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Gourmet Sprinkles Make Sweets And Other Treats Sparkle

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 4:38pm

Around the holidays, many bakers pay extra attention to how pretty their baked goods look. Their new secret weapon? Gourmet sprinkles.

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A Complicated Man, Outlined Clearly In Emily Wilson's New 'Odyssey'

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 7:15am

The first woman to translate Homer's epic says she wanted to focus on the crystalline clarity she found in the original text, and let the muse speak directly to the readers.

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Not My Job: Bradley Whitford Of 'The Post' Gets Quizzed About The 'New York Post'

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 7:48am

The actor in a new movie about The Washington Post answers questions about the somewhat less reputable but similarly-titled publication in New York.

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'Fascinating And Also A Little Bit Uncomfortable': Andrew Wyeth At 100

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 7:11am

The late American painter created one of the 20th century's most recognizable works in "Christina's World." His centenary puts his distinct mastery, and varied critical reception, into perspective.

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'The Nutcracker' With An Alaskan Twist

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 7:11am

In Sitka, the local production of The Nutrcracker is uniquely Alaskan. Father Herring replaces Mother Ginger; the Mosquito Queen reigns instead of the Mouse King.

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An Author Addresses A Young Santa Skeptic — Her Daughter

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 7:11am

Martha Brockenbrough's new children's book Love, Santa answers potentially delicate questions. "This source of magic that so enraptures us around this time of year — well, it's us," she says.

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'Bollywood Kitchen': A Celebration Of Indian-American Cuisine

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 7:11am

A new cookbook aims to capture the blended cuisine of second-generation Indian-Americans. It pairs recipes with Bollywood movies, for an added taste of home.

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Just Trust Me: In Praise Of Strange Books

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 6:00am

Author Victoria Schwab says she loves the books that can't be categorized, that fall between library-shelf categories, and that spark passionate debate among readers who either love them or hate them.

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I'm Dreaming Of A (Black And Brown And Native And) White Christmas

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 5:00am

In need of some racially diverse children's Christmas literature? Here's our holiday Code Switch sampler.

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'Molly's Game' Is Aces

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 4:00am

Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut is a dense, complicated, frenetically paced movie about a woman who runs a high-stakes poker game; critic Bob Mondello is all-in.

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For President Trump, No Christmas At Camp David

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 4:00am

Trump once told a journalist about the Maryland retreat: "It's nice, you'd like it. For about 30 minutes." The recent lack of interest has prompted speculation about the future of Camp David.

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With 'Phantom Thread,' Director Paul Thomas Anderson Offers Audiences An Intimate Film

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 3:34pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with director Paul Thomas Anderson about his new film, Phantom Thread. The film is about a fastidious British dressmaker named Reynolds Woodcock, played by Daniel Day Lewis, whose life becomes upended when he finds a new muse, who begins to challenge him.

In 'Downsizing,' A New Addition To The Large History Of Tiny People In Film

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 3:34pm

Alexander Payne's new film is about a couple who are made tiny as part of a solution to overpopulation. It's the latest in a long line of movies that revel in the cinematic joy of people shrinking.

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'Phantom Thread' Is Deeply Weird And Marvelously Entertaining

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 12:48pm

Paul Thomas Anderson's new movie stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a British women's fashion designer in the 1950s. Critic David Edelstein says the film is an amusing portrait of artistic and marital anguish.

Whiskey And Fufu: What Kids Around The World Leave Out For Santa

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:44am

The tradition of leaving a snack for Santa on Christmas Eve isn't unique to America. Children in many countries leave out a range of foods and beverages for Santa to eat or sip on.

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Quiz-mas Spirits

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:04am

In this last-ditch effort to soften the soul of Puzzle Guru Ebenezer Scrooge, every answer contains the name of a cocktail, spirit, or other alcoholic beverage.

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Mystery Ghost

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:04am

The bell tolls thrice! Will a visit from a Mystery Guest— or should we say, a Mystery Ghost of Quiz-mas Yet To Come— melt the heart of Puzzle Guru Ebenezer Scrooge?

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Future Future

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:04am

We peek into the future with a music parody game where songs with sci-fi themes are rewritten to be about TV shows that are— at least partially— set in the future.

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Gift Exchange

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:04am

We move into the present for this game about presents. Contestants identify the famous pop culture duo based on a description of the gifts they might give each other.

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Anthony Ramos: A Quiz-mas Carol

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:04am

Actor Anthony Ramos talks about dying on stage sixteen times a week in the Broadway musical Hamilton, his love for New York City, and his super cool Spice Girls sticker collection.

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