12.7.15: Does Losing Weight Help Your Mood & God Mocks

Dec 7, 2015

As the obesity epidemic grows, so does the business of weight-loss - a nearly 60 billion dollar industry devoted to the promise that losing weight improves quality of life, health and self-esteem. But does shedding pounds make you happier? On today’s show, we’ll explore the tenuous relationship between losing weight and improving your mood. Plus, a scholar investigates the history of religious satire from Martin Luther to Monty Python, and explains why comedy, rather than rage, is more likely to affect change.  

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Weight Loss Doesn't Always Equal Happiness

Ed Cara is a science writer and contributor to Pacific Standard and The Atlantic, where he wrote about the correlations between weight-loss and mood: "Weight Loss Doesn't Always Lead To Happiness."

Drought Friendly Crops

Christopher Cook writes about food and the food industry - his article about drought-friendly desert crops was published in Craftsmanship magazine; "Food Shift." 

A Work of Art, For Your Mouth

Cooking and presenting food is a daily part of life - but it's also an art, and a science.  In this story, Ari Daniel of “Small Matters” takes us to a restaurant that takes the artistic and scientific aspects of food very seriously.

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God Mocks

In his new book, God Mocks, author, filmmaker and professor Terry Lindvall chronicles the evolution of religious satire from the old testament to Stephen Colbert and The Onion.

Pantone Color Expert Leatrice Eiseman
Pantone's picks for 2016: Rose Quartz & Serenity.
Credit Courtesy of Pantone.com

How does this sound for a gig? Twice a year, you meet in a European capital with representatives from various nations to choose the “color of the year”  -- one for spring and one for fall. The results are published by pantone, the company that standardized color reproduction in the 20th and is now the global authority on color for designers, decorators, and fashion’s faithful hordes. This year, in an unprecedented move for Pantone, they chose two colors for 2016’s color of the year: rose quartz and serenity. At the helm for this decision was Leatrice Eiseman. She’s executive director of the Pantone Color Institute and co-author, of Pantone on Fashion: A Century of Color in Design and we spoke to her last year when the book was first published. 

Pantone's picks for 2016: Rose Quartz & Serenity