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Monday, December 05, 2011

Reason magazine editor-in-chief Matt Welch describes what he sees as the major problems with most of today’s pundits. Ruth Reichl joins us for the latest installment of the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club! Chocolatier Jacques Torres talks about holiday recipes for chocolate! Plus, a public health scholar argues that our level of mass incarceration in the United States is actually an epidemic—like AIDS or the plague.

The Simpletons: Do-Something Punditry

Matt Welch, Editor in Chief of Reason magazine, discusses his article “The Simpletons: David Brooks, Thomas L. Friedman, and the banal authoritarianism of do-something punditry.” He examines the large and influential “do-something” school of political punditry, which looks for solutions to the country’s problems and ends up empowering authority.

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November-December's Book: Comfort Me with Apples, by Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl joins us the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club! She’ll talk about her memoir Comfort Me with Apples. It picks up in 1978, when Reichl sets out on her career as a restaurant critic, which takes her to New York and China, France and Los Angeles. She shares stories of cooking and dining with world-famous chefs, includes some of her favorite recipes, and also writes of the dissolution of her first marriage, the start of a second, and motherhood at the age of 40. It’s about love of food and family, and is the perfect read for the holiday season.

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Jacques Torres' Year in Chocolate

World-renowned pastry chef and chocolatier Jacques Torres talks about his chocolate recipes for the holidays and every day. His latest book is A Year in Chocolate: 80 Recipes for Holidays and Special Occasions, and it includes recipes adapted for the home cook, from traditional French pastry to classic American treats.

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The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration

Public health scholar and Soros Justice Fellow Ernest Drucker argues that imprisonment has become an epidemic in this country, a destabilizing force that undermines families and communities, damaging the very social structures that prevent crime. Drucker spent 20 years treating drug addiction and another 20 studying AIDS in some of the poorest neighborhoods of the South Bronx and the world, and he uses the public health and epidemiological concepts in his book A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America.

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