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April 25, 2011 Health At Every Size radio show

PegE (aka Dr. Elam) & Pat (aka the Queen) discussed fat-related information gleaned from several books and essays, including  Fat Politics: The Real Story Behind America's Obesity Epidemic by J. Eric Oliver, Ph.D., Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon, Ph.D., Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss -- and the Myths and Realities of Dieting by New York Times science reporter Gina Kolata, The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders by Peter Conrad, How Fat Works by Philip A. Wood, Cholas and Pishtacos: Stories of Race and Sex in the Andes by Mary J. Weismantel, & "Fat and Culture," an essay by Laura Kipnis in In Near Ruins: Cultural Theory At The End Of The Century.

Music includes "Freedom" by Suchi Waters Benjamin & "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed" by Merle Travis.

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April 18, 2011 Health At Every Size radio show

PegE (aka Dr. Elam) & Pat (aka The Queen) spent most of today's show discussing issues related to a Chicago public school's refusal to let students bring lunches from home, which has been publicized as part of country-wide "anti-obesity" food fights.

Music includes "Freedom" (Suchi Waters Benjamin), "Homegrown Tomatoes" (Guy Clark), "Fat Women in Trailers" (Doyle & Debbie), "Roly Poly" (Bob Wills) & "Everybody Eats When They Come to My House" (Cab Calloway).

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April 11, 2011 Health At Every Size radio show

PegE (a.k.a. Dr. Elam) & Pat (a.k.a. the Queen) discuss how moral panics about weight -- especially "childhood obesity prevention" campaigns -- are misguided and often harmful. Books/publications/blogs mentioned include Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon, Ph.D., "Kids, Eating, Weight & Health: Helping Without Harming" by Jon Robison, Ph.D., M.S., and Elizabeth Patch's More to Love Sketchbook.

Music includes "Freedom" (Suchi Waters Benjamin) & "Fat-Bottomed Girls" (Queen).

Quote of the Day: "Show me a woman who only wants to lose weight for her health, and I'll show you a man who buys Playboy just to read the interview." (Former Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman.)

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April 4, 2011 Health At Every Size radio show

PegE (a.k.a. Dr. Elam) flew solo today when Pat (a.k.a the Queen) couldn't make it to the studio. (She'll be back next week.) The co-host's absence usually means the show features more music, and today's episode was no exception.

But first PegE discussed attempts by various state governments and other entities to assess financial penalties on people over a certain BMI (Body Mass Index) in the guise of encouraging "healthy" behaviors. What's YOUR answer to the pop quiz "Which of these things is not like the others? Smoking -- Obesity -- Exercising".....?

Listen to the show to learn the answer. It may not be what you think.

Ah, yes, the music! Today's show featured Suchi Waters Benjamin's mind-body-spirit anthem "Freedom," as usual, as well as "Women's Bodies" (Rebecca Riots), "Iphigenia" (Cosy Sheridan), "Even Free" (Kristi Martel), "Fat Girl" (Creamy Goodness), "The Bathing Suit Song" (Minna Bromberg), "The Flame" (Beth Neilsen Chapman), "Choose Love" (Fortunate Sons), & "Phenomenal Woman" (Ruthie Foster).

Please excuse the wonky audio on "Iphigenia" -- and keep listening to hear Sheridan's moving emulation of a young girl hospitalized for anorexia nervosa:

We read about the Trojan War last night. Iphigenia, killed by her father so his army would fight. She died so they could sail off for his war. Another girl who learned what her country wanted her for.

Chorus: I am Iphigenia, the daughter you lost. For all you earned, I am the cost. Ruling the world has a very high price. I am Iphigenia, the sacrifice.

She died so the big boys could win. Sacrificed for a good westerly wind. Someone got rich telling me to get thin. Just looks like a different war from this bed I'm in.

Here's another lyrical quotation, from Minna Bromberg, the Singing Sociologist:

You can have a little uprising from wherever you're put down. And so I start my revolution in my bathing suit.

Enjoy!

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