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Thursday, October 11, 2012

On today’s we’ll discuss traumatic brain injury among veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. G. Y. Dryansky takes us on a culinary tour of France. The director and star of the Middle of Nowhere talk about the film. We’ll get an update on how ethanol is influencing the election in Iowa. Plus, our latest Backstory segment.

TBI, Soldiers, and Veterans

Traumatic brain injury is among the so-called invisible wounds of war, and in September, the Pentagon announced it is devoting $10 million to new efforts find better ways to treat and prevent mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder among soldiers and veterans. Col. Jamie B. Grimes, National Director of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, and Dr. Ross Zafonte, Clinical and Research Leader for Traumatic Brain Injury at the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, discuss the effects of traumatic brain injury among soldiers and veterans and new research and treatment.

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Coquilles, Calva, and Crème

G. Y. Dryansky takes us on a sweeping sensory journey from Paris to Normandy, Alsace, the Basque country, and beyond, sharing stories of evenings with Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, historic wine auctions and memorable banquets. Coquilles, Calva, and Crème: Exploring France's Culinary Heritage: A Love Affair with Real French Foodis an account of his travels across modern-day France, through kitchens, farms, and vineyards—with recipes.

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Middle of Nowhere

Director Ava DuVernay, winner of 2012 Sundance Film Festival Award for Best Director, and Emayatzy Corinealdi, star of Middle of Nowhere, talk about making the movie. It follows Ruby, a bright medical student who sets aside her dreams and suspends her career when her husband is incarcerated. She is propelled in new directions of self-discovery—caught between two worlds and two men. “Middle of Nowhere” opens in New York October 12 at AMC Empire 25.

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Iowa, Corn, and the 2012 Election

For almost two decades, Iowa has produced more corn than any other state in the country. But this year a severe drought has hit the state hard, and that’s having an impact on everything from animal feed to ethanol production. Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson talks about how the corn crop could affect how the swing state votes next month. We’ll also look at the candidates’ recent trips to the state, where early voting is already under way.

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Backstory: The Medical Marijuana Industry

Since the mid 1990s, 16 states and the District of Columbia have passed medical marijuana laws. In some states, like California, a vast growing and dispensary system has sprung up for a drug that the federal government still considers illegal. Journalist Jim Rendon went behind the scenes with many of the people who work in what is both an illicit and quasi-legal industry. His book is called Supercharged: How Outlaws Hippies and Scientists Reinvented Marijuana.

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