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The Nation investigates how big wireless made us think that cell phones are safe

Photo by Ervins Strauhmanis used under CC BY 2.0
This 2013 photo shows a tower with a cellular telephone antennas and electronic communications equipment.


On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the safety of wireless radiation. A new Nation magazine investigation explores how big wireless companies used the same playbook as big oil and big tobacco to deceive the public and create the appearance of scientific uncertainty, while making people think that cell phones are safer than independent science suggests.

Decades ago, the wireless industry’s own scientists privately warned there were “serious questions” about wireless radiation’s links to cancer and genetic damage. What does the science say?


Dr. Devra Davis, epidemiologist, founder of the non-profit Environmental Health Trust, and author of Disconnect: The Truth about Cell Phone Radiation and The Secret History of the War on Cancer


Mark Hertsgaard, independent journalist and co-writer of the recent Nation investigation How Big Wireless Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe

Web Resources:

The Hill: Public health is littered with examples where economic interests trumped scientific advice

CityLab: Cities Want Super-Fast Wireless Internet, But on Their Terms

California Department of Public Health: How to Reduce Exposure to Radiofrequency Energy from Cell Phones

Center for Public Integrity: 5G wireless pits cities against telecoms and their friends in the FCC

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.