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"Poison Squad" Volunteers taking in a dinner with a side of Borax.
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Science writer Deborah Blum on the government scientists who made the case for food regulation by "eating dangerously."

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11:47
From Vivienne's Shadow Walk in Venice
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 Sound artist Vivienne Corringham takes us on one of her "shadow walks," where she records local spaces and how they affect the people who live there, then "sings the walk" through vocal improvisations.

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09:10
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A composer, environmental philosopher and guest producer on "To The Best Of Our Knowledge" teaches us how to deeply listen to urban spaces.

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Greg Cootsona was born again on February 8, 1981. And this is his “testimony.”

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12:50
Baby, new to this world
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If you think of your life as a series of births, what changes? Why does the birth metaphor matter?

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Wendy Kline says the history of birth in America is the story of the medical establishment’s deliberate suppression of midwives. For her as for most mothers, it’s a story that’s political and personal.  

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15:05
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David Foster Wallace gave the commencement speech at Kenyon College in 2005. It was popular enough to eventually be published in a thin little book called “This Is Water.”

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3:23
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Even this many years later, it’s hard to underestimate what a popular and controversial writer David Foster Wallace still is. There’s even an entire field of "David Foster Wallace Studies" — one of its leaders is Clare Hayes-Brady.

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12:05
Colleen Leahy and Makini Allwood, hosts of "And But So."
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David Foster Wallace’s masterpiece — Infinite Jest — is famously difficult to read. Colleen Leahy and Makini Allwood are climbing the literary mountain of a book, and sharing their experience on a podcast called "And But So."

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10:18
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The anthropologist David Graeber says “BS jobs” are an epidemic. Especially in that circle of hell known as middle management.

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11:51

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