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Week of June 21, 2015

How to Love Your Body

June 21, 2015

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. 

  1. Brittany Gibbons on Fat Shaming

    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. 

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  2. The Science and Politics of Weight Obsession

    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.

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  3. A Reading from Dietland

    Plum Kettle weighs 300 pounds and would do anything to lose weight.  But then something unexpected happens.  She gets angry.  Very angry.  Hear an excerpt from Sarai Walker's new novel, "Dietland."

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  4. Sarai Walker on Dietland

    "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.

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  5. The History of the Gym

    Plenty of men are obsessed with body image, too.  Eric Chaline traces the cult of the male body beautiful back to ancient Greece, in "The Temple of Perfection" -- his new history of the gym.

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  6. Ruth Reichl on Food Culture

    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.

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Split Identities

June 21, 2015
(was 09.14.2014)

Who are you? White or black, Muslim or Christian, working class or wealthy? Most of us rotate through many different cultural identities, at work and at home. And sometimes, reconciling them is hard.

  1. Becoming Biracial

    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.

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  2. Mixed Feelings

    Producer Rehman Tungekar talks with Anne Strainchamps about growing up in a multi-ethnic family.

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  3. Hybrid Identities

    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.

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  4. Sonic Sidebar: Richard Rodriguez on "Brown"

    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."

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  5. Culture Clash

    Cultural scientist Alana Conner believes we all navigate different identities, and not just along racial or ethnic lines. She finds many cultural conflicts boil down to two competing types of selves.

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  6. BookMark: Stoner

    Steve Almond recommends "Stoner" by John Williams.

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  7. On Our Minds: Public Higher Education

    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.

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