Episode Archive for December 2017

Trying to Throw Science at Them: Yvette d’Entremont and Kavin Senapathy on Food, Fads, and Fear

December 29, 2017

We are living in a land of confusion, as the band Genesis warned us back in 1986, but even they could not have predicted just how much more confusing things would get 31 years later. With a storm of misinformation engulfing almost every field of human endeavor, 2017 was ripe with confusion. And one of the most bewildering subjects is also one of the most personal: our health.

With celebrity gurus pitching pseudoscientific nonsense, conflicting news stories about what will and won’t kill you, and an entire culture of hyper-privilege teaching people to be suspicious of…

Margaret Sullivan: Reckoning and Redemption for the Reality-Based Press

December 06, 2017

In the post-truth world, the mainstream media is beset on all sides. Peddlers of propaganda, misinformation, and conspiracy theories seek to strip the media of its authority by creating parallel realities and fomenting anger and mistrust. At the same time, poor editorial judgments and a toxic culture of sexism have landed countless self-inflected wounds. How can a reality-based press ever hope to fulfill its mission to seek the truth, hold power accountable, and leave the public more informed?


There may be no one better positioned to answer these questions than Margaret Sullivan. She’s…