Arts/Life

The Salt
2:16 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Gluten-Free Guests For Thanksgiving? We've Got You Covered

Baked Squash Kibbeh: Middle-Eastern kibbeh is a finely ground combination of beef or lamb, bulgur, and onions either formed into balls and deep-fried or pressed into a pan and baked. For a vegetarian version of this flavorful dish, why not pair butternut squash with the warm spices?
Steve Klise Courtesy of America's Test Kitchen

It's like the start of a bad joke: a vegan, a gluten-free and a paleo walk into a bar — except it's your house, and they're gathered around your Thanksgiving table.

More and more Americans are passing on gluten — some for medical reasons, most by choice. Others are adopting diets that exclude meat, or insisting on the kinds of unprocessed foods that early man would have hunted and gathered.

All of this is a challenge to the traditional Thanksgiving feast.

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The Salt
4:32 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

For More Local Turkeys To Hit Holiday Tables, You Need An Abattoir

The turkeys at Kate Stillman's farm don't have to be loaded on a trailer and driven hundreds of miles this year. They now meet their ends on the same farm where they lived their lives.
Chris Arnold NPR

It's a busy time of year for turkey farmers around the country. And these days, with the growth of the local food movement, small family farms are struggling to keep up with all the orders for birds. So, we went to find out what one New England farmer is doing to get her gobblers from the field to the table. Enter the "abattoir."

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Author Interviews
3:08 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Box Of Love Letters Reveals Grandfather Didn't Escape WWII With 'Everyone'

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Riverhead

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 4:31 pm

Karl Wildman was the hero of his family — he escaped Vienna at the start of World War II and became a successful doctor in the United States. When Karl died, his granddaughter Sarah Wildman found a hidden trove of love letters from a woman Karl left behind in Vienna.

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Pop Culture
2:32 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Lions, Pianos And Boomboxes, Oh My: Movie Artifacts Hit The Auction Block

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 4:31 pm

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Lions, pianos and boomboxes, oh my. Last night was a Hollywood night at Bonhams Auction House in New York City. As NPR's Jasmine Garsd reports, artifacts from some of the most iconic films sold for millions.

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Parallels
1:46 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

The American Origins Of The Not-So-Traditional Celtic Knot Tattoo

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 4:31 pm

What is the most cliched tattoo you can think of? Chinese characters? A tribal armband?

How about a Celtic knot? Those interlocking lines that look like ropes or basket weaving.

Last week I was in Ireland and decided to investigate the roots of this trend.

I spoke with Kevin McNamara at the Dublin Ink tattoo parlor.

"It would be a weird week in the shop if I didn't do at least, like 40," he told me. "That's not a literal number, but yeah, it's nuts."

Without Celtic knots and shamrocks, McNamara said, he would never have learned how to tattoo.

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Author Interviews
12:42 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

In 'Redeployment,' Former Marine Explores The Challenges Of Coming Home

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Movie Reviews
12:42 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch Lifts Above Biopic Formula In 'Imitation Game'

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Arts/Life
11:15 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Sierra County Announces Holiday Events

SIERRA COUNTY, NM—Hillsboro, New Mexico in Sierra County along with other “ghost towns” and cities there are bringing the spirit of the holidays to Southern New Mexico with several celebrations including “Christmas in the Foothills,” “Old Fashioned Christmas” and a “Luminaria Beachwalk,” to name a few, beginning on Dec. 6, 2014.

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The Salt
10:13 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Take A Bite Out Of Ringo: Giant Cookies Honor Pop Culture Icons

Brittanie Reed and her mother, Wendy Fitt, the two pastry chefs behind Snickety Snacks, took their inspiration for these sugar cookies from a series of Beatles finger puppets by the artist Hanasaurusrex.
Abram Landes/Courtesy of Snickety Snacks

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 12:05 pm

Chocolate chip. Oatmeal raisin. Snickerdoodle.

When it comes to cookies, these are the classics. They aren't the prettiest confections in the bakery case, but you don't feel guilty about gobbling them until only crumbs remain.

You will probably hesitate, however, about nibbling on an edge of one of the artfully decorated sugar cookies from Snickety Snacks.

