Caffeine; "Nymphomaniac"; Ethnic Cleansing in Greece and Turkey; Please Explain

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Friday, March 21, 2014

On today’s show, we’ll find out about America’s favorite addictive drug, caffeine. Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgård talk about starring in Lars von Trier’s controversial new film, “Nymphomaniac.” We’ll also take a look at why, in the early 1920s, 1.2 million Greek Orthodox people were expelled from Turkey and 400,000 Muslims were expelled from Greece. Plus, this week’s Please Explain is all about medical marijuana.

How Caffeine Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us

Caffeine is the most popular drug in America. Murray Carpenter why caffeine has such a powerful effect on us—it can boost our mood and improve our athletic performance. He looks at the various ways caffeine is delivered to the body, how it affects us, and why it’s not regulated. He’s the author of Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgård on 'Nymphomaniac'

The stars of the new Lars Von Trier film, which centers around a self-confessed sex addict who recounts the erotic story of her life, talk about why they enjoy working with its controversial director.


"From Both Sides of the Aegean"

Maria Iliou, who wrote and directed the documentary “From Both Sides of the Aegean: Expulsion and Exchange of Populations, Turkey-Greece: 1922-1924,” and historical consultant Alexander Kitroeff, discuss documenting the ethnic cleansing and violent expulsion of Greeks from the Ottoman Empire. In the first compulsory “exchange of populations” in the modern world, 1.2 million Greek Orthodox and 400,000 Muslims were forcibly relocated from Turkey to Greece and Greece to Turkey respectively. “From Both Sides of the Aegean” opens March 21 at the Quad Cinema.

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Please Explain: Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana is legal in 20 states, and is used to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis, AIDS, side effects of chemotherapy, as well as pain, glaucoma, epilepsy, insomnia, and anxiety. Dr. Igor Grant, Distinguished Professor and Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD School of Medicine and Director of the UC Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, tells us about his research into the possible utility of cannabis compounds in the amelioration of certain severe manifestations of disease. And Jim Rendon, author of Supercharged: How Outlaws, Hippies, and Scientists Reinvented Marijuana, talks about the changing attitudes toward marijuana and how the increasing acceptance of medical marijuana is changing the legal and commercial landscape.

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