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Corporations and politicians of both parties accuse the EPA of stifling the economy with excessive regulation. But crises are raising a different question: does the EPA have enough authority and sufficient resources to protect public health and the environment?

Later on the program, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is called "the moral conscience of a generation of journalists as well as their "Indiana Jones." We hear about his most recent travels and his prescription for making America less "unfair." 

Photo: Samples of contaminated water from Flint, Michigan

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Christine Detz
Jenny Hamel

Denmark to Seize Assets of Refugees 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Denmark is the latest country in Western Europe taking steps to halt the influx of refugees. The parliament today passed a controversial measure allowing authorities to seize their assets. Reporter Rick Noack is in London for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Rick Noack, Washington Post (@rick_n)

Public Health and Public Accountability 33 MIN, 51 SEC

The Environmental Protection Agency was established during the Nixon Administration 45 years ago to protect human health and the environment, but recent cases from Michigan to West Virginia to California have raised questions about whether it's up to the job. It's accused of dragging its feet and failing to warn the public about poisoned water supplies and massive emissions of greenhouse gases. Does it lack authority, resources and leadership -- or simple competence?

Guests:
Curt Guyette, ACLU of Michigan (@ACLUofMichigan)
Brad Sherman, US House of Representatives (D-CA) (@BradSherman)
Sharon Lerner, The Intercept (@fastlerner)
Lisa Garcia, Earthjustice (@Earthjustice)
Shikha Dalmia, Reason Foundation / The Week (@reason)

More:
Lerner's 'Teflon Toxin' series
Lerner on toxic "reform" law, state rules on dangerous chemicals
Dalmia on the Flint water crisis as a failure of government

Nicholas Kristof on Myanmar's Persecuted Minority 9 MIN, 30 SEC

The country of Myanmar enjoys a fledgling democracy but is forcing its Muslim minority to languish in concentration camps. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof joins us in the studio to share his reporting on the persecution of the Rohingya.


Photo: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Guests:
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times (@NickKristof)

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