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The House passed a bill on Thursday that blocks state and local governments from requiring labels on foods that contain GMOs—genetically modified organisms. Here in California, three years ago, Monsanto spent $46 million to beat back a ballot proposition requiring GMO labeling. But how safe or unsafe are GMOs? And who should we listen to when it comes to deciding if they’re OK to eat? Then, two years ago, Dr. Seuss’ widow discovered a manuscript of What Pet Should I Get?  a box in their house in La Jolla. This Sunday, the New York Times Book review will publish a review of it on the cover— the first children’s picture book to make the cover. And Harper Lee’s new novel, Go Set a Watchman, has already sold more than a million copies since it came out last week. But readers are not happy to see how Lee originally depicted one of the most beloved characters in modern literature, Atticus Finch. KCRW Bookworm Michael Silverblatt takes us into how the two books compare, and what they tell us about Lee as a writer. Finally, Adam Sandler’s Pixels seems to be universally loathed by critics. In the film, aliens have intercepted a time capsule that was sent into space in the ‘80s that included footage of old video games - and they mistake it for a declaration of war. That and more on today’s film roundup.

Banner Image: GMO corn Yellow Springs, Ohio

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

GMO Bill Passes the House 14 MIN, 30 SEC

The House passed a bill that blocks state and local governments from requiring labels on foods that contain GMOs—genetically modified organisms. Here in California, three years ago, Monsanto spent $46 million to beat back a ballot proposition requiring GMO labeling. How safe or unsafe are GMOs? And who should we listen to when it comes to deciding if they’re OK to eat?

Guests:
Will Saletan, Slate (@saletan)
Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg News (@AlanBjerga)

'What Pet Should I Get?' 8 MIN, 57 SEC

An old, unpublished work from Dr. Seuss is out this month. Two years ago, Dr. Seuss’ widow discovered a manuscript written by the beloved author in a box in their house in La Jolla. This Sunday, the New York Times Book review will publish a review of it on the cover— the first children’s picture book to make the cover.

Guests:
Maria Russo, New York Times Book Review (@mariarussonyt)

More:
Dr. Seuss’ ‘What Pet Should I Get?’

Bookworm on Harper Lee 11 MIN, 49 SEC

Harper Lee’s new novel, Go Set a Watchman, has already sold more than a million copies since it came out last week. But readers are not happy to see how Lee originally depicted one of the most beloved characters in modern literature, Atticus Finch. We dive into how the two books compare, and what they tell us about Lee as a writer with Michael Silverblatt. 

Guests:
Michael Silverblatt, host, 'Bookworm'

Go Set a Watchman

Harper Lee

Film Roundup: Pixels, Paper Towns, Southpaw 13 MIN, 10 SEC
Adam Sandler’s Pixels seems to be universally loathed by critics—it earned a 19 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In the film, aliens have intercepted a time capsule that was sent into space in the ‘80’s that included footage of old video games - and they mistake it for a declaration of war. That and more on today’s film roundup.

Guests:
Dave White, Film Critic (@dlelandwhite)
Alonso Duralde, Film Critic (@ADuralde)

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