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Twelve years after scientists produced Dolly the Sheep from the cells of another animal, the FDA says milk and meat from cloned livestock is safe to eat. Is the world ready? Critics say cloning's expensive, inefficient and cruel. What about the quality of the food and the "yuck" factor? Also, a business editor on the basics of stimulating the economy, and a look at colonial days, when Christmas was banned by the Puritans. 

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Making News Stimulating the Economy: The Basics 6 MIN

economics.jpg2008 was supposed to be a good economic year, but it didn't turn out that way. Now there's almost a competition for predictions of gloom and doom. To stem the negative tide, the Obama transition team is promising a major stimulus package. Michael Mandel, chief economist for BusinessWeek magazine, has a new textbook out called Economics: The Basics.

Michael Mandel, Editor in Chief, Visible Economy

Economics: The Basics

Michael Mandel

Main Topic Meat and Milk from Cloned Animals in America's Food Supply? 29 MIN, 14 SEC

food_politics.jpgEarly this year, the Food and Drug Administration announced that meat and dairy products from cloned animals were safe to eat. The Department of Agriculture immediately called for a "voluntary moratorium," asking farmers to keep cloned animals off the market indefinitely, to buy time to build acceptance among US and foreign consumers. Americans are already eating meat, not from cloned animals themselves but from their progeny. This discussion was recorded in January, but our guests tell us nothing has changed. If nobody can tell the difference, what's the problem? Is it cruel to animals?  Should it be labeled?

Mark Peel, Executive Chef and Owner, Campanile Restaurant
Marion Nestle, New York University (@marionnestle)
David Faber, President, Trans Ova
Jaydee Hanson, Policy Analyst, Center for Food Safety

Food Politics

Marion Nestle

Reporter's Notebook The Pilgrims and the History of Christmas 13 MIN, 20 SEC

history.jpgEven in bad economic times, Christmas creates the biggest shopping season of the year and it's a kind of all-American holiday. Even many non-Christians celebrate Christmas. But the founding Pilgrims didn't see it that way.  In the early days of Massachusetts, Christmas was banned. Kenneth Davis is author of the Don't Know Much about History series, including New York Times best-sellers Don't Know Much about Mythology and Don't Know Much about the Bible

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