FROM THIS EPISODE
Merger mania continues as Bayer, the German Pharmaceutical company, has successfully bid to buy Monsanto, the maker of Roundup and seeds for genetically modified foods. At $66 billion, it's the biggest cash deal on record. Jeff McCracken, Executive Editor of Global Deals at Bloomberg News, has more on the mega-merger.
There's a new word in this year's political vocabulary: "deplorables" -- first used by Hillary Clinton to describe "half" of Donald Trump's supporters.
Trump seized on it as a mistake that betrayed her elitist detachment from the beleaguered working class — and many pundits agreed. But Clinton's not backing away, claiming that elements of Trump's fan base are demonstrating his appeal to racism, sexism and other forms of bigotry. Now the word "deplorables" is fueling both sides of the campaign, appearing on t-shirts, twitter memes and advertisements. Did Clinton commit a gaffe that might cost her dearly or has Trump fallen into a trap that reveals more than he wanted?
We all know how Big Tobacco influenced research on smoking and cancer. Now it turns out that Big Sugar has influenced research on diet and heart disease -- for 50 years.
Five decades of research on the dangers of saturated fat have produced widely published recommendations on diet, nutrition and heart disease. This week, the Journal of the American Medical Association has revealed that the sugar industry paid to manipulate the data. Marion Nestle is Professor of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University. Her books include Food Politics and Eat, Drink, Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics.
More From To the Point
What being American meant to Martin Luther King This was the week the nation observed the birthday and celebrated the achievements of Martin Luther King. But, despite what he accomplished, King himself felt unfulfilled up to the time he was murdered. His goals had not been yet been met as told by David Garrow, King’s Pulitzer Prize winning biographer. Garrow’s anecdotes and insights include what was likely King’s greatest disappointment.
Are millennials embracing democratic socialism? Millennials helped Democrats to a major upset in Alabama’s Senate race. Will their growing preference for socialism be a threat to party unity in this year’s Congressional elections? Idealists and realists disagree. Added Attraction: Robin Wright on the background and the future of instability in Iran.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
KCRW remembers radio artist Joe Frank Joe Frank, influential radio artist and a longtime voice at KCRW, died Monday at age 79 from complications with cancer. Frank produced more than 230 hours of programming for the… Read More
On Joe Frank and his transformative work On Monday, January 15, 2018, Joe Frank left this world. Those of you who knew and worked with understand that a true original is gone. For those who don’t know… Read More