The Gist: BPA and BPS plastics with Maria Konnikova, and Canadian elections.

BPA-Free Doesn’t Matter, but Not for the Reason You Thought

BPA-Free Doesn’t Matter, but Not for the Reason You Thought

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Aug. 4 2015 7:32 PM

BPA! BPS! Are They BS?

The infamous “plastics” utterance from The Graduate sends Mike on a journey into the real meaning behind the term BPA-free.

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I only let my dog chew on BPA-free water bottles.

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Listen to Episode 312 of Slate’s The Gist:

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When you drink from a BPA-free water bottle, is it still safe from “leeching” plastics? On The Gist, Mike asks Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker to examine the research into BPA plastics for a game we call “Is That Bulls--t?” For the Spiel, the oh so costly elections in Canada.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.