What All-Natural Bias Has To Do With Public Health, Making Maple Syrup

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Maple tree sap drips from a tap into a bucket,
Maple tree sap drips from a tap into a bucket, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Brookline, N.H. Elise Amendola/AP Photo

A social scientist explains how a common fallacy about natural-is-always-better could negatively public health — including when it comes to trusting vaccines. Then we learn some of the ins and outs of making maple syrup, and talk about delicious different uses for it.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Kelly Peters Guest
  • Kacey Tait Guest