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Smen Is Morocco's Funky Fermented Butter That Lasts For Years

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:52am

Like Indian ghee, smen evolved as a way to keep a tasty cooking fat around for a long time. But smen is blessed with a flavor and aroma that's a lot like blue cheese.

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Battle of The Silver Screen Sexes

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:51am

This final round game is all about movies with either "man" or "woman" in the title, like "Rain Man" and "Scent of a Woman." Who will be the last man or woman standing?

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Disconsolate Consonants

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:51am

Why are these consonants so gloomy? Because they're all alone. Each answer is a word with just one consonant. For example, the letter D is surrounded by vowels in a French word meaning goodbye: adieu.

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Instrument Man

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:51am

Sing us a song you're the... Glockenspiel Man? House musician Jonathan Coulton sings Billy Joel's Piano Man with the lyrics rewritten to be about a musical dude jamming out on other instruments.

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Retro Is The New Retro

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:51am

Here's a linguistic oddity for you: Retronyms are names for things that have to be altered after newer versions appear. What retronym was needed after the electric guitar arrived? Acoustic guitar.

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It's All Swedish To Me

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:51am

In this game we honor the best cook in television history: The Swedish Chef from The Muppets. All the answers must be repeated three times in his signature accent and will rhyme with "bork-bork-bork!"

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Gail Simmons: A Top Chef's Duel

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:51am

Given Simmons' Top Chef judging cred, we ask her to turn her discerning palate toward taking down some trendy foods that have overstayed their welcome. She's still waiting for a good cake pop.

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Random Questions With: Gail Simmons

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:51am

The Top Chef judge knows a thing or two about food. But where does she stand on breakfast for dinner vs. leftovers for breakfast? In this game, competing foods battle it out for Simmons' approval.

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'This Impromptu Dance': Geoffrey Holder's Son Tells One More Story

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 8:33am

Dancer, choreographer, director, actor and painter Geoffrey Holder died Sunday. His son, Leo, writes about the remarkable last night he spent with his father.

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Literature Nobel Goes to French Novelist Patrick Modiano

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 6:10am

The Swedish Academy lauded Modiano "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation."

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Simple Sketches Of A Complicated Cure In 'The Hospital Suite'

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 6:03am

Cartoonist John Porcellino details a decades-long health struggle in his new graphic memoir. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says Porcellino's spare art is a powerful way to engage with the topic of illness.

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A New Museum To Celebrate Southern Food (And You Can Eat The Exhibits)

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 3:03pm

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans is re-imagining what a museum can be. There's plenty of scholarship, but also taste testing — and a mission to help budding food entrepreneurs.

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A Mortician Talks Openly About Death, And Wants You To, Too

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 2:45pm

"You're never going to be completely comfortable with it," says mortician and author Caitlin Doughty. "But it's an important process." Smoke Gets In Your Eyes is her new memoir.

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In Cronenberg's 'Consumed,' An Appetite For Sex, Death And The Latest Gear

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 1:24pm

Director David Cronenberg's debut novel is about two journalists chasing after sensational stories. This book is admirable in its unflinching gaze and beautiful in its depiction of a twisted reality.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch: 'Twin Peaks' Returns

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:41am

Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon take a few minutes to discuss the resurrection of the David Lynch cult television series Twin Peaks.

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Cameron Esposito And The Comedy Of Confidence

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:58am

In a new comedy album, Cameron Esposito covers strip clubs, her attraction to "women in crisis," her awkward youth, and her bone-deep comfort in her own skin.

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Book News: Bob Dylan's Lyrics Get Their Own Book — And It's Massive

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 6:20am

The 1,034-page collection sets out to annotate, illustrate and track the changes of Dylan's myriad songs. Also, after a decade on trial, Superman won't be reaching the Supreme Court.

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A Hairy, Sardonic Fable In 'The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil'

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 6:03am

Stephen Collins' debut graphic novel depicts a bland, comfortable, conformist world turned upside down by one man's sudden growth of a bristly, twisty, unstoppably anarchic beard.

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In 'Lila,' A Nomad Finds Solace And Love In The Arms Of A Preacher

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 2:15am

Marilynne Robinson's fourth novel is a prequel to 2004's Gilead: That book told the Rev. John Ames' family story and this book tells the story of his wife.

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'A Chosen Exile': Black People Passing In White America

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 4:12pm

From the time of slavery, some light-skinned African-Americans escaped racism by passing as white. The new book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, explores what they lost.

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