Taking Flight

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

On today’s show: Director Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter John Gatins discuss the new film “Flight.” Susanna Moore talks about her new novel The Life of Objects. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan, talks about his latest book, Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder. And, just in time for Thanksgiving, the final installment of Globavores looks at turkeys with food historian Andrew Smith and chef Waldy Malouf.


Robert Zemeckis, director of the film “Flight,” and John Gatins, who wrote the screenplay, talk about the film, which stars Denzel Washington as Captain Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe. Afterwards, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane.

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Globavores: Turkey

We're wrapping up our Globavores series this week with a discussion of turkey—just in time for Thanksgiving. Chef Waldy Malouf of Beacon restaurant and food historian Andrew Smith, author of The Turkey: An American Story and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, tell us how turkeys, which were found in the New World and were transported around the world and incorporated into the cuisines in many cultures. And we'll have recipes!

Share your favorite way to make turkey! Leave a comment!

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Susanna Moore's The Life of Objects

Susanna Moore talks about her new novel, The Life of Objects. It’s about a 17-year-old Irish woman who joins the Berlin household of Felix and Dorothea Metzenburg. Art collectors, and friends to the most fascinating men and women in Europe, the Metzenburgs introduce Beatrice to a world in which she finds more to desire than she ever imagined. But the threat of Nazi terror, the deportation and murder of Jews, and the hordes of refugees fleeing the advancing Red Army cast a dark shadow.

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb explains how to thrive in an uncertain world. In his new book, Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder, Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner. The book spans innovation by trial and error, life decisions, politics, urban planning, war, personal finance, economic systems, and medicine.

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Video: Questions for Tom Wolfe

The author of The Bonfire of the Vanities and the new novel Back to Blood sings a little, praises Michael Lewis, and cringes at the word issues.

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