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Republicans lost a Senate vote to defund Planned Parenthood on Monday. But the fight will probably resume next month when Congress comes back from its August recess. This comes after several undercover videos were released that show Planned Parenthood officials discussing providing fetal tissue from abortions to medical researchers. However, those videos were selectively edited, and fetal tissue research is not only legal, it’s funded by Congress. And it’s been used in research in the medical community since the 1930s. How useful is it today?

Then, a roundup of the TCAs—where networks roll out their fall and winter programs for TV critics.

And for someone with a serious illness, the days are marked not by hours, but by an endless parade of pharmaceuticals. But one expert in palliative care says that the health care system can learn a lot from how patients use medical marijuana.

Finally, a team of scientists recently tested 75 different cannabis products and found wildly varying amounts of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient.

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

Fight to Defund Planned Parenthood 8 MIN, 4 SEC

Republicans lost a Senate vote to defund Planned Parenthood Monday, but the fight will probably resume next month when Congress comes back from its August recess. This comes after several undercover videos were released that show Planned Parenthood officials discussing providing fetal tissue from abortions to medical researchers. However, those videos were selectively edited, and fetal tissue research is not only legal, it’s funded by Congress.

Guests:
Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News (@KHNews)

Fetal Tissue in Medical Research 8 MIN, 37 SEC

This latest push in Congress to defund Planned Parenthood has put fetal tissue under the microscope. Fetal tissue has been used in research in the medical community since the 1930s. We look at how it has it been used in the past and how necessary to medical research it is today.

Guests:
Alta Charo, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Television Critics Association Roundup 8 MIN, 7 SEC

We are deep in the heart of the TCA’s—that time of the year when the networks roll out their fall and winter programs for TV critics. There are glitzy presentations, stars to mingle with, and plenty of cocktail shrimp. Which shows are worth watching out for?

Guests:
Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)

Palliative Care: Lessons from Medical Marijuana 14 MIN, 23 SEC

For someone with a serious illness, the days are marked not by hours, but by an endless parade of pharmaceuticals. Unless you treat your disease with medical marijuana. Take it when you want, take how much you want, buy it when you need it, forget it when you don’t. One expert in palliative care says that the health care system can learn a lot from how patients use medical marijuana.

Guests:
David Casarett, University of Pennsylvania

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What I Learned at the Weed Dispensary

Proper Labeling for Cannabis Products 6 MIN, 17 SEC

When you take a drug like Advil, you know what you’re getting. It says so on the box: one Advil contains two hundred milligrams of Ibuprofen. However, when it comes to medical marijuana, this is not the case. A team of scientists recently tested 75 different cannabis products and found wildly varying amounts of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient.

Guests:
Jeffrey Raber, The Werc Shop

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