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 eight books published in 21 languages. He is a founder and co-curator of Arc Programs. David is a columnist for Newsweek, a correspondent for The Atlantic and the chief correspondent for NPR Talk’s Biotech Nation. David writes for The New York Times, Fortune, Wired, National Geographic, Discover and many other publications. He is a former commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition and a special correspondent and producer for ABC’s Nightline and 20/20, and correspondent for NOVA’s ScienceNow!. His latest book is When I’m 164: The new science of radical life extension, and what happens if it succeeds. He also wrote Experimental Man: What One Man’s Body Reveals about His Future, Your Health, and Our Toxic World (Wiley). He was the founder and director of the BioAgenda Institute, and the founding director of the Center of Life Science Policy at UC Berkeley. David is finishing his first novel, a biomedical thriller. David’s work has won numerous awards, including Magazine Story of the Year from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His articles have twice been cited in nominations for National Magazine Awards, and his work has appeared twice in The Best American Science and Nature Writing. David lives in San Francisco and is a member of the SF Writer’s Grotto. His website is www.davidewingduncan.com.
A.J. Jacobs is the author of four New York Times bestsellers, including The Year of Living Biblically. He is editor at large at Esquire and a contributor to NPR.
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."