Nicole Sandler discusses the levels of absurdity to which today's politicians have descended, from waffling on vaccinations to claiming hand washing rules are oppressive. Susie Madrak of Crooks & Liars joins in. Plus CAF's Dave Johnson on the fight against the TPP and fast track and other actual important issues
Nicole tackles the war on drugs and the anti-vaccination movement. Journalist Johann Hari guests to talk about his new book, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs. And Nicole goes back to 2010 for her interviews with defrocked Dr. Andrew Wakefield (the guy credited for the anti-vax trend) and Brian Deer, the journalist who exposed him.
Ask a group of parents their thoughts on vaccinating their children and you're likely to get some who'd never go against doctor's orders, and some who believe that childhood vaccines are somehow responsible for the rise in autism rates among children. That latter belief is likely as a result of Dr. Andrew Wakefield who, in 1998, authored a study published in the British medical journal, The Lancet, which suggested a possible link between the MMR vaccine and autism. In 2004, British investigative journalist Brian Deer, who's known most for his reports on the drug industry, medicine and social issues for [...]