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The Salt
6:01 am
Sat November 15, 2014

A Journey Through The History Of American Food In 100 Bites

One of America's favorite bites: the hotdog. Here, a man and women enjoy the dogs at a California fair in 1905.
Courtesy of Sourcebooks

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 9:37 am

Apple pie isn't American in the way people often mean. Every ingredient, from apples to butter to nutmeg and cinnamon, came from somewhere else.

But then, so do most Americans.

A new book traces the roots of American tastes from pemmican to Coca-Cola to what are now called "molecularly modified" foods. Libby O'Connell, the chief historian and a senior vice president for the History Channel and A&E networks, wrote The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites.

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Author Interviews
5:49 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Shriver Finds Wisdom Among The Intellectually Disabled

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 8:21 am

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Movies
5:49 am
Sat November 15, 2014

'Godfather' Mansion For Sale In Staten Island

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 8:21 am

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Spend Some Time 'Loitering,' And Feel Less Alone

The essay, some time in its long journey from Samuel Johnson's "loose sally of the mind, an irregular undigested piece," has become something that can be persuasive instead of discursive, something that slices and gleams, an accumulation of arguments as relentless as the stacking of bricks.

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Author Interviews
3:29 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Roger Moore: The Man With The Golden Life

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Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 11:51 am

Sir Roger Moore has been The Saint, one of the Persuaders, and, of course, James Bond. But he calls himself One Lucky Bastard, which is the title of this memoir about a life spent working and laughing alongside the likes of Tony Curtis, Michael Caine, Frank Sinatra, Diana Dors, David Niven โ€” and many more.

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This Week's Must Read
3:51 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

After Catalonia's Independence Vote, An 'Homage' To George Orwell

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 6:26 pm

On Sunday morning as I cast my vote in the Catalan election, I thought of the day that George Orwell arrived in Barcelona. It was the day after Christmas in 1936 and Spain was in the midst of a terrifying and utterly chaotic civil war.

Orwell was shot in the throat and barely survived to tell the tale of what he saw, but survive he did, and in 1938 Homage to Catalonia, his personal account of the near six months he spent on the front lines of the Spanish Revolution, was published to little attention. In fact, it wasn't published in the United States until 1952.

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Movie Interviews
2:23 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

'National Gallery' Offers A Lingering Look At Art

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 4:34 pm

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Movie Reviews
1:04 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Satirists Go Serious in 'Foxcatcher' And 'Rosewater' โ€” And It Works

Steve Carell ditches any pretense of comedy in Foxcatcher.
Scott Garfield/Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 4:34 pm

What do you get when you mix big-deal comedians with real-life calamities? Sounds like a joke, but Steve Carell and Jon Stewart are answering that question this week in their movies Foxcatcher and Rosewater. And it turns out, seriousness suits them.

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Movie Reviews
11:56 am
Fri November 14, 2014

'Foxcatcher': A Bloated True-Crime Story Based On Wealthy Heir John du Pont

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Television
11:56 am
Fri November 14, 2014

'Getting On' With It: A New HBO Show Doesn't Tiptoe Around Death

Set in the geriatric extended-care wing of a California hospital, Getting On is a different kind of workplace comedy. Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer adapted the show from a BBC series of the same name, and added new material largely inspired by experiences they had with their own mothers.

Originally aired Dec. 23, 2013.

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The Two-Way
8:35 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Book News: In Support Of Persecuted Colleagues, Writers Turn To Letters

Alain Mabanckou, a French novelist born in the Republic of Congo, wrote a letter to support Cameroonian poet Dieudonne Enoh Meyomesse.
Etienne de Malglaive AFP/Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Saturday marks the Day of the Imprisoned Writer, a day of remembrance on behalf of persecuted writers across the world. Now in its 33rd year, the event was hatched by PEN International to support and, in many instances, seek to free those writers now threatened because of their work.

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TED Radio Hour
7:45 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Why Do We Create Stereotypes?

"We're built with a strong bias to differentiate the world between us and them" โ€” Paul Bloom
courtesy of TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Playing With Perceptions.

About Paul Bloom's TED Talk

Psychologist Paul Bloom explains why prejudice is natural, rational and even moral โ€” the key is to understand why we depend on it, and recognize when it leads us astray.

