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The Food and Drug Administration has had a busy week. For the first time in 20 years, the FDA is re-thinking the nutrition labels on food. It’s also looking into a procedure called “three-parent in vitro fertilization” that could help women carrying a genetic disorder have healthy babies. Elizabeth Kolbert talks with Madeleine about our world’s sixth great extinction: the one currently being caused by humans. We take a look at a new film depiction of Jesus - and the many other ways he has been portrayed on the screen. And we look into a report about border patrol brutality.

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

The Politics of Portions 8 MIN, 12 SEC

The White House is set to unveil new rules for food labeling today. It’s the first time in 20 years that we’ve seen significant changes to the way information is displayed on the food we buy. We look at what’s driving the changes -- from new nutritional information to politics and lobbying.

Guests:
Marion Nestle, New York University (@marionnestle)

Safe Food

Marion Nestle

Making (Designer?) Babies with Three Parents 7 MIN, 55 SEC

Medical advisers to the US Food & Drug Administration held hearings this week on whether to approve a controversial procedure called "three-parent in vitro fertilization.” The procedure is meant to help women with a genetic defect to have healthy babies. But it has also raised objections from people who see this as a slippery slope to “designer babies.”

Guests:
Sharon Begley, Reuters (@sxbegle)

The Sixth Extinction 10 MIN, 9 SEC

The Earth has lived through 5 mass extinctions of animals and plants. The last one - 66 million years ago -  took out the dinosaurs. That extinction is believed to have been caused by a giant asteroid smashing into the Earth. Now we are living through extinction number 6. And the cause is us. Human behavior.

Guests:
Elizabeth Kolbert, New Yorker (@ElizKolbert)

The Sixth Extinction

Elizabeth Kolbert

Jesus on the Big Screen 15 MIN, 27 SEC

The biblical story of Jesus has been told in films since the beginning of films themselves. It’s latest incarnation is called Son of God. It opens tomorrow, and church groups have already purchased over 500 thousand tickets for opening weekend. We talk with one of its producers, Roma Downey, who also plays Mary in the film. And we take a look back at the many, many depictions of Jesus in the movies over the past 100 years.

Guests:
Roma Downey, producer and actress (@RealRomaDowney)
Mike Schlitt, LA-based writer and performer (@schlitthappenz)

Border Brutality 7 MIN, 9 SEC

An internal Border Patrol report has found that agents shot and killed at least 19 people over the last 4 years. The report was completed a year ago, but federal agencies tried to keep it under wraps. Now it’s out...

Guests:
Andrew Becker, Center for Investigative Reporting (@ABeckerCIR)

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