Chewing the Fat

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Today's show is an encore edition of some of our favorite interviews from the past few months. You've probably heard that Omega-3s are good for you, but on today's show we'll unravel why they've all but disappeared from Western diets and the possible health consequences that could have for each of us. Then, actor and political playwright Wallace Shawn. Also, we'll learn about the life of Clarice Lispector—one of the most popular, but least understood, Latin American writers. Plus, Harvard primatologist Richard Wrangham on the key role cooking played in human evolution.

The Vanishing Youth Nutrient

Susan Allport, author of The Queen of Fats: Why Omega-3s Were Removed from the Western Diet and What We Can Do to Replace Them, looks into why the disappearance of omega-3s from our diet may be responsible for the high rates of obesity, heart disease, cancer. Her article

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Wallace Shawn

Actor and playwright Wallace Shawn discusses how he finds pathos in the political and personal challenges of everyday life. His book Essays challenges us to look at our own behavior in an honest light. He also talks about "My Dinner with Andre," which he co-wrote with Andre Gregory, being ...


Why This World

Benjamin Moser examines the life of Clarice Lispector, who looked like Marlene Dietrich, wrote like Virginia Woolf, and was one of the most popular but least understood Latin American writers. His book Why This World tells how Lispector, a precocious Ukrainian girl matured into a great writer.

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How Cooking Made Us Human

Renowned Harvard University primatologist Richard Wrangham argues that cooking is the major factor in human evolution. In Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human, he shows that the shift from raw to cooked foods was the key factor in human evolution.


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