Episode 161: A Day in the Life - Morning 


When it comes to kids and adults, the debate over fluoridated water has waged for decades. Image courtesy of Flickr user sean dreilinger.

Rise and shine! It's time for a closer look at the science present in your everyday routines. As part of CHF's Thanks to Chemistry project, we present the three-part series A Day in the Life. These shows spotlight the common chemistry of morning, noon, and night. Today's episode centers on our morning bathroom rituals. First, biochemist Joe Rucker helps Distillations' executive producer Jennifer Dionisio decode the long list of curious ingredients found on her toiletry labels. Then senior producer Mia Lobel investigates water fluoridation, and the debate that's been surrounding it for more than 60 years.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:36 Pee-wee's Big Adventure
01:06 Interview: Bathroom Products
04:06 The Fluoridation Debate
13:05 Closing Credits


A Day in the Life is part of CHF’s Thanks to Chemistry project, sponsored by BASF Corporation,  The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, DuPont, and ExxonMobil. 

Special thanks to Mia Lobel, Jennifer Dionisio, and Joe Rucker for researching this show. 

Our theme music is composed by Andrew Chalfen. Music from BMI includes "Sunday Morning," by the Velvet Underground. Movie clip from Pee-wee's Big Adventure.

Image courtesy of Flickr user sean dreilinger.

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