Arts/Life

The Salt
1:04 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Curb Your Appetite: Save Bread For The End Of The Meal

Bite into that bread before your main meal, and you'll spike your blood sugar and amp up your appetite. Waiting until the end of your dinner to nosh on bread can blunt those effects.
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Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 6:20 pm

Ah, the bread basket. You sit down for a nice meal out, and there it appears: piping hot, giving off a waft of yeasty divinity.

Who can resist?

There's a reason this age-old tradition prevails. Even in the era of paleo and gluten-free, there are still hordes of us who will gladly nosh on crusty, chewy, soul-warming bread.

But the downside may be more than just some extra calories. Turns out, eating all those carbs before a meal can amp up our appetites and spike our blood sugar.

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Monkey See
12:37 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch Edition: Audiobooks

NPR

During our recent time with charming Bostonian librarian Margaret Willison, we managed to sit her down for a chat about audiobooks. We discovered that while I am a frequent listener to a variety of kinds of books (as I wrote about recently), Margaret uses them in a very different way that might appeal to some of you who like to revisit and reread your favorites.

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Author Interviews
11:31 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Mat Johnson On 'Loving Day' And Life As A 'Black Boy' Who Looks White

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Sunday Puzzle
6:08 am
Sun June 28, 2015

Where There's A Will There's A Way To Solve This Puzzle

NPR

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 7:40 am

On-air challenge: For every word provided (all starting with the letter "W"), give a proverb or saying that contains that word.

Last week's challenge: Take the phrase "I am a monarch." Rearrange the 11 letters to name a world leader who was not a monarch, but who ruled with similar authority. Who is it?

Answer: Chairman Mao.

Winner: David Slobodin of Asheville, North Carolina.

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The Salt
5:51 am
Sun June 28, 2015

Do Try This At Home: Hacking Ribs — In The Pressure Cooker

To make baby back ribs in an hour, instead of the usual three to four hours, you'll need a pressure cooker.
Photo Illustration by Ryan Kellman and Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 7:40 am

This summer, NPR is getting crafty in the kitchen. As part of Weekend Edition's Do Try This At Home series, chefs are sharing their cleverest hacks and tips — taking expensive, exhausting or intimidating recipes and tweaking them to work in any home kitchen.

This week: Making delicious, fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs in only about an hour — with a surprising piece of kitchen equipment.

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Movie Interviews
5:51 am
Sun June 28, 2015

From 'My Adidas' To FUBU, Fashion And Hip-Hop Have Always Matched Beats

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 7:40 am

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Books
5:03 am
Sun June 28, 2015

Like Seinfeld, 'Festival' Is About Nothing... And Everything

Courtesy of HarperCollins

Milan Kundera has made a career of writing about insignificance.

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Author Interviews
3:19 am
Sun June 28, 2015

Raised By 5 Different Families, 7 Siblings Are Reunited In 'Bastards'

Courtest W.W. Norton & Company

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 8:44 am

Mary Anna King grew up in a housing project in southern New Jersey, with her older brother Jacob and struggling parents.

"When you're struggling financially and you're living in poverty ... it takes twice as much effort to do anything," she tells NPR's Eric Westervelt.

Her parents went on to have five more kids, all girls, and despite her mother's best efforts to keep the family together, all five girls were ultimately given up for adoption.

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Book News & Features
3:26 pm
Sat June 27, 2015

Marvel's Half-Black, Half-Latino Spider-Man Is Going Mainstream

Marvel has put half-African-American, half-Latino teen Miles Morales in the Spider-Man suit.
Courtesy of Marvel

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 4:36 pm

Step aside, Peter Parker: There's a new Spider-Man joining the Marvel Universe.

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Author Interviews
3:12 pm
Sat June 27, 2015

How To Win The Money Game: A Former NBA Star Shares Financial Advice

Adonal Foyle (center) plays for the Orlando Magic against the Milwaukee Bucks in 2007.
Doug Benc Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 5:38 pm

According to Sports Illustrated, more than half of all NBA players are broke within five years of retirement. Most of the players come into professional sports totally unequipped to handle their own windfalls like cars, houses and fancy clothes.

Former NBA star Adonal Foyle is trying to help.

