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Monday, July 11, 2011

The worldwide demand for seafood is soaring. On today’s show: Time correspondent Bryan Walsh describes the exponential growth of fish farming. Then, filmmaker Tsui Hark, part of Hong Kong’s New Wave, discusses his long career and his mega-hit films “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame” and “The Blade.” Jason Zinoman explains why the 1970s were the golden age of modern horror films. Plus, we’ll tale a look at epigenetics and how environmental factors can affect our genes.

The Future of Fish

Time magazine’s Bryan Walsh discusses farmed fish. Fish are the last wild food, but our oceans are being picked clean. His article “The End of the Line” investigates whether farming fish can take the place of catching them.

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Hong Kong Filmmaker Tsui Hark

Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark talks about his career and his mega-hit films “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame” and “The Blade.” He’s being presented with the 2011 Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award at the New York Asian Film Festival, which takes place July 1-14.

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The Invention of Modern Horror Movies

Jason Zinoman gives an account of the gifted and eccentric directors who ushered in the golden age of modern horror films in the 1970s. Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror tells how the much-disparaged horror film became an ambitious art form and box office draw. Directors such as Wes Craven, Roman Polanski, John Carpenter, and Brian De Palma—brought a gritty aesthetic, confrontational style, and political edge to horror with such classics as “Rosemary's Baby,” “Carrie,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” and “Halloween.”

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Richard Francis discusses the new scientific field of epigenetics, the study of how stress in the environment can impact an individual's physiology so deeply that those biological scars actually can be inherited by the next generations. In Epigenetics: The Ultimate Mystery of Inheritance he explains why researchers believe that epigenetics holds the key to understanding obesity, cancer, Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, autism, and diabetes.

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