December 26, 2012

Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

This August marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Julia Child. Child practically invented the television cooking program – would there be a Food Network without her? - and helped usher in the early years of PBS. But her life was so much more than the French Chef. Her files as a member of the OSS, the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to the CIA, were declassified in 2008, leading to a flood of information about her fascinating life. Her time in the OSS led her to France, where she took cooking classes and was determined to master Franch cooking. Journalist Bob Spitz spent time with Child in the early 1990s, and the conversations about food they had then form the basis of his new book Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child.

This is a repeat broadcast from Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 10 am

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October 24, 2012

Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

Bob Spitz, Journalist and Author

Host: Craig Cohen
Book Jacket of Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

This August marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Julia Child. Child practically invented the television cooking program – would there be a Food Network without her? - and helped usher in the early years of PBS. But her life was so much more than the French Chef. Her files as a member of the OSS, the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to the CIA, were declassified in 2008, leading to a flood of information about her fascinating life. Her time in the OSS led her to France, where she took cooking classes and was determined to master Franch cooking. Journalist Bob Spitz spent time with Child in the early 1990s, and the conversations about food they had then form the basis of his new book Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child.

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August 30, 2012

Kingdom Under Glass

Kingdom Under Glass: A Tale of Obsession, Adventure, and One Man's Quest to Preserve the World's Great Animals

Jay Kirk, Teacher in the Creative Writing Program, University of Pennsylvannia

Host: David Inge

This is a repeat broadcast from Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, 10 am

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August 24, 2012

Tocqueville's Discovery of America

Leo Damrosch, Ph.D., the Ernest Bernbau Professor of Literature, Harvard University

Host: David Inge

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, May 17, 2010, 11 am

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August 24, 2012

Cleopatra: A Life

Stacy Schiff, Award-Winning Author

Host: David Inge

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, November 15, 2010, 11 am

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August 21, 2012

Encore: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Guest: Rebecca Skloot.

She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—would become one of the most important tools of modern medicine, used to develop the polio vaccine, gene mapping, cloning, and more. Today on Focus, Rebecca Skloot joins the show to tell the story of Henrietta Lacks, the medical revolution that she unknowingly launched, and the ethics one must consider when it comes to our bodies and medicine.

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August 20, 2012

Visit Sunny Chernobyl and Other Adventures in the world's Most Polluted Places

Andrew Blackwell, Journalist

Host: David Inge

What’s your idea of the ideal travel destination? A pristine beach? A city with a cultural site on every corner? Writer Andrew Blackwell decided he would travel to the places nobody wants to visit, places where the air, soil and water were toxic. In the process, he takes eco-tourism into an entirely new place. Blackwell takes us on a tour of some of the world’s most polluted places. That’s the subject of his new book "Visit Sunny Chernobyl."

This is a repeat broadcast from Thursday, June 28, 2012, 10 am

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