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Why The FDA Is Re-Evaluating The Nutty Definition Of 'Healthy' Food

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 4:05pm

Under current rules, foods containing more than 3 grams of fat per serving can't call themselves "healthy" on labels. But that excludes many foods, like Kind bars, that contain healthful nuts.

'There Was More I Wanted To Say': Kate Tempest Turns Hit Album Into A Novel

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 3:25pm

The rapper's debut album, Everybody Down, followed Becky and Harry, two Londoners struggling with love, work and drugs. Now her new book, The Bricks That Built The Houses, takes a look at their pasts.

Taco Bell's Snapchat Game Is Strong Among Teens. But Does It Sell Tacos?

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 2:54pm

Fast food chains may succeed in entertaining teenagers on platforms like Twitter or Snapchat. But just because a brand makes teens laugh doesn't mean this elusive demographic buy its products.

A Dying Coal Town Falls Into 'Fracking Frenzy' In 'Heat & Light'

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:24pm

Jennifer Haigh's new novel explores the fallout of the natural gas boom in a small Pennsylvania town. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Heat & Light an "exquisitely designed, semi-satirical social novel."

Friend Or Fiend? 'Pit Bull' Explores The History Of America's Most Feared Dog

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:24pm

Author Bronwen Dickey says the idea of pit bulls as predators is based on myth and misinformation. In the early Hollywood era, Dickey says, the dogs were often chosen to appear in comedies.

Bluefin Blues: Valuing A Tuna Species Before It's Too Late

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 11:41am

Our appetite for the Pacific bluefin — prized for its tender, flavorful flesh — has reduced stocks to just 2.6 percent of original levels. The incentive to save bluefin is ecological — and financial.

'The Noise Of Time' Can't Drown Out Shostakovich

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 9:00am

Julian Barnes' slim but powerful new novel chronicles the difficulties composer Dmitri Shostakovich suffered under repressive Soviet regimes, and mourns what is lost when tyrants try to control art.

The Code Switch Podcast Is Coming!

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 7:33am

You've been asking for it. We've been cranking on it. And now, it's happening: the Code Switch podcast!

Spoiler Alert: Curling Up And Telling All

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 6:00am

One of the profound pleasures of reading to children, says Barrie Hardymon, is the thrill of sharing a story's secrets for the first time.

Science, Fiction And Philosophy Collide In Astonishing 'Lightning'

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 6:00am

Ada Palmer's dizzying debut novel is dense and complex, packed with philosophy and visions of what life might be like in the year 2424: Radically different, yet based on Enlightenment ideals.

More Than A Mistress: Madame De Pompadour Was A Minister Of The Arts

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 3:29am

Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour, may be best known as King Louis XV's chief mistress. But she was also a well-educated tastemaker, a patron of the arts and an artist in her own right.

Avant Garde Influences The Blockbuster In 'Uncharted 4'

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 3:28pm

J.J. Sutherland and Chris Suellentrop of the podcast "Shall We Play a Game" review the latest from the Uncharted video game franchise, which will be released Tuesday for the PlayStation system, featuring intrepid explorer Nathan Drake back in action.

Richard Russo Returns To North Bath, NY, In 'Everybody's Fool'

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 12:17pm

The Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Empire Falls says his characters are inspired by his parents' working-class World War II generation. Russo's new novel is set in a small town in upstate New York.

Notorious F.D.A.? Feds Turn To Hip-Hop To Tamp Down Teen Smoking

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 3:26am

For its latest anti-tobacco campaign, the the Food and Drug Administration wants to harness hip-hop swagger to reach minority teens — who disproportionately suffer the consequences of smoking.

Ken Burns Delves Deeply Into America's Complex Racial History

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 4:30pm

The documentary filmmaker has been chosen to deliver this year's Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, the highest honor bestowed by the federal government for work in the field.

'Eleven Hours' Follows Two Soon-To-Be Moms In The Course Of One Labor

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 6:57am

Pamela Erens' new book tells the story of a woman in labor and the nurse who helps her through it.

Senegal's Biggest Art Biennial Returns With Contemporary Exhibits

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 6:57am

African artists are convening in Dakar, Senegal for the Dak'Art biennale. The month-long event showcases the latest developments in visual arts.

Robert Worth's 'A Rage For Order' Takes On Troubled Middle East

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 6:57am

Robert Worth was in Cairo in February 2011 when news spread that president Hosni Mubarak had resigned. He tells Melissa Block about that moment and shares other personal stories about the Arab Spring.

What Is 'Natural' Food? A Riddle Wrapped In Notions Of Good And Evil

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 6:00am

Time is almost up for consumers to tell the FDA what "natural" food means. It's an ancient philosophical question with no easy answers.

Tilda Swinton May Be A Rock Star, But Her New Film Leaves Her Speechless

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 3:54am

In A Bigger Splash, she and director Luca Guadagnino line up the trials for their lead — including leaving the rock star character voiceless. They say it was at once a challenge and a joy.

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