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Junk science is making the headlines as never before. It's so bad that the editor-in-chief of one of the world's best-known medical journals says, "half of all scientific literature is fault." Who can we trust?

Also, Sepp Blatter resigns as FIFA president. On today's Talking Point, the very public debut of Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair.

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Producers:
Sasa Woodruff
Christine Detz

Sepp Blatter Resigns as FIFA President 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Sepp Blatter now says he’ll resign as President of FIFA, the world-governing body of soccer, even though he was re-elected last week -- two days after indictments were handed down against other FIFA officials.  James Montague, who covers the sport for several publications and is author of Thirty-One Nil: On the Road with Football's Outsiders: A World Cup Odyssey, has more on today's developments and on who might take Blatter's place.

Guests:
James Montague, freelance soccer journalist (@JamesPiotr)

More:
New York Times on Blatter's assistant being in involved in scandal

Thirty-One Nil

James Montague

Separating Truth from Fiction in Science 33 MIN, 41 SEC

Last year, headlines all over the world claimed that eating dark chocolate would help people lose weight. The London tabloid, Daily Star proclaimed, "Eating Chocolate Can Help You Lose Weight;" the June issue of Shape magazine told readers, "Why You Must Eat Chocolate Daily." The story behind the hype was based on science. In fact, it was a ruse — designed to demonstrate how easy it is to circulate conclusions drawn from poorly designed studies that don't really prove what they claim to – and the bad science was passed along by reporters and editors who failed to check out the facts. How does the public know what to believe? It's a question as old as journalism, but harder than ever to answer in the age of the Internet. We hear how junk science finds its way into what look like reliable places that aren't what they seem.

Guests:
Charles Seife, New York University (@cgseife)
Steven Goodman, Stanford School of Medicine (@goodmanmetrics)
Michael Eisen, University of California, Berkeley (@mbeisen)
Nell Greenfieldboyce, NPR (@nprscience)

'Call Me Caitlyn' 9 MIN, 46 SEC

Even before it hits the newsstands, the upcoming cover of Vanity Fair is making a splash with photographer Annie Leibovitz's provocative image of the Olympic champion formerly known as Bruce Jenner in lingerie. On a video, posted to the magazine's website, Caitlyn Jenner spoke about her new-found freedom after coming out.

We hear more about the issues facing transgender people. Ernesto Londoño is a member of the New York Times' editorial board and a contributor to the paper's series, "Transgender Today." Zackary Drucker is a transgender woman, an artist and co-producer of the Amazon series, Transparent.

Special thanks to Sarah Sweeney for production assistance.

Guests:
Ernesto Londoño, New York Times (@londonoe)
Zackary Drucker, Amazon series, 'Transparent' (@zackarydrucker)

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