Coming Out of Your Shell

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Americans suffer from around a billion colds a year, and Jennifer Ackerman explains what a cold is and what new research about colds shows. Then, a three-time oyster-shucking champion from Prince Edward Island demonstrates on-air how to do it right! And This American Life contributor David Rakoff explains the benefits of seeing the glass half empty. Also, Darin Strauss tells how a tragic event long ago has haunted him. Plus, director Olivier Assayas and actor Edgar Ramírez discuss their new film about the infamous terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal.

The Uncommon Life of the Common Cold

Jennifer Ackerman explains what a cold is, how it works, and sifts through all the treatments—what works, what doesn't, and what can't hurt. In Ah-choo! The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold, she looks at what scientists have learned over the past decade about cold viruses, what they do to the human body, and how symptoms can be addressed, and looks at current research, in the hopes of finding a cure for the common cold.

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Oyster Shucking

John Bil, a three-time Canadian oyster-shucking champion from Prince Edward Island, demonstrates how to properly shuck an oyster. He and Executive Chef Ted Grant, an instructor at the Culinary Institute of Canada, talk about the ins and outs of oysters and mussels—how to pick the perfect oyster, how to tell when one has gone bad, and how to choose oysters at restaurants.


David Rakoff on Half Empty

David Rakoff, writer at large for GQ and regular contributor to This American Life, defends pessimism. His new book Half Empty includes reporting and personal essays, and examines the realities of our ever-optimistic culture to find that, most of the time, the best is not yet to come and dreams don’t come true.

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Half a Life

Darin Strauss tells the true story of how an outing in his father’s Oldsmobile resulted in the death of a classmate, which changed his life forever. In Half a Life he explores his past— the collision, funeral, the drama of a high-stakes court case—and what starts as a personal tale of a tragic event turns into an examination of guilt, responsibility, and living with the past.

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Olivier Assayas and Edgar Ramírez on "Carlos"

Director Olivier Assayas and actor Edgar Ramírez, who stars as Carlos, discuss the new film “Carlos.” It is the definitive portrait of the renowned international terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal, who masterminded a wave of terror attacks in Europe and the Middle East in the ’70s and ’80s. “Carlos” airs on the Sundance Channel as a three-part mini-series from October 11-October 13, and it opens October 15 in New York at the IFC Center (in three parts) and at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas (a two-and-one-half hour theatrical version).

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Guest Picks: David Rakoff

David Rakoff stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to share some of his favorite books, movies and more with us.


Guest Picks: Darin Strauss

Darin Strauss shares some of his favorite picks with us!


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