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Celebrating A Glorious Life Of Excess In 'A Really Big Lunch'

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 6:00am

Jim Harrison lived as he wrote — vividly. One year after his death, a new collection of his essays on food, wine, writing and aging brings him roaring back in all his immoderate brilliance.

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The Tahri That Binds: How A Sweet Rice Dish Connects A Woman To Her History

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 4:51am

Making the traditional foods of home on the holiday of Cheti Chand — which falls on March 29 this year — helps a member of the Hindu Sindhi diaspora feel less disjointed.

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First Episode Of 'All Things Considered' Is Headed To Library Of Congress

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 2:01am

The NPR program's inaugural 1971 broadcast has been added to the National Recording Registry, alongside other "aural treasures" like Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow." Take a listen to the first show!

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Inside DARPA, The Pentagon Agency Whose Technology Has 'Changed the World'

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 12:27pm

Journalist Sharon Weinberger discusses the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency, which develops innovative scientific technologies for the military. Her new book is The Imagineers of War.

Pinkies Up! A Local Tea Movement Is Brewing

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 6:00am

Most of the world's tea comes from China, India and Sri Lanka. But since 2000, dozens of farms have sprouted across the U.S. producing small-batch, artisanal tea sold at a premium.

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'Novel Of The Century' Is A Lively Companion To 'Les Misérables'

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 6:00am

David Bellos' new book is a comprehensive guide to Les Misérables, and a compelling story in its own right, packed with detail about the creation and publication of Victor Hugo's massive masterpiece.

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Kerry James Marshall: A Black Presence In The Art World Is 'Not Negotiable'

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

For decades, the 61-year-old artist has depicted black lives on canvas. He says inclusion in museums must not be contingent on "whether somebody likes you ... or somebody's being generous to you."

How For-Profit Colleges Sell 'Risky Education' To The Most Vulnerable

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:49pm

Tressie McMillan Cottom worked in enrollment at two for-profit colleges, but quit because she felt uncomfortable selling students an education they couldn't afford. Her new book is Lower Ed.

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Emma Donoghue Helps Kids Deal With Dementia (And Still Has Fun) In 'The Lotterys'

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 4:06am

Emma Donoghue tackles a tough topic with light and humor in The Lotterys Plus One, her new kids' book about a boisterous blended family learning to accommodate a difficult grandfather with dementia.

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Author Finds A Counter-Narrative Of Equality In Adam And Eve Story

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 5:26pm

Bruce Feiler speaks about his new book, "The First Love Story," and how the story of Adam and Eve is still important to relationships between men and women today.

'Wait Till You See Me Dance' Is A Marvelous Waltz Of Misdirection

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 9:00am

Deb Olin Unferth's story collection delights in going in unexpected directions, and her sensitively-drawn characters feel the full, real, often contradictory and uneasy layering of human emotion.

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How Do You Dream Up A Cockatoo Feast? An Artist Explains In 'Imaginarium'

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 7:14am

Looking at Claire Rosen's photographs can feel like walking into someone else's dreams. In her new book Imaginarium she provides inspiration and advice for curating a creative life.

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Forget F. Scott: In 'Z,' Christina Ricci Tells Zelda Fitzgerald's Story

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 7:14am

There's a common misconception (popularized by Ernest Hemingway) that Zelda Fitzgerald ruined her husband's life. The truth, Ricci says, is much more complicated.

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Duncan Hines: The Original Road Warrior Who Shaped Restaurant History

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 6:00am

The name on that box of cake mix belonged to a real person. Hines was a traveling salesman who just wanted to find a decent meal on the road — and ended up being America's go-to restaurant expert.

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Tale As Old As Time: The Dark Appeal of 'Beauty And The Beast'

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 3:31am

Disney's new live-action extravaganza is just the latest retelling of this classic fairy tale. But why do Beauty and her Beast have such a hold on us? And why are there so many versions of their tale?

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Not My Job: Country Singer Charley Pride Gets Quizzed On Shame

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 10:44am

Charley Pride, one of the first African-American stars in country music, has sold more records for RCA than anyone not named Elvis Presley.

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Students Serve Up Stories Of Beloved Family Recipes In A Global Cookbook

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 7:03am

Many students at D.C.'s Capital City Charter School are first-generation Americans. For a creative writing project, a literacy nonprofit picked a topic everyone could relate to: food from home.

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We Are All Martha: Alison Wright On How Her 'Americans' Character Became A Hit

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 6:45am

Wright plays an FBI secretary who falls in love with an undercover Russian spy. She says Martha is "who we would all most likely be" if we found ourselves in the world of The Americans.

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'Girl In Disguise' Is A Spunky Spy Saga

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 6:00am

Little is known about the real life of Kate Warne, the first female detective in America — but Greer Macallister's romp of a novel paints her as a live wire, an ace in a dangerous man's world.

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The Pregame PB&J: How The Comfort Food Became The NBA's Recipe For Success

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 1:43am

"If there's a locker room that doesn't have it, I haven't seen it," says ESPN reporter Baxter Holmes, who expands on his recent story, which details professional basketball's obsession with the snack.

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