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FULL SHOW: March 17, 2019

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"There's plenty of sciencethat supports that CBD might have therapeutic indications. Obviously, for intractable pediatric epilepsy, CBD does have clinical validity. However, for all the other claims regarding CBD, we just don't quite know scientifically whether or not it's really going to hold water."  - Jenny Wilkerson

This week on Living Lab Radio:

  • Matt Hourihan, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, breaks down the White House budget plan - it's a lot like last year's, but with even deeper cuts to science. Congress, though, is unlikely to follow through.
  • Physicist Aaron Slepkoc explains why two grapes (or blueberries, or olives) in a microwave spark and make plasma. It's not the explanation that's circulated on the internet for twenty years.
  • Jenny Wilkerson of University of Florida shares what we do and don't know about the potential health benefits of cannabidiol, or CBD. There's a lot in the latter category.
  • Science historian Naomi Oreskes demystifies major scientific assessments and explores the long and varied history of decision-makers seeking expert advice.

Elsa Partan is a producer for Living Lab Radio. She first came to the station in 2002 as an intern and fell in love with radio. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. From 2006 to 2009, she covered the state of Wyoming for the NPR member station Wyoming Public Media in Laramie. She was a newspaper reporter at The Mashpee Enterprise from 2010 to 2013. She lives in Falmouth with her husband and two daughters.