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Episode 970: Raw Milk Deal

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Episode 970: Raw Milk Deal

Episode 970: Raw Milk Deal

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In the early 2000s, dairy farmer Mark McAfee was willing to risk it all, trucking unpasteurized raw milk hundreds of miles to rabid raw milk evangelists in the back-alleys of California. And it paid off — big. Even Martin Sheen and his wife joined the cause.

But when Mark started moving that raw white across state lines, the Feds got involved. So we wondered — Is raw milk a social menace, or a right?

Music: "Son Of Nigeria," "Sunday Afternoon," and "Happy Jack."

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