The Poison Squad #498

November 02, 2018

This week, let's go back in time. Back to the 1900s, when life was pure and clean, and your milk was preserved with formaldehyde, your meat with Borax and your canned peas with copper. On second thought, that trip back in time doesn't sound so great. This week, we're meeting the Poison Squad. We're spending the hour with Deborah Blum talking about the history of food regulation, or the lack thereof, and her new book "The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century".

This episode is hosted by Bethany Brookshire, science writer from Science News.

Guests:

  • Deborah Blum

Guest Bios

Deborah Blum

Deborah Blum is a journalist and the director of the Knight Science Journalism program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is author of books including "The Poisoner's Handbook" and "The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century", and has been a columnist for The New York Times and a blogger for Wired.

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