About Paul Bloom

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TED Radio Hour
7:45 am
Fri November 14, 2014

What Does It Mean To Be 'Articulate'?

"I think that we think that language is something neutral and not at all political" โ€” Jamila Lyiscott
courtesy of TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Playing With Perceptions.

About Jamila Lyiscott's TED Talk

Educator and poet Jamila Lyiscott is a "tri-tongued orator." She unpacks the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, family, and colleagues.

About Jamila Lyiscott

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TED Radio Hour
7:45 am
Fri November 14, 2014

How Can First Impressions Mislead Us?

"This is my art. I strive for authenticity, even if it comes in a shape that we might not usually expect" โ€” Hetain Patel
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Playing With Perceptions.

About Hetain Patel's TED Talk

Artist Hetain Patel toys with race, identity, language and accent โ€” and challenges us to think beyond surface appearances.

About Hetain Patel

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TED Radio Hour
7:45 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Can Comedy Break Stereotypes?

"Stand-up comedy is really like therapy ... by finding the funny in it, it helps you cope" โ€” Maz Jobrani
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Playing With Perceptions.

About Maz Jobrani's TED Talk

Iranian-American comedian and actor Maz Jobrani describes a comic's role in challenging stereotypes โ€” especially when it comes to Middle Eastern Muslims in America.

About Maz Jobrani

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TED Radio Hour
7:45 am
Fri November 14, 2014

What's The Line Between Stereotyping, Celebrating Culture?

"I think all this tidiness isn't doing us any good. It just spills out anyway" โ€” Sarah Jones
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 7:56 am

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Playing with Perceptions.

About Sarah Jones' TED Talk

Playwright and performer Sarah Jones has a chameleon-like ability to change personas. Through these personas, she explores the fine line between stereotyping and celebrating different ethnic groups.

About Sarah Jones

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Monkey See
7:25 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Revived Properties And Cultural Dichotomies

NPR

We chose not to assign ourselves Dumb And Dumber To this week. Call it the shortness of life, call it the urgency of busy schedules, call it limited tolerance for catheter jokes โ€” we declined. We did, however, get talking about whether this film, and others that come many years later to try to pump life into an aging franchise, are ever simply too late to the party to be successful.

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Code Switch
1:29 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Director Gina Prince-Bythewood: It's Time To 'Obliterate The Term Black Film'

"My hope has always been to make movies with people of color in them but tell stories that are universal," says Gina Prince-Bythewood.
Suzanne Tenner Blackbird Productions

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 12:39 pm

Filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood is tired of hearing about "black films." In fact: "It is one of my goals in life to obliterate the term 'black film,' " she tells NPR's David Greene.

Prince-Bythewood tells love stories. She created the films Love and Basketball, The Secret Life of Bees, and most recently, Beyond the Lights.

"For me it's just about putting people of color in every genre and making it become normal," she says.

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Space
1:27 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Separates Fact From Fiction In 'Interstellar'

Matthew McConaughey plays an astronaut explorer in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar.
Paramount Pictures Melinda Sue Gordon

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 7:42 am

As you may be aware, there's a hot new space movie now in theaters โ€” Interstellar. Here's the premise: It's just a little bit in the future, conditions have become pretty horrible on Earth and some astronauts head out in search of a new planet for humans to inhabit.

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Found Recipes
3:25 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

How To Make A Faux Cheddar In One Hour

True cheddar cheese can take months รขย€ย” even years รขย€ย” to age. So Claudia Lucero created a faux-cheddar that can be made in very little time.
fotolia

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 1:46 pm

Claudia Lucero has a special power: she can make cheese in one hour. Mozzarella, ricotta, paneer, goat cheese, queso blanco and more.

Those are simple cheeses that are relatively easy to make, says Lucero, who runs Urban Cheesecraft in Portland, Ore. To do it, she says, you just need practice, not superpowers.

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Movie Reviews
3:03 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

In 'The Homesman,' A Most Unromantic American West

Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones in The Homesman.
Dawn Jones Roadside Attractions

Hilary Swank is a real looker in ways that tend not to get her cast in what the industry is pleased to call "women's pictures." She has seized the day to snag all manner of bracingly offbeat roles, the latest being Mary Bee Cuddy, a bonneted Nebraska frontierswoman in The Homesman who keeps repeating that she's "plain as an old tin pail," a slur thrown her way by a heedless neighbor. No one wants to marry Mary, even though she's smart, resourceful, cultivated and โ€” like many who have suffered hurt early and often โ€” endlessly kind.

