Genes, Going Hungry, and John Turturro as a Gigolo

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Find out how our lives shape our genes and how our genes shape our lives. Adam Begley discusses the life and work of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike. Our Strapped series continues with a look at the connection between poverty and food insecurity, hunger and obesity. John Turturro talks about writing, directing and starring in “Fading Gigolo.”



Andy Borowitz

How Our Genes Change Our Lives—and Our Lives Change Our Genes

What rare genetic conditions can teach us all about our own health and well-being.

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John Updike's Life and Writing

John Updike is one of the most celebrated writers in American literature. Adam Begley talks about his biography of the Updike—a candid, intimate, and richly detailed look at his life and work. Updike explores how Updike’s fiction was shaped by his tumultuous personal life—including his enduring religious faith, his two marriages, and his first-hand experience of the “adulterous society” he was credited with exposing in the bestselling Couples.

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Food Insecurity and Hunger in America

Joel Berg, Executive Director of New York City Coalition Against Hunger talks about why food insecurity is so high in this country and what can be done to reduce it.

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John Turturro, “Fading Gigolo"

John Turturro talks about writing, directing, and starring in “Fading Gigolo.” The film is about people’s endless and never fully satisfying quest to find happiness through sex and love, and it features Woody Allen, who plays a man who helps develop a scheme to get out of debt by entering into the world’s oldest profession. Turturro will also talk about his role in the film “God’s Pocket,” directed by John Slattery and also starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, which will be released in May.

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