He offers financial advice for current and future professional athletes in his book Winning the Money Game: Lessons Learned from the Financial Fouls of Pro Athletes.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:31 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Not My Job: Astronaut Sunita Williams Gets Quizzed On Storage Space

NASA

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 9:45 am

Astronaut Sunita Williams, known as Sunny around the Johnson Space Center, has spent a total of 322 days in space. She holds the record for total cumulative spacewalk time (50 hours and 40 minutes) conducted by a female astronaut.

So since Williams is such an expert on outer space, we're going to quiz her on storage space. She'll answer three questions about the fascinating world of rental storage units.

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Photography
6:22 am
Sat June 27, 2015

What Happened To The 9-Year-Old Smoking In Mary Ellen Mark's Photo?

"Amanda and her Cousin Amy": Mary Ellen Mark photographed Amanda Marie Ellison, 9 (right), and Amy Minton Velasquez, 8, in Valdese, N.C., in 1990.
Courtesy of Mary Ellen Mark Studio and Library

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 8:12 am

A good photograph can speak volumes about its subjects, yet still leave you wanting to know more.

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Author Interviews
6:12 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Prolific Crime Novelist Turns Talents To Dissecting 'Forensics'

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 8:30 am

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Author Interviews
6:11 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Daniel Silva On 'Double-Edged Sword' Of Writing An Israeli Spy Protagonist

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 8:30 am

Another summer, another best-seller from novelist Daniel Silva. In The English Spy, the most famous woman in the world — a titled and gorgeous ex-member of the British royal family — is sunk on her yacht. To track down her killer, British Intelligence needs a little help — actually, a lot of help — from Gabriel Allon, an unassuming art restorer who is also, to those who have to know, a legendary and indispensable Israeli spy.

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Books
6:11 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Alpha, Beta, Heathcliff — An Alphabet Of Romance Heroes

Played by Olivier or not — Heathcliff was really kind of a jerk by romance hero standards.
United Artists

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 8:30 am

There's one hard and fast rule for the romance novel: It has to have a happy ending. The two people you think should be together will be together in the end. But the journey to that happily-ever-after can be a bumpy one. And romance heroes come in many forms.

I wanted to find out what makes romance heroes so, well, romantic — and the first thing I learned is that romance fans have a language of their own. "We have names and acronyms for everything within the genre," says Jane Litte, who blogs about romance at Dear Author.

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Time Machine
5:03 am
Sat June 27, 2015

The Craft Sequence: Please Do Judge These Books By Their Covers

Let me tell you the story of how Max Gladstone became one of my favorite writers, which is also the story of why you should all be buying his Craft Sequence books immediately.

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Author Interviews
11:16 am
Fri June 26, 2015

How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

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Remembrances
11:16 am
Fri June 26, 2015

'Fresh Air' Remembers Johnny Gimble, The 'King Of The Swing Fiddle'

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: The Texas Playboys are on the air.

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Monkey See
7:42 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Judy Blume's New Book And Lifetime's 'UnREAL'

Ariel Zambelich NPR

This week's show finds us cracking open Judy Blume's new adult novel In The Unlikely Event (it's an adult novel as in a-novel-for-adults, not an adult novel as in "too sexy for polite company). Joined by our friend and librarian-in-chief Margaret Willison, we talk about the structure of the book, the character voices, Blume's particular brand of what Margaret calls "emotional immediacy," the balancing of period references in a book set largely in the early 1950s, and lots more.

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Author Interviews
3:18 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Take A Walk With Judy Blume Through Her Old Miami Beach Neighborhood

Blume revisits her old Miami Beach school, Central Beach Elementary, which is now Fienberg Fisher K-8. Click here to go on a virtual tour of Blume's Miami Beach.
Left photo credit: Alicia Zuckerman Right photo credit: Copyright Judy Blume and used only with her written permisison

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 6:05 pm

When I was a kid, Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself was my favorite Judy Blume book. And when I moved to Miami Beach from New York eight and-a-half years ago, I realized something felt familiar — I was living in Sally's neighborhood.