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The Two-Way
8:09 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Book News: Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Collection Gets A Texas Welcome

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, seen here in 1982, speaks to reporters following the announcement of his Nobel win. Among the materials in his archive are the many drafts he prepared for his Nobel acceptance speech.
Hasse Persson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 9:41 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Just months after Gabriel Garcia Marquez's passing, the works of the late Colombian writer have found their resting place. The University of Texas, Austin has announced that the Harry Ransom Center, the school's humanities research library, has acquired the Nobel winner's archive.

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Book News & Features
3:46 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Long-Lost Letter That Inspired 'On The Road' Style Has Been Found

A stream of consciousness letter Neal Cassady wrote to Jack Kerouac helped inspire the style of On The Road. The original manuscript of the first draft of Jack Kerouac's best-seller is shown above.
Darron Cummings AP

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 8:15 am

When Jack Kerouac's On the Road was first published in 1957 no one had ever seen anything quite like it. As it turns out, that stream of consciousness style that Kerouac made famous owes a huge debt to a letter written by his friend Neal Cassady. Among Kerouac scholars and fans it became known as the "Joan Anderson letter." It was missing for 65 years, but it has been found and will be auctioned next month.

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Book Reviews
2:37 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Book Review: 'Lunch Poems' Reissue

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 4:36 pm

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The Salt
1:20 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Sandwich Monday: The Thanksgiving Hot Durkey

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NPR

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 2:28 pm

Olson is a marketing company that promises its clients it will "revolutionize engagement" with its customers. In the case of client Oscar Meyer, this meant sending us eight packs of hot dogs, a loaf of bread, toothpicks, twine and instructions on how to make "the Hot Durkey," in the hope that it would go "viral," which is not the usual meaning of the word "viral" when applied to hot dogs.

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Books
12:52 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Decades Later, Laurie Colwin's Books 'Will Not Let You Down'

Colwin was known for making her own baby food for her daughter, Rosa, pictured here in 1985.
Courtesy of Open Road Media

Many years ago, Laurie Colwin began an essay she wrote about the magic of roast chicken like this: "There is nothing like roast chicken. It is helpful and agreeable, the perfect dish no matter what the circumstances. Elegant or homey, a dish for a dinner party or a family supper, it will not let you down." Substitute the phrase "Laurie Colwin's writing" for the words "roast chicken," take some poetic allowances with the word "dish," and you'll have an approximate description of Colwin's own elusive magic.

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Author Interviews
12:52 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

The Rise And Fall Of Comedian Bob Hope

Bob Hope performs for servicemen at Munda Airstrip, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, in 1944.
U.S. Army AP

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 4:55 pm

For his first book, Comedy at the Edge, about standup comedy in the 1970s, Richard Zoglin interviewed comedians like Steve Martin and Jerry Seinfeld about who influenced their careers. He says he was surprised that none of them mentioned Bob Hope.

"It was very strange," Zoglin tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "It made me realize how off the radar he was."

The comedians instead mentioned people like Lenny Bruce, Groucho Marx and Jack Benny. Zoglin says he thought that it was "unjust" and that Hope wasn't getting the credit he deserved.

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Television
3:45 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

'Getting On' Star Niecy Nash: 'I Never Wanted To Be Funny'

Niecy Nash (right) plays DiDi, a nurse at an extended care facility, in the HBO comedy series Getting On, which was modeled after the hit BBC series of the same name. Betty Buckley plays one of her patients.
Lacey Terrell HBO

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 11:51 am

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My Big Break
3:45 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

After Injury, Tony Little Told Himself: 'You Can Do It!'

Tony Little calls himself America's Personal Trainer. He was first inspired to produce workout videos after an injury left him largely homebound, and he saw Jane Fonda's exercise program on TV.
Courtesy of Tony Little

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 1:31 pm

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

You probably recognize him as the energized muscle man with the ponytail selling his exercise machine, The Gazelle, on late-night infomercials: Tony Little, also known as America's Personal Trainer.

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Movie Interviews
3:45 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

'Madagascar' Director Polishes His Penguin Voice

Penguins of Madagascar follows a spy team of penguins, who first appeared in the film series Madagascar, as they work to stymie an evil octopus' plan to take over the world.
DreamWorks Animation

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 7:36 am

The voice actors in Penguins of Madagascar, out Wednesday, include some of the boldface names you might expect on a big-budget animated film. John Malkovich voices an evil octopus, abducting penguins around the world. Benedict Cumberbatch voices a wolf who helps four penguins on their spy mission to stop the villain.

