FDA approves some vaping devices, When ordinary people go ‘viral’

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Lots of ordinary people are going viral on social media, but it often comes with ridicule and taunts from people sharing their content. We talk about how negativity drives internet popularity. We also talk with a doctor about the FDA’s decisions on approving vaping devices.

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  • What happens when ordinary people go viral on social media

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Episode Credits

  • Lee Rayburn Host
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Dr. Michael Fiore Guest
  • Rebecca Jennings Guest

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