The effort to suppress specific words at the Centers for Disease Control represents another round in the long conflict between politics and science. In a “Seven Dirty Words” Edition of Truth Politics and Power, host Neal Conan revisits the history of science and censorship. Plus a conversation about what actually happened in Florida after the state government prohibited employees from using the term, “global warming”, how the Helms Amendment changed the way we talked about AIDS education, and a strange story of the FCC and George Carlin’s Seven Dirty Words…you know, the ones you can never say on TV…or radio.
Peter Lewis Allen
PETER LEWIS ALLEN is the author of “The Wages of Sin: Sex Disease, Past and Present”.
JOHN McQUAID is a journalist and author who specializes in writing about science, the environment and politics.His reporting at the New Orleans Times-Picayune won shares in three Pulitzer Prizes. He the co-author of Path of Destruction: The Devastation of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms, and most recently the author of Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat.
NAOMI ORESKES is Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard. Among her areas of research are the history of environmental sciences and the philosophy of science. She is the author, with Eric Conway, of Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming, which inspired the 2014 documentary film, Merchants of Doubt.
MIKE SHUSTER is a Senior Fellow at UCLA’s Burkle Center. He’s also the curator of “The Great War Project,” which traces the course of the First World War a century after it was fought and is the author of “Catastrophe, A Blog of World War One.” As a long-time correspondent for NPR, Shuster won several prestigious awards and covered world events from around the world, including Russia, Iran, Iraq, Israel and the West Bank.
Allen’s timely and erudite study of the intersection of private morality and public health. The Wages of Sin tells the fascinating story of how ancient views on sex and sin have shaped, and continue to shape, religious life, medical practice, and private habits.
Merchants of Doubt tells the story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades.