Arts/Life

The Salt
2:04 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Can A Smell-Emitting Fork Alter How We Savor Flavor?

The "Aroma R-evolution" kit comes with four forks and 21 vials full of aromas like olive oil, mint and smoke. You drop a dab of scented liquid onto the base of the fork, and the smell is supposed to subtly flavor the food you eat while using the utensil.
Claire Eggers NPR

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 3:22 pm

The flavors we savor are never just about taste.

Our taste buds allow us to distinguish the basic characteristics of food, like sweet, salty, bitter and sour. But we use our noses to sense more subtle flavors. Our sense of smell is what allows us to savor fine wines, delicately seasoned broths and complex curries.

So is it possible to trick our brains into thinking we're tasting something, when we're only just smelling it?

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Author Interviews
11:26 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Anjelica Huston Tells Her 'Story' Of Growing Up With A Director Dad

The actor's new memoir, A Story Lately Told, ends just as her Hollywood career is taking off. It covers her early life growing up in Ireland, the daughter of Maltese Falcon director John Huston. The two first collaborated on 1969's Walk With Love And Death, a project that proved disastrous for their relationship.

Originally broadcast Nov. 19, 2013.

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Monkey See
9:07 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Interstellar' And Other Space Movies

NPR

Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan, is the live-action behemoth arriving in theaters this weekend, and we brought in our pal Chris Klimek to chat about its highs and lows, its big sound (literally) and gorgeous visuals. You'll find that we had mixed reactions once you count the emotional beats, technical accomplishments, structure, editing, and — as Chris points out — high saline budget.

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The Two-Way
8:49 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Book News: John Steinbeck Story Resurfaces After 70 Years

John Steinbeck, here seen as a young man, sits for his portrait. Years later, his story "With Your Wings" would be read on air — then disappear for decades.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 12:43 pm

Updated at 2:40 p.m. ET:

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

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All Tech Considered
1:26 am
Fri November 7, 2014

The Challenge Of 'Big Hero 6': How To Make A Huggable Robot

Disney

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 2:27 pm

"Dude, you had me at 'inflatable,' " is what Disney director Don Hall told Chris Atkeson, a robotics expert at Carnegie Mellon University, back in 2011. Hall was doing research for Big Hero 6, the movie that Disney executives hope will be a worthy follow-up to the mega-blockbuster Frozen. That's no small feat for Hall and his co-director, Chris Williams.

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Author Interviews
1:24 am
Fri November 7, 2014

George Clinton's Musical Life, From The Barbershop To Hip-Hop

In addition to his work with bands Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton has produced music as a solo artist since the 1980s.
William Thoren Simon & Schuster

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 2:27 pm

The emperor of intergalactic funk is out with a new memoir, and he has stories to tell.

George Clinton's life in music spans six decades, from doo-wop to hip-hop. Along the way, Clinton turned two bands — Parliament and Funkadelic — into a caravan of funkified soul, rock, science fiction and showbiz at its most outrageous, complete with a spaceship that lands onstage.

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The Two-Way
6:19 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Donor Gives Los Angeles Museum Art Worth $500 Million

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 6:38 pm

In a gift the Los Angeles County Museum of Art says is the largest in its history, billionaire Jerry Perenchio is donating art worth an estimated $500 million to the museum.

From member station KPCC in Los Angeles:

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Book Reviews
2:23 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Actress Anjelica Huston's Memoir Has Glitz, But Lacks Depth

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 5:08 pm

Last year, when I heard that Anjelica Huston's memoir A Story Lately Told was about to come out, I was excited. I imagined that it would include a lot of inside stuff about the '70s and Hollywood and the actress' long relationship with Jack Nicholson. As it turned out, that book's subtitle was Coming of Age in Ireland, London and New York, and it ended with Huston arriving in California. But I didn't miss the glitz. The story she had to tell was original.

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Ask Me Another
8:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Load Of B.S.

Don't worry, this is a G-rated game. The answers will be people and things with the initials B.S., like "baby shower." Then, VIP Ethan Hawke serenades the winner live on the Ask Me Another stage.

Heard in Episode 401: Puzzlehood

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Ask Me Another
8:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Cinema Snacks

If you think the best part of going to the movies is the popcorn and candy, this game is for you! All the answers are mash-ups of movie titles and names of foods, like "Children of the Corned Beef."

Heard in Episode 401: Puzzlehood

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Ask Me Another
8:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Rick Rolling

House musician Jonathan Coulton gives Rick Astley a run for his money. Donning a turtleneck and trench coat, he sings "Never Gonna Give You Up" with the lyrics changed to be about other famous Ricks.

Heard in Episode 401: Puzzlehood

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Ask Me Another
8:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Backwards Logic

These sentences contain a word that becomes another word when spelled backwards. Use the clues to find the backwards word and reverse it! If we said "It's not a tuber!" the answer would be "rebut."

Heard in Episode 401: Puzzlehood

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Ask Me Another
8:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

The Game Room

Hope you're in the mood for game night. In this round, all the answers contain the name of a popular board game. Who will use their Craniums and emerge numero Uno?

Heard in Episode 401: Puzzlehood

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Ask Me Another
8:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

To Be Or Not To Be

To bedazzle, or not to bedazzle? In the spirit of Hamlet's famous soliloquy, all the answers in this game begin with the letters "B-E." Now give us your best dramatic read.

