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In 'NOPI,' An Ottolenghi Cooking Journey From Middle East To Far East

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 4:00am

Yotam Ottolengi and his head chef Ramael Scully discuss NOPI, their latest cookbook. It's named for the popular London restaurant that Ottolenghi owns and where Scully is head chef.

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'NOPI', A Restaurant Cookbook That Chronicles Journey From Middle East To Far East

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 4:00am

Yotam Ottolengi and his head chef Ramael Scully discuss NOPI, their latest cookbook, which is also the name of their popular London restaurant.

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Feeling Sad Without Being Sad In 'Heart Of A Dog'

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 4:03pm

Performance artist Laurie Anderson creates a feature-length mixed-media collage dedicated to the peculiar qualities of grief.

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There's Goofy Fun To Be Had In 'The Last Witch Hunter'

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 4:03pm

If you can't appreciate Vin Diesel removing an evil bug from the face of Michael Caine, what do you have left to be happy about?

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Something Is Happening On The Internet, And 'Jem' Is Not Really On It

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 4:03pm

The live-action adaptation of Christy Marx's '80s cartoon staple wants desperately to appeal to teenagers who live online, but it has neither the energy nor the knowledge of the landscape to do it.

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Bill Murray Can't Bring The Rhythm To 'Rock The Kasbah'

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 4:03pm

There could be some subversion in a comedy about a music manager trying to get a singer on the American Idol counterpart, Afghan Star, but in the end, there isn't.

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Sesame Street Reveals New Character, A Girl With Autism

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 3:29pm

On Wednesday, Sesame Street unveiled a new character, Julia, who has autism. The online-only narrative is part of a new initiative to help children understand the condition and to be more tolerant of it.

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New Film Follows Talent Agent From L.A. To Kabul

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 3:29pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with director Barry Levinson about making his movie Rock the Kasbah. It's set mostly in Afghanistan, and stars Bill Murray as a hapless music manager who stumbles upon a Pashtun woman with a golden voice.

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'Sesame Street' Introduces A New Muppet Character With Autism

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 2:26pm

Little Julia stars in the digital storybook called "We're Amazing, 1,2,3."

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Sarah Silverman Opens Up About Depression, Comedy And Troublemaking

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 12:46pm

Throughout her life, comedian Sarah Silverman has experienced varying degrees of depression, which she likens to a "chemical change." She plays a profoundly depressed woman in the film I Smile Back.

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All Hail The Glow Cloud: 'Night Vale' Welcomes Readers

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 9:03am

The creators of the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale are now telling their tales of a strange desert town in novel form, in a new book reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls "splendid, weird, moving."

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'The Mark And The Void' Is Good Fun — Until It Isn't

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 6:03am

Paul Murray's absurdist tale of banking, art theft and failed schemes might be the funniest book about the European financial crisis you'll read all year — but it's bloated by too many subplots.

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Cooking With Disabilities: An Exercise In Creative Problem Solving

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 4:45pm

In a perfect world, everyone with a physical disability would have a kitchen fully adapted to their needs. But such remodels can be pricey. In many cases, small DIY-solutions help keep people cooking.

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Grand Theft Vino: Higher Wine Prices Are Attracting More Thieves

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 3:49pm

Wine theft is on the upswing — particularly of very high-end, irreplaceable bottles. Some restaurants and wineries have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of wine in a single heist.

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'Somewhat United' Brings Lafayette Down From His Pedestal

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 9:09am

Sarah Vowell's charming not-quite-a-history gives us a young, glory-hungry Marquis de Lafayette, and the Founding Fathers not as marble statues, but as real men who bicker, bumble and snore.

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Enlightenment Proves Elusive In 'Witches Of America'

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 6:03am

Alex Mar's half-memoir, half-cultural study of American occultism mixes research with her own search for meaning. Critic Genevieve Valentine says it's a difficult journey, for Mar and for readers.

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The Heat, The Pressure, The Violence: Cooking Films Are The New Boxing Movies

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 3:32pm

When you go to boxing movies, you can count on training montages, high-stakes dramatic moments, and the way a scrappy outsider always seems to have to prove him or herself in the ring. Many of these traits are showing up in a new group of movies — this time about chefs.

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'Star Wars' Fans Light Up The Internet As New Trailer Debuts

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 3:32pm

The final trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens was released Monday night, and tickets for the film went on sale. Fans lit up the Internet with theories about the story, and movie theater web sites crashed.

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Poetic And Expansive, 'City On Fire' Ultimately Falls Short Of Its Reach

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 1:53pm

Garth Risk Hallberg's 900-page debut novel is an intricately-plotted story set in chaotic 1970s New York. Critic Maureen Corrigan says City On Fire has much to admire, even if its ending falls flat.

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Flights Of Fancy: Exploring The Songs And Pathways Of 'The Living Bird'

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 1:53pm

Wildlife photographer Gerrit Vyn and essayist Scott Weidensaul share bird calls and discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds. Both men contributed to a new book about North American birds.

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