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If it seems like childhood food allergies are more common than they used to be, it is because they are: nearly one in 10 preschoolers have allergies to food, and the rate of such allergies has more than doubled in the past decade. For kids with severe allergies, the condition can restrict normal everyday activities like eating out, and often results in frequent trips to the emergency room. But public awareness is growing, and there are promising developments in research and treatment. We rebroadcast a program from March 25, 2013 featuring Melanie Thernstrom, contributing writer for the New York Times magazine, and Kari Nadeau M.D., associate professor of allergies and immunology at Stanford University.
Spring has sprung and it's time to get planting. Whether you're a seasoned grower with a huge backyard or you want to take your first crack at a window box of herbs, our panel of experts will advise, share stories and cheer you on. Guests include Ahmed Hassan, landscape contractor and technician, owner of Ahmed Hassan Landscape Services LLC, host of "Yard Crashers" and co-host of "Turf War," both on the DIY Network; Kathleen Brenzel, garden editor for Sunset Magazine; and Stefani Bittner, co-owner of Star Apple Edible Gardens in Berkeley and co-author of "The Beautiful Edible Gardens."
[Note: Today's Forum has been preempted in favor of live NPR News coverage of developing events in Boston] On Thursday, the FBI released photos and video of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, the same day that rescuers continued their search for survivors after explosions ripped through a Texas fertilizer plant. We review the week's news events and look at how the nation is reacting.
A decade ago, William McDonough co-wrote "Cradle to Cradle," a manifesto advocating the design of products with many lifecycles, such as bottles made solely from biodegradable materials. His new book "The Upcycle" expands on these ideas by applying design solutions to global environmental challenges like food scarcity, clean water and climate change. McDonough urges us to think beyond simply minimizing our impact and to envision a world in which everything we do actually improves the environment.
Two days after twin bombs ripped through crowds at the Boston Marathon, media outlets were reporting that police had identified a possible suspect thanks to nearby cameras and facial recognition software. What goes into tracking down a bomber? With the remnants of a pressure cooker and hundreds of videos to go by, what will investigators be looking for?
In a setback to gun control advocates, the U.S. Senate rejected several measures on Wednesday, including a bipartisan compromise to expand background checks for firearm purchases. At a news conference, surrounded by relatives of those killed in the Newtown, Connecticut massacre, an angry President Obama said lawmakers had caved to special interests, calling it "a pretty shameful day for Washington." We'll discuss the vote, and look at the prospects for future federal gun control legislation.
How does saliva work? Why doesn't your stomach digest itself? And did constipation really kill Elvis? In her new book "Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal," Mary Roach chronicles the surprisingly exciting journey that food undertakes in the human body. Roach joins us to talk about everything you ever wanted to know -- or might be disgusted to know -- about the digestive process.
On Tuesday, the bipartisan group of U.S. senators dubbed the "Gang of Eight" unveiled an immigration reform bill that would include a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people who stay in the U.S. illegally. We talk about the legislation and its controversial proposal that would allow immigrants to become citizens after a 13-year process.
San Francisco's Exploratorium science museum opens the doors at its new location at Pier 15 on the Embarcadero on Wednesday. With three times more space, the Exploratorium will expand its exhibits outdoors into the city and bay. We get a preview of the revamped museum with executive director Dennis Bartels and some of the experts responsible for the museum's renowned interactive exhibits.
We check in on developments in Boston as the city reels from explosions near the finish line of Monday's Boston marathon. How prepared is California for a similar emergency? We'll also assess the nation's efforts to prevent acts of terror.
Student journalists at Palo Alto High School found themselves in the national spotlight when they decided to take an insider's look at stories of rape within their own school. The article in "Verde," Palo Alto's student magazine, tells the story of two students who say they were raped while drunk. We'll talk with the student journalists about what they call the "rape culture" in high school and beyond, which they say blames and silences victims.
The Goldman Environmental Prize is known as the "Green Nobel," one of the most prestigious awards given for environmental activism. Many winners have challenged big corporations or corrupt government officials who are harming their environments, sometimes risking prison or even death. The six winners receive $150,000 each and international attention for their work. We talk with a few of this year's Goldman Prize winners about how they're changing the world.