Ethics Reform in Tallahassee? And the Political and Cultural Importance of Cooking

04/29/13 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk about the importance of cooking our own food with author Michael Pollan—who has written a series of best selling books- including BOTANY OF DESIRE. His new book is called COOKED. We’ll talk with him at 11:30 this morning. On the first part of the program- the state legislature has passed ethics and campaign finance reform. How big of a step is it? That’s the topic in the first half hour today. But first—several listener comments about last week’s shows. Listeners wanted to comment about Senator Rand Paul’s reversal on whether or not drones should be able to kill people suspected of crimes, the Boston marathon bombing and people who call WMNF talk shows too frequently. Here’s what several listeners had to say.


First up today---

Last week Florida lawmakers bragged last week about passing a "historic" package of campaign and ethics reforms. The topic came up on my television program Florida This Week this past weekend on WEDU. The panel members were Angie Holan of Politifact, Ken Welch a Pinellas County Commissioner, April Schiff a Republican political consultant, and John Romano who is a columnist for the Tampa Bay Times….


That was an excerpt from Florida This Week- my TV program which runs Friday nights and Sunday afternoon on WEDU- channel 3, the Bay Area’s community PBS station.

Joining us now to talk about ethics reform in Tallahassee is Dan Krassner- the director of Integrity Florida—a non-profit watchdog group in Tallahassee….

Dan Krassner of Integrity Florida….

Our next guest is Michael Pollan who has written extensively about the food industry and his six previous books including THE BOTANY OF DESIRE and OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA have all been best sellers.

In his new book, COOKED: A Natural History of Transformation (Penguin Press), Pollan investigates how we transform plants and animals into meals and, ultimately, why cooking matters. In COOKED he argues that taking back control of cooking may be the single most important step anyone can take to help make the American food system healthier and more sustainable.

Michael Pollan welcome to WMNF.

Michael Pollan is the author of six previous books, including Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire, all New York Times bestsellers. A longtime contributor to The New York Times, he is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at Berkeley. In 2010, Time magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world.

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