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Friday, August 19, 2011

The iPhone is more than just a high-tech gadget. Brian Chen explains why he thinks it has opened up a future in which we’re “always-on.” Vanity Fair contributing editor Ned Zeman shares his struggles with depression and experience with shock treatment therapy. Jim Shepard talks about his new collection of stories. Plus, we’ll have our latest Please Explain segment is about gluten and celiac disease.

Always On

Brian X. Chen explains how the iPhone is opening the door to what he calls the "always-on" future, where we are all constantly connected to a global Internet via flexible, incredibly capable gadgets that allow us to do anything, anytime, from anywhere. In Always On: How the iPhone Unlocked the Anything-Anytime-Anywhere Future—and Locked Us In, he explains the far-reaching implications of this future—both positive and negative—throughout all areas of our lives.

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The Rules of the Tunnel

Ned Zeman, contributing editor at Vanity Fair, recounts his struggle with clinical depression and he describes mood disorders, memory, shock treatment therapy and his own quest to get back to normal. His memoir The Rules of the Tunnel: My Brief Period of Madness recounts suddenly being gripped by anxiety and depression at age 32. He experimented with various therapists, medication, hospitals, even trying electroconvulsive therapy, and he writes of his struggle to overcome the depression that had taken over his life.

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Jim Shepard on You Think That’s Bad

Jim Shepard tells us about his wildly diverse collection of observant stories, You Think That’s Bad: Stories. His writing shows the vastness of human experience—from the fringes and lonely pinnacles to the hopelessly mediocre and desperately below average—with brilliant scientists, reluctant soldiers, workaholic artists, female explorers, depraved murderers, and deluded losers.

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Please Explain: Gluten

More and more gluten-free products have been appearing on grocery store shelves in recent years, and for this week's Please Explain segment, we'll find out what gluten is and find out the causes, symptoms, and treatment for celiac disease and other gluten sensitivities. Dean Lavornia is Chair of the Baking & Pastry Department at the Johnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts in Providence, Rhode Island. He's created a number of gluten-free recipes for those in his family with celiac disease. We'll also speak with Nutritionist Bernadette Latson, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Nutrition at the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center.

Department Chair of the Baking & Pastry Department at the Johnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts in Providence, Rhode Island.

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