WEDNESDAY: Obesity, Getting Into College, Mental Illness, Governor Jindal, and Controversial Strawberry Festival Poster


Author Harriet Brown shares her book Body of Truth.  "Every time you lose weight and then gain it, you are changing your metabolism in ways you don't understand," Brown begins, "it gets harder and harder."  She continues, "Actually our metabolisms become more efficient, so you have to work harder and eat less."  Brown condemns yo yo dieting, asserting its bad effects on blood pressure and potential type two diabetes.  "The truth is we don't know how to make people thinner," Brown says.  "Rather than get trapped in this cycle of dieting and exercising, we focus on health not the weight."  She says, "We get this one message: black and white; fat is bad; thin is good."  She asserts that women receive much more of the stigma.  "It's okay to have breasts and a tush, but nothing else."   

"One of the biggest risk factors in dieting is obesity."  

Author Pria Chattergee shares her book The Dirty Little Secret of Getting Into a Top College.  "Reach for your best potential... but be realistic about what that best self might be," Chattergee says.  "College admissions is not some extraneous monster, but it follows the trends of life."  She says, "It is more competitive because there are more students applying."  She notes, "A lot of legacies come from high achieving households and high income households."  She was born in India and went to Harvard.  "I was the only Indian woman from India in my class in Harvard." 

Associate Administrative Judge in  Miami-Dade County Court Criminal Division and Special Advisor on Criminal Justice and Mental Health for the Supreme Court of Florida Steven Leifman comments on what happens when someone with a severe mental illness is released from jail after committing a small crime.  "On medication, they are much less likely to be violent than the general population," Leifman says of mentally ill people.  He comments on crisis intervention team policing.  


Jason Hebert of the Political Firm in Baton Rouge joins the show to discuss Governor Jindal.  His firm has won 15 out of the past 18 campaigns they have run.  He asserts that Common Core and education will be the largest issues in the governor's race.  He suggests the probability of a David Vitter and John Bel Edwards run off.  Hebert comments on the state officials he has worked with in the past.  Jim asks who is the most powerful politician in the state.  "The senator has spent a long time building the right kinds of relationships," Hebert says, praising his work ethic.  "This is the first time I feel like we've got the right guy at the right time," Herbert says of Vitter.  "More people follow politics than policy."  He gives his professional opinion on those candidates running for governor.  They comment on Governor Jindal's obsessive exercising.  

President of the Tangipahoa Parish NAACP Branch Patricia Morris comments on the poster for The Strawberry Festival.  "It's offensive because white kids were able to enroll in school, but we were not until the crops were finished in May," Morris says.