B4uLeap (science)

What happens when government regulators seem more concerned with protecting the profits of the corporations that they’re supposed to be regulating than in protecting our health or the environment? We hear from two journalists who follow the problem of politics and corporate interstes trumping science at EPA and FDA. And CEH Executive Director Michael Green tells about the role CEH played in California’s review of hexavalent chromium, the chemical made famous by the movie Erin Brockovich.

Direct download: Ep21_CapturedByCorps_Final.mp3
Category:science -- posted at: 8:24pm PDT

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-altering chemical BPA, from Connie Engel of the Breast Cancer Fund.

Direct download: Ep18_WorseThanEbola_Final.mp3
Category:science -- posted at: 11:34am PDT

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.

Direct download: Ep15_YrBrain_Pt1Final.mp3
Category:science -- posted at: 9:01pm PDT

Why does Mary Roach have her arm inside a cow's stomach? What's periblepsis mean? How did I make Mary cry? These and many other questions answered in the podcast, in which we talk about Mary's latest book, Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. Plus, science writer Virginia Hughes on new research on gut bacteria and obesity.

Direct download: Ep10_Gulp_Final.mp3
Category:science -- posted at: 7:25pm PDT

We learn about geoengineering and take a quiz: guess which one is NOT a real proposal to cool the planet. Also, how the chemical industry distorted science for decades, and genetic science clashes with human rights in the Grand Canyon.

Direct download: Ep5_BlindedByScience_Final.mp3
Category:science -- posted at: 5:49am PDT