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Friday, June 07, 2013

Tom Vanderbilt discusses what science can tell us about why we like certain foods but not others. We’ll get a preview of this weekend’s Big Apple Barbecue Block Party with three great pitmasters. Director George C. Wolfe and actor Courtney B. Vance talk about bringing Nora Ephron’s play “Lucky Guy” to Broadway. This week’s Please Explain looks at the changes in the new fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders.

Why We Like the Foods We Like

Tom Vanderbilt explains new research into why we like the foods we like, why we crave certain flavors or textures while we’re disgusted by others. His article “Accounting for Taste” is in the June 2013 issue of Smithsonian magazine.  

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Three Great BBQ Pitmasters

Barbecue pitmasters Kenny Callaghan of Blue Smoke, Amy Mills, from 17th Street Barbecue, and John Stage of Dinosaur BBQ, talk about the art of barbeque, the many styles, and the 11th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party June 8-9 in Manhattan. 

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“Lucky Guy”

Director George C. Wolfe and actor Courtney B. Vance talk about Nora Ephron’s play “Lucky Guy,” about the scandal- and graffiti-ridden New York of the 1980s, as told through the story of the charismatic and controversial tabloid columnist Mike McAlary, who won the Pulitzer Prize shortly before his untimely death on Christmas Day, 1998. “Lucky Guy” is playing through July 3 at the Broadhurst Theatre.

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Please Explain: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition

The America Psychiatric Association’s newly updated and revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is the result of more than 10 years of effort by hundreds of international mental health experts. The DSM is used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose and classify mental disorders in order to improve diagnoses, treatment, and research. Dr. Michael First, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University and Research Psychiatrist at the Biometrics Department at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, explains how clinicians use the DSM, how it’s put together, and why this edition has been controversial.

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Guest Picks: Courtney B. Vance

Courtney B. Vance was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his role as Hap Hairston in Nora Ephron's final play, "Lucky Guy." He also told us what he's reading these days.

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Guest Picks: George C. Wolfe

Director George C. Wolfe was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about bringing Nora Ephron's final play, "Lucky Guy," to Broadway. He also told us what he's a fan of -- let's just say he's got a sweet tooth.

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