Gluten-free? Olive or coconut oil for cooking? Mediterranean or paleo? If nutrition is a science, why does the research vary so wildly, and why all the zany correlations between who we are and what we eat? On today’s show, faith, party affiliation and other fictions from food science.
Then, with ringing cell phones and sing alongs, the Filter Theater production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is anything but reverent, and that's the way they like it.
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Christie Aschwanden is FiveThirtyEight's lead science writer. She recently wrote about why nutrition science is so hard to pin down - and in the process discovered some dubious correlations of her own. "You Can't Trust What You Read About Nutrition."
Charles Bramesco wrote about the film versus digital debate for Vox, and is with us to explain why it's such a contentious debate among filmmakers and fans. "Film vs. Digital: The Most Contentious Debate in the Film World Explained."
For decades, Brooklyn’s Coney Island was known for sideshows featuring tattooed ladies, sword swallowers, and Dr. Martin Couney’s incubator babies. Dr. Couney pioneered the use of incubators to keep premature infants alive in the late 1800s. But the medical establishment initially rejected the practice. So, each summer for 40 years, Dr. Couney funded his work by setting up an exhibition of the babies and charging the public admission. Parents didn’t have to pay for the medical care, and many children survived who would have never had a chance otherwise. Ninety-five-year-old Lucille Horn was one of them. Here, she tells her daughter, Barbara, about spending the summer of 1920 in an incubator on Coney Island for StoryCorps.
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Ferdy Roberts an actor and artistic director of Filter Theatre which collaborated with The Royal Shakespeare Company on this production of Twelfth Night.
You can see Filter's production of Twelfth Night at the HOP -- The Hopkins Center For The Arts at Dartmouth on Friday...January 15.
— Filter Theatre (@filtertheatre) January 14, 2016
Off the coast of Virginia, in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, lies a shrinking island called Tangier. Here, an unlikely adventurer docked his sailboat and met what might be the last people to speak in the original Shakespearean accent. Lilia Fuquen has the story.
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Author Stacy Schiff gives a 10-Minute Writer's Workshop before an event recorded for radio in Portsmouth. The workshop was recorded backstage.