October 23, 2015 – Senator Tom Udall is sponsoring legislation that would increase EPA oversight of chemicals that are in products used by consumers across the country.
The current law, the Toxic Substances Control Act, was passed in 1976, and has not been updated to allow for potential regulation or restrictions on chemicals like asbestos, arsenic, styrene, formaldehyde and BPA . Udall and others say the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act now has bipartisan support. Senator Udall talks about the details of the legislation this week with our correspondent Gwyneth Doland.
October 16, 2016 – Pope Francis recently made his first-ever visit to the United States. Along with statements on other social issues, the pope has announced that during a special year of mercy women may be forgiven for what the church sees as the sin of abortion.
This week Gwyneth Doland interviews one prominent feminist writer, Katha Pollitt, who has written a book arguing that abortion should be seen as a normal part of life and a moral good. And she talks with Allen Sanchez, head of New Mexico’s Conference of Catholic Bishops, about his trip to see the pope and his interpretation of Francis’s message on abortion.