There's one thing we can all set our clocks by -- somewhere, there's a conservative who's really bent that there are women out there having unauthorized sex. State legislators in Michigan, Virginia, Alabama, and Indiana have all recently introduced legislation restricting reproductive rights.
Is this really about protecting the fetus, or is it about controlling women, their bodies, and their sexuality? Or both? Abe and Joe examine this question and take listener phone calls.
The "sequester" may not be the dumbest thing in the history of human civiization, but it makes the Top 10. Abe and Joe examine the phony "crisis" foisted upon us by our cowardly representatives in Washington.
Listen in to this great interview with Cory Doctorow and Rabia Yeaman. Cory's newest book Homeland, a sequel to a previous sci-fi best seller, Little Brother is already generating a lot of buzz. Listen in.
Iven Hale hosts this President's Day episode. Please note that an unforseen glitch in the recording clipped the first 30 or so seconds from the beginning. Once it can be recovered it will be re-inserted. All that was lost was the intro-music and some of Iven's opening remarks. On the rest of the show, we hear:
Bill Resnick talks with Ben Goldacre about the pharmaceutical industry's influence on science research. He points out that because clinical trials don't have to be published, there's a remarkable bias in favor of pharmeceutical manufacturers. He talks about the deleterious effects this has on doctor's and independent academic researcher's ability to evaluate approaches to treatment.
Yolanda Whyte, MD, is a pediatrician from Atlanta, Georgia, who has given several speeches characterizing fluoride as a health risk to children, African-American and Hispanic communities, and people with diabetes and kidney disease.
Here is her lecture at Portland State University in February, 2013.
Tom Becker reads from an article on Truth Dig by Chris Hedges, "The Myth of Human Progress". Hedges predicts massive starvation and misery await us this century if we do not stop climate change, and isolates a certain myth of progress that stymies that action.
So the Pope resigned on Monday -- the first time that's happened in about 600 years -- leaving the world's 1.2 million Catholics without a leader. We can only hope that his successor will support contraception and refuse to protect pedophiles. But we can, with some accuracy, predict that the new Pope will be male.
In the wake of the Holy Father's abdication, Abe and Joe examine the state of modern Christianity, and ask listeners whether patriarchal religion is a help or a hindrance in the 21st Century.