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Friday, September 10, 2010

Guest host Jeffrey Toobin fills in for Leonard Lopate. We’ll look at the current recession through the lens of 800 years of financial history. Then, we’ll explore how globalization, terrorism, deforestation, and climate affect not only bees, but honey. Also, humorist John Hodgman talks about what’s funny and about the Brooklyn Book Festival. And Please Explain is all about breakfast cereals!

This Time Is Different

Kenneth Rogoff, a Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and professor of economics at Harvard University, looks at the current recession in context of centuries of financial meltdowns. This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly, written with Carmen Reinhart, shows that throughout history, rich and poor countries alike have been lending, borrowing, crashing—and recovering—their way through an extraordinary range of financial crises.

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The Honey Trail

Grace Pundyk discusses the ways honey and bees are being affected by globalization, terrorism, deforestation, the global food trade, and climate change. The Honey Trail: In Pursuit of Liquid Gold and Vanishing Bees looks at the state of our environment and the impact it is having on bees and honey. The novel takes us to the Yemeni deserts and Borneo jungles, through the Mississippi Delta and Tasmania’s rainforests, over frozen Siberia, and through ancient Turkish villages in search of honey.

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John Hodgman's Areas of Expertise

Humorist John Hodgman, author of The Areas of My Expertise and More Information Than You Require, discusses his particular kind of humor and his work on The Daily Show. He’ll also talk about taking part in the Brooklyn Book Festival’s panel on humor writing.

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Please Explain: Breakfast Cereal

Today’s Please Explain is all about breakfast cereal. Food historian Andy Smith, the author of Eating History: Thirty Turning Points in the Making of American Cuisine, among other books, joins us along with Edwin Chavey, aka Mr. Breakfast, director of the Mr. Breakfast Website and "The Cereal Project," a database of 1,200 cereals made in the United States, to explain what cereals are made of, how truthful health claims made about some are, and how there got to be so many varieties.

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Guest Picks: John Hodgman

John Hodgman talks about his favorite books, movies, and more after his recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show

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Guest Picks: Grace Pundyk

What are some of Grace Pundyk's favorite picks? Read more to find out!

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