Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History

Feb 21, 2013

When science writer Florence Williams was breastfeeding, she decided to have her milk tested for environmental contaminants. Her results were average for American women and included chemicals found in flame-retardants and jet-fuel. It's not, she says, what her daughter had in mind for dinner. It set her off on a journey to study the history of breasts: how they evolved and what modern life is doing to them. Friday, we're talking to Williams about what she calls her natural and unnatural history of breasts. (Rebroadcast)


Florence Williams is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and a freelance writer for New York TimesMother JonesHigh Country News and numerous other publications. Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History is her first book.