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Experts shape our world. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. In every big story, you’ll find one; you’ll find a researcher, scientist, engineer, planner, policy wonk, data nerd, bureaucrat, regulator, intellectual, or pseudointellectual. Their ideas are often opaque, unrecognized, and difficult to understand. Some of them like it that way. On Cited, we reveal their hidden stories.
23 Episodes
Hanford is the most-polluted place in America. On our last episode, you heard about the nuclear plant’s largely-forgotten history–how it poisoned the people living downwind. On our season finale: a nuclear safety auditor tries to get it shut down, the downwinders struggle for justice, and we take you into the plant itself. The story of … Continue reading #9: America’s Chernobyl (2 of 2) →
Richland, Washington is a company town that sprang up almost overnight in the desert of South Eastern Washington. Its employer is the federal government, and its product is plutonium. The Hanford nuclear site was one of the Manhattan Project sites, and it made the plutonium for the bomb that devastated Nagasaki. Here, the official history … Continue reading #8: America’s Chernobyl (1 of 2) →
The phrase “return to normalcy” has been thrown around a lot lately. It’s actually a phrase that was popularized in 1920, in the wake of the WW1 and the Spanish Flu. But, as with the Spanish Flu, “returning to normalcy” means forgetting the conditions that brought us COVID-19, and perhaps even forgetting COVID-19 itself. On … Continue reading Secondary Symptoms #8: “Return to Normalcy” →
At Crosstown Clinic, doctors are turning addiction treatment on its head: they’re prescribing heroin-users the very drug they’re addicted to. This is the story of one clinic’s quest to remove the harms of addiction, without removing the addiction itself. ———-PROGRAMMING NOTE———- This is one of the best episodes in our archive. It was broadcast March … Continue reading The Heroin Clinic (Rebroadcast) →
Our whirlwind tour of the pharmaceutical industry ends this week. We’ve shown you the dysfunction, now we look for a better way. For some reason, the political vision is so curtailed here. Where is the manifesto for a new system? Even on the Bernie wing of the left, much of the focus is on negotiating … Continue reading Secondary Symptoms #7: Medical Imaginaries →
On a daily basis, we are exposed to thousands of toxic chemicals. This is no accident; it is by design. They are everywhere – coating our consumer products, in our food packaging, being dumped into our lakes and sewers, and in countless other places. However, for the most part, regulators say that we need not … Continue reading #7: The Poison Paradigm →
There’s another coronavirus. This one, causing horrific swelling in cats, even killing them. Gilead Pharmacueticals might have a drug that can cure this feline coronavirus.  Yet, they’re not sharing that drug, possibly because they’re scared it might harm their chances with another drug: Remdesivir. You may have heard of it; it’s the supposed ‘gold standard’ … Continue reading Secondary Symptoms #6: Pandemic Fat Cats →
#6: The Tamiflu Trials

#6: The Tamiflu Trials


Medical experts are rushing to see which drugs might help treat COVID-19. There are dozens of candidates: Remdesivir, Hydroxycloroquin, Actemra, Kevzara, Favipiravir, the list goes on. They better pick the right one; because billions of dollars of public money is at stake, not to mention 100s of thousands — if not millions — of lives.  … Continue reading #6: The Tamiflu Trials →
In the wake of George Flloyd’s murder in Minneappolis, millions of protesters around the world have marched against racism and police violence. In Canada, we know that Indigenous and Black bodies are incarcerated at far higher rates than their white counterparts, despite making up a minority of the country’s population. But when it comes to … Continue reading What are Canadian Police (Still) Trying to Hide? (Rebroadcast with Update) →
The brutal public lynching of George Floyd has sparked a rebellion against police violence and systematic racism. The mostly peaceful protests are courageously rising up, while the police respond with unrelenting force. This all-out war against the American people tells us much about the government’s priorities; while nurses struggle to get basic protective equipment to … Continue reading Secondary Symptoms #5: I Can’t Breathe →
The town of Buxton, North Carolina loves their lighthouse. But in the 1970s, the ocean threatened to swallow it up. For the next three decades, they fought an intense political battle over what to do. Fight back against the forces of nature, or retreat? It’s a small preview of what’s to come in a time … Continue reading The Battle of Buxton (Rebroadcast) →
This week, we put the pieces together and solve a different kind of mystery at the heart of Tiger King. I liked the show so much because it felt like the escapism I needed during a brutal pandemic. But actually, it wasn’t escapist at all. Because according to our best theories, Covid-19 is the result … Continue reading Secondary Symptoms #4: The Covid Kings →
#5: Made of Corn

#5: Made of Corn


When genetically modified corn was found in the highlands of Mexico, Indigenous campesino groups took to the streets to protect their cultural heritage, setting off a 20-year legal saga. ———-PROGRAMMING NOTE———- This two of our series on genetically modified maize. If you haven’t already, listen to the first episode first. You can find it in … Continue reading #5: Made of Corn →
#4: Modifying Maize

#4: Modifying Maize


How the accidental finding of genetically modified corn in the highlands of Mexico set off a twenty-year battle over scientific methods, academic freedom, Indigenous rights, environmental law and international trade. Part one of two. ———-MORE———- This episode has loads more information, citations, and resources. You can find those on our website, Research assistant James … Continue reading #4: Modifying Maize →
Last time we opened up too fast, we paid dearly. There were celebratory parades when Americans thought the 1918 Spanish Flu was over and done with. Unfortunately, the second wave was even worse. So this week on Secondary Symptoms, the secondary symptom we’re looking at… it’s a symptom you might call pandemic amnesia. We’re asking: … Continue reading Secondary Symptoms #3: Pandemic Amnesia →
#3: The Pavillion

#3: The Pavillion


Expo 1967 was the centrepiece of Canada’s 100th birthday. In a country of only 20 million, 50 million people attended Expo ’67. Amid the crowds and the pageantry, one building stood out. The Indians of Canada Pavilion. This was more than a tall glass tipi. It revealed (at least partly) Canada’s sordid colonial history, and … Continue reading #3: The Pavillion →
Growing up, Chris Dum has a morbid fascination with ‘deviant behavior.’ It led him down an unusual career path: he decided to study most reviled people in our society. Sex offenders. But it wasn’t enough to study them from a distance. No, abstract crime statistics or rigorously controlled laboratory experiments would not suffice. Rather, Chris … Continue reading Exiled: A Year in New York’s Infamous ‘Sex Offender Motel’ (Rebroadcast) →
It’s going to take a while, but we find glimmers of hope.  We speak to Guardian journalist Sumanth Subramanian. He tells the story of one lab’s push for a Covid-19 vaccine, and the promising new technology they’re using. It just might revolutionize vaccine development. But don’t get too excited, because the fastest vaccine ever… well, … Continue reading Secondary Symptoms #2: Not So Fast →
#2: Repeat After Me

#2: Repeat After Me


In 2011, an American psychologist named Daryl Bem proved the impossible. He showed that precognition — the ability to sense the future — is real. His study was explosive, and shook the very foundations of psychology. ———-FOLLOW CITED———- To keep up with Cited, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Plus, send us your feedback to … Continue reading #2: Repeat After Me →
We never planned for this. Cited was going to just make documentaries for you this season, but then the whole world changed. So, we had to change too. For at least the next two months, we’ll be releasing a weekly news-magazine style show about the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re calling it Secondary Symptoms. In medicine, secondary … Continue reading Secondary Symptoms #1: Tin Foil Hats Stop Covid →
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