March 4, 2003

Nearly one-third of American households have a box of Jell-O in the pantry. Todd talks about this unique dessert, and it's appeal, with author Carolyn Wyman. She talks about how Jell-O was invented in 1897, the various ways we eat it, and how it became a cultural icon. Her book is called "Jell-O, A Biography: The History and Mystery of 'America's Most Famous Dessert'".

Writer Jim Lileks has researched what now seem unappetizing foods of the 1940's, 50's, and 60's. He talks with Todd about the many ways Jell-O was used, why the recipes look unsatisfying to us today, and Jell-O's role in our culture and cooking. His recent book is "The Gallery of Regrettable Foods", and his website is

Dissociation can be one way we respond to traumatic events. Psychiatrist Marlene Steinberg explains that it allows us to disconnect from feelings or emotions that are overwhelming. She talks with Todd about the number of people who suffer from dissociation today, and what can be done to overcome it. Her book is "The Stranger in the Mirror: Dissociation- The Hidden Epidemic".

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