But the star of the film, a penguin named Skipper, is voiced by Tom McGrath — who co-directed the first three films in the "Madagascar" franchise, and is an executive producer of the new installment.

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Sunday Puzzle
6:39 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Making A Change To Keep A Constant Consonant

Sunday Puzzle
NPR

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 9:56 am

NOTE: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the deadline for this week's puzzle will be on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Eastern.

On-air challenge: You'll be given two words. Change the first consonant sound in each word to the same new consonant sound and you'll phonetically name two things in the same category. For example, given "soxer," and "legal," you would say "boxer," and "beagle," which are both breeds of dogs.

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Author Interviews
5:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

How Author John Safran Lost A Year In Mississippi

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 8:37 am

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Theater
5:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Reviving 'Allegro': Even Rodgers And Hammerstein Had Flops

A commentary on the American dream, Allegro tells the story of Joe Taylor Jr., a small-town doctor who moves to Chicago.
Rodgers & Hammerstein

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 12:42 pm

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II may have been one of the most successful writing teams in Broadway history — think of Oklahoma! and The Sound of Music, just to name a couple of their hits.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Sun November 23, 2014

These Tales Of Transformation Are Both 'Rich And Strange'

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 12:28 pm

Ron Rash is a Southern-born novelist and short story writer with a reputation on the rise; you might know him as the author of the novel Serena (a PEN/Faulkner fiction prize nominee a few years back), which is about to become a movie with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. I have just finished reading his newly issued collection: 34 pieces of short fiction, previously published from 1998 to 2014, all of them under the title Something Rich and Strange, and I have to say that "rich" and "strange" are two words that aptly apply to this book.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:23 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Not My Job: We Ask 'Real Housewives' Producer Andy Cohen About House Flies

Charles Sykes AP

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 9:58 am

Andy Cohen started out as a producer with CBS News, doing tough stories from tough places. But his secret dream was to choreograph elaborate cat fights between wealthy, underemployed women. He's the Bravo producer responsible for the Real Housewives franchise and host of Watch What Happens Live.

We've invited Cohen to play a game called "Bzzz ... bzzz ... bzzz." Three questions for the man behind Real Housewives about house flies.

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Environment
5:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

What We Learn When Find Silence

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 9:21 am

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Author Interviews
5:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Author Wrestles With Wolves In 'Treat Us Like Dogs'

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 1:55 pm

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NPR Story
5:03 am
Sat November 22, 2014

'Recasting' India's Economic Policy For The Free Market

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Palgrave Macmillan Trade

It takes almost a month to get permission to start a business in India — a feature of the country's four-decade experiment with centralized, state-controlled economic planning.

India began moving away from its old policies and opening up to outside investment in the early '90s — but that movement towards a free market economy has happened in fits and starts, and is far from complete.

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Music Articles
12:03 am
Sat November 22, 2014

In 'The Homesman,' Wind Is The Sound Of Insanity

"I want it to be folksy, but surrounded by madness," director Tommy Lee Jones told The Homesman's composers.
Dawn Jones Roadside Attractions

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 9:21 am

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This Week's Must Read
3:27 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

These 'True Tales' Add Nuance To The Immigration Discussion

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 4:36 pm

We need more stories and books that treat Mexican immigrants as humans — novel idea, right? But far too often, the media and authors cast them as sinners or saints, with little deviation from cliches established decades ago.

That's why I recommend the writer Sam Quinones, and his two collections: True Tales from Another Mexico and Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration.

Read them both, you'll see something rare: his migrant characters are brilliant, maddening, flawed and very human.

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Movie Interviews
2:23 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch: Code Breaker Alan Turing Was A Puzzle Himself

Benedict Cumberbatch plays British mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. "You're not asked to like the character," Cumberbatch says. "You're introduced to him, warts and all."
Black Bear Pictures

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 9:35 pm

The Imitation Game is the story of Alan Turing: British mathematician, World War II code breaker and seminal theoretician of computer science. "It's a war thriller, it's a love story and a tragic testament to a genius wronged," the star of the film, Benedict Cumberbatch, tells NPR's Robert Siegel.

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The Salt
1:16 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving, Frozen: A 6-Day Guide To What To Cook Ahead, And When

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 2:15 pm

The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun. And for those of us who already feel short on time during a regular week, the pressure is on to figure out just how to squeeze in all that extra shopping, prep work and cooking ahead of the holiday.

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