July 31st Show : Blog Of The Nation Racial prejudices often remain hidden in our brains, but can those biases be measured? And later, childhood obesity is a growing problem and many parents are turning to weight loss camps as a solution. But do those camps really work? Author Step...
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July 31st Show

Here's what's coming up on the last show of the week... and the month!!!

Prejudices often remain in the unconscious part of your brain, but there are tests that can reveal your hidden bigotry. In our first hour, a science writer and a psychologist will explain how racial preferences hide in our brains, and how those biases can be measured. We're still chasing an ender segment for the first hour, so stay tuned for that.

Childhood obesity is a growing problem, and many parents are turning to weight loss camps as a solution. But do those camps really work? Stephanie Klein, author of Moose: A Memoir of Fat Camp, will join us in our second hour to talk about her life as a chubby teenager, her summers spent at various weight-loss camps, and her struggle to be accepted by her peers. At the end of the hour, John Geer, author of In Defense of Negativity: Attack Advertising in Presidential Campaigns, will explain whether or not attack ads really do bring down presidential opponents.