When did "fat" become a four-letter word? Leaders of the body acceptance movement say we've become a fat-phobic nation, and it's time to stop shaming fat people. In this hour, curvy girls and plus-size women talk about the emotional and physical costs of America's toxic obsession with weight and body image.
Meet the popular blogger who launched a national conversation when she stripped down to her size 18 swimsuit on national television. Brittany Gibbons is a body image advocate who wants to help women everywhere feel comfortable in their own skin. Every inch of it.
Science journalist Harriet Brown says the medical establishment has demonized fat and misrepresented the science behind dieting and weight loss. She unpacks the four most toxic medical myths about weight and health.
"Fight Club" for women -- that's the book Sarai Walker wanted to read. So she wrote it herself. "Dietland" is a revenge fantasy and feminist manifesto for fat girls and women everywhere. If you've ever felt ashamed of your body, this is the book for you.
Ruth Reichl draws on her career as a high-profile food writer and editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine in her first novel -- "Delicious". It's the story of a magazine writer with a superhuman sense of taste, who discovers a secret cache of letters from the legendary chef and cookbook writer James Beard.
Lacey Schwartz was raised in a white, upper middle class, Jewish household in upstate New York. After going off to college she uncovered a closely guarded family secret — she was biracial. Lacey chronicles the revelation and her own search for identity in the documentary Little White Lie.
In his book, A Chinaman's Chance, former Clinton speechwriter Eric Liu reflects on his own Chinese American identity. He tells Steve Paulson how multiculturalism is challenging traditional notions of what it means to be American.
Writer Richard Rodriguez views his so-called brown identity as a racial mixture, dating back to the colonization of the Americas. He tells us why he celebrates being brown, and embraces the term "Hispanic."
With mounting concerns over student debt, we're thinking about higher education this week. Christopher Newfield teaches literature and American Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He believes rising tuition and reduced state funding are threatening the nation's public universities.