Heard in Episode 401: Puzzlehood

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Ask Me Another
8:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

'Act Of Faith': Ethan Hawke Talks 'Boyhood' And Its 12-Year Shoot

Ethan Hawke, backstage at The Bell House in Brooklyn, N.Y. Later, he would serenade Ask Me Another's winning contestant.
Josh Rogosin NPR

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 3:40 am

Ethan Hawke's roles have spanned the genres, from Shakespeare, to slacker comedy, to art house drama. So, naturally, he has many different types of fans. When Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg asked what people say when they approach him on the street, Hawke broke it down this way:

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The Two-Way
8:07 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Book News: Netflix To Film Series From Lemony Snicket's 'Unfortunate Events'

Daniel Handler, the man "often mistaken" for Lemony Snicket, will nevertheless have a hand in the development of the show.
Imeh Akpanudosen Getty Images for LA Times

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

Everyone, it's probably best to sit for this. In a decision that even Lemony Snicket himself is saying he "can't believe," Netflix is deliberately wading into the dreary and depressing tale of the orphaned Baudelaire children. Deadline Hollywood broke the bad news to the world.

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Book Reviews
8:03 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Frankly, Bascombe's Return Has Some Problems

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Ecco Publishing

"Most things that don't kill us right off, kill us later." Welcome back, Frank Bascombe, failed novelist turned real estate agent turned retiree, and Richard Ford's most famous character. Through three previous novels (The Sportswriter, Independence Day and The Lay of the Land), readers have seen Frank lose a child, deal with divorce, and even get shot. Frank is cynical. You would be, too.

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Monkey See
7:42 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Documents, Not Institutions: On 'Benched' And Not Sweating The Future

Eliza Coupe as Nina and Jay Harrington as Phil in USA's Benched.
Isabella Vosmikova USA

Eliza Coupe is one of the most precise comedic actresses you will ever see. Every muscle is at work on comedy, all the time. She has the kind of face that tempts you to say she has a great face, but that makes it seem like luck, and it's not luck. It's work.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Thu November 6, 2014

In The World Of Rare Books, This Mystery Goes Off-Script

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Mysterious Press

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 10:44 am

Brief as his new novel may be, Bradford Morrow has no problems with taking his time. The fine mists of a seaside vista, the loops and lines of a writer's careful lettering, even the meals his characters eat (truly, just about every single one): None of it escapes the lingering eye of the narrator behind The Forgers. Each detail gets its due — except, of course, the ones he doesn't want you to see.

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Book Reviews
2:58 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

A Dizzying, Fictional 'History' Draws On Bob Marley's Life

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 8:23 am

As much as I wish it were different, Robert Nesta Marley is mainly known in the United States as the front man for smoking pot. Or, as a favorite subject for poster makers, who profit off college students searching for an identity. Students who associate the great dreadlocked one with good vibes.

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Book News & Features
2:58 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

A French Best-Seller's Radical Argument: Vichy Regime Wasn't All Bad

Philippe Petain, head of the French World War II collaborationist government in Vichy, greets French prisoners arriving from Germany in 1941.
AP

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 8:23 am

On a recent night in France, conservative journalist Eric Zemmour, author of Le Suicide Francais (French Suicide), was under attack on a talk show — again. The debate over Zemmour's book has monopolized conversation on the airwaves and in cafes.

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Television
1:11 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

'Daily Show', 'Colbert' Strain To Lampoon Democratic Losses

Jon Stewart (from left) and Stephen Colbert hosted live editions of their programs, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, on Tuesday.
Comedy Central

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 1:17 am

Jon Stewart may be the only media figure who started his election coverage Tuesday with an apology.

"I did vote today ... I was being flip and it kind of took off," said Stewart, who had told CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour in an interview earlier Tuesday that he wasn't voting because he "had just moved, and I don't even know where my thing is." The comment sparked loads of stories about how the comedian wasn't voting in an election he had been talking about for months.

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Movie Reviews
1:10 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

'Interstellar': A Good Old-Fashioned Chunk Of Sci-Fi Silliness

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Author Interviews
1:10 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

How Thousands Of Nazis Were 'Rewarded' With Life In The U.S.

The Nazis Next Door cover

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 5:27 pm

In the early '70s, New York Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman received a confidential tip that American immigration authorities knew of dozens of former Nazis — some implicated in serious war crimes — who were living in the U.S.

Holtzman looked into it and discovered that it was true, and that the formerly named Immigration and Naturalization Service wasn't doing much about it.

But that was just the tip of the iceberg, according to investigative reporter Eric Lichtblau.

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The Two-Way
8:18 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Book News: Falconer's Memoir Pulls Down Britain's Top Nonfiction Honor

It was Helen Macdonald's relationship with a goshawk like this one that helped her to grapple with the loss of her father.
sirius_r iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 8:27 am

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

For the first time in the prestigious award's 16-year history, the Samuel Johnson Prize has gone to a memoir. Helen Macdonald's H Is for Hawk, an account of how falconry helped Macdonald grieve for her father's death, beat out a slew of histories and biographies to earn this year's honor. Historian Claire Tomalin presented the award to Macdonald at a ceremony Tuesday night in London.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Wed November 5, 2014

'Ugly Girls' Is, Well ... Not A Pretty Read

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Perry, with her blond hair and long legs, is pretty. Baby Girl, with her shaved head and overdrawn lips, is ugly. Together they steal cars, shoplift, and ditch school — not knowing they are being watched by Jamey, an ex-felon posing as a teenage boy online. The girls begin to realize something is not right with Jamey, and the novel unfolds as you think it might, with flurries of attempted rapes and murