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How a Skier Froze to Death and Lived

Book cover: Extreme Medicine: <span>How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century</span> Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century

Did you know that doctors have developed a way to use hypothermia to save lives? In the video below, Dr. Kevin Fong tells the astonishing survival story of Anna Bagenholm, who literally froze to death after a skiing accident, but was revived. You can read this gripping story and more in Dr. Fong’s upcoming book, Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century.

 


Charlie LeDuff Golfs the City of Detroit


How Cooking Can Change Your Life

Can you really have your cake and eat it? According to Michael Pollan, you can.  In this fun RSA Short, Pollan explains how to eat well by following one simple rule without the need for fad diets or deprivation.

 


StoryCorps Uses Vocal Archives to Document American Lives

Book cover: Ties That Bind: <span>Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps</span> Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps

StoryCorps is celebrating their 10th anniversary! Watch founder Dave Isay in this segment on CBS This Morning, then read an excerpt from the book that brings together 10 years of storytelling, Ties That Bind.


Video: Michael Pollan at Google

Michael Pollan is the author of eight books, including Cooked: A History of Transformation and The Omnivore's Dilemma. Full Bio

In Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world, standing squarely between nature and culture. Both realms are transformed by cooking, and so, in the process, is the cook.


Video: The Hope Diamond

Richard Kurin is the author of several books, including The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects. Full Bio

From Louis XIV to Harry Winston, from the story of a curse to a visit by The Mona Lisa, Richard Kurin, Smithsonian’s Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture and author of The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects, explores the 350 year history of the Hope Diamond in this video.


Alan Greenspan: What I Got Wrong

Alan Greenspan served as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board until his retirement in 2006. He is the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World and The Map and The Territory. Full Bio

Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan talks to CBS Sunday Morning about his long career and his new book, The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting.


How Radiohead Inspired Eric Schlosser While He Wrote Command and Control

Eric Schlosser is the author of Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety. Full Bio

Radiohead’s 2007 track “4 Minute Warning” was particularly important for Eric Schlosser during the half decade he spent researching Command and Control. Schlosser tells Rolling Stone, “The lyrics—”I don’t want to hear it, I don’t want to know, I just want to run and hide’—express the sense of denial that cloaks the whole subject of nuclear aggression.”

Schlosser connected with filmmaker Kevin Ford, who combed through approximately 45 hours of footage—most of it declassified, some of it never before seen—and the result is the video below, using Radiohead’s song.

Read the full article on Rolling Stone.


Mary Oliver Reads a Poem From Her New Collection, Dog Songs

Mary Oliver published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of twenty-eight. Her most recent books include A Thousand Mornings , Dog Songs, Blue Horses, and Felicity. Full Bio

Watch Mary Oliver read “Little Dog’s Rhapsody in the Night” from Dog Songs.

 


U.S. Atomic Bomb Detonation Avoided By “The Slightest Margin of Chance”

Eric Schlosser is the author of Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety. Full Bio

Eric Schlosser has shared a new video confirming near-disaster over North Carolina in 1961 with the blog Restricted Data. The clip is from a documentary called “Always/Never: The Quest for Nuclear Safety, Control, and Survivability” made by the Sandia National Laboratories in 2010, categorized as OFFICIAL USE ONLY, and never released to the public. As you’ll see in the footage, just one simple switch kept us safe and “prevented nuclear detonation of this bomb.”


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