Jack Gilbert on Germs, Bacteria, Health; The Slants Win Supreme Court Decision

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  1. How does the bacteria in dirt, our gut, or on our body affect our health?
  2. Every new parent struggles with how much dirt you should let your child be exposed to. Questions from whether your child needs antibiotics to even antibacterial wipes are all tackled by Jack Gilbert, microbial biologist Jack Gilbert, of Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago.
  3. He spoke with us about his new book "Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System," which was released two weeks ago.
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  5. A Supreme Court decision this week on free speech involves the Asian-American band The Slants.
  6. When bassist Simon Tam founded The Slants 11 years ago in Portland, Oregon, he wanted to make sure that younger Asian-Americans could see themselves represented in the rock music scene. Their music has been compared to 80's rock groups like The Cure and Duran Duran, as well as more modern artists like The Killers. They call their sound Chinatown Dance Rock.
  7. Their band name “The Slants” was also part of a long legal battle that found its way to the Supreme Court earlier this year. Government attorneys argued their name should not be trademarked because it was offensive. This week the Supreme Court unanimously sided with their case, and The Slants now have the right to trademark their name.
  8. Tam joined us to share what his fight means for free speech and the Asian American community.
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