A talk with Dr. B.J. Miller, Executive Director of San Francisco's Zen Hospice Project, and with long-time ZHP volunteer Mary Doane.

Direct download: Ep19_Hospice_Final.mp3
Category:death and dying -- posted at: 10:53am 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

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."

Direct download: Ep17_GoodDeath_Final.mp3
Category:death and dying -- posted at: 9:18am PDT

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 Miño of Amazon Watch; and activist John Sellers of Agit-Pop Communications.

Direct download: Ep16_YrBrainPt2_Final.mp3
Category:comedy -- posted at: 7:16am 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

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.

Direct download: Ep14_LeadWars_Final.mp3
Category:toxic chemicals -- posted at: 11:08am PDT

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.

Direct download: Ep13_RaceOrRacism_Final.mp3
Category:racism -- posted at: 8:52pm PDT

We speak to Goldman Environmental Prize winner Helen Slottje, scientist Anthony Ingraffea, Professor Mark Jacobson of the Solutions Project, and CEH Energy and Health expert Ansje Miller. 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!

Direct download: Ep12_FrackingMess_Final.mp3
Category:fracking -- posted at: 1:01pm PDT

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.

Direct download: Ep11_Food_Final.mp3
Category:food -- posted at: 4:36pm 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