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On Water Day, a chat with Marla

Welcome to the inaugural Humanosphere podcast, featuring a look at recent news highlights in global health, aid and development as well as a guest interview. This week we look at water, briefly review the Gates Foundation’s push for a better condom, explore the legitimacy of TOMS Shoes’ sales pitch and ponder the Obama Administration’s latest attempt to convince people it actually has a global health policy agenda. Produced by Ansel Herz.

Featured Guest: Today is International Water Day and so we’re talking to Marla Smith-Nilson, director of Water 1st International. We ask if these annual concern days actually do anything, why so many water projects still fail and if we are making progress in making sure everyone has access to clean water.


About Author

Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.