Point of Inquiry

Center for Inquiry

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Point of Inquiry is the Center for Inquiry's flagship podcast, where the brightest minds of our time sound off on all the things you're not supposed to talk about at the dinner table: science, religion, and politics. Guests have included Brian Greene, Susan Jacoby, Richard Dawkins, Ann Druyan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugenie Scott, Adam Savage, Bill Nye, and Francis Collins. Point of Inquiry is produced at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, N.Y.


Factory Farming and the Meat Racket: Christopher Leonard on our Irrational Meat Industry

September 17th, 2014

Episode 433 of 537 episodes

It’s National Chicken Month! But rather than celebrating the consumption of fowl, Point of Inquiry is asking what exactly is going on in America's meat industry? Is the way we consume meat at all rational? Joining us this week isChristopher Leonard, investigative journalist whose work has appeared inFortune,Slate, andThe New York Times. He is a fellow with The New America Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy institute in Washington, DC., and theauthor ofThe Meat Racket:The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business. Leonard and host Josh Zepps explore the morality of super-industrialized meat production, the iron grip of certain large corporations, and how the centralized system of factory farming is, to Leonard, “Soviet-esque.”