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Ross Reynolds
04/16/2009 at 1:00 p.m.

Should airlines make large people pay for a second seat? What's your policy on the arm rest when you're seated next to a person of size? Also, New York City's health commissioner says a tax on soda pop will help stem obesity. Plus, lower Snake River has been designated the third most endangered wild river in the country.


Michael J. Mandel is the chief economist for BusinessWeek magazine.

Michael Garrety is the American Rivers' Director of Conservation for Washington.

Kelly Brownell is a professor of psychology at Yale University. He is the director of Yale's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. He also co–authored the article in The New England Journal of Medicine on taxing soda with the commissioner of New York City's Health and Mental Hygiene Department, Thomas Frieden.

Peggy Howell is the director of public relations for NAAFA, the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance.

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