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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Kids run a mile every gym class (Kateri Jochum/WNYC/WNYC)

Today's is a best-of Brian Lehrer Show, so we won't be taking any calls. But the comments page is always open, and you can connect with us on Twitter and Facebook too!

With New Year’s resolutions starting today, we look at a popular personal promise: to get fit and lose weight: Writer A.J. Jacobs on his efforts to follow all health advice out there; nutritionist Marion Nestle on everything you need to know about calories; and what’s behind the 20-minute workout. Plus: author Jim Holt examines existence; listeners give each other advice; lessons learned from television; and comedian Penn Jillette on atheism. 

A. J. Jacobs: Advice for Living

In another installment of "experimental living," A.J. Jacobs, the author of The Year of Living Biblically, follows ALL the advice for healthy living for his new book, Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection.


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Exercise Science

Gretchen Reynolds writes the "Phys Ed" column for the New York Times and is the author of The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can: Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer. She joins us to discuss what science is proving and disproving when it comes to exercise. 

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The Science of Calories

When it comes to weight loss, does it matter more what you eat, when you eat or how much you eat? Marion Nestle, professor in the department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and of sociology at New York University tries to answer that question in her new book, Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics.


Penn Jillette's Atheist Celebration

Penn Jillette, half of Penn & Teller, host of the podcast Penn's Sunday School, and author of Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!, gives his own highly personal account of all the benefits of being an atheist.

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An Existential Detective Story

Jim Holt, essayist, critic, and author of Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story, discusses his new book, which investigates the age-old mystery of why is there something rather nothing.

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Open Phones: Advice Roulette

Another episode of one of our favorite segments - advice roulette, where listeners call in to ask each other for advice, and give each other help.


Open Phones: TV's Real-Life Lessons

In September, Hillary Clinton revealed that Burmese politicians told her they were learning about democracy from the West Wing. And the NYPD is going to film more interrogations because the "CSI effect" leads jurors to expect videotape of suspects. Listeners share what they've learned from television.

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