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Oct 30, 2015

Word Bubble If you’ve had any exposure at all to social media this week, you will have heard the announcement from the World Health Organization that processed meat (especially and specifically BACON!) is cancer-causing. How seriously are we going to take this information? Not so seriously, as it turns out. Amanda is still clinging to sweet memories of a trough of room-service bacon; Catherine's buying her kids BLTs; and Terri has heard too many scare stories about favorite foods to take one about something so delicious seriously. We wondered at the difference between "raises your risk" and "causes," winced at the idea of how much snootier vegans will be now, and planned to listen to Jim Gaffigan's bacon monologue and take bacon as seriously as Ron Swanson (if that's even possible).

Next, inspired by Terri's nearly two hours in a traffic jam with her daughter in charge of the radio and her husband in full "These kids today with their rap and their dirty lyrics" dudgeon, we asked: How much does today's music enrage/amuse/bore us? Uptown Funk got our thumbs up, Selena Gomez's current hit our thumbs down, and the repeating repeating repeating of the same songs our thumbs in our ears. We wound up reminiscing about the old days when MTV played music videos and we could still believe that 17-year-olds know about heartbreak. (We were that young once, right?)

Finally, we moved on to our recommendations for the week: Catherine shared an article she wrote about how to add more vegetables to your family’s daily diet (with advice for beginner, intermediate, and expert levels!), Amanda passed on a Wired article delightfully titled "Bacon Causes Cancer? Sort of. Not Really. Ish," and Terri offered some assistance for your next great dietary dilemma -- what to do with all that Halloween candy.

Thanks as always to Jon Morin for producing our episode and Kristen Eredics for our happy in-and-out music. If you're reading this somewhere without hyperlinks, come to http://parentingroundabout.com for the full recap experience.