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Friday, November 10, 2006

Gore Vidal looks back at his life with a new memoir. Then, on Past Present, we listen to some of Eleanor Roosevelt's thoughts on democracy. And James Beard Award–winning cookbook writer Claudia Roden talks about Middle Eastern and North African cuisine. Later on, Suzan-Lori Parks tells us about writing a new play every single day for an entire year. Plus, this week’s Please Explain is all about vegetarianism.

Gore Vidal on Navigating Life

Gore Vidal talks about his life in writing in his new memoir: Point to Point Navigation.

Point to Point Navigation is available for purchase at


Past Present: Democratic Ideals

On today’s Past Present, we rebroadcast an excerpt from a 1956 speech by Eleanor Roosevelt. She argues that the rest of the world takes note when American policies don't live up to the country’s democratic ideals. Amr Hamzawy of the Carnegie Endowment comments on how other countries perceive ...


Tastes of Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon

In Arabesque, James Beard Award–winning cookbook writer Claudia Roden shares some recipes from Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon.

Arabesque is available for purchase at


Everyday Dramas

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks tells us what inspired her to write a new play every single day for 365 days.

"365 Days/365 Plays" at The Public Theater


Please Explain: Vegetarianism

Marion Nestle and Colin Spencer answer your questions about vegetarianism on today's Please Explain. Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. Colin Spencer is the author of Vegetarianism: A History.

Vegetarianism: A ...


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