B4uLeap (general)

Many people are terrified at the prospect of Donald Trump’s tiny fingers on America’s nuclear weapons button. Another terror in our backyards: the nation’s biological research labs, which handle deadly pathogens like ebola, anthrax and others. We discuss the potential for global disasters with Professor Kennett Benedict of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and with journalist Alison Young, who has investigated US biolabs for USA Today for more than a decade.

Direct download: Ep38_BiolabsOrBust_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:32pm PDT

Featuring best-selling science humorist Mary Roach, Pulitzer Prize winners Deborah Blum and Dan Fagin, food advocates Dr. Marion Nestle and Anna Lappe, legendary satirists Paul Krassner and Harry Shearer, and many others.

Direct download: Ep34_BestOfB4uLeap_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:17pm PDT

Growing up in the high desert of California, Jim Doty was poor, with an alcoholic father and a mother chronically depressed and paralyzed by a stroke. Today he is the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University, of which the Dalai Lama is a founding benefactor. Hear him tell some of the remarkable stories from his new memoir, Into the Magic Shop.

Direct download: Ep30_IntoMagic_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:40am PDT

Do you like energy bars or granola bars? How about packaged fresh juice smoothies, or ready-to-eat pizza crusts? If you eat these or any of thousands of other foods you have the military to thank. Hear Anastacia Marx de Salcedo, author of Combat-Ready Kitchen, on the military origins of our food. Then, organic farmer Judith Redmond on the climate and agriculture connection.

Direct download: Ep28_CombatReadyKit_Final_-_121415_10.51_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:21pm PDT