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Thursday, January 10, 2013

On today’s show: Alicia Menendez fills in for Leonard Lopate. Jesse Prinz examines nature versus nurture in human development and tells us why our DNA is not necessarily our destiny. Massimo Montanari on his new book Let the Meatballs Rest, about food culture, cooking methods, and eating habits throughout history. Dena Kaye talks about the centenary celebration of her father, the award-winning entertainer Danny Kaye. And Cali Williams Yost tells us how small, consistent, everyday changes can help us all find a better fit between work and life.


Alicia Menendez

Beyond Human Nature

Jesse Prinz discusses how nurture can supplement and supplant nature, allowing us to be influenced by experience and culture rather than just by our DNA. Drawing on cutting-edge research in neuroscience, psychology, and anthropology in his book Beyond Human Nature, Prinz shows that we can’t always blame mental illness or addiction on our genes, and that societal factors shape gender differences in cognitive ability and sexual behavior.

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Let the Meatballs Rest: Food, Culture, and History

Massimo Montanari talks about the phenomenon of food culture, food lore, cooking methods, and eating habits throughout history. In Let the Meatballs Rest, he talks about how humans have cooked over time, the gastronomy of famine, the science of flavors, the customs of the table, and the ever-evolving identity of food.

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Dena Kaye Remembers Danny Kaye

The year 2013 marks the centennial of Danny Kaye’s birth, and Danny's daughter Dena Kaye talks about the legendary entertainer’s career and upcoming 24-hour marathon of Danny Kaye’s films.

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Tweak It: Small Changes, Big Differences

Cali Williams Yost explains how resolving the job-versus-life conflict doesn't require the kind of big, disruptive, scary transformation that so many time-management "experts" recommend. Instead, you can make small, consistent, everyday changes to improve your job performance and your well-being. In  Tweak It she gives examples of people who have tweaked their lives and guides readers on how they can improve their lives, both on off the job.

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Guest Picks: Dena Kaye

Dena Kaye was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about the 100th anniversary of the birth of her father, the entertainer Danny Kaye. She also told us what she's been reading and watching recently.


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