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Please Explain: Genius

Friday, February 14, 2014

This week’s Please Explain is all about genius. Dean Keith Simonton, professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, talks about what exceptional intelligence is and how it can influence creativity, leadership and achievement. And we’ll find out how genius and intelligence are measured.

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Climate Change and Weird Weather; the Plays "Machinal" and "Row After Row"; Please Explain

Friday, February 07, 2014

On today’s show: We’ll find out how polar vortexes, drought in the west, and snow in the south are connected to climate change. Then, Rebecca Hall tells us about her acclaimed role in the Roundabout’s Broadway production of “Machinal.” And we’ll find out about the off-Broadway play “Row After Row,” about Civil War re-enactors. Plus, this week’s Please Explain is all about container ships, and how products move around in a globalized world.

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A Pill that Prevents HIV; Black Barbershops and Civil Rights; "Outside Mullingar"; Please Explain

Friday, January 31, 2014

A pill called Truvada has been shown to prevent HIV—it’s safe, effective, approved by the FDA, and often covered by health insurance. We’ll find out why so few people are taking it. We’ll look into the cultural history of black barbershops in the United States since the 19th century, and the role they played in the civil rights movement. Debra Messing and Bryan F. O’Byrne talk about starring in John Patrick Shanley’s latest play, “Outside Mullingar.” Plus: following last week’s Please Explain about dogs, this week, we’ll find out all about cats!

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Please Explain: Cats

Friday, January 31, 2014

“We can’t reason with cats,” but maybe we can understand them. Hear a little bit of history on domestic cats and how you can be more feline-friendly.

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Please Explain: Dogs

Friday, January 24, 2014

This week's Please Explain is all about dogs. We'll find out the evolutionary roots of domestic dogs, what it means when your dog wags its tail, and why some breeds are easier to train than others. Veterinarian Dr. John Ciribassi, who was one of the editors of Decoding Your Dog, and pet expert and journalist Steve Dale, who contributed to the book, take your calls and questions about man's best friend.

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Braising; Life as a Finnish Reindeer Herder; Photojournalist Donna De Cesare; Please Explain

Friday, January 24, 2014

On today’s show: New York Times Dining Section columnist Melissa Clark shares her ideas for braising—and for other slow-cooked dishes—in this cold, cold weather. Jessica Oreck describes documenting a year in the life of a family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland. Photojournalist Donna De Cesare looks at the impact on children of gangs in Central America following the civil wars there in the 1980s. And this week’s Please Explain is all about man’s best friends: dogs!

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Please Explain: Cybersecurity and Cybercrime

Friday, January 17, 2014

Peter W. Singer, director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, explains how security breaches like the recent ones at Target and Neiman Marcus, happen, who is behind them, and how cybersecurity works and why it matters. He’s co-author of Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, written with Allan Friedman.

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Jonathan Capehart Guest Hosts; Dr. Lustig on Cutting Out Sugar; Diane Schuur; Activist Nuns; Please Explain Cybersecurity

Friday, January 17, 2014

Jonathan Capehart fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Dr. Robert Lustig explains how all the sugar in the American diet has led to chronic disease, and how to cut sugar, increase fiber, and be healthier. Grammy Award-winning Jazz vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur discusses her upcoming album, “I Remember You: With Love to Stan and Frank,” and performing at Birdland. Filmmaker Mary Fishman discusses her documentary, “Band of Sisters,” about nuns who advocate for the rights of immigrant detainees. And this week’s Please Explain is all about cyber security and how to protect your personal information online.

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Elliott Forrest's Favorite Apps

Friday, January 03, 2014

On today's Please Explain, guesthost Elliott Forrest talked to Forbes managing editor Bruce Upbin and Wall Street Journal tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler about apps. Elliott's shared his favorites below. What are yours? Share them in the comments!

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Please Explain: Butchery

Friday, December 13, 2013

Sam Garwin and Ryan Fibiger from Saugatuck Craft Butchery in Westport, Connecticut, talk about the importance of local, humanely raised meats. They explain the various cuts of meat, how they’re best prepared, whole-animal butchery, knife skills, and how the sausage is made.

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Please Explain: Coffee

Friday, December 06, 2013

The devotion to coffee verges on a religion for many people. Here's why.

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3-Ingredient Challenge Winners; Food Greats in the South of France; The French Kitchen Cookbook; Please Explain

Friday, December 06, 2013

We got some great submissions to our 3-ingredient challenge, and Rozanne Gold reveals and talks to the winners! Luke Barr describes the winter of 1970, when his great aunt M.F.K. Fisher found herself in the South of France with Julia Child, James Beard and Judith Jones. Patricia Wells shares her latest recipes making classic French cooking accessible to American cooks. And this week’s Please Explain is all about coffee-how it’s grown, roasted, ground, and brewed best for your morning cup of joe!

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Please Explain: Kitchen Tools

Friday, November 15, 2013

All living things need to eat, but only humans cook...and how we cook has evolved and grown more sophisticated since our earliest days. We have nonstick skillets, automatic espresso machines, digital meat thermometers, and high-speed blenders. But in our earliest days, we didn't even have pots to cook in. On this week’s Please Explain, Bee Wilson, author of Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat, tells us all about the history of our cooking tools—when and how they were invented and how they’ve changed the foods we make.

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Please Explain: Beer

Friday, November 08, 2013

Garrett Oliver, the brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, editor-in-chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer and author of The Brewmaster’s Table, talks about beer—where it comes from, how it's made, and the wide varieties of brews.

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Please Explain: Candy

Friday, October 25, 2013

Sugary sweets used to be a rare luxury, but these days, it is a cheap, everyday snack. Find out more on the long history of confectionery treats.

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Clean Plates; Ottolenghi; Candy

Friday, October 25, 2013

It’s Food Fridays! We’ll find out about how to eat sustainable, delicious, healthy food—at home and at restaurants. Then Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, the partners behind London’s famous Ottolenghi restaurants, discuss Mediterranean food and Ottolenghi: The Cookbook. And this week’s Please Explain is all about candy!

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Martha Stewart; Daniel Boulud; Repurposing Wasted Food; Please Explain

Friday, October 18, 2013

Martha Stewart returns to Food Fridays! She’ll be here to talk about cakes and why she’s only just starting to love her Bundt pans. Chef Daniel Boulud shares recipes from his new cookbook, named after his flagship restaurant, Daniel. Former Trader Joe’s President Doug Rauch describes his new project to help feed poor communities by selling deeply discounted food that may be past its official sell-by date, but is still safe to eat. And this week’s Please Explain is about the long, rich history of wine!

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Please Explain: Wine

Friday, October 18, 2013

Humans have been drinking wine for 8,000 years. On this week’s Please Explain Paul Lukacs tells us all about wine and its long, rich history. He’s the author of Inventing Wine: A New History of One of the World’s Most Ancient Pleasures.

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Please Explain: Food Poisoning

Friday, October 11, 2013

Since March, 278 people have gotten sick from Salmonella poisoning, and now some strains of the bacteria are proving resistant to antibiotics. On this week's Please Explain we discuss Salmonella and other food borne toxins with Dr. Urvashi Rangan, toxicologist and Executive Director of the Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability Center and Dr. Stephen Morse, professor of Epidemiology at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.

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Please Explain: The Farm Bill

Friday, October 04, 2013

Ron Nixon, New York Times reporter, talks about the Farm Bill—what it means for farmers, how it shapes food and nutrition policy in this country, and why it’s taken so long to pass and updated bill.

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