Under the Influence

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard Lopate. First, Jeffrey Kluger discusses the relationships between siblings. Then Dr. Jerome Groopman and Dr. Pamela Hartzband explain how to sort through the confusion to make the best medical decisions for ourselves and our families. We’ll find out about an ancient manuscript that sparked the Renaissance. Then, Jane Lynch tells us about her long and winding path to stardom.


Andy Borowitz

The Sibling Effect

Time science writer, Jeffrey Kluger looks at the bonds between siblings. In The Sibling Effect: What the Bonds Among Brothers and Sisters Reveal about Us, Kluger explores the complex world of siblings in a way that is equal parts science, psychology, sociology, and memoir. Based on new and emerging research, it looks at birth order, twin studies, genetic encoding of behavioral traits, emotional disorders and their effects on-and effects from-sibling relationships.

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Your Medical Mind

Dr. Jerome Groopman and Dr. Pamela Hartzband explain how we can cut through the confusion caused by the health-care system, the media, and gaps in our own reasoning to make our own best medical decisions. In Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You Dr. Groopman, a New Yorker writer and an oncologist who guides his patients through life-or-death decisions, and Dr. Hartzband, an endocrinologist and educator at Harvard Medical School, help chart a clear path through the sea of confusion created by doctors' recommendations, dissenting expert opinions, confusing statistics, conflicting media reports, the advice of friends, claims on the Internet, and a steady stream of drug company ads.

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How the World Became Modern

Stephen Greenblatt tells how one ancient manuscript, brought to light after a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern looks at the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, On the Nature of Things, by Lucretius, sparked the Renaissance, inspiring artists such as Botticelli and thinkers such as Giordano Bruno; shaped the thought of Galileo and Freud, Darwin and Einstein; and had a revolutionary influence on writers such as Montaigne and Shakespeare and even Thomas Jefferson.

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Jane Lynch on Happy Accidents

Actress Jane Lynch talks about her life, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to landing the role of Sue Sylvester on “Glee.” Happy Accidents tells the story of her improbable, and funny, path to success.

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Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" Wins an Emmy

Anthony Bourdain's Travel Channel show "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" just won an Emmy award for "Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming." The award went to Zach Zamboni and Todd Liebler, Directors of Photography, for this season's episode on Haiti. The show earned four nominations. Congratulations!

Bourdain was on the show August 29, 2011, to discuss his latest book Medium Raw, the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club's August pick. Listen to that interview here

Recently, HarperCollins Publishers' imprint Ecco announced that it is giving Bourdain "an eponymous line of books." Bourdain will acquire books that reflect his eclectic tastes, and Ecco will publish three to five titles a year. Find out more about what Anthony Bourdain's eclectic tastes are here!


"Like" Leonard Lopate on Facebook

There's a new Leonard Lopate Facebook page! He reached the limit of friends on his profile page, so we've created a new page. Visit it and click on the "Like" button!

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