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 “Gluten-free” has become a $10 billion industry, but does avoiding gluten really make you healthier? We hear about food fads and new diagnoses. Also, college football playoffs, and local cops are learning to seize cash during traffic stops from people who then have to prove legal ownership to get their assets back.

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College Football Playoff 6 MIN, 30 SEC

It won’t be long before the College Football Playoffs Committee will decide who plays in the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl, on the way to establishing this year’s national champion.  Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle says the idea is great but that the concept is flawed. 

Guests:
Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle (@scottostler)

Going Gluten-Free: Science or Fiction? 34 MIN, 9 SEC

Gluten is a protein, which humans have been consuming for some 10,000 years, mainly as a component of wheat. For about one percent of the population, gluten causes celiac disease, which involves stomach problems. But now, some one third of Americans are trying to avoid gluten — so many that gluten-free food has become a $10 billion industry that’s still growing. The phenomenon is so much part of the culture that animated series South Park devoted a whole episode to it. Critics call it a fad based more on fear than science. We separate fact from fiction.

Guests:
Kim Severson, New York Times (@kimseverson)
David Sax, Journalist and Author (@saxdavid)
David Perlmutter, Neurologist (@DavidPerlmutter)
Joseph Murray, Mayo Clinic (@MayoClinic)
April Peveteaux, Celiac sufferer (@peveteaux)

More:
Severson on the gluten-free trend
Sax's 'The Tastemakers: Why We’re Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue'
Perlmutter's 'Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers'
Murray's 'Mayo Clinic Going Gluten Free: Essential Guide to Managing Celiac Disease and Related Conditions'
Peveteaux’s ‘Gluten Is My Bitch: Rants, Recipes and Ridiculousness for the Gluten-Free’

Widespread Abuse of Police "Stop and Seize" Power 9 MIN, 23 SEC

Since September 11, 2001, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security have spent big money training local police, sheriffs and state troopers to be more aggressive in searching for suspicious people, illegal drugs and other possible contraband. The Washington Post reports they may have learned their all lessons too well.  Local police have seized hundreds of millions of dollars in cash from motorists — stopped, but never charged with crimes. In order to get their money back, thousands of drivers have been forced to prove they’re the rightful owners. That’s according to an investigative series in the Post called “Stop and Seize.” Robert O’Harrow wrote those stories.

Guests:
Robert O'Harrow, Washington Post (@robertoharrow)

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