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Dr. Charles Gerba and Household Germs.

Dr. Charles Gerba is an expert on germs and bacteria. As a microbiologist at the University of Arizona in Tucson , Gerba says to many people’s surprise it’s the kitchen not the bathroom that has the most germs and bacteria. Gerba talks about why germs and bacteria thrive in the kitchen. They colonize your sink and sponges and rags, and grow by the billions overnight.. In addition, Dr Gerba has done extensive research on public bathrooms and has found more bacteria in women’s washrooms than men's. (Interview by Barbara Bogaev)

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Other segments from the episode on September 11, 1997

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, September 11, 1997: Interview with Patrick Murphy; Interview with Charles Gerba; Review of Oasis's album "Be Here Now."

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