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Wednesday, March 20, 1996

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  • Theo Colburn on Organic Pollutants

    We talk with Theo Colburn, Senior Scientist at the World Wildlife Fund, about the health risks posed by common pollutants found in modern society: everything from pesticides to PCB’s to plastics. She has just published a book "Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence and Survival A Scientific Detective Story." These chemicals mimic the body’s naturally produced hormones, and thus interfere with fetal development and sexual function, increase susceptibility to cancers, among other things. WWF studies have found evidence of these polluting substances in the middle of the Pacific, thousands of miles from industrial civilization. International pressure has caused over one hundred countries to agree to phase out many of these organic pollutants. However, it is still difficult to get proper funding to research this issue due to the government’s current trend toward privatizing research funding.

  • Call for "presidential job descriptions"

    Call for "presidential job descriptions" from the public. Excerpts from a response are read.

  • Debate on House Counter-Terrorism Bill

    The counter-terrorism bill passed in the House yesterday is called weak by Clinton after a bipartisan coalition voted to remove clauses in the bill they believed would have given federal law enforcement agencies too much power. However, it weakens the access of convicted citizens to Habeas Corpus. Guests Landano and Hagin argue about the importance of the right to Habeas Corpus, both in Mr. Landano’s personal case, and for the entire criminal justice system. Mr. Welch argues that the bill deals with many issues tangential to security, but does not provide the necessary funds to law enforcement agencies to actually prevent acts of terrorism. Mr. Gess defends the bill by claiming it only raises the standard for Habeas Corpus, without making it unattainable.