Writing, Reading, Retrofitting, and Eating

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Friday, July 03, 2009

Today's show is a special 4th of July encore edition of some of our favorite interviews from the past few months. First, an interview with News Hour anchor Jim Lehrer about his latest novel Oh, Johnny. Architects Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson talk about ways to improve the suburbs. Then, Ursula K. LeGuin on her latest novel Lavinia. Plus, Dr. David Kessler, the former head of the FDA, explains how we have been conditioned to overeat.

Jim Lehrer

You may know Jim Lehrer as a PBS news anchor, but did you also know that he is a prolific novelist? His latest work of fiction mixes baseball, World War Two and romance. It’s called Oh, Johnny.

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Retrofitting Suburbia

Architects Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson explain how existing suburbs can be redesigned and redeveloped in their book Retrofitting Suburbia.

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Ursula K. Le Guin

Novelist Ursula K. Le Guin's latest book Lavinia gives voice to a character who gets a very brief mention in Virgil's "Aeneid." The story follows Lavinia as she grows up in ancient Rome and is eventually confronted by a fleet of Trojan ships.

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Pavlov’s Hot Dog

Former FDA Commissioner Dr. David A. Kessler looks at the ways we've been conditioned to overeat unhealthy foods in his book The End of Overeating.

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