Episode 29,

Politics of Denial

Alan Schwarz, Naomi Oreskes & David Levitan + Additional Reading

Legions of lobbyists and lawyers have obscured the harmful facts about smoking, football head injuries and climate change.

 Legions of lobbyists and lawyers obscured the facts on tobacco and cancer for decades…even when tobacco companies knew their products caused cancer. In the”Politics of Denial” Edition of Truth Politics and Power, Host Neal Conan talks with writer Alan Schwarz, who found that the football industry followed the same pattern in response to discoveries about the long term effects of concussion, and with Science Historian Naomi Oreskes, who argues that the chorus of climate deniers also follows tobacco’s lead, and that the result, will be global calamity.


Naomi Oreskes is Professor of the History of Science. She became Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University in 2013, after 15 years as Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego. She has worked on studies of geophysics, environmental issues such as global warming, and the history of science. She is the author, with Erik Conway, of Mechants of Doubt.





Alan Schwarz is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated investigative journalist best known for his 100-article series in The New York Times that exposed the seriousness of concussions among football players of all ages.  He is the author of several books including, most recently, ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic