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Brian Wansink, the Cornell professor who authored six articles retracted by the Journal of the American Medical Association Wednesday, has been removed from all teaching and research at the university, and will retire at the end of this academic year.

“I have been tremendously honored and blessed to be a Cornell professor,” Wansink said.

Cornell University

The Journal of the American Medical Association has retracted six articles by a prominent Cornell researcher.

Brian Wansink, listed as an author on all the studies, heads Cornell's Food and Brand Lab and the university's Behavioral Economics and Consumer Choice institute.

Wansink's work has been featured in The New York Times and O, the Oprah Magazine, and on the Today Show, but the American Medical Association has now said it cannot verify that the results of at least a half-dozen of his studies are valid.

An upcoming festival at Ganondagan explores Native American food and culture. We get a preview and discuss traditional and contemporary indigenous culinary experiences.

Our guests:

  • Chef Arlie Doxtator, chef with 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry
  • Peter Jemison, historic site manager for Ganondagan
  • Angela Ferguson, farm supervisor for the Onondaga Nation, indigenous food advocate, corn grower, and seed saver

It’s the kickoff of our annual Summer of Food series. We’re joined by local chefs who discuss the modern food movement, what’s “hot” in the culinary scene, and the legacy of Anthony Bourdain. Our guests:

  • Mark Cupolo, chef and owner of Rocco
  • Zaaqi "Zoc" Johnson, chef and owner of Zoc's Gourmet
  • Andrew Bush, chef de cuisine at Bobby V’s in Stamford, Connecticut

There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks about food deserts, and now so-called food swamps, and what's really going on with food access in America's cities. That's been a strong focus of Foodlink, whose chief program officer was just sworn in as one of Rochester's new members of City Council.

We discuss how to make good food available for more people -- what works, what doesn't, from corner stores to SNAP to the farm bill. Our guests:

  • Mitch Gruber, chief program officer for Foodlink and member of Rochester City Council
  • Julia Tedesco, executive director for Foodlink

*Note: You can read the Atlantic Monthly article mentioned during the show here.

Is New York State spending enough on food from local farms? A new report from the New York Academy of Medicine and the American Farmland Trust says the state can do more. Four years after Governor Cuomo passed the Food Metrics Law to encourage state institutions to buy fresh food from farmers, it isn’t clear how much the state is actually spending on local foods. The report estimates the number could be about 10 percent, but it recommends an increase in spending to 25 percent. The groups say purchasing local food could increase the state’s economic output and improve the health and wellness of many New Yorkers, especially those who are food insecure.

We discuss if that goal is realistic, the challenges local farmers face why trying to meet institutional needs, and projections for New York’s food future. Our guests:

John Vito lost his restaurant and cooking career when kidney failure nearly killed him. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, he got the coverage he needed to survive, and he's found a way to keep cooking. His new project is called Cooking for Your Kidneys, a video series designed to help people who love to eat but are living with kidney disease.

John is always a colorful interview, and he discusses his own story, and his new venture. Our guests:

  • John Vito, Cooking for Your Kidneys
  • Mary Wier, registered dietician

It's a small business success story -- an African-American-owned restaurant that has become a quiet magnet in the city of Rochester. The Arnett Cafe relies on word of mouth, and four years after opening, there are plenty of words being passed around town about it.

We sit down with co-owner Norman Brown, who grew up nearby in the 19th Ward. But Brown moved away after school, following a business path, and never expected to come home to Rochester. We explore why he did, and how he views the changes in both his city and his old neighborhood.

The New York Times set off a kind of firestorm with a front-page story on food stamps, or SNAP benefits. The story pushed the claim that soft drinks are the number one purchase for households that use SNAP. It turns out that the Times did a rather loose job at interpreting the data, and critics say the article became a vehicle to malign Americans in poverty.

So we start there: what did the article get right, and what did it get wrong? And then we discuss the best ways to promote access to healthy food for everyone. Our guests:

  • Mitch Gruber, chief program officer for Foodlink
  • Mike Bulger, healthy communities coordinator for the Healthi Kids program at Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency  
  • Leverett Copeland, SNAP recipient and healthy living ambassador


Back by popular demand, this episode of Second Opinion LIVE is "Food: Fact or Fiction."

Our experts answer your questions about food, nutrition, and diet. In studio:

  • Dr. Roger Oskvig, Second Opinion’s chief medical advisor, geriatrician, and professor of clinical medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Dr. Lou Papa, regular panelist on Second Opinion, professor of clinical medicine, and partner in Olsan Medical Group, Center for Primary Care at the University of Rochester Medical Center

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