Guiding Principles

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Michael Pollan shares some of his rules for eating wisely in the New Year. Then, Tracy Chevalier and Shelley Emling look at the life and times of Mary Anning, a world-renowned 19th-century paleontologist. Plus the director and one of the stars of a charmingly innovative production of Noel Coward’s play "Brief Encounter." And, we’ll learn about the two 16th-century German cartographers who named the new world after Amerigo Vespuci…and why the name "America" is the one that stuck.

Food Rules

Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, talks about his new pocket-sized guide for eaters. Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, presents rules for eating wisely, many drawn from a variety of ethnic or cultural traditions.

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The Fossil Hunter

Tracy Chevalier and Shelley Emling discusses the life and pioneering work of Mary Anning, a world-renowned paleontologist whose finds helped lay the groundwork for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Tracy Chevalier’s new novel Remarkable Creatures, is a fictionalized version of Mary Anning's life story. Shelley Emling’s book The ...

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Brief Encounter

Emma Rice, director, and Annette McLaughlin, who plays Myrtle, talks about Noel Coward’s play "Brief Encounter." It’s playing at St. Ann’s Warehouse, at 38 Water Street, in DUMBO, Brooklyn, through January 17.


The Map that Gave America Its Name

In 2003, the Library of Congress paid $10 million for the only existing copy of the 1507 map that was the first to show the New World and call it America. Toby Lester tells the story of its creation in The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to ...

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