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Music Reviews
3:03 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

The Slow-Talking 'Foxcatcher' Goes Long And Comes Up Short

Steve Carell plays John du Pont in Foxcatcher.
Scott Garfield Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 6:17 pm

The rich are different from you and me. They talk more slowly.

Speaking ... like ... this isn't the entire extent of Steve Carell's impersonation of John du Pont in Foxcatcher, which fictionalizes an odd case from the 1990s. The actor is also outfitted with a prosthetic nose that recalls the beak of his cartoon alter ego, Despicable Me's Gru.

"Most of my friends will call me 'Eagle,' or 'Golden Eagle,' " John claims, but he looks more a sedated canary.

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Movie Interviews
11:34 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Jon Stewart's Debut Film Shows 'Humor Survives' In The Bleakest Conditions

Rosewater is Jon Stewart's directorial debut. He filmed much of the movie in Jordan, and he says he grew a beard because after wearing a suit and shaving for most of his career, he wanted to let his "freak flag fly."
Laith Majali Courtesy of Open Road Films

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 1:00 pm

When asked about how he reacted to learning that one of his Daily Show satires was used as evidence to torture a journalist in Iran, Jon Stewart says, "I might have uttered the phrase: 'Are you โ€” with some profane adjective โ€” are you kidding me?' "

"It's so surreal and it's so absurd that it's hard to imagine it as not farce," Stewart tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

That discovery led to Stewart making his first film, Rosewater, adapted from a memoir by journalist Maziar Bahari.

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The Two-Way
10:25 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Amazon And Hachette Reach A Deal On E-Book Pricing

Visitors walk through the Hachette Book Group's exhibition in May at BookExpo America, the annual industry convention in New York.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 12:00 pm

Updated at 1:20 p.m. ET.

In a deal that ends a months-long โ€” and much-publicized โ€” stalemate, Amazon and Hachette Book Group have reached what the companies say is a multiyear agreement on the pricing of e-books and print books. Under the new terms, which will take effect early next year, Hachette will set the consumer prices of its e-books โ€” a key sticking point in the often heated negotiations.

Further details of the agreement weren't immediately available.

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The Two-Way
8:23 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Book News: Even Good Writers Have Bad Sex Sometimes

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 11:26 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

It's a literary contest now more than two decades old, and the just-announced shortlist boasts such august names as this year's Man Booker winner, a Pulitzer winner and a perennial favorite for the Nobel. Still, despite the promise of being included on an equally august list of past winners, it's not likely any of them care to win this prize.

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Ask Me Another
8:02 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Heroic Tunes

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 10:31 am

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's house musician Jonathan Coulton, performing Five For Fighting's soft-rock classic "Superman (It's Not Easy)" with rewritten lyrics about famous comic book heroes!

Heard in Episode 402: The Model Of A Modern Major Game Show

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Ask Me Another
8:02 am
Thu November 13, 2014

It's A Neil Gaiman Universe; We Just Live In It

Author Neil Gaiman quizzes contestant Serene Lim on character names both real and fictional.
Josh Rogosin NPR

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 10:31 am

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Ask Me Another
8:02 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Something Borrowed

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 10:31 am

Karaoke. Guru. Opera. This game features "loanwords," English words that have been "borrowed" from other languages. Can you guess the loanword from its language of origin and the English translation?

Heard in Episode 402: The Model Of A Modern Major Game Show

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Ask Me Another
8:02 am
Thu November 13, 2014

300 Spartans Can't Be Wrong

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 10:31 am

Inspired by the film 300, all answers rhyme with King Leonidas' notorious line, "This is Sparta!" and should be delivered in your best Spartan yell. Which digital encyclopedia was published by Microsoft until 2009? THIS IS ENCARTA!

Heard in Episode 402: The Model Of A Modern Major Game Show

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Ask Me Another
8:02 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Neil, Gamin': The Author Is Quizzed On Gilbert & Sullivan

Author Neil Gaiman sings along to Gilbert & Sullivan.
Courtesy of 92Y

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 2:03 pm

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