History of Breasts


Author of “Breasts: A Natural And Unnatural History” Florence Williamson stops by to talk implants, male breast feeding and what’s in your milk. Did you know that breast milk contains substances similar to cannabis? Or that it’s sold on the Internet for 262 times the price of oil? Feted and fetishized, the breast is an evolutionary masterpiece. But in the modern world, the breast is changing. Breasts are getting bigger, arriving earlier, and attracting newfangled chemicals. Increasingly, the odds are stacked against us in the struggle with breast cancer, even among men. What makes breasts so mercurial—and so vulnerable?

In her informative and highly entertaining account, intrepid science reporter Florence Williams sets out to uncover the latest scientific findings from the fields of anthropology, biology, and medicine. Her investigation follows the life cycle of the breast from puberty to pregnancy to menopause, taking her from a plastic surgeon’s office where she learns about the importance of cup size in Texas to the laboratory where she discovers the presence of environmental toxins in her own breast milk. The result is a fascinating exploration of where breasts came from, where they have ended up, and what we can do to save them.

Plus Howie Klein talks about the new movie “The Wolf Of Wall Street.” Also Will Ryan and the Cactus County Boys featuring Cactus Chloe Feorenzo, Bill Burr, Mark Thompson, Jane Edith Wilson, Felicia Michaels, Cynthia Adler, and Mike MacRae. Portions of today’s show are written by Ben Zelevansky, Mike MacRae, webmaster Jimmy Lee Wirt from Shop War On Christmas and David Feldman.

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