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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Yale psychology professor Paul Bloom discusses the latest research into how pleasure works. Veteran singer-songwriter Nick Lowe performs songs from his latest album, “The Old Magic” live in our studio! Ben Loory talks about his collection of contemporary fables. And, on Backstory, we’ll get an update on the latest unrest in Yemen. Plus, on Underreported, we look at a secret CIA history of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion that’s recently been released.

How Pleasure Works

Pleasure works in mysterious ways, and Paul Bloom, professor of psychology at Yale University, looks at what we desire and why. In How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like Bloom investigates pleasures of all kinds—noble and seamy, lofty and mundane.

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Nick Lowe on His New Album, "The Old Magic"

Veteran songwriter Nick Lowe performs live in our studio and talks about his latest album, “The Old Magic.” Lowe has always been at the forefront of modern music, as a producer for The Damned, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders, and as a solo artist.

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Ben Loory's Stories for Nighttime and Some for Day

Ben Loory discusses his collection of wry and witty, dark and perilous contemporary fables. Stories for Nighttime and Some for Day tells the stories of people—and monsters and trees and octopi—who are motivated by the same fears and desires that isolate and unite us all.

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Underreported: A Secret History of the Bay of Pigs

More than 50 years have passed since the United States sponsored a covert invasion of Cuba that came to be known as the Bay of Pigs. Now, one of the most coveted documents surrounding the disaster been released to the public: the top secret multi-volume CIA history of the operation. Peter Kornbluh of George Washington University’s National Security Archive led the effort to obtain the documents.

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Backstory: Continuing Unrest in Yemen

As a brutal crackdown on protesters continues in Syria, the unrest in Yemen has slipped from the headlines. On today’s Backstory, Fawaz Gerges, a professor of Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics, describes what’s happened in the drought-stricken, poor country over the last few weeks, including the formation of a national council by those opposed to President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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Guest Picks: Ben Loory

Ben Loory stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to share some of his favorite picks with us.

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