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Folk Tales/Generic Drugs

In an eclectic program, Ralph talks first with Rebecca Sheir and Eric Shimelonis, creators of the podcast “Circle Round,” which adapts and updates folk-tales for children. Then, investigative reporter Katherine Eban joins us to talk about her exposé: “Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom.”

Rebecca Sheir has brought thousands of stories to life as a public radio reporter and host, appearing on such shows as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now, The Splendid Table and Marketplace. She’s helmed several weekly news programs and has hosted podcasts for the Folger Shakespeare Library and Slate magazine.




Her husband and partner, Eric Shimelonis is a composer, musician and audio producer, whose work has been heard on stage, screen and over the airwaves. Together from their basement studio in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts they produce a podcast called Circle Round,” a program for children that mixes music and adaptations of little-known folk tales from around the world.

“The folk tales we try to find perhaps are well known within a certain country or within a certain culture, but we’re trying to expose the entire world to these tales. So, you’re not going to hear ‘The Three Little Pigs,’ on ‘Circle Round.” You’re not going to hear ‘Little Red Riding Hood,’ ‘Cinderella.’ Those are all worthwhile and worthy stories, but we’re really trying to open our listeners eyes and ears to stories that have been passed down to generations perhaps far, far from where they live.”Rebecca Sheir, co-creator of the children’s podcast “Circle Round.”

Katherine Eban is an investigative journalist, a Fortune magazine contributor and Andrew Carnegie fellow. Her articles on pharmaceutical counterfeiting, gun trafficking, and coercive interrogations by the CIA have won international attention and numerous awards. She lectures frequently on the topic of pharmaceutical integrity. Her new book is entitled Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom.

“In China what was happening is that companies were adding a version of the heparin – it wasn’t pure heparin – but it was an adulterated version that increased the yield of the drugs. So this is an issue of seeking profits. And as a result of that contaminate in the drug, which was undetected by our own regulators, at least eighty-one Americans died.” Katherine Eban, author of “Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom”

“If he (Trump) really wanted to get tough on China, what he could say is, ‘Okay, you won’t have access to our pharmaceutical market anymore, unless we have a cadre of inspectors in there doing unannounced inspections.’” Katherine Eban, author of “Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom”

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  1. John Benoit says:

    Dear Mr. Nader, I often hear or read about so and so suing the a president’s administration but, I never hear or read what happens after that. What typically happens after a suit has been filed?

  2. Glenn Velez says:

    Let’s hope that faculty at medical schools become aware of these issues concerning our pharmaceuticals. I don’t recall any discussion in medical school about it.

  3. Shirley Jacobson says:

    Made in America, but with what, ingredients sourced in India and China with possibly the same contaminants.

    Answer to Glenn above – curriculum for medical students prepared and likely paid for by the pharmaceutical industry. That’s why doctors are convinced that drugs are perfectly safe. I was recently prescribed Losartan by a cardiologist. I mentioned reading it was being recalled but he said that is only one batch. “All the medications are perfectly safe,” he said. Actually I had already read the recall was being expanded and then was totally recalled. Many times the patient knows more than the doctor if the patient reads and pays attention.Ultimately I found a doctor that believes in natural solutions and we found means to lower blood pressure without any medication. Drugs in my opinion are not safe. They all have serious side effects – listen to the list when advertised on TV. Eventually one needs more drugs to alleviate side effects, creating more side effects and so on and so on.

  4. Dale West says:

    The least regulated pharmaceuticals are those marketed for animals. They have the lowest – post marketing feedback, centralized statistical data gathering & adverse drug reaction (ADR) reporting. Veterinary pharmaceuticals are really the “canary in the mine” for monitoring emerging human drug safety issues (pharmacovigilance). Inferior & dangerous drugs can easily slip through this highly profitable veterinary drug market.

  5. joe peeer says:

    we was thinking ,,,
    with all the piss drug tests u do in america…
    do they have a database on contaminates and
    polluters in our urine ?,,,,,(heavy metals and such…)
    instead of using all that data for passing moral judgement.
    we could just observe the content and surmise our environment.
    We r all sensors. Drugs we use for sense of fun. Addiction desensitize pain.