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The federal government issued its latest set of nutritional guidelines today. But how meaningful are they? Then, a look at Chipotle’s legal troubles over its Norovirus outbreak. Next, what’s the future of Pershing Square? Plans are being drawn up to revamp it. Then, stories like “Making a Murderer,” “Serial” and “The Jinx” have created a new true crime craze. But what are the ethical pitfalls? And finally, in our weekly web roundup, the possibility of longer tweets.

Photo credit: Krzystof Puszczynski

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Laura Swisher

New Nutritional Guidelines: Do They Mean Anything? 9 MIN, 32 SEC

The federal government issued its latest set of nutritional guidelines today. Turns out, eggs are OK after all – along with other foods that are high in cholesterol. If you’re a coffee drinker, you’ll be pleased to know that you can have up to five cups a day! You should eat less sugar, of course. And although they do say you should limit your saturated fats, the guidelines don’t specifically say anything about eating less red meat. That’s got the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network up in arms. How much can we really trust any of this information about the health effects of what we eat?


Guests:
Christie Aschwanden, FiveThirtyEight (@cragcrest)

More:
You Can’t Trust What You Read About Nutrition

Chipotle-coli 7 MIN, 19 SEC

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Norovirus is one of the most common causes of foodborne-illness in the United States. And the Mexican-food chain Chipotle is now facing a federal criminal investigation for an outbreak at a Simi Valley restaurant that sickened more than 100 customers and employees. This is just one of several instances of Chipotle customers getting food poisoning in various states. So what’s going on? Chipotle is supposed to be the healthy fast food.

Guests:
Daniel Kline, Motley Fool (@worstideas)

The Future of Pershing Square 12 MIN, 1 SEC

Plans are underway to revamp what’s been called one of the ugliest public spaces in the country, Pershing Square. Just before Christmas, four finalists were announced in the Pershing Square "Vision" competition. The goal is to transform the five-acre downtown park into a place that people love and use. What do we know about the plans?

Guests:
Frances Anderton, Host, 'DnA: Design & Architecture' (@FrancesAnderton)

More:
Pershing Square Renew

The Ethics of True Crime 12 MIN

True crime has long been a popular niche in books and TV. Now it’s a mainstream obsession, thanks to new storytelling formats.The latest example is the 10-part Netflix series “Making a Murderer.” Before that there was the HBO series “The Jinx”... and before that the podcast “Serial.” All these works re-investigate old murder cases, sometimes turning up new evidence. This kind of journalism can be a public service. It’s also full of ethical pitfalls. What are they?

Guests:
Kelly McBride, Poynter Institute (@kellymcb)
Stephanie Merry, The Washington Post (@stephmerry)

More:
How listening to ‘Serial’ made us doubt ‘Making a Murderer’

Web Roundup: Longer Tweets and More 8 MIN, 31 SEC

This week in our regular Thursday roundup of Internet news, we discuss the possibility of longer tweets and more.

Guests:
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

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