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February 2009

WATCH: Mark Schapiro Talks Carcinogens and BPA on The Lionel Show

For years, chemical manufacturers have been on a 2-assembly-line system: one line for products used by US consumers, another for those destined for the EU and other countries with stricter product safety standards. The FDA has been lax in their duty to protect us: known carcinogens and mutagens have been allowed to sneak into plastics […]

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Jeffrey Smith on Healthy School Lunches

Jeffrey Smith, author of Genetic Roulette, takes a look at the health effects of processed and gmo foods in school lunches, citing a slightly terrifying science experiment in which lab mice fed only junk foods basically lost their minds and tore each other apart. Scary. Before the Appleton Wisconsin high school changed their cafeteria’s diet […]

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Robert Kuttner: An Open Letter to David Axelrod

In this open letter to Obama advisor David Axelrod, Robert Kuttner, co-founder of The American Prospect and author of Obama’s Challenge: America’s Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformative Presidency, offers his insights into what the president must do, and what the president must appear to be doing, in order to rally public opinion […]

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WATCH: Mark Schapiro on Regulating the Toxic Chemicals in Our Products

Amy Goodman speaks to award-winning investigative journalist Mark Schapiro, author of Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power in this segment from Democracy Now!. Schapiro writes, “The European-led revolution in chemical regulation requires that thousands of chemicals finally be assessed for their potentially toxic effects on human beings […]

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Sprout Today, Eat Healthy Tomorrow

If you’re ready to start growing a portion of your own food, but you aren’t quite ready for something that requires a big time commitment or a lot of effort, this is a good place to start. Sprouts are easy to cultivate, mature very quickly, can be used in a variety of delicious dishes, and […]

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TTBOOK Web-exclusive Podcast: Woody Tasch and Intentional Investing

Venture capitalist turned “nurture capitalist” Woody Tasch (Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered) spoke to Jim Fleming, host of PRI’s To the Best of Our Knowledge, about slowing down our money as an antidote to the destructive fast-money approach of Wall Street firms and financial institutions […]

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Matador Life Interviews Master of Disaster Matthew Stein

Most people don’t consider what would happen to them if a disaster struck and they were without electricity or water for five days. Or seven days. Or longer. But it certainly could happen, and if you’re not prepared you could be forced to drink dirty, untreated water out of a ditch to stay alive. So […]

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10 Tips to Lower Your Carbon Footprint When You Shop

It’s a fact of modern life that we have to buy Stuff—most of us aren’t farmers, for example, and even farmers have to buy Stuff to keep their farms going. That Stuff we buy has a carbon footprint. We can’t eradicate it, but we can do our darndest to shop responsibly and make sure the […]

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Obama’s Challenge Author Robert Kuttner on Deficit Hawks and Entitlements

With the budget deficit rising as the economic stimulus takes effect, deficit hawks—both the Republican and “Blue-Dog” Democrat varieties—are rolling out perennial target Social Security again. Robert Kuttner, co-founder of The American Prospect and author of Obama’s Challenge: America’s Economic Crisis and The Power of a Transformative Presidency, looks at the flaws in their argument […]

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WATCH: RealNews Interviews Obama’s Challenge Author Robert Kuttner

In this 2-part video interview, The RealNews Network talks to economist Robert Kuttner, whose prescient book, Obama’s Challenge: America’s Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformative Presidency, warned of the economic crisis and the need for a massive stimulative outlay from the government—spearheaded by this charismatic, popular, and influential president—before other economists even recognized […]

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