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Thursday, September 13, 2012

On today’s show: Hanna Rosin explains why she feels we’re living in the era of the end of men and what it all means for society. Alex Prud’homme, Julia Child’s grandnephew talks about the memoir they co-authored, My Life in France, for The Leonard Lopate Show Book Club! Zadie Smith tells us about her new novel, NW. Our latest Backstory segment looks at the wrangling between China and Japan over a group of small yet resource-rich islands.

Hanna Rosin on the End of Men and the Rise of Women

Hanna Rosin, senior editor at The Atlantic, discusses men, women, and power in a transformed world. In The End of Men: And the Rise of Women, Rosin looks at how women have pulled decisively ahead of men, and she reveals how this shift has profound implications for marriage, sex, children, work, and more.

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August-September's Book: My Life in France, by Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme

Julia Child is widely credited with single handedly teaching America about the pleasures of good cooking with her groundbreaking cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her television show The French Chef. She would have turned 100 years old on August 15, and to celebrate her contributions to cooking and culture, the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club selection for August-September is her memoir, My Life in France, written with her grand-nephew Alex Prud’homme. He joins us to talk about her life, how she learned to cook in France, and how she became a brilliant teacher and writer. When she passed away in 2004, she and Alex were working on the book, about what Julia Child described as the best years of her life, and Alex finished it and published it in 2006.

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Zadie Smith's NW

Zadie Smith discusses her new novel, NW, a tragi-comic story that follows four Londoners—Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan—as they try to make adult lives outside of Caldwell, the council estate of their childhood.

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Backstory: East China Sea Dispute

Dr. Sheila Smith, senior fellow for Japan Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses the dispute between China and Japan over a group of tiny but resource rich islands.

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Backstory: The Early Days of Bain Capital

ProPublica’s Jesse Eisinger looks at the early days of Bain Capital, the private equity firm that Mitt Romney ran in the early 1990s. The firm’s work in turning around Staples is well known, but Bain was also sued several times for buying companies and selling them for a profit, without paying a finder’s fee.

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