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Friday, December 14, 2012

On today’s show: we look into the world of “big data” and how industries are mining our personal information to help their bottom line. Lidia Bastianich shares some foolproof Italian recipes. Karen Engelmann on her debut novel, The Stockholm Octavo. And, just in time for the holidays, Please Explain is all about stress!

Big Data, Data Mining, and You

The explosion of social media and smartphones has digitized of our lives and created new opportunities for industries to access an unprecedented amount of data about us. Financial Times technology correspondent April Dembosky has covered the rise of “big data”—and what companies are doing with all this information about us—for a new series in the paper.

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Lidia’s Favorite Recipes

Lidia Bastianich talks about her latest cookbook, Lidia’s Favorite Recipes: 100 Foolproof Italian Dishes, from Basic Sauces to Irresistible Entrees. It’s a gathering of the recipes that have become her go-to meals for her very own family, and the book is a love letter to her fans. She shares recipes for the best, the most comforting, and the most delicious dishes in her repertoire.

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The Stockholm Octavo

Karen Englemann talks about her debut novel, The Stockholm Octavo. It’s about Emil Larsson, a bureaucrat in the Office of Customs and Excise in 1791 Stockholm, whose life changes when a fortune teller shares with him a vision of his future.

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Please Explain: Stress, Part 1

This week’s Please Explain is all about stress—and why it can take a toll on our mental and physical health. We're joined by Dr. Drew Ramsey, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, looks at how stress affects our health and ways to cope with stress and anxiety in everyday life. He’s co-author of The Happiness Diet. And Rajita Sinha, director of the Yale Stress Center, and Professor of Psychiatry, Neurobiology and Child Study at Yale University School of Medicine.

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