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Monday, December 27, 2010

We're airing some of our favorite interviews from the last few months. First, Melanie Thernstrom traces conceptions of pain throughout the ages—from ancient Babylon to the modern age. Then, Nora Ephron talks about her new collection of essays: I Remember Nothing. Sean Hepburn Ferrer talks about growing up as the son of the iconic actress, Audrey Hepburn. And we’ll find out about terroir—the taste of place.

The Science of Suffering

Melanie Thernstrom talks about pain throughout the ages—from ancient Babylonian pain-banishing spells to modern brain imaging—to reveal the mysterious nature of pain itself. In The Pain Chronicles: Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering, she reflects on her own battle with chronic pain, discusses the latest medical research, and gives insights on coping with pain from science, history, religion, philosophy, anthropology, literature, and art.

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Nora Ephron on Remembering Nothing

Nora Ephron talks about the past, the present, and the future, recalling everything she hasn’t (yet) forgotten. In I Remember Nothing, she writes about her journalism career, about breaking up, lists, and more.

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Audrey Hepburn in Pictures

Sean Hepburn Ferrer, Audrey Hepburn’s son, talks about the life and career of Audrey Hepburn. She is an icon, an actress, and humanitarian whose beauty and elegance will never go out of style. Audrey 100 features 100 of the most compelling and iconic photographs of her.

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Terroir: The Taste of Place

Rowan Jacobsen explains terroir—the "taste of place"—and the way local conditions such as soil and climate affect the flavor of wine and other foods. American Terroir: Savoring the Flavors of Our Woods, Waters, and Fields is the first guide to how our environment influences some of our most iconic foods—including apples, honey, maple syrup, coffee, oysters, salmon, wild mushrooms, wine, cheese, and chocolate. It includes recipes by the author and important local chefs, and a complete resource section for finding place-specific foods.

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