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We move beyond conventional wisdom and reveal complex realities about what we think we know to be true. New Yorker staff writer Malcolm Gladwell goes behind the biblical curtain to take up the real story of David and Goliath. Journalist Jennifer 8. Lee talks about her hunt for the origins of General Tso chicken and other familiar Chinese-American dishes. Allan Savory, who works to promote holistic management in the grasslands of the world, expounds on a surprising factor that can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert. Reporter Leslie T. Chang offers stories of lives of Chinese factory workers. And psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies, the freedom of choice.

Learn more or listen again to this week's episode, which originally aired November 5, 2013.

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Guy Raz