The Moral of the Story

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Friday, July 06, 2012

On today’s show we're re-airing some favorite recent interviews: Paul J. Zak describes his research into what has been called “the moral molecule,” Oxytocin. Joe Bastianich talks about his memoir, Restaurant Man. The final installment of our weeklong series American History XX is about Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to the United States Congress in 1916. Rosecrans Baldwin describes his comic account of living in the French capital, Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down. And Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead talks about her career in comedy and her new book of essays.

The Moral Molecule: Oxytocin

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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Restaurant Man: Joe Bastianich

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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American History XX: Jeannette Rankin

Our series American History XX concludes today with a look at the career of Jeannette Rankin, a pioneering suffragist who was the first woman elected to the United States Congress in 1916. Jean Luckowski, professor at the University of Montana, takes a look at her remarkable—if controversial-career as a legislator.

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Rosecrans Baldwin on Living and Working in Paris

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. He's also the co-founder of The Morning News and the author of the novel You Lost Me There.

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Lizz Free or Die

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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