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Bacon Makes Everything Better, Except Your Colon

On The Gist, Mike asks Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker about her beef with the World Health Organization. Their recent headlines draw attention to a link between processed meats and cancer risk. Is that bulls--t? Maria’s new book The Confidence Game is now available for preorder. For the Spiel, the common core’s big PR problem.

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