)

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What do animated political cartoons, mass non-violent direct actions, and a global search for humor have in common? Is that the start of a joke? No, it’s today’s episode on creativity in activism! We talk to Peter McGraw, author of The Humor Code; Pulitzer Prize winning animator Mark Fiore and Paul Paz y Mino of Amazon Watch; and activist John Sellers of Agit-Pop Communications.

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Your Brain on Activism (Part 1)

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We hear from Dr. Charles Limb, who straps jazz musicians and freestyle rappers into an MRI machine and studies their brains while they create musical improvisations. His Ted Talk has over 1 million views. Also, two leading activists tell us how creativity informs their work.

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Lead Wars

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We speak to Gerald Markowitz, co-author of Lead Wars, a history outlining the lead industry’s 100-year campaign to maintain sales of lead-based paint. Also, CEH Research Director Caroline Cox with tips on avoiding lead threats to your children and family.

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Race or Racism?

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Hear Professor Agustin Fuentes explain how New York Times science writer Nicholas Wade gets the science wrong in his new book on race and genetics, and comedian Baratunde Thurston, author of “How To Be Black.” Plus we hear about environmental racism and environmental justice.

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A Fracking Mess

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Health experts say fracking is damaging communities, and scientists say the fossil fuels from fracking will doom the planet. Hear why fracking can’t work, and how we can protect our children and families from fracking risks!

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Food: Science, Politics, Action!

We hear from the country’s leading expert on food politics, Marion Nestle, on the food industry’s influence, genetically engineered and cloned food, and much more. Then food author, educator and advocate Anna Lappé tells us why GMOs won’t feed the world, and how organic farming can alleviate the climate crisis. And Rebecca Spector of the Center for Food Safety gives us updates on the latest food fights in Congress and the states.

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Bay Area foodies, don’t forget the CEH gala event on Thursday, May 8, with keynote speaker Dennis Kucinich! Check the website for tickets and more information.

More information and background on our episode archives page.

Gulp, with Mary Roach!

MaryRandcowWhy wouldn’t Kafka’s father look at him over breakfast? What does periblepsis mean? Why does Mary Roach have her arm inside a cow’s stomach? How did I make Mary cry? These and many more questions are answered in our delightful conversation with Mary Roach, whose latest book Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal is just out in paperback. Plus, we talk to science writer Virginia Hughes about recent research on the connections between gastric bypass surgery, gut bacteria and weight loss.

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Coming Soon – Mary Roach!

Mary-Roach-and-GulpOn the next Before You Leap, we’ll speak with the amazing, hilarious best-selling author Mary Roach. In Stiff, she wrote about the body after death. In Bonk, she took on the science of sex. We’ll talk about her latest book Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, which is coming out in paperback on April 1. Follow us on twitter and tweet any questions you have for Mary!