People Treating Politicians More Like Celebrities, Comparing Vaping And Smoking

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We talk with an internet culture critic about her argument that fan culture is permeating politics in the United States. And with vaping headlines related to illnesses and deaths, we bring in a tobacco researcher to put these cases in context with what we know about the effects of tobacco smoking.

Featured in this Show

  • How Politics And Celebrity Fandom Intersect In Our Culture

    Our guest argues America’s democracy is looking more and more like the way we view celebrities in pop culture. We discuss the impacts of the situation we find ourselves in.

  • How Vaping-Related Deaths Compare To Tobacco Usage

    Six people have died and roughly 380 people have displayed symptoms of a lung disease tied to e-cigarette usage. But how do these vaping illnesses compare to ongoing tobacco use? We talk to a researcher about the dangers posed by smoking and what impact e-cigarettes will have on public health.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • J. Carlisle Larsen Producer
  • Amanda Hess Guest
  • Dr. Michael Fiore Guest

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