90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
The Healthiest Man In The World

John Harwood in for Tom Ashbrook

Writer A.J. Jacobs achieved enlightenment in “The Year of Living Biblically.” Now, he’s trying to get buff. He joins us.

Cover image from the book "Drop Dead Healthy"

Cover image from the book "Drop Dead Healthy"

The 27,000 people running the Boston Marathon today have all sorts of reasons. But just about all of them see running as a way to get healthier. That’s the challenge that Esquire writer A.J. Jacobs took on – in far more exotic fashion – is his new book “Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection.”

He played caveman in Central Park, slathered on tubes of sunscreen, hung out at a gym for the first time, went to a laughter club, and practiced portion control by serving his dinner on the plates his toddlers use.

Up next On Point: how much can a man remake his body for the long haul?

-John Harwood

Guest

A.J. Jacobs, editor-at-large at Esquire magazine, and best-selling author. His new book is “Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Body Perfection.” You can read an excerpt here.

From The Reading List

USA Today “Jacobs has since shed his ‘Ted Kaczynski-like facial hair.’ But even after all his workouts, research and consultations with experts, Jacobs acknowledges his physique won’t get him on Jersey Shore, ‘which I’m OKwith. But I’m a lot healthier.'”

New York Post “When I turned 40 three years ago, one thing was clear. I was fat — what they call ‘skinny fat,’ with a body that resembled a python after swallowing a goat. I was 5-foot-11 and weighed 172 pounds — most of them congregating in my middle.”

Excerpt: “Drop Dead Healthy”

Use the navigation bar at the bottom of this frame to reformat the excerpt to best suit your reading experience.

Playlist

“Healthy Body” by Operation Ivy
“Healthy & Wise” by GG Hill

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Oct 31, 2014
Nurse Kaci Hickox, right, and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur are followed by a Maine State Trooper as they ride bikes on a trail near her home in Fort Kent, Maine, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.  (AP)

Quarantines and Ebola. An exploding rocket. Apple’s CEO comes out. Hawaiian lava flows. Midterms in the home stretch. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Oct 31, 2014
Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) and Sauncho Smilax (Beninico del Toro) share a drink in a scene from the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson film, "Inherent Vice," an adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name. (Courtesy Warner Bros. Entertainment)

From “Interstellar” to “Into the Woods.” The biggest and best movies of the fall and holiday seasons. What to see, what to skip.

RECENT
SHOWS
Oct 31, 2014
Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) and Sauncho Smilax (Beninico del Toro) share a drink in a scene from the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson film, "Inherent Vice," an adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name. (Courtesy Warner Bros. Entertainment)

From “Interstellar” to “Into the Woods.” The biggest and best movies of the fall and holiday seasons. What to see, what to skip.

 
Oct 31, 2014
Nurse Kaci Hickox, right, and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur are followed by a Maine State Trooper as they ride bikes on a trail near her home in Fort Kent, Maine, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.  (AP)

Quarantines and Ebola. An exploding rocket. Apple’s CEO comes out. Hawaiian lava flows. Midterms in the home stretch. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
The Explicast, Episode Three: What Is The Dow Jones Industrial Average?
Friday, Oct 31, 2014

We dig in to that all-important, all-confusing daily stock notice: the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: October 31, 2014
Friday, Oct 31, 2014

We tumble for ya, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Tuco the Massachusetts K-9 Unit puppy in training.

More »
1 Comment
 
Awards Season 2014: The Movies Worth Your Time
Friday, Oct 31, 2014

What movies should you watch before 2014 comes to a close? Our critics offer their picks for the movies of the season right here.

More »
Comment