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We start with health news: First, what do we make of the government’s new recommendations on cholesterol, which apparently isn’t so bad for us after all? Then, two local doctors discuss how they handle unvaccinated patients. Next, the thawing U.S.-Cuban relationship has led some to call for reforming a 1960s law that creates an easier path to citizenship for Cuban immigrants. And finally, we hear from the author of a new book that chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of fashion designers John Galliano and Alexander McQueen, who revolutionized the industry in the 1990s but ultimately fell victim to their own demons.

 

Banner Photo Credit: Alexander McQueen

Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

Eggs For Everyone? 8 MIN, 41 SEC

Cholesterol is bad for you, right? For decades, Americans have been told to avoid it. But that’s about to change. The federal government is expected to drop cholesterol warnings from the country’s official nutrition guidelines. So what does that mean for your egg consumption? And can we now eat as many pastrami sandwiches as our greasy hearts desire?

Guests:
Peter Whoriskey, Washington Post (@PeterWhoriskey)

Two Doctors on How They Handle Unvaccinated Kids 11 MIN, 50 SEC

The re-emergence of measles has created a dilemma for pediatricians: what to do about parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated. Is it best to treat the unvaccinated kids, potentially putting other patients who visit their offices at risk? Or is it better to reject unvaccinated patients, though it means giving up the chance to support the child’s health and educate the parents? Two local doctors with different approaches explain their stances to Madeleine.

Guests:
Eric Ball, Pediatrician, Orange County
Leila Bozorgnia, Pediatrician, LA's West Side

Thawing Relationship With Cuba Has Immigration Implications 11 MIN, 11 SEC

The thawing of relations with Cuba has sparked a new conversation about immigration policy here in the U.S. Specifically, should we throw out the law that favors Cuban immigrants over other immigrants? The 1966 law is called the Cuban Adjustment Act, and it says that any Cuban -- once they arrive in the U.S. -- can become a permanent resident after one year and a citizen after five. Now lawmakers in Washington are pushing for a new look at the law. We hear the pros and cons.

Guests:
Guillermo Grenier, Professor of Sociology

The Rise and Fall of Galliano and McQueen 13 MIN, 28 SEC

Four years ago, the fashion designer John Galliano sabotaged his career. He unleashed a drunken, anti-Semitic rant at a Paris cafe. It was captured on video and went viral. Days later, Galliano was fired as chief designer for Christian Dior. A year before Galliano’s implosion, another fashion prodigy also self-destructed. Alexander McQueen, who turned clothing design into fine art, killed himself. He was just 40 years old. Galliano and McQueen helped open the exclusive world of high fashion to the masses and became celebrities in the process. But ultimately, they couldn’t withstand the pressure. A new book out this week tells the story of these two men, and how their lives were remarkably similar.

 

John Galliano, Photo Credit: Laura Loveday (Left)
John Galliano, Photo Credit: Markus Bollingmo (Right)

John Galliano
Photo Credit: Markus Bollingmo

John Galliano
Photo Credit: Markus Bollingmo

Alexander McQueen, Photo Credit: Victor Soto

Alexander McQueen, Photo Credit: Victor Soto

Guests:
Dana Thomas, Author (@danathomasparis)

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