The podcast of the Center for Environmental Health. Remember to look, before you leap.


  • Poisoned with Alan Bell

    03/04/2017 Duración: 27min

    Alan Bell was a young, athletic prosecuting attorney taking down Florida's top organized crime figures when a move to a new office building prompted a series of odd and increasingly debilitating symptoms. Eventually he was so sick that doctors advised him to move to the Arizona desert where he lived in an 800 square foot glass and steel bubble, confined to a wheel chair and tethered to an oxygen tank. His new book Poisoned chronicles his journey to recovery and to fighting for other victims of environmental contamination.

  • Comedy vs. Trump, with Greg Proops and Maysoon Zayid

    18/02/2017 Duración: 56min

    Can comedy take down the orange menace, before he nukes the planet? We talk to two comedians who are taking on Trump with satire. Maysoon Zayid is Trump's worst nightmare: she's a smart, funny, Muslim-American disabled woman comic from New Jersey. Then, Greg Proops is the smartest man in the world, and you should be reading his book and listening to his podcast. Laugh, and resist!

  • Biolabs or Bust!

    04/02/2017 Duración: 01h03min

    Many people are terrified at the prospect of Donald Trump’s tiny fingers on America’s nuclear weapons button. Another terror in our backyards: the nation’s biological research labs, which handle deadly pathogens like ebola, anthrax and others. We discuss the potential for global disasters with Professor Kennett Benedict of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and with journalist Alison Young, who has investigated US biolabs for USA Today for more than a decade.

  • Resisting Trump!

    10/12/2016 Duración: 01h30min

    Professor Robin D.G. Kelley outlines the five things we must do now to resist Trump, and Becky Bond discusses the lessons she learned while working for the Bernie Sanders campaign, and how we can use these “Rules for Revolutionaries” now. Also, clips from some of our favorite post-election podcasts.

  • Home Cooked with Anya Fernald

    03/10/2016 Duración: 01h13min

    Anya Fernald is a judge on the Food Network’s Iron Chef, founder of the world’s largest sustainable meat company, and author of the new cookbook Home Cooked. Also, Dr. Stanton Glantz was the first to expose the tobacco industry’s deceptive practices, and now he’s working to expose the the sugar industry. And an update on the toxic chemical BPA in canned food. 

  • Race, Politics and Food

    05/08/2016 Duración: 01h15min

    What’s the connection between race, culture, health and food? We talk with Chef Therese Nelson, founder of the Black Culinary History Project, and Dr. Ricardo Salvador, who tells us about the Plate of the Union campaign. Also, hear what you can do about the toxic chemical BPA in your food.

  • The Best of B4uLeap

    10/07/2016 Duración: 01h23min

    Featuring best-selling science humorist Mary Roach, Pulitzer Prize winners Deborah Blum and Dan Fagin, food advocates Dr. Marion Nestle and Anna Lappe, legendary satirists Paul Krassner and Harry Shearer, and many others.

  • A Grocery Store Revolution

    12/06/2016 Duración: 51min

    Brahm Ahmadi co-founded People’s Grocery to tackle environmental injustice and health disparities in West Oakland’s under-served “food desert.” Now Brahm is creating the People’s Community Market, a revolutionary grocery store for West Oakland. And a former podcast guest, social justice comedian Negin Farsad is coming to Oakland to promote her new book How to Make White People Laugh. We’ll hear the event details and more.

  • Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love

    04/05/2016 Duración: 41min

    Simran Sethi's new book Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love chronicles her travels to six continents in pursuit of delicious and endangered tastes, with stories that highlight the inspiring people and places that are bringing back the foods we love. Check it out!

  • Environmental Justice in Flint and Beyond

    06/03/2016 Duración: 58min

    Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha's research demonstrated that Flint's children were suffering from lead poisoning due to the change in the town's drinking water supply. Dr. Robert Bullard, one of the nation's leading scholars of environmental justice, has been researching towns like Flint for decades. Hear their feelings about Flint now and for the future, and learn how you can have your water tested for lead.

  • Into the Magic Shop with Dr. James Doty

    22/02/2016 Duración: 57min

    Growing up in the high desert of California, Jim Doty was poor, with an alcoholic father and a mother chronically depressed and paralyzed by a stroke. Today he is the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University, of which the Dalai Lama is a founding benefactor. Hear him tell some of the remarkable stories from his new memoir, Into the Magic Shop.

  • Changing Batteries to Change the World

    18/01/2016 Duración: 59min

    The race to the next generation of batteries may change everything, making electric cars and the transition to an all-electric, 100% renewable energy economy a reality. We talk to Steve LeVine, author of "The Powerhouse," about the race to build a better battery, and to researcher Mark Jacobson, who has authored plans for a global transition to 100% renewable energy.

  • Bullets and Bread

    14/12/2015 Duración: 58min

    Do you like energy bars or granola bars? How about packaged fresh juice smoothies, or ready-to-eat pizza crusts? If you eat these or any of thousands of other foods you have the military to thank. Hear Anastacia Marx de Salcedo, author of Combat-Ready Kitchen, on the military origins of our food. Then, organic farmer Judith Redmond on the climate and agriculture connection.

  • Toms River, Science and Salvation

    18/10/2015 Duración: 58min

    A story of science detective work, corporate irresponsibility, and persistent activism with author Dan Fagin, whose book Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. Also, Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, who grew up in the Toms River area.

  • Green Chemistry and My Grey Hair

    01/10/2015 Duración: 35min

    John Warner has been called the father of green chemistry, but can he restore my grey hair to its natural color? We hear about John’s journey from a working class family in South Boston to helping to create the field of green chemistry, and we find out if green chemistry can restore my grey hair.

  • E-cigarettes: Safe to Vape?

    07/09/2015 Duración: 59min

    A talk with addiction specialist Dr. Sheldon Weinberg, an excerpt of a talk by tobacco control expert Dr. Stanton Glantz, and CEH's Caroline Cox on cancer-causing chemicals in e-cigarettes.

  • Project Animal Farm

    04/07/2015 Duración: 57min

    Born out of a global expedition fearlessly undertaken by a young woman, Project Animal Farm offers a riveting and revealing look at what truly happens behind farm doors. Also, an update on the use of animal drugs in meat production from Cameron Harsh of the Center for Food Safety.

  • Toxic Flame Retardants Are Good For You!

    10/05/2015 Duración: 01h15s

    Grant Gillham ran a phony "citizens" group for the chemical industry - now he's speaking out about his former clients' lies. And John Stauber, author of the classic expose of corporate propanganda, "Toxic Sludge is Good For You."

  • From Silent Spring to Poison Spring

    18/03/2015 Duración: 58min

    Evaggelos Vallianatos worked at the EPA for 25 years, and his new book Poison Spring outlines how the chemical industry’s influence has derailed regulations on pesticides and other toxic chemicals. Also, Jay Feldman of Beyond Pesticides on pesticide use in marijuana production – should you be concerned about pesticide residues when you light one up? And CEH’s own Caroline Cox on our work to protect children and families from disease-causing pesticides.

  • Captured by Corporations

    23/02/2015 Duración: 59min

    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.

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