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Monday, June 16, 2008

Michael Pollan tells us what to eat, for our health, and the well-being of the planet: Eat food, not too much, and mostly plants. Also, find how humans went from hunting and gathering, to trading on the stock market. A look at the science of sex. Plus: how the Kurds' quest for statehood is shaping the Middle East.

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Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan on What to Eat

Michael Pollan, author of Omnivore’s Dilemma, explains his "Eaters’ Manifesto" in his new book, In Defense of Food. He says we should eat food, not too much of it, and mostly vegetables.

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The Evolution of Human Economics: From Hunter/Gatherers to Stock Market Traders

How did humans go from hunting and gathering, to trading on the stock market? Michael Shermer looks into what evolution tells us about human economic behavior. His new book is The Mind of the Market: Compassionate Apes, Competitive Humans, and Other Tales from Evolutionary Economics.

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The Science of Sex

The science of sex is studied in labs, brothels, MRI centers, farms, and sex-toy companies. Science writer Mary Roach has spent two years following the study of sexual physiology; she writes about what she found in her new book, Bonk.

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The Kurdish Quest for Statehood

There are 25 million Kurds throughout the world; they’re the world’s largest ethnic group without a nation. Quil Lawrence writes about the long Kurdish struggle for statehood and its place in Middle Eastern politics in Invisible Nation: How the Kurds' Quest for Statehood Is Shaping Iraq and the Middle ...

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