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Anna Lappe and Frances Moore Lappe: Diet for a Hot Planet

Anna Lappe and Frances Moore Lappe, a mother and daughter pair who have revolutionized the way we think about food, hunger, and climate change discuss Anne Lappe's new book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It.In 1971, Frances Moore Lappe's Diet for a Small Planet sparked a revolution in how we think about hunger, alerting millions to the hidden environmental and social impacts of our food choices. Now, nearly four decades later, her daughter, Anna Lappe, picks up the conversation. In her groundbreaking new book, the younger Lappe exposes another hidden cost of our food system: the climate crisis.

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Renaissance Roots of Modern Science

Toby Lester, author of widely acclaimed books on two of the great achievements during the Renaissance, visits with Science for the Public to discuss important discoveries, and rediscoveries, that brought about the first map to show America (The Fourth Part of the World (2009), and Da Vinci's iconic Vitruvian Man (Da Vinci's Ghost) (2012). Both of these accomplishments reflected an intellectual shift over centuries that led to modern science.

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Anna Lappe and Frances Moore Lappe: Diet for a Hot Planet

Anna Lappe and Frances Moore Lappe, a mother and daughter pair who have revolutionized the way we think about food, hunger, and climate change discuss Anne Lappe's new book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It.In 1971, Frances Moore Lappe's Diet for a Small Planet sparked a revolution in how we think about hunger, alerting millions to the hidden environmental and social impacts of our food choices. Now, nearly four decades later, her daughter, Anna Lappe, picks up the conversation. In her groundbreaking new book, the younger Lappe exposes another hidden cost of our food system: the climate crisis.

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String Theory and the Universe's Hidden Dimensions

Shing-Tung Yau, chair of Harvard's mathematics department, and science journalist Steve Nadis discuss their new explication of string theory, The Shape of Inner Space: String Theory and the Geometry of the Universes Hidden Dimensions. String theory says we live in a 10-dimensional universe, but that only four are accessible to our everyday senses. According to theorists, the missing six are curled up in bizarre structures known as Calabi-Yau manifolds. In The Shape of Inner Space, Shing-Tung Yau, the man who mathematically proved that these manifolds exist, argues that not only is geometry fundamental to string theory, it is also fundamental to the very nature of our universe. Time and again, where Yau has gone, physics has followed.

The Life of Super-Earths: How the Hunt for Alien Worlds Will Revolutionize Life on Our Planet

Astronomer Dimitar Sasselov discusses his book The Life of Super-Earths: How the Hunt for Alien Worlds and Artificial Cells Will Revolutionize Life on Our Planet. Sasselov discusses current efforts to search for other planets that may hold the key to this answer. Sasselov, the founding director of Harvard University’s Origins of Life Initiative, shows how the search for “super-Earths”—rocky planets like our own that orbit other stars—may provide the key to answering essential questions about the origins of life here and elsewhere.

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