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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Anna Sale fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Mary Roach joins the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club to talk about her book Gulp! Thomas Piketty talks about crunching 200 years’ worth of economic data to look ahead at how wealth will be distributed in the 21st century. Cecile Richards talks about her late mother, former Texas Governor Ann Richards. James Moll discusses his documentary “Farmland,” about the lives of young farmers and ranchers. And we’ll find out why there isn’t a male contraceptive pill.

Guests:

Anna Sale

Mary Roach's Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

Mary Roach’s latest book Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal investigates how digestion works, from start to finish. Roach writes about the scientists who tackle the complex bodily process that fuels us and keeps us alive. Gulp is the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club’s April selection, so pick up a copy and start reading today! Mary Roach will be here April 17 to talk about the amazing, sometimes stomach-turning facts she learned about our digestive tract.

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What Drives Income Inequality

Thomas Piketty explains the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from 20 countries, ranging as far back as the 18th century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. He makes the case that the main driver of inequality—the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth—threatens to generate extreme inequalities that foment social and political turmoil and undermine democratic values.

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Remembering Ann Richards

As the governor of Texas, Ann Richards appointed more women, openly gay people, and people of color than all of her predecessors combined. Her daughter Cecile Richards talks about the legacy her mother left and about the new HBO documentary, All About Ann.

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Young Farmers Taking on the Family Business

Most American’s haven’t set foot on a farm or ranch. In his documentary “Farmland: The Evolution of a Tradition,” filmmaker  James Moll takes an intimate look at the lives of farmers and ranchers in their 20s who are now responsible for running the family business. He's joined by Brad Bellah, a sixth generation cattle rancher who runs beef cattle operations in Texas and Colorado. “Farmland: The Evolution of a Tradition,” opens May 9 at Village East Cinema.

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The Elusive Male Contraceptive Pill

It’s been over 40 years since the FDA approved the birth control pill, but there is still no comparable option for men. Research and funding for developing male contraception has been sporadic over the years, but there are small groups of scientists who are very committed to the project. Dr. Diana Blithe of the National Institutes of Health discusses developing a “male pill” that is safe, effective and reversible.

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