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The Growing Use of Food Additives and New Pressure for More Oversight

The Growing Use of Food Additives and New Pressure for More Oversight

September 18, 2014

More than 9,000 additives are in the food supply, ranging from seaweed extract to chemical flavorings. But in many cases, companies certify that these substances are safe without FDA oversight. A discussion about food additives, health concerns and new pressure for a better federal review process.

New Thinking About Treating Cancer

New Thinking About Treating Cancer

September 18, 2014

Advances in research are leading doctors to rethink how to treat cancer—and in some cases of early detection, whether to treat it at all. We explore new ideas in the approach to cancer treatment.

The U.S. Steps Up Efforts To Contain The Ebola Epidemic In West Africa

The U.S. Steps Up Efforts To Contain The Ebola Epidemic In West Africa

September 16, 2014

President Barack Obama is stepping up US efforts to treat Ebola victims and contain its spread in West Africa. Addressing the medical, social and political threats posed by the widening epidemic.

The Growing Ebola Crisis And The International Response

The Growing Ebola Crisis And The International Response

September 8, 2014

The World Health Organization predicts there will be 20,000 Ebola infections by year’s end. Other estimates are far higher. Please join us to discuss the potential scale of the expanding crisis and the international response.

The Environmental Outlook: How Noise Pollution Can Harm Our Health

The Environmental Outlook: How Noise Pollution Can Harm Our Health

September 2, 2014

A growing body of research shows that excessive noise in our environment can have dangerous effects on our health. Diane and her guests discuss the risks of noise pollution and what needs to be done.

An Update On The Environmental Effects Of Fracking

An Update On The Environmental Effects Of Fracking

August 20, 2014

A recent study blames fracking for earthquakes in Oklahoma while another warns of risks to drinking water. Diane and her guests discuss what the latest research says about how fracking affects the earth - and what can be done about it.

Alan Rabinowitz:  "An Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey Of The Jaguar"

Alan Rabinowitz: "An Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey Of The Jaguar"

August 18, 2014

One of the world's leading big cat experts has been enchanted by jaguars since he had an encounter with one as a child. Alan Rabinowitz on the history and habits of jaguars and his efforts to save the species.

Hampton Sides: "In the Kingdom of Ice"

Hampton Sides: "In the Kingdom of Ice"

August 14, 2014

A conversation with best-selling author Hampton Sides on his latest book about an epic naval expedition to the North Pole. In 1879, 33 men journey through uncharted labyrinths of ice and become marooned almost 1,000 miles north of Siberia.

Containing Ebola And Controversy Over An Experimental Drug

Containing Ebola And Controversy Over An Experimental Drug

August 11, 2014

An experimental drug given to two Americans who contracted Ebola has sparked controversy over who gets treatment. An update on the effectiveness of the drug and efforts to contain the spread of the deadly virus.

Effects Of Poisonous Algae On The Nation's Water Supply

Effects Of Poisonous Algae On The Nation's Water Supply

August 7, 2014

Large blooms of poisonous algae in Lake Erie recently forced a tap water ban in Toledo, Ohio. Scientists say it's a widespread problem across the country. Diane and her guests discuss what's behind the increase in harmful algae and debate over tougher regulation.

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