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Movie Reviews
3:03 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

An American President Lost In The Wilderness Becomes 'Big Game'

Samuel L. Jackson as The President and Onni Tommila as Oskari in Big Game.
Stephanie Kulbach EuropaCorp

There may be no American cultural force more powerful than the cheesy action movie. For proof, look to Big Game, a spectacularly silly explosion extravaganza where a kid saves the world, co-starring Samuel L. Jackson as the President of the United States. Americans are not the movie's intended audience: Big Game is a Finnish production, helmed by Finnish director Jalmari Helander, set in the remote Nordic mountains and co-starring Finnish teen actor Omni Tommila.

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Science
1:12 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Make Lava, Not War

The Salt
8:40 am
Thu June 25, 2015

A Toast To Butter Sculpture, The Art That Melts The Hearts Of The Masses

Art of the people: Fill a glass with hope, a butter sculpture crafted by Jim Victor and Marie Pelton. "People don't understand how [the sculpting] is done --€” it's like magic and just appears," Victor says. "But people understand butter."
Courtesy of Jim Victor and Marie Pelton

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 3:51 pm

In the Medieval era, kings and queens hosted feasts adorned with surprisingly complex edible sculptures depicting humans and animals alike. Outside the castle walls, of course, people struggled to put enough food on the table — much less, worry about its presentation afterward. But in the modern United States, food sculpture is the art of the people. Nowhere is this truer than the butter sculptures so common at Midwestern state fairs.

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Book Reviews
8:03 am
Thu June 25, 2015

'Keepers' Isn't One: A Critic's Highlight Reel Lacks Spark

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Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 11:30 am

The truth and trouble of criticism is that it never really leaves behind personal opinion. At best it heightens that opinion by placing it in the framework of an argument, but no matter what, the exhibition of authority while judging art will always function somewhat as a masquerade.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Going Through A Midlife Crisis? 'Summerlong' Is No Escape

Courtesy of Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 2:24 pm

Do not read this book if you are unhappy. It will kill you.

Don't read it if you're sad. Don't read it if you're restless. Don't read it if you're in pain or lost or choked with grief. Don't read it unless your marriage is rock-solid. Don't read it if, sometimes, you wake late at night and think of just slipping away in the dark, calculating how far away you'd be before anyone knew you were gone because if you do, Summerlong will take you down with it, man. It will break you.

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Author Interviews
12:46 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

'Project Fatherhood' Teaches Parenting Skills To Inner-City Dads

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 1:18 pm

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Book Reviews
12:46 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

'Patience And Fortitude' And The Fight To Save NYC's Storied Public Library

Cover detail of Scott Sherman's Patience and Fortitude.
Melville House Books

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 10:55 am

Since it opened in 1911, the building has become a New York City landmark, praised not only for its beauty but also for its functional brilliance. In the words of one contemporary architect, the main branch of The New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street is "a perfect machine for reading." The grand Reading Room sits atop seven levels of iron and steel books stacks whose contents could, at one time, be delivered to anybody who requested a book within a matter of minutes via a small elevator. Those stacks also support the floor of the Reading Room above.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Wed June 24, 2015

'Death' Uncovers The Secret History Of Mr. Pickwick

Lydia Thompson NPR

"One of my life's greatest tragedies," said George Orwell, "is to have already read Pickwick Papers. I can't go back and read it for the first time." The serialized novel of 1836 was one of the first commercial blockbusters of the English-speaking world. The author? A virtual unknown, a 24-year-old hired gun writing under the penname "Boz." The illustrator? A then well-known caricaturist, Robert Seymour, who provided a series of gently satiric etchings to illuminate the text.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Wed June 24, 2015

'The Cartel' Is A True Crime Adventure With A Killer Protagonist

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 7:01 am

The dedication of Don Winslow's novel The Cartel is nearly two pages long: a list of journalists who were either murdered or "disappeared" in Mexico between 2004 and 2012 — the period covered in this hugely hypnotic new thriller.

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Books
3:17 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

BuzzFeed's Saeed Jones Recommends Books Of Transformation For Summer

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 6:56 pm

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And it's summer - time to tackle all the books piling up on your nightstand, right? Well, Saeed Jones says let go of the guilt, and let your interests and curiosity guide your summer picks.

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