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A Writer Moves To 'Bettyville' To Care For His Elderly Mom

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 12:26pm

In 2011, George Hodgman visited his mother Betty for her 91st birthday in Paris, Missouri. When he saw she needed care, he left Manhattan to live with her. But she still hasn't accepted that he's gay.

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From Ancient Sumeria To Chipotle Tacos, Cumin Has Spiced Up The World

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:32am

Cumin has been popular since the dawn of written history: It's the only English word that can be traced directly back to Sumerian. Since then it has insinuated itself into cuisines around the world.

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In 'Shadow,' Change And Growth As A Story Sheds Its Scales

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 9:33am

Rachel Hartman continues her tale of half-dragon musician and unwilling diplomat Seraphina in Shadow Scale. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says the new book doesn't just live up to the old, it outgrows it.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch Edition: 'King Of The Nerds'

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 8:53am

Pop Culture Happy Hour regulars Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon talk about the TBS competition show King Of The Nerds.

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'B & Me' Is Intelligent, Immoderate, And A Bit Belabored

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 6:03am

J.C. Hallman's audacious account of his engagement with the erotic writing of Nicholson Baker makes a splash, but critic Heller McAlpin says the book sometimes runs aground in self-indulgence.

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'B & Me' Is Intelligent, Immoderate, And A Bit Belabored

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 6:03am

J.C. Hallman's audacious account of his engagement with the erotic writing of Nicholson Baker makes a splash, but critic Heller McAlpin says the book sometimes runs aground in self-indulgence.

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Coming Out In A Galaxy Far Far Away: Star Wars Gets Its First LGBT Character

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 6:18pm

Star Wars has had a complicated relationship with LGBT issues in the past. A new character, Moff Mors, might change that.

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Coming Out In A Galaxy Far Far Away: Star Wars Gets Its First LGBT Character

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 6:17pm

Star Wars has had a complicated relationship with LGBT issues in the past. A new character, Moff Mors, might change that.

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Got To Give $7.4 Million Up: Jury Finds Pharrell And Thicke Copied Marvin Gaye Song

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 5:57pm

A Los Angeles jury has determined that singers Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke lifted portions of Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up" when writing their hit "Blurred Lines."

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Got To Give $7.4 Million Up: Jury Finds Pharrell And Thicke Copied Marvin Gaye Song

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 5:57pm

A Los Angeles jury has determined that singers Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke lifted portions of Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up" when writing their hit "Blurred Lines."

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Tea Tuesdays: The Scottish Spy Who Stole China's Tea Empire

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 3:56pm

In the mid-1800s, Britain was a global superpower with a big weakness for tea, all of which came from China. But a botanist with a talent for espionage helped Britain swipe the secrets of tea.

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Tea Tuesdays: The Scottish Spy Who Stole China's Tea Empire

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 3:56pm

In the mid-1800s, Britain was a global superpower with a big weakness for tea, all of which came from China. But a botanist with a talent for espionage helped Britain swipe the secrets of tea.

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Shockwaves Of A Kidnapping Echo In 'Barefoot Dogs'

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 3:16pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Antonio Ruiz-Camacho's first book, a collection of interwoven short stories called, Barefoot Dogs. He's a Mexican-born writer who spent much of his career as a reporter.

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Shockwaves Of A Kidnapping Echo In 'Barefoot Dogs'

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 3:16pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Antonio Ruiz-Camacho's first book, a collection of interwoven short stories called, Barefoot Dogs. He's a Mexican-born writer who spent much of his career as a reporter.

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Museum Asks Visitors To Listen To New York's Buildings

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 3:16pm

Iconic New York architecture, long a subject for academics and designers, is being explored with sound in a new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York.

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Museum Asks Visitors To Listen To New York's Buildings

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 3:16pm

Iconic architecture, long a subject for academics and designers, is being explored with sound in a new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York.

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New HBO Now Streaming Service Shows Consumer's Will Is King

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 1:55pm

HBO on Monday announced a new service presenting its shows online without a cable subscription. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says it also shows the power of consumers to bring change in a digital world.

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New HBO Now Streaming Service Shows Consumer's Will Is King

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 1:55pm

HBO on Monday announced a new service presenting its shows online without a cable subscription. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says it also shows the power of consumers to bring change in a digital world.

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'Test Kitchen': How To Make Vegetarian Dishes Pop With A Little Umami

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 1:22pm

Cooking with plant foods naturally high in compounds called glutamates can stimulate the same taste receptors that meat does. America's Test Kitchen explains in The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook.

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'Test Kitchen': How To Make Vegetarian Dishes Pop With A Little Umami

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 1:22pm

Cooking with plant foods naturally high in compounds called glutamates can stimulate the same taste receptors that meat does. America's Test Kitchen explains in The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook.

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