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Arts, Culture & Media

Viruses at the Movies

Radiation used to be Hollywood’s go-to plot device. Now, viruses explain everything from vampires to the zombie apocalypse — but that’s not what really scares public health experts.

Environment

This is your brain on lead, and lots of other nasty pollutants

The water crisis gripping Flint, Michigan has exposed thousands of the city’s residents to dangerous lead levels. But Flint is hardly unique. Many other American cities have faced lead contamination in water supplies, and an expanding list of common substances, including some pesticides and flame retardants, may also be linked to significant developmental and neurological problems. Get the latest on this largely hidden crisis at a live forum from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, PRI’s The World and WGBH.

Environment

Zika is a window into a much bigger story in Brazil

It's a story about mosquitoes, public health, water and women, which is why The World has sent its Across Womens' Lives team to Brazil. They’re there to report on how Zika fits into the story of Brazilian women’s struggles to improve their lives in a time of rapid and often disturbing environmental change.

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Arts, Culture & Media

Peace Corps memories

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. President Kennedy started the program March 1st, 1961. Since then, more than 200,000 Americans have served. The World's Marco Werman is a veteran. Were you a Peace Corps volunteer, too?

Science, Tech & Environment

U.N. World Water Day

March 22nd is Water Day, designated by the United Nations as a time to call attention to water woes around the world. Host Bruce Gellerman talks with Paul Faeth, executive director of Global Water Challenge, about some of the work non-profits are doing to bring water to communities in the developing world.

Conflict & Justice

Slowing down in Australia

Slow down or you'll miss today's Geo Quiz: We are looking for a little town in southeast Australia. It's located in the state of Victoria. The commission has convinced the town to change its name for a month in order to raise awareness about road safety.

Health & Medicine

X-R-Kade

Lisa Hansen, co-director of the X-R-Kade lab at the University of South Florida, talks to Faith about her new arcade designed to get kids to exercise while they play videogames.

Health & Medicine

Stan Brock

Faith talks to Stan Brock, the founder of Remote Area Medical, a relief organization that provides free health care to poor people both at home and abroad.

Health & Medicine

Kjell Magne Bondevik

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik talks about how clinical depression forced him to leave office ten years ago, and his recent advocacy work to help end the stigma of mental illness.

Science, Tech & Environment

Smog standard still hazy

The Environmental Protection Agency has set a new standard for the chief component of smog - ozone pollution. But EPA's new standard is under attack from both industry, who wanted no change, and public health advocates who wanted a much stronger rule. Living on Earth's Jeff Young tells us what's behind the decision and what it means for air quality.