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Friday, October 28, 2011

We’ll talk about the role race plays in today’s newsrooms, and how a lack of diversity shapes coverage. Then, Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld talk about co-directing and co-staring in a new production of Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline.” A former FBI criminal profiler tells how we can spot dangers around us. Plus, will you catch a cold if you have wet hair? Should you use chicken soup to fight a cold? We’ll find out on Please Explain when we investigate medical myths and wives' tales!

Uncovering Race

Journalist Amy Alexander looks at the treatment of ethnic minorities both in newsrooms and in the news, within the changing media landscape. In Uncovering Race: A Black Journalist’s Story of Reporting and Reinvention, she looks back on her own career in the context of the continually evolving story of America’s growing ethnic populations how the media approaches issues of race.

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Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld talk about co-directing and also starring in the Fiasco Theater Company’s production of “Cymbeline.” The Shakespeare drama tells the story of a beautiful princess separated from her beloved, the cruel step-mother who tries to kill her, a husband duped by an adversary, an exiled nobleman who kidnaps a king's sons, and a Roman invasion of Britain. “Cymbeline” is playing at the Barrow Street Theatre.

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Dangerous Instincts

Former FBI profiler and expert on psychopathy and criminal behavior Mary Ellen O’Toole explains that our gut instincts and a sense of fear alone can’t protect us from danger. In Dangerous Instincts, she outlines how to protect yourself and your family from harm, and what to look for when you hire someone to work inside your home or with your children, and what signals to evaluate when hiring a new employee in your office.

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Please Explain: Medical Myths and Wives' Tales

Anahad O’Connor, columnist for the New York Times Well blog and author of Always Follow the Elephants and Never Shower in a Thunderstorm, and Dr. Rachel Vreeman, co-author of Don’t Swallow Your Gum and Don’t Cross Your Eyes...They'll Get Stuck That Way, and assistant professor of pediatrics at Indiana University, and talk about medical myths and wives tales—adages like “starve a fever, feed a cold” and that caffeine will stunt your growth. They’ll explain where they came from and why they persist and they’ll, as well as which are right and which are wrong.

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