Celebrating nerd culture, Lead limits for baby food, Refugee sponsorship program

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The FDA is putting new lead limits for baby foods. We talk with a doctor about the decision. We also learn about a new State Department program connecting private people and businesses with refugee families. Plus, we talk with a pop culture writer about her love of nerd and fandom culture.

Featured in this Show

  • A New York Times critic shares her love of nerd culture

    We talk to The New York Times’ critic at large about her love of all things nerd culture, and why she thinks nerdom deserves cultural analysis like theater and pieces of art.

  • FDA announces new limit of lead in baby food

    The Food and Drug Administration is limiting the amount of lead allowed in baby foods by roughly 27 percent. A physician joins us to talk about why the FDA is setting this new limit and the effects of lead in children.

  • New program allows US citizens to directly sponsor refugees

    We learn about a new program called Welcome Corps allows private citizens to sponsor refugee resettlement in their community.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Emilie Burditt Producer
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Maya Phillips Guest
  • Dr. Dennis Costakos Guest
  • Anya McMurray Guest

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