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The Foodies vs. Big Food

How has reading a book club book influenced your everyday life? Around this time last year, we read Barbara Kingsolver’s inspiring Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, a documentation of her family’s yearlong effort to eat locally sourced food (much of which they grew themselves). … Continue reading

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Race & Poverty

As I read Continental Drift, I was struck by Bob’s seeming to feel like he was “more than” the people of color with whom he crossed paths, especially considering that his family was really struggling, financially & otherwise, throughout the … Continue reading

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Continental Drift Discussion 3/15/13

Hello Broad Street Book Nerds! This is a gentle reminder that we’ll gather at 7pm this Friday, March 15, to discuss Continental Drift by Russell Banks. Goodreads includes some good reviews should anyone want to take a peek before we … Continue reading

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I love my PBS!

…because my PBS gave me this 3-hour documentary for Women’s History Month, and they let me watch the whole darn thing online for free.  Sure, it’s lengthy, and you’ll have to get all the way to Part III to see the … Continue reading

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Recent articles on pesticides and endocrine disruptors

As we’re currently making our way through Our Stolen Future, I came across this NYT article from Nicholas Kristof that looks at endocrine disruptors and mice studies. He explains why he, as an opinion writer and “pundit”, now covers the public health concern: One … Continue reading

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Discussion of Oshinsky’s “Polio” 11/9

Hello Broad Street Book Nerds! This is a a gentle reminder that we’ll gather to discuss David Oshinsky’s Polio: An American Story tomorrow evening (11/9) at 7pm at Jared’s place. For directions, please e-mail Jared directly at shenkje@gmail.com

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Who participates in clinical trials? And Why?

As I’m making my way through Polio: An American Story, I’m struck by the descriptions of Salk’s vaccines going missing during The Clinical Trial. Participating clinicians wanted to use the vaccines on themselves and their families to protect them from polio. It … Continue reading

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