SEASON 01: EPISODE 07
A revolutionary group of scientists are challenging a 500-year-old paradigm that guides how regulators evaluate chemicals. These scientists argue that some chemicals behave in erratic and unpredictable ways, and they can mess with us even at miniscule doses. If they’re right, then the chemicals around us are causing irreparable harm, and everything must change.
SEASON 01: EPISODE 06
On this episode, we open up the black box of pharmaceutical and public health expertise. We tell the story of a drug, from its days as middling flu treatment through its meteoric rise to international blockbuster. How do experts decide what makes a good drug, and how do pharmaceutical companies make billions from pandemic panic?
Author and anti-racist activist Desmond Cole weighs in. Scot Wortley, one of Canada’s leading researchers of racial discrimination in the criminal justice system, talks about how not having systematic records on anything —from police checks, to charges, to bail outcomes—has dramatically hampered criminal justice research. However, Ron Melchers, a University of Ottawa criminologist says we shouldn’t keep this data— and he calls racial profiling a media myth. Things get heated.