As long as transplants have been medically possible, there have been horror stories about the black market organ trade. On today’s show, an anthropologist sheds the trappings of academia to take on, and even indict, illegal organ brokers.
Then, Breaking Bad’s spin off Better Call Saul premiered last night to rave reviews from The New York Times and Rolling Stone.
We’ll speak with the man behind the character of sleaze bag lawyer Saul Goodman, actor and comedian Bob Odenkirk.
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The Organ Detective
- Ethan Watters is a journalist who has contributed to the New York Times magazine, Mother Jones and Esquire. He wrote about Nancy Scheper-Hughes, an anthropologist who has spent her career investigating the worldwide rumors about a global market for human organs and tissues, for Pacific Standard’s medical issue. His article is titled the “The Organ Detective.”
The Benefits of Political Dynasties
- Annie Lowrey writes about politics and economic policy for New York Magazine, where you’ll find her article: “Why Political Dynasties Are Good For Women.”
Stock Up Now, British Chocolate Will Soon Be Banned in the U.S.
- Tatiana Schlossberg is a writer for the New York Times, and author of the article “After A Deal, British Chocolates Won’t Cross The Pond.”
- Rumor has it there *may* be a way around this issue. The British Chocolate Club sends its members genuine British chocolate every month. No word on their website if the new regulations will cause a sticky wicket.
The Secret of Making Chocolate Atole
- Reporter Mary Stucky went to Pilar Cabrera, a native of Oaxaca and a well-known chef, to learn the secrets of making a special kind of Mexican hot chocolate known as “chocolate atole”.
- You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.
Bob Odenkirk: A Load of Hooey
- Long before becoming a Hollywood “face”, Bob Odenkirk reached near cult status for his contributions to the world of sketch comedy. First as a writer for Saturday Night Live, then,The Ben Stiller Show, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, and most devotedly, as co-creator ofMr. Show with fellow comedian, David Cross. Virginia talked to him about his new book, A Load of Hooey, from Mc Sweeney's.
- We've collected some clips from Bob Odenkirk's career at this link.