We start with a look at the Keystone XL Pipeline: why a Democrat is pushing for support in the Senate, and...what do the Canadians think? Then, a look back at the life of roving surfing legend Dorian “doc” Paskowitz. Next, food writer and podcast host Dan Pashman talks about why he thinks you’re eating everything all wrong, and his new book about how to enjoy food more. And finally, a look at the Los Angeles Times’ new policy of unlimited vacation time for employees: Will it encourage people to take more time off, or less?
FROM THIS EPISODE
The Keystone XL Pipeline is back in the news. Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu is in a tight runoff race in her home state of Louisiana, and she’s pushing hard for a bill supporting the pipeline. Meanwhile, a similar bill already passed in the House, sponsored by her opponent, Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy. We look at the political jockeying over the Keystone Pipeline.
While the fight over the Keystone XL Pipeline plays out in Washington, what do Canadians think? The proposed pipeline would start in the Canadian province of Alberta, after all, and the oil traveling through it would be Canadian oil. We take a look at the pipeline from north of the border.
Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz abandoned a successful medical practice in the 1950s for a life devoted to surfing. He lived a nomadic life with his wife and nine children in a 24-foot RV, moving from beach to beach. Paskowitz died last week at the age of 93. We talk to a filmmaker who made a documentary about his life.
Doug Pray, director and documentary filmmaker
Dan Pashman’s new book, “Eat More Better,” is filled with advice on how to enjoy your food more. He says we’re eating most of our meals incorrectly, from the way we toast bread to grilling hot dogs. He breaks it all down for us and shares his favorite tips.
Eat More Better
The Los Angeles Times has a new policy that will offer its employees unlimited vacation time. No more accruing days off; instead, Times workers will simply ask for time off whenever they want it. But could the new rules result in people taking even less vacation time than they already do?
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