How the Body Evolved; Polish Film; a Novel in the New Tales of the City Series; McCarthyism in NYC

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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Evolutionary biologist Daniel E. Lieberman looks at how the human body has evolved over millions of years, and the conditions our bodies have not entirely adapted to, resulting in obesity and new but avoidable diseases like type 2 diabetes. Then, we’ll talk with director Kryzstztof Zanussi and two film restoration experts about a retrospective of Polish cinema curated by Martin Scorsese. Armistead Maupin discusses The Days of Anna Madrigal, the ninth installment in his Tales of the City series. And we’ll take look at the personal, physical and mental impact of McCarthyism on six New York City political activists.

Humans Have Evolved to Reproduce, Not to be Healthy

Are our bodies adapted to be a hunter-gatherer on the Serengeti? The answer is complicated. Harvard biologist Daniel E. Lieberman says we're actually still evolving, and that cultural factors are as important in shaping humans as biological ones.

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Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

The 21-film retrospective “Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema” premieres in New York City at the Film Society of Lincoln Center February 5-19. Curated by Martin Scorsese, the series present films from some of Poland’s most accomplished and lauded filmmakers, made between 1957 and 1987. Director Kryzsztof Zanussi discusses his film “Camouflage.” He’s joined by digital restoration experts Kamil Rutkowski and Jędrzej Sabliński, who’s also the Polish organizer of the series.


Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City and The Days of Anna Madrigal

Armistead Maupin talks about The Days of Anna Madrigal, the ninth novel in his bestselling Tales of the City series. The story follows one of his most unforgettable and enduring characters—Anna Madrigal, the legendary transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane.

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McCarthyism and Activism in Cold War New York

Phillip Deery looks back at how McCarthyism shook up the lives of six political activists with ties to New York City by undermining civil liberties, curtailing equality before the law, and tarnishing the ideals of American democracy. In The Red Apple: Communism and McCarthy in Cold War New York Deery explores the human consequences of the widespread paranoia that gripped a nation.

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Video: Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc shares some of her favorite authors, stand-up comedians, and tells us why she's been re-reading some feminist classics.


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