Is Your Cell Phone Safe?

Radiation levels from leading mobile models

Thursday, September 10, 2009

It's not definitively known whether cell phone radiation has a detrimental effect on health. While scientists try and figure it out, non-profit watchdog Environmental Working Group just released an analysis of 1,000 different cell phone models and their radiation levels. We talk with Richard Wiles, the group's spokesperson; and Louis Slesin, editor of Microwave News, an online publication that covers radiation issues.

If you're in the market for a new phone and concerned about radiation – though we should point out there's no firm evidence yet saying whether you should or should not be – you may want to consider Samsung, which has the phones that head the Top 10 list for lowest radiation. For more information, read the Environmental Working Group's rankings.

Guests:

Louis Slesin and Richard Wiles

Hosted by:

Lynn Sherr

Contributors:

Stephanie Hughes

Comments [2]

Allaina

@Mikey: Well duh, of course they are going to have media endorsements on their "About Us" page. Think about their target audience: the consumer. Consumers care about what the media has to say. Take a look at the EWG Staff page if you want to see the Ph.D., M.D., and J.D. endorsements.

Sep. 17 2009 03:45 PM
Mikey

Wow. This piece must have been the result of some in-depth Googling. Two representatives of the Tinfoil Hat Brigade, talking about a controversy that does not exist, to a reporter's uncritical endorsement. Hint: if your "scientific" source has nothing but media endorsements on its "About Us" page, you might want to look a little harder.

Sep. 10 2009 10:05 AM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.