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Friday, August 12, 2011

Chuck Leavell, the longtime keyboardist for the Rolling Stones and their musical director, talks about his rock career and his work as an environmentalist. Then, we’ll take a look at how the evolution of the English language has shaped our culinary history. Journalist Nina Darnton tells us about her debut novel, a thriller called An African Affair. Plus, Please Explain is all about lightning and thunder!

Chuck Leavell Performs Live

Rock and roll legend Chuck Leavell, longtime keyboardist and musical director for the Rolling Stones, performs live and discusses the band, currently in negotiations for a world tour next year—2012 is the band’s 50th anniversary. He’s currently working on an album in tribute to the pioneering blues piano players that have inspired him--it's titled "Back to the Woods," and it's scheduled to be released in the fall. He’s the founder of the for-profit environmental website Mother Nature Network (www.mnn.com), and he’s also written a book, Growing a Better America: Smart, Strong, and Sustainable, about his environmental activism.

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Words to Eat By

Ina Lipkowitz explains how English food words tell a remarkable story about the evolution of our language and culinary history. Words to Eat By: Five Foods and the Culinary History of the English Language explores the stories behind five of our most basic food words, and shows the role of French and Italian names in the English culinary vocabulary as well as the Old English origins of many common food words like meat, bread, apple, and milk.

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Nina Darnton on An African Affair

Journalist Nina Darnton talks about her debut novel, An African Affair, set in the mid-1990s flux of worldwide insurrections and war. It tells the story of a New York journalist who moves to Lagos to follow a trail of corruption, drug smuggling, and murder after the assassination of a prominent Nigerian politician.

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Please Explain: Thunder and Lightning

Thunderstorms are one of the most dramatic features of summer, so this week’s Please Explain is all about thunder and lightning storms. Walt Zaleski, Warning Coordination Meteorologist Program Manager, National Weather Service, Southern Region Headquarters, tells us what causes these storms, how they’re tracked and studied, and how the weather works.

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