Carpenter argues that attempts by humans to change the climate (such as shooting a huge amount of sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere to deflect sunlight) are so fraught with unpredictable consequences that it would be insane to make the attempt. Yet the attempt may become necessary if we don't reduce CO2 emissions. 7:56 minutes (5.45 MB)
Host Paul Roland talks with environmental journalist Robert Hunziker about the "dreaded methane veil" arising from melting Arctic sea ice. He has recently written about the "Global Warming Bubble" that, when it bursts, will shatter our remaining illusions about how real and how urgent it is. 57:05 minutes (78.38 MB)
Breast cancer is the premier biomedical in the world and yet survival has not increased since 2000. The Digital Divide explores what science has discovered about why breast and other cancers are difficult to treat, and why a shift to greater emphasis on early detection and prevention is warranted. Host Robert Fortner interviewed Bob Eisenman and we'll listen to excerpts from that interview.
Also, statistics in sports might be distorting not only your view of the game, but of science and even lead to misjudgments in everyday life. Statistician Scott Berry brings this unexpected interplay to light. 58:37 minutes (53.67 MB)
"Oh, my aching back." And many of the tools of modern medicine aren't very helpful solving or even explaining that pain to the tens of thousands of people who suffer from it each year. In his book, "Watch Your Back", primary care physician Dr. Richard Deyo talks about how treatment for back pain may be much more simple than what we've been led to believe or expect. Don Merrill talks with Dr. Deyo about why we should give up the quick fix or the magic cure when confronting this age old problem of aging.
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Bill Resnick and Patrick Mazza discuss Naomi Klein's promising new book about capitalism and the environment, "This Changes Everything: captalsism vs. the climate". They consider the books merits, but also how it does not adequately deal with the challenges it raises against capitalism. They talk about corporate environmentalism, how Naomi ties the great social movements of the last couple centuries to environmentalism, but also her soft-pedaling on the big-business approach to sustainable energy, and the need for radically democratic solutions that devolve centralized forms of power in society, the economy, and energy grid.
Bill Resnick talks with Margaret Jordan of the Richmond Progressive Alliance [Due to technical issues, this interview will not be immediately available as a shareable segment, but is in the longer show file below].
In mid-September, Dr. Lisa Brosseau and Dr. Rachael Jones wrote a commentary for CIDRAP News, a service of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and policy at the University of Minnesota, titled “Health Workers need optimal respiratory protection for Ebola.”
Brosseau and Jones are professors in the School of Public Health, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Their article was picked up by some right-wing bloggers, who exaggerated and misattributed some of its contents, adding fuel to the fire of sensationalistic media coverage of the current Ebola outbreak, as well as to the politicization of the issue during this campaign season. 22:38 minutes (20.73 MB)