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Dinner Party Download: Army's weight loss plan, "Operation Looking Glass," and gold nuggets




Thieves absconded with $3 million in gold nuggets this week that were on display in a Yreka, Calif. court house.
Thieves absconded with $3 million in gold nuggets this week that were on display in a Yreka, Calif. court house.
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Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam join us with talking points for your next dinner party -- or for Super Bowl Sunday, which they point out is the second biggest eating day in America after Thanksgiving.

Their topics include:

- The Army's new plan for shrinking the waistlines of its ranks – research is underway on fat that could be transplanted into soldiers to help them lose weight.What happened to good old fashioned exercise?

- A strange Cold War-era military operation called "Operation Looking Glass" that involves "doomsday planes" and pilots wearing eye patches.

- And, lesson learned: don't leave your gold nuggets lying around! In Yreka, Calif., thieves broke into the courthouse in the middle of the night and stole some pricey historical artifacts, $3 million in gold nuggets.

The Dinner Party airs Sundays on KPCC at 3 p.m.