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Monday, December 24, 2007

DVDs of the original Sesame Street are labeled “for adults only.” New York Times media columnist Virginia Heffernan explains why 1970’s-era Sesame Street episodes are now seen as inappropriate for many of today’s preschoolers. Plus, how did Bliss Broyard react when she learned her father was black? And, the authors of Good Calories, Bad Calories and Proust Was a Neuroscientist.


Bliss Broyard and Virginia Heffernan

Passing Secrets

Bliss Broyard, author of One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life--A Story of Race and Family Secrets (Little, Brown and Company, 2007) learned her father, New York Times Book Review editor Anatole Broyard, was black--just before his death in 1990.

One Drop is available for purchase at

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Beware Big Bird

Virginia Heffernan, who writes "The Medium" column and blog for The New York Times Magazine, looks at the reissue of early Sesame Street episodes on dvd -- with a warning label for children!

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Weird Science

Gary Taubes, talks about how to make sense of health news and research, and why he thinks that epidemiological studies are the circumstantial evidence of medical research.

His book, Good Calories, Bad Calories is available for purchase at

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Proust Got There First

In his new book Proust Was a Neuroscientist (Houghton Mifflin, 2007) Jonah Lehrer writes about how novelists and other artists intuited knowledge about the brain that scientists are only now figuring out.

Proust Was a Neuroscientist is available for purchase at

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