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Don't Know Panamanian Food? These Chefs Aim To Change That

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 6:00am

Compared to its neighbors, Panama's cuisine is mostly unknown, even to locals. A new generation of Panamanian chefs is forging a national food identity using indigenous ingredients and techniques.

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In Spain, New Year's Eve Is All About The Grapes — Save The Bubbly For Later

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 3:42am

As the clock strikes midnight, people in Spain gobble 12 grapes in quick succession, with wishes for the new year. Then, they go out to party all night long with cava, a Spanish sparkling white wine.

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After 8 Decades And Countless Pastrami Sandwiches, New York's Carnegie Deli Folds

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 3:42pm

The iconic deli in midtown Manhattan is closing its doors after nearly 80 years in business. Its oversized sandwiches defined a certain kind of New York restaurant.

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'Fences' And 'Hidden Figures' Explore Race, And More, In Midcentury America

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 3:25pm

Hidden Figures is a true story about the African-American women of America's space program, and Fences is based on a play by August Wilson.

At Last, Harriet Tubman Strides Onto Our Screens

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 3:59am

The legendary abolitionist hasn't had a big place in popular culture. But with an upcoming movie starring Viola Davis and her appearance in the TV show Underground, that's starting to change.

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Actors Take On Expanded Vocal Duties In Movie 'Sing'

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 4:00pm

The new animated movie Sing features animals competing in a music competition like American Idol. Executive Music Producer Harvey Mason Jr. and actress Jennifer Hudson discuss the making of the movie.

Denzel Washington And Viola Davis On Adapting 'Fences' And Honoring August Wilson

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 4:00pm

The actors star in a new film adaptation of Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Davis says it's "about a flawed man ... who doesn't understand the extent to which he is destroying [his family]."

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One Letter, Two Words Make Up This Week's Sunday Puzzle

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 7:48am

A good golf game will help you with next week's challenge.

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Author Interview: 'The Private Life Of Mrs. Sharma'

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 7:47am

Renuka Sharma is a dutiful wife and a devoted mother. Life is going as planned until she meets a man at the metro station, and begins an affair. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to Ratika Kapur about her book.

After Sexual Assault Allegations, Race Colors Stars' Reputations Differently

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 7:47am

NPR's Ailsa Chang chats with BuzzFeed's Anne Helen Petersen about actors Nate Parker and Casey Affleck. Both are the subject of allegations of sexual assault, but their reputations have fared differently.

Mini Time Capsules: Photographer Wants Your Undeveloped Film For New Project

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 7:47am

The "Lost Rolls America" program encourages Americans to submit a forgotten roll of film to be developed. NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with photographer and program creator Ron Haviv.

Desserts To Help Ring In The New Year

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 7:47am

Pastry chef Aggie Chin talks with NPR's Ailsa Chang about desserts for your New Year's Eve party. This week, it's citrus pavlova cake.

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Get A Global Perpective With 5 Of The Year's Best Books In Translation

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 6:00am

Small publishers and big indie powerhouses alike showcased international voices this year — we pick out a few of our favorites, from a bitter marriage drama to the memoirs of a polar bear family.

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NPR's Book Concierge To The Rescue With Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 4:10pm

Books make great last minute gift ideas. Here are a few tips for book shoppers with voids still to fill, helped by NPR's Book Concierge.

Cocktail Ideas To Put The Holiday Spirit Into Your Spirits

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 4:10pm

Paul Taylor of the Miracle on 7th Street holiday pop-up bar in Washington, D.C. has some ideas for last-minute, simple and festive cocktails.

How Kitchen Sounds Influence Food Flavor

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 4:10pm

Molly Birnbaum and Dan Souza are the editors of Cook's Science magazine. Birnbaum has written an article called "Taste with Your Ears: How Sound Can Change the Way You Eat."

A Love Letter To Love Letters — And A Call To Hang Them On The Wall

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 4:01pm

In 1972, NPR asked listeners to write noncommercial commercials: ads for life's little joys. One praised love notes — and suggested they ought to be showed off and shared, not stored away.

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Not My Job: We Quiz Composer Michael Giacchino On Decomposition

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 10:11am

We invite the composer beind the Star Wars and Star Trek soundtracks to play a game called "Just like composing, but it goes the other way."

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The Traditional Food Debate Rages On: Latkes Or Hamantaschen?

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 7:34am

For 70 years scholars at the University of Chicago have been debating the age old question: Latkes or Hamantaschen? NPR's Lind Wertheimer discusses the debate with moderator Hal Weitzman.

NPR Holiday Leftovers Presents: Lulu Garcia-Navarro's Monteria

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 7:34am

Weekend Edition has been collecting holiday recipes from NPR staffers. This morning, we feature Lulu Garcia-Navarro's recipe for a dish called monteria.




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