3.3.15: Making Decisions About Vaccination, The Myth Of Super Foods, & Listerine's Origin Story

Mar 3, 2015

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An overwhelming majority of medical researchers and pediatricians advocate for vaccinating kids. Vocal anti-vaxxers include celebrities Jenny McCarthy and Rob Schneider. On today’s show we’ll find out why women are more likely to distrust doctors and go anti-vax.

Plus, we’ll bust some of the myths behind anti-oxidant rich super foods, and find out how advertisers turned Listerine into a cure-all – and virtually created the concept of bad breath.

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

Don't Blame Parents For Vaccine Resistance

Apothecary Museum Offers Time Capsule Of Early American Medicine

  • The Stabler-Leadbeater apothecary museum in Old Town Alexandria, just outside D.C. is a fully preserved 19th century pharmacy that lets visitors take a step back in medical time. Lauren Ober spoke to the museum curator Callie Stapp, and brings us this story.
  • You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.

The Myth of Super Foods

Gentrifying Acai

  • Early in the acai boom, reporter Kelley Weiss reported from Brazil on the local fruit that burst onto the global market.
  • You can listen to the story again at PRX.org.

Listerine's Origin Story

Global Hygiene Habits

The Mind Reader

  • Our next story is about one of the people who can look inside your brain: a healthcare worker, who would rather be playing music. Joshua McNichols produces the podcast Day Job.
  • You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.