An acclaimed journalist and a best-selling author, A.J. Jacobs takes journalistic commitment to a whole new level. His experimental and "experiential" undertakings have led him from conquering all 32 volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica to outsourcing his entire life to India (yes, even his children's bedtime stories).
In the 2007 best-seller, The Year of Living Biblically, stoning adulterers and growing facial hair were just part of the fun when he decided to follow the literal rules of the Bible in a modern America. Join us as Jacobs dishes on his unorthodox lifestyle as detailed in this year's The Guinea Pig Diaries.
David Ewing Duncan
David Ewing Duncan is an award-winning, best-selling author of six books and numerous essays, articles and short stories, and a television, radio and film producer and correspondent. He is the co-host of NPR's Biotech Nation.
Duncan's most recent book is Experimental Man: What one man’s body reveals about his future, your health, and our toxic world (John Wiley). His last book was Masterminds: Genius, DNA and the Quest to Rewrite Life (Harper Perennial). He also wrote the international bestseller Calendar: Humanity's Epic Struggle to Determine a True and Accurate Year (Harper-Collins/Avon), published in 19 languages, and a bestseller in 14 countries.
Duncan is a Contributing Editor to Wired, and Discover, and a science columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, a commentator for NPR's Morning Edition and co-host of BioTech Nation on NPR. He has been a special correspondent and producer for ABC's Nightline and 20/20, and a producer for Discovery Television. He is a correspondent for NOVA's ScienceNow!. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic, Fortune and MIT Technology Review, and was a longtime correspondent for Life.
He also writes for Harper's, Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian, Outside, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Washington Post Book World, and The New York Times, among others. He contributes to the Dialogues column for Discover.
A.J. abandoned a promising life as an academic philosopher to become a human guinea pig. He became a know-it-all by reading all of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Outsourced his personal life to call centers in India, where assistants took up the task of reading bedtime stories to his kids and arguing with his wife. Attained enlightenment by tenaciously putting orthodox Biblical rules into daily practice. After a few years in pursuit of bodily perfection, he now is recording the ultimate diary.
Author A.J. Jacobs discusses his foray into the enlightening and occasionally precarious world of "radical honesty," which involves saying what you're thinking at all times. Kanye West, he says, is a "posture child for the perils of radical honesty."
Author A.J. Jacobs describes details he retained from reading the encyclopedia cover to cover. He explains that while 98% of what he read has been forgotten, many odd facts - like the number of nipples on a possum - are "stuck."
Direct honesty whatever the situation. to be direct in the objective without want of or want to persuade any one point of view. other than the position one takes is the right to who i,m and not what societies project one to be.