Communications professor Robert McChesney and Peter discuss the shutdown during the first hour; McChesny wrote an article supporting the decision for www.commondreams.org, an article titled "Venezuela and the Media: Fact and Fiction," which can be read at the site. Laufer and Venezuelan lawyer Maria Gonzala Martinez Barros are on the board of a Venezuelan foundation that advocates for indigenous peoples, she joins the conversation from her home in Acarigua Portuguesa state.
Parabens are used as preservatives in many skin care products. In the second hour Debra Lynn Dadd, author of Home Safe Home: Creating Healthy Home Environments by Reducing Exposure to Toxic Household Products, joins Peter along with Brenda Salgado, program manager at Breast Cancer Action, to answer listeners’ questions. More about Dadd’s book can be found at www.dld123.com, the Breast Cancer Action report on parabens can be read at www.thinkbeforeyoupink.com.