The Madeleine Brand Show for May 18, 2012

Dinner Party Download: Chocolate pyramids, book lovers and coffee drinkers

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A women reads a book under the sun, which apparently is not the norm for Los Angeles. The city failed to make the shortlist for Amazon.com's "Most Well-Read Cities in America."

Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam, hosts of The Dinner Party, join the show for their weekly booster shot of cultural news.

First up, the "Choco Pyramid", which has broken the world record for the largest chocolate sculpture, according to the Qzina Institute of Chocolate & Pastry in California. Corporate chef Francois Mellet oversaw the build - the pyramid measures six feet high and 12 feet by 12 feet at its base.

Then, have you ever wondered which cities rank as the most literate in the U.S.? Surprise! L.A. is not among them, according to an Amazon.com list of the 20 most well-read cities. So much for the supposed allure of beach reading, even though Miami checked in at #6.

Finally, good news for all those coffee lovers out there as the National Cancer Institute announced that people who drink coffee are "less likely to die." The announcement comes after the largest-ever study of its kind, which examined more than 400,000 people over 14 years.

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


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