The Best of B4uLeap

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It’s summer, so it’s a good time for our “best of” show. 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.

On this episode we look back on our podcasts with leading scientists, Pulitzer Prize winning authors, food experts and activists, leading scholars on race, racism and environmental justice, and legendary comedians and satirists. You can follow the links below to go to the original episodes, and if you’re looking for a particular interview or segment, here’s a quick guide:

Scientists (1:10 to 15:10): excerpts from our talks with Dr. John Warner, the father of Green Chemistry; Harvard researcher Dr. Alex Liu, on bee colony collapse disorder and neonicotinoid pesticides; Dr. Stuart Newman on biology and the end of Darwinism; and Stanford University scientist Dr. Mark Jacobson on his plan for a transition to 100% renewable wind, water and solar power economy.

Science writers (15:10 to 28:35): with Mary Roach on her book Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal; Deborah Blum on The Poisoner’s Handbook; and Dan Fagin on Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation.

Food politics and activism (30:00 to 42:15): with food justice advocate Brahm Ahmadi, on his work to build a People’s Community Market in West Oakland’s food desert; Food Politics author Dr. Marion Nestle; food advocate and author of Diet for a Hot Planet author Anna Lappe; lawyer and food safety advocate Bill Marler; and Simran Sethi, sustainable food advocate and author of Bread, Wine and Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love.

Race, Racism and Environmental Justice (42:15 to 59:45): with Dr. Jonathan Marks on a controversial study involving the Havasupai Indians of the Grand Canyon; Tenya Steele, Alvaro Palacios Casanova and Michelle Endo on the Black Lives Matter movement and environmental justice; the Flint water contamination with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who’s research exposed the water issues in the town, the country’s leading scholar on environmental justice Dr. Robert Bullard, and testimony from a Congressional hearing by Center for Environmental Health CEO Michael Green; and Dr. Agustin Fuentes on race and racism.

End-of-Life issues and Mindfulness (59:45 to 1:07:20): with Dr. BJ Miller, Director of San Francisco’s Zen Hospice; Caitlin Doughty of the “Ask a Mortician” web series and author of the memoir Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – and Other Lessons from the Crematory; and Dr. James Doty, founder of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Education Research and Education, and author of the memoir Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart.

Creativity, humor and activism (1:07:20 to end): with Anastasia Khoo of the Human Rights Campaign; Dr. Charles Limb, who scans the brains of freestyle rappers while they compose their rhymes; Pulitzer Prize winning animator Mark Fiore, on his work with Amazon Watch to expose Chevron’s polluting operations; and our two-part episode on Satire and Activism with legendary comedian (from the Simpsons, Spinal Tap and many film, television and radio projects) Harry Shearer, co-founder of the Yippies and The Realist editor Paul Krassner, social justice comedian Negin Farsad of the Muslims Are Coming, and Bryan Janosch of the satirical website The Onion.

With music from Amy Winehouse, October Song, and Bhi Bhiman (with Keegan Michael Key), Moving to Brussels.

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