Renowned author and Editor at Large at Esquire, A.J. Jacobs returns to Media Mayhem to talk about the health hazards of reporting in the wake of his new book, Drop Dead Healthy.
From his stints living under strict biblical law and his more recent health obsession, to his time spent dodging controversy with Sofia Vergara and getting dissed by Urkel, A.J. delivers the wry and hilarious observations that are his trademark.
A.J. Jacobs is Editor at Large at Esquire magazine and author of three bestselling books: The Know-It-All, The Year of Living Biblically and My Life as an Experiment: One Man’s Humble Quest to Improve Himself. A.J. has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and New York magazine. He has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The View and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. A.J.’s latest book Drop Dead Healthy was released on April 20, 2012. He is currently on a nationwide book tour in support.
00:01 Media Mayhem Introduction.
00:40 Welcoming A.J. Jacobs.
02:06 Is living healthy the most difficult immersion yet?
04:06 What inspired the year of living healthy?
05:25 The health benefits of arguing.
08:05 Living noisy: the risk to your health.
10:05 The pros and cons of living with germs.
13:31 Dealing with pseudo-science and hollow health trends.
17:53 Doing hands-on research old school journalism.
20:00 Reporting and research tips for journalists in an over-fished pond.
23:24 Getting mistaken for a doctor.
24:54 Producer Nick’s year of sober dialing.
27:48 Learning to filter good science from pseudo-science, the rotten tomatoes model.
31:58 A.J.’s Sofia Vergara scandal.
35:30 Having your journalistic integrity called into question.
37:57 Ideas for the next adventure.
38:50 The experience of being a guest on The View, and getting dissed by Urkel.
41:20 Is anti-intellectualism the trend in America?
44:28 Thanks and goodbye!