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Eating Tea And Other Food Predictions For 2014

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 9:31am

Say so long to chia seeds and cronuts — so 2013 — and get ready to welcome freekeh, an ancient, fiber-rich grain. Eating local goes into overdrive, and cauliflower is poised to become the new Brussels sprout.

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Day 12: It's A New Year, So Keep Your Brain Sharp

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 9:00am

On the twelfth day of Xmas, Ask Me Another gave to me: A bunch of pop culture math questions that weren't on your SATs. For example, what do you get when you add Jay-Z's "Problems" to Three Dog Night's "Loneliest Number"? You'll find calculus is a lot less scary when it involves your favorite band in the game "Replacement Math."

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A Novice Reporter Begins His Journey In The Congo

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 6:44am

Ever dream of moving to a foreign country and becoming a journalist? Anjan Sundaram did just that. He left a life as a mathematician in America, bought a one-way ticket to the Congo, and started writing. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Sundaram about his book Stringer: A Reporter's Journey in the Congo, which chronicles what he saw there.

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When Modernism Met Science Fiction: Three New Wave Classics

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 6:00am

Author Kim Stanley Robinson knows that most science fiction fans think the best books were written in their youth — whenever that was. But in his case, he says, it's more than nostalgia: the late '60s and early '70s were a spectacular time for science fiction. He recommends three classics from that fruitful era.

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Robert Indiana: A Career Defined By 'LOVE' No Longer

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 3:32am

In 1968, the Museum of Modern Art bought his painting LOVE and made him a star. It became a sculpture, a stamp, greeting cards — and it obscured the rest of his career. Now the first major retrospective of Indiana's work has begun a national tour at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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Two Times Harder

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 2:51pm

Every answer is a pair of two-syllable words. The first syllable of the word answering the first clue has the letters A-R, pronounced "are." Change these phonetically to "er," and you'll get a new word that answers the second clue.

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Comic Artist Yumi Sakugawa On Friend-Love, Identity And Art

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 7:00am

How should you tell your friends that you're in friend-love with them? Sakugawa, the artist and author of I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You shares what inspires her work.

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Ice Cube Sculptures, Tulips And Death: A 2014 Poetry Preview

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 4:57am

There's a lot to look forward to in the upcoming year, including collections about religious faith, books that push the boundaries of what we can call poetry and some poems that are too hot for your average English class. Critic Craig Morgan Teicher walks us through the highlights of the year ahead.

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Lovebirds + String + Watering Can + Dog = Rube Goldberg Magic

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 4:53am

The term "Rube Goldberg machine" has become shorthand for a convoluted contraption made up of a series of chain reactions. But Goldberg was also a real person, whose ideas for whimsical devices have captivated imaginations for decades.

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Jimmy Santiago Baca, From Prison To Poetry

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:53pm

Jimmy Santiago Baca began writing poetry while he was serving a five-year sentence in prison. His new anthology tells the story of his journey to becoming a celebrated Chicano poet.

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Playboy Gets Pranked: Group Flips The Script On Sex

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:29pm

A Baltimore-based group is working to change the messages companies are sending about sex. So far, they have created convincing, fake websites pretending to be Playboy and Victoria's Secret — but putting an emphasis on consent.

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Hip-Hop's Aboriginal Connection

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:12pm

Beat Nation is a traveling art exhibition that mines the similarities between hip-hop and indigenous culture. It's made a big splash in Canada, where indigenous protest movements have recently captured headlines.

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'Cut Food': Take A Peek At The Beauty Inside Everyday Edibles

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 11:07am

What happens when you slice foods apart? A whole new world of geometric wonder can reveal itself. The best part? There's relatively little trickery or fancy gadgets involved — so please, do try this at home, say the creative minds behind this photo series.

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'On Such A Full Sea': A Fable From A Fractured Future

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 10:46am

Chang-Rae Lee is an award-winning author best known for his novels Native Speaker and The Surrendered. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Lee about his latest book On Such a Full Sea, a futuristic dystopian novel set in a declining America that's been repopulated by Chinese immigrant workers.

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A Critic Tours 'Echo Spring,' Home Of Beloved Boozy Writers

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 9:40am

A new book by critic Olivia Laing explores the link between alcohol and writing through the commentaries of famous writers who were themselves alcoholics. Fresh Air's Maureen Corrigan calls Laing's readings "exquisite," and says she wisely avoids "any one-size-fits-all conclusions about the bond between the pen and the bottle."

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The 'Veronica Mars' Trailer Has Arrived

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 8:47am

One of the first major projects to test the big-time capacity of crowdfunding for films, Veronica Mars has released its trailer.

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Tough Commute This Morning? Your 'Journey' Could Have Been Worse

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 8:45am

Just as the passengers aboard the MV Akademik Shokalskiy thought they had escaped the Antarctic ice, word came that the Chinese ship that rescued them may be stuck as well. Poet Jynne Martin recommends a book to put the situation in perspective, one that tells the story of an expedition that was doomed from the start.

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The Complete Jonathan Coulton Recordings, Season Two

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 8:00am

On the tenth day of Christmas, Ask Me Another gave to me: every song house musician Jonathan Coulton played on the show in season two. Completists, rejoice.

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The Complete Jonathan Coulton Recordings, Season Two

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 8:00am

On the tenth day of Christmas, Ask Me Another gave to me: every song house musician Jonathan Coulton played on the show in season two. Completists, rejoice.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Silly Questions Live, For Special Guests

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 7:29am

It's quiz time in the second half of the Pop Culture Happy Hour live show. We'll bring lots of our friends up to answer questions about crazy SyFy movies, collectibles, weird quotes, and more.

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