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Christopher Cerf & Moises Velasquez Manoff

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Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 9:00pm

Why should you stay clear of lemon wedges in your drinks (and limes, cherries and olives for that matter)? Did you know that drinking from a straw will give you marionette lines? Not only should you not read on the toilet, you shouldn’t sit at all. Don’t get us started on the dangers of Santa Claus and romance novels. These are just a few of the sobering warnings to be found in the ENCYCLOPEDIA PARANOIACA: THE INDESPENSABLE GUIDE TO EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD BE AFRAID OF OR WORRIED ABOUT. This compendium of everything that is out to get you, was compiled by our guest tonight:  Emmy and Grammy Award-winning author, composer and producer CHRISTOPHER CERF. Together with Henry Beard and the staff of the all too aptly named Cassandra Institute, they have produced a grand accounting of all the things to avoid at all costs, completely cross referenced and indexed for your paranoid convenience.

Have you wondered why there seems to have been such a dramatic rise in disorders like asthma, food allergies, and Multiple Sclerosis in the last decades? Some researchers believe it is because our autoimmune system has run out of control. Some of the reasons for this are startling and counter-intuitive. Is there a connection between our living in more sterile environments and the rise of these disorders? Tune in tonight for a truly thought provoking talk with science journalist MOISES VELASQUEZ-MANOFF. His new book is titled AN EPIDEMIC OF ABSENCE: A NEW WAY OF UNDERSTANDING ALLERGIES AND AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES.

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