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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Rosanne Cash fills in for Leonard. She’ll speak with neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux about the underlying brain mechanisms that make us feel emotions. Musician Mike Doughty discusses the cost of his rise to prominence. Adriana Trigiani talks about her novel The Shoemaker’s Wife. And physics professor Lisa Randall tells us about the search for the elusive Higgs boson.


Rosanne Cash

Joseph LeDoux on the Emotional Brain

Neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux describes the underlying brain mechanisms that make us feel emotions. He's the author of The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life, which investigates the origins of human emotions such as fear, love, hate, anger, and joy, and explains that many exist as part of complex neural systems that evolved to enable us to survive. He is also the singer and song writer in The Amygdaloids, a rock band that sings about mind and brain, and with which  Rosanne Cash has recorded.

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Mike Doughty

Writer and musician Mike Doughty discusses his memoir, The Book of Drugs. In it, he describes his rise to prominence as the leader of the band Soul Coughing, his transformation into a solo performer, and his battle with addiction.  He’ll also talk about his latest albums, "The Question Jar Show" and "Yes and Also Yes."

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Adriana Trigiani's The Shoemaker's Wife

Adriana Trigiani talks about her novel, The Shoemaker’s Wife, a historical epic of love and family, war and loss, risk and destiny, inspired by the author's own family history in Italy and in America.

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Physics: Illuminating the Universe

Lisa Randall, Professor of Physics at Harvard University, and author of Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World and Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions, talks about the new discoveries in field of physics, including new evidence for the existence of the Higgs boson. She’ll explain what it is and why it matters. Her most recent book is the Kindle Single Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space.

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Video: Questions for Jeffrey Eugenides

Jeffrey Eugenides talks about his literary influences, the city of Detroit, and why he's grown to hate the word "sucks."


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Guest Picks: Karen Thompson Walker

Karen Thompson Walker was on the show to talk about her debut novel The Age of Miracles. Find out what books she's been reading lately.


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