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Monday, February 28, 2011

Doctors and patient (Seattle Municipal Archives/flickr)

Dr. John Wennberg discusses what he learned about the healthcare system in the United States after 40 years of research. Then, Gabrielle Hamilton, the chef at Prune in the East Village, tells about her unlikely path to culinary success. Also, Lydia Davis discusses the difficulties of translating Flaubert’s great novel, Madame Bovary. Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski describes the movie, "Rango"—his foray into animation. Plus, we’ll get the latest on the critical situation in Libya.

A Researcher’s Quest to Understand Health Care

Dr. John E. Wennberg explains why the medical care Americans receive depends on their physicians and hospitals as much as it does on medical science or patient choice. His book Tracking Medicine: A Researcher’s Quest to Understand Health Care chronicles his 40-year study of medical variation across the country and its effects on the health of the individual patient, and discusses the nation’s long-term economic prospects.

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Gabrielle Hamilton on Her Path to the Kitchen

Gabrielle Hamilton, chef and owner of the New York restaurant Prune talks about her search for purpose and meaning in her life-- which led to her to her kitchen. Her memoir Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef traces a path through the many kitchens she’s known over the years—from the rural kitchen of her childhood to the kitchens overseas, where she learned the essence of hospitality, to her own kitchen at Prune and that of her Italian mother-in-law.

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Lydia Davis on Her New Translation of Madame Bovary

Lydia Davis discusses her English translation of Gustave Flaubert’s acclaimed classic novel Madame Bovary, considered the first masterpiece of realist fiction. In this landmark translation, Davis honors the nuances and particulars of a style that has long beguiled readers of French, giving the novel a new life in English.

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Gore Verbinski on "Rango"

Gore Verbinski, director of "The Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy, talks about the animated film, "Rango." It features the voices of Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy, and Abigail Breslin, among others, and tells the story of Rango, a pet chameleon who finds himself in an Old West town called Dirt.

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Unrest in Libya

We’ll get the latest on the unrest in Libya with Kareem Fahim, reporter for the New York Times.

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Guest Picks: Gabrielle Hamilton

Gabrielle Hamilton shares some of her favorite books and other picks after her recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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Guest Picks: Gore Verbinski

Director Gore Verbinski stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his new animated feature "Rango," and shared some of his favorite picks with us.

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