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Monday, May 14, 2012

On today’s show: Paul J. Zak describes his research into what has been called “the moral molecule,” Oxytocin. Joe Bastianich talks about his memoir, Restaurant Man. Today’s installment of the BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects continues with a mysterious jade disc known as a Bi. Rosecrans Baldwin describes his comic account of living in the French capital, Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down. And The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead talks about her career in comedy.

Oxytocin: The Moral Molecule

Paul Zak tells us about oxytocin, a chemical messenger that accounts for why some people are generous, trustworthy, and faithful and others aren’t. His book The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity looks at decades of research on what oxytocin is and how it works.  

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Joe Bastianich, Restaurant Man

Joe Bastianich describes his culinary journey from working in his parents’ red-sauce joint to becoming one of the country’s most successful restaurateurs. His memoir Restaurant Man recounts learning the ropes from his parents, Lidia and Felice Bastianich, his time in Italy, and joining forces with Mario Batali.

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Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down

Rosecrans Baldwin talks about living and working in Paris for 18 months and finding the experience completely unlike what he expected. His memoir Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down, is a comic, personal account of observing the French capital from the inside out. 

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Lizz Winstead on Her Career in Comedy

Lizz Winstead, comedian, social critic, and co-creator of The Daily Show, tells how she fought to find her own voice, both as a comedian and as a woman, and how humor became her most powerful weapon in confronting life's challenges. In Lizz Free or Die she tells about her childhood longing to be a priest, her role in developing The Daily Show, and her habit of diving into everything head first.

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