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Thursday, May 14, 2009

On today’s show: Michael Pollan on how readers have been applying some of the rules for eating he described in his last book. Then, NYC Ballet principal dancer Benjamin Millepied on his other career as a choreographer. And, Bosnian-born writer Aleksandar Hemon discusses his latest collection of short stories. Plus, our latest Underreported segments look at increases to the US nuclear arsenal and proposals in Congress to have the FDA regulate tobacco.

You are what you eat, but how do you choose what goes on your plate? Tell us what your "food rules" are in the comments section below and we’ll go over them with Michael Pollan.

Food Rules with Michael Pollan

Many cultures have passed down all kinds of wisdom about food and how to eat properly. Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food wants to know your “food rules” are. Do you still follow your parents’ advice that you should eat your vegetables or clear your plate? Do ...

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Benjamin Millepied: Choreographer

New York City Ballet principal dancer Benjamin Millepied is very much in demand as a choreographer these days. His first major commission with NYCB, Quasi Una Fantasia premiered Wednesday. There are additional performances May 22nd and 26th. You can find out more about his performances

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Love and Obstacles

Bosnian-born writer Aleksandar Hemon earned a MacArthur "genius grant" for his short stories. His latest book is a collection of linked coming-of-age stories that focus on the complications of growing up in a communist, but cosmopolitan country. It's titled Love and Obstacles.

Event: Aleksandar Hemon will be reading ...

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Underreported: Ungrades to US Nuclear Weapons Facilities

Despite President Obama's recent pledge to seek a world free of nuclear weapons, the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration is proposing a major upgrade to the nation's nuclear weapons complex, including the construction of new facilities that could produce thousands of new warheads over time. Bill Hartung is ...

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Underreported: The Food and Drug (and Tobacco?) Administration

For years, the tobacco industry has resisted efforts to make tobacco a substance that’s regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, but a bill making its way through Congress could change that. Washington Post staff writer Lyndsey Layton describes how FDA regulation would change the tobacco industry and ...

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