How far do you go to honor the Golden Rule, to “do unto others”? Chances are you don’t go nearly as far as the people profiled in journalist Larissa MacFarquhar’s new book. The donor who offers up his kidney to a complete stranger; the activist who abandons his normal life to care for lepers; the couple that gives most of their income to charity. These people truly live to help others. MacFarquhar joins us Wednesday to explore what extreme altruists can teach us about what it means to be human.
As you're putting together your Thanksgiving meal, we're talking to The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik about his latest book, The Table Comes First. Gopnik says that every human group that's ever been ritualizes its food. Indeed, the way we approach the table defines who we are. The book is a journey from eighteenth-century France to our modern-day obsession with gastronomy. Gopnik joins us to answer this question: what is the true meaning of food in our lives? (Rebroadcast)