1.17.16: Food Science, Modest Fashion, & the Heroin Crisis

Jan 15, 2016

Gluten-free? Olive or coconut oil for cooking? Mediterranean or paleo? If nutrition is a science, why does the research vary so wildly, and why all the zany correlations between who we are and what we eat? On today’s show, faith, party affiliation and other fictions from food science.

Also today, truth in advertising? Think again. From TV ads, to menus and billboards, we all know food photography looks too good to be edible- today we'll hear the truth behind those perfectly crisped turkeys, immaculately sculpted ice cream cones, and more.  

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Why You Can't Always Trust Food Science

Christie Aschwanden is FiveThirtyEight's lead science writer. She recently wrote about why nutrition science is so hard to pin down - and in the process discovered some dubious correlations of her own. "You Can't Trust What You Read About Nutrition."

Secrets of Food Photography Revealed

Angelina Chapin is the blogs editor at The Huffington Post and a contributor to The Guardian, where she recently wrote the article, "WD-40 and Microwaved Tampons: Secrets Of Food Photography Revealed".

Islamic Fashion

Alia Khan is chairwoman of the Islamic Fashion and Design Council and she joined us from Dubai to discuss Dolce & Gabbana's recent foray into the world of high fashion hijabs.

Related: Modest Fashion on Instagram

Heroin: Cape Cod U.S.A

Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki talks about the other side of Cape Cod, in a documentary called: Heroin: Cape Cod USA which is now available on HBO Go.

Portraits of Addiction

Anne Marie Zanfagna is a New Hampshire based artist who has begun painting portraits of those who have died because of drug overdoses in the state.

Anne Marie with some of her paintings.
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