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Week of July 13, 2014

Philosophy in the Streets


Philosophers get a bad rap - they're written off as too academic, too detached from daily life. But we're seeing a philosophy revival, from philosophy cafes to philosophers as therapists.  From the Stoics to Spinoza, an argument for why philosophy still matters.

  1. Philosopher and Wolf - Mark Rowlands

    When he was a young professor, philosopher Mark Rowlands adopted a wolf named Brenin, who turned into his constant companion.  He reflects on the life lessons he learned from Brenin.

    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  2. Sonic Sidebar: Rebecca Goldstein on Plato

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    Philosopher Rebecca Goldstein says philosophy is still evolving, and continues to shape our values.  She talks about her long fascination with the granddaddy of all philosophers, Plato.

    Average: 3 (1 vote)
  3. Philosophy as Therapy - Jules Evans

    After a spate of panic attacks and bouts of depression, Jules Evans says philosophy saved his life - especially the ancient Stoics, who inspired today's Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

    Average: 4.5 (4 votes)
  4. Spinoza's Heresy - Steve Nadler

    Today, the Dutch philosopher Spinoza - father of the Enlightenment - is revered, but in the mid-17th century, he was branded a heretic by his Jewish congregation in Amsterdam.  Recently, philosopher Steve Nadler was asked if Spinoza should be exonerated. He explains why he said no.

    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  5. BookMark: Eric Jarosinski

    Eric Jarosinski bookmarks "Mythologies" by Roland Barthes.

    Average: 3.7 (3 votes)
  6. On Our Minds: The Perfect Peach

    Nikiko Masumoto's family farm goes back several generations in her family.  Today, it grows some of the world's best peaches.  Nikiko explains the link between growing food and growing stories.

    Average: 5 (2 votes)
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Food for Thought


What we eat can often say a lot about us. But why do we consider certain foods more appealing than others? In this hour, we look a the trends and tastemakers who shape our feelings about food.

  1. The Buzz Behind Food Trends

    How do foods become trendy seemingly overnight? Journalist David Sax tracked the origins of a variety of food fads for his book, "The Tastemakers: Why We're Crazy For Cupcakes But Fed Up With Fondue."

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  2. Sonic Sidebar: Food Preferences

    When it comes to food, everyone seems to have an opinion. Producer Rehman Tungekar set out to gather some thoughts on what makes a good meal during a recent visit to Chicago’s Windy City Ribfest.

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  3. Julia Child and the Love of Cooking

    Legendary Knopf editor Judith Jones reflects on Julia Child and her influence on cooking in the U.S. She writes about their friendship In her own memoir, "The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food.”

    Average: 4.5 (2 votes)
  4. Food Anxieties

    Why do certain foods fall out of favor? Aaron Bobrow-Strain tracked the rise and fall of white bread for a book on the subject. He believes our anxieties about food often reflect larger social questions.


    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  5. BookMark: Mishy Harman

    Mishy Harman recommends "A Tale of Love and Darkness" by Amos Oz.

    Average: 5 (11 votes)
  6. On Our Minds: Jerusalem

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    With tensions flaring up in the Middle East this week, we're thinking about the city of Jerusalem and the role it plays in inspiring religious fervor and conflict. Boston Globe Columnist James Carroll writes about it in his book, "Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World."

    Average: 3.5 (2 votes)