Under Magnolia

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When Frances Mayes moved to Tuscany in Italy, she left behind her family and roots in Fitzgerald, Georgia. In her new memoir Under Magnolia, the renowned author of Under the Tuscan Sun returns to her hometown to explore her coming of age in the Deep South. And: Since 2000, furniture imports from China have increased dramatically and offshoring has cost American furniture makers thousands of jobs. In her new book Factory Man, Beth Macy tells the remarkable story of John Bassett III’s battle to keep his family’s furniture business in southwest Virginia open. Later in the show: In central Mexico, the work of preparing elaborate meals for fiestas involves many women working together. Maria Elisa Christie, author of Kitchenspace: Women, Fiestas, and Everyday Life in Central Mexico, says this work gives women status and a way to share traditions with younger generations. And: Residents of northern China prize individualism, while southerners value their sense of community. Thomas Talhelm has developed what he calls a “rice theory” to explain the cultural differences. Also: There’s no silver bullet for battling obesity, but Jamie Zoellner says studying different communities and their specific food and exercise resources can help jumpstart a solution

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