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Anita Bryant, Gay Rights Icon | Andy Borowitz

New Yorker magazine humorist Andy Borowitz examines how Anita Bryant, ubiquitous in the 1960s and 70s for commercials promoting Florida orange juice, inadvertently energized the gay rights movement.

55m 9s

Episode 7

Immigration controversies echo past anti-immigration backlash. Why a lawsuit over scalding coffee is misunderstood. The origin of Special Ops forces.  Risks after Challenger. Andy Borowitz examines Anita Bryant’s unintended influence.

11m 39s

A Life in a Bubble

Newborns today are tested for genetic and immune disorders that might not be apparent at birth. The tests evolved from the treatment of a patient with a rare diagnosis who became known as the boy in the bubble.

4m 37s

May The Space Force Be With You | Andy Borowitz

From Reagan’s Star Wars to Trump’s Space Force, New Yorker magazine humorist Andy Borowitz examines why politicians who have no patience for science can’t resist spending billions on science fiction.

10m 18s

What Happened to the Population Bomb?

Not enough babies are being born to support an aging population in some parts of the world. But decades ago, there seemed to be the opposite problem: a prediction about a future with too many people. The concern then was that a population bomb would tip the world into chaos.

11m 51s

Hard Risks for Athletes

In 1982, boxing fans tuned in for a championship bout between Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini of Ohio and South Korean fighter Duk-Koo Kim. It was a 14-round slugfest -- afterward, medical concerns about the brutality of boxing mounted, and the sport’s foothold in mainstream American culture began to slip. Today, with concerns over concussions in football growing, will football suffer the same fate?

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Episode 6

Public housing influenced by a 1970s experiment. Newborn tests are a legacy of a boy who spent life in a bubble. Head injuries in pro sports. Too few people (not too many) is a problem.  Andy Borowitz takes on Space Force.

12m 58s

The ZIP Code Advantage

Some major cities are trying to help poor children succeed by helping their families move to middle-income, so-called "opportunity areas." The concept sprang from a little-known public housing program in the 1970s, when thousands of black families were moved from Chicago's high-rise housing projects to mostly white suburbs.

55m 10s

Episode 5

Texting could reduce suicides. Surrogate parenthood. Lead is banned but a toxic mess remains. Climate help may come from the Cold War. Long prison sentences based on old fears are being shortened. Andy Borowitz on a river that burst into flames.

14m 58s

Lingering Peril From Paint

The federal government banned lead from gasoline and household products years ago, but a toxic mess remains. About half a million children – disproportionately children of color – have dangerously high lead levels in their blood, mostly from exposure to peeling paint and contaminated dust. The fight over who should clean it up has lasted for decades.

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Engineering Earth’s Climate?

Scientists are worried that soon, simply reducing carbon emissions won’t be enough to even slow global warming.  A U.N. panel has said the world will likely need to “geo-engineer” the climate. That’s an idea that dates to the Cold War, when a different kind of global challenge gave rise to fears of a “nuclear winter.”

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Smoke On The Water | Andy Borowitz

New Yorker magazine humorist Andy Borowitz takes a look at America’s history of flammable water – most famously, the incident in 1969 when the polluted Cuyahoga River in Cleveland spontaneously combusted.

9m 29s

Could a Simple Intervention Fight a Suicide Crisis?

Suicide rates have been rising steadily across the country, with U.S. service members and veterans at particular risk. One simple intervention – “caring letters,”  messages of compassion and empathy – showed promise in the 1960s, but has been overlooked until now.

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Born by Surrogate: Pathways to Parenthood

Parenthood through surrogacy is widely accepted in the United States, but it's not closely regulated. It’s an issue that many state legislators won’t touch, because of what happened in the case of Baby M.

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Trump's War Against the Press

Blasting the media has been a hallmark of President Trump. He has also championed the prosecution of those who leak White House secrets, threatening to do the same to journalists. He is following a playbook that dates to Richard Nixon, and was revised more recently by Barack Obama.

53m 50s

Episode 4

President Trump is taking on the press with a time-tested strategy. Explore the origins of the latest measles outbreak, pro sports free agency, and the consequences of a law meant to save wild horses. Andy Borowitz on the no-apology apology.

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