Show details for the week of January 16th, 2012

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It is a New Year, maybe our last (I’m joking, obviously), and around this time of year gym memberships explode (perhaps in an effort to make up for the exploding waistlines of Thanksgiving and Christmas) and people try out new diets or go back to old diets. This week we talk with Gary Taubes about Why We Get Fat (and what to do about it).

We have been hearing in the news lately that Iran is threatening to blockage the Straights of Hormuz and we heard the U.S. say that such an action would cross some sort of ‘red line’ so we have Michael Klare back on the show to talk in more detail about this issue.

More about both guests below.


Gary Taubes

Gary Taubes

Gary Taubes is an American science writer. He is the author of Nobel Dreams (1987), Bad Science: The Short Life and Weird Times of Cold Fusion (1993), and Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007), titled The Diet Delusion (2008) in the UK and Australia. His book Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It was released in December 2010. In December 2010 Taubes launched his own blog at to promote the book’s release and to respond to critics.

Born in Rochester, New York, Taubes studied applied physics at Harvard University and aerospace engineering at Stanford University (MS, 1978). After receiving a master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University in 1981,


Taubes joined Discover magazine as a staff reporter in 1982.[2] Since then he has written numerous articles for Discover, Science and other magazines. Originally focusing on physics issues, his interests have more recently turned to medicine and nutrition.

Taubes’s books have all dealt with scientific controversies. Nobel Dreams takes a critical look at the politics and experimental techniques behind the Nobel Prize-winning work of physicist Carlo Rubbia. Bad Science is a chronicle of the short-lived media frenzy surrounding the Pons-Fleischmann cold fusion experiments of 1989.





Michael Klare

Michael Klare

Michael Klare is a Five Colleges professor of Peace and World Security Studies, whose department is located at Hampshire College, defense correspondent of The Nation magazine, and author of Resource Wars and Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Petroleum Dependency (Metropolitan). Klare also teaches at Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Klare also serves on the boards of directors of Human Rights Watch, and the Arms Control Association. He is a regular contributor to many publications including The Nation, TomDispatch, Mother Jones, and is a frequent columnist for Foreign Policy In Focus.

His new article on Tom Dispatch is titled Danger Waters – The Three Top Hot Spots of Potential Conflict in the Geo-Energy Era. Read it.

Michael has a book coming out in March called “The Race for What’s Left”. We will have him back on the show once I’ve read the new book.


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