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The stat sheet on hemp sounds almost too good to be true: its fibers are among the planet’s strongest, its seed oil the most nutritious, and its potential as an energy source vast and untapped. Its one downside? For nearly a century, it’s been illegal to grow industrial cannabis in the United States–even though Betsy Ross wove the nation’s first flag out of hemp fabric, Thomas Jefferson composed the Declaration of Independence on it, and colonists could pay their taxes with it. But as the prohibition on hemp’s psychoactive cousin winds down, one of humanity’s longest-utilized plants is about to be reincorporated into the American economy. Get ready for the newest billion-dollar industry. This week's guest is Doug Fine, a man who knows his hemp. In his latest book, Hemp Bound:Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution, Doug embarks on a humorous yet rigorous journey to meet the men and women who are testing, researching, and pioneering hemp’s applications for the twenty-first century. Tune in to this episode of What Doesn't Kill You as Doug goes from A-Z on hemp and makes a serious case for this serious crop. This program was brought to you by Consider Bardwell.

"Hemp is any variety of the cannabis plant that has .3% or less of THC." [02:00]

"There are farmers making money growing hemp and americans know it know - that's why it's coming back." [08:00]

"I think we're going to have a world leading [hemp] industry here very very soon." [10:00]

--Doug Fine on What Doesn't Kill You


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We're losing our sturgeon supply and black market caviar is becoming a real thing. Tune in to a brand new episode of What Doesn't Kill You as Katy Keiffer is chatting caviar with Michelle Nijhuis. Michelle writes about science and the environment for National Geographic and other publications. She is also a contributing writer for Smithsonian and a longtime contributing editor of High Country News, a magazine known for its in-depth coverage of environmental issues in the American West. Her most recent piece is called Caviar’s Last Stand, published simultaneously with FERN and Medium, about the loss of a species in the service of gluttony.. for money and for food. This program was brought to you by Cain Vineyard & Winery.

"[Caviar is] small, it can be smuggled - it's really in some ways the ideal black market item." [05:00]

"Caviar rose in popularity before it came rare. I think it was the allure of a foreign delicacy in Europe that came with that stature. Now that it's gotten rare, that's only added to its cache." [24:00]

--Michelle Nijhuis on What Doesn't Kill You


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When it comes to the United States seafood industry, there is perhaps no better thinker and writer than Paul Greenberg. He's this week's guest on What Doesn't Kill You, as host Katy Keiffer picks his brain on all things seafood related. From the salt marshes in Louisiana to the triangular trade of codfish, Paul touches on all corners of the domestic seafood industry and discusses the seriousness of the problems we face as a nation. Why is most of our seafood imported when we have such a bountiful supply? What does the future hold for our fish? Find out on a aquatic episode of What Doesn't Kill You. This program was brought to you by Cain Vineyard & Winery.

"More than 85% of the seafood Americans eat is coming to us from abroad. Meanwhile, about 3 billion pounds of what we catch, which would be enough to satisfy the per capita demand in this country, is exported." [03:00]

"The United States controls more ocean than any country on earth, but how we came to control all that water was a political slight of hand." [12:00]

"Even after everything that's been thrown against it, Louisiana is still the largest seafood producer in the continental United States." [25:00]

--Paul Greenberg on What Doesn't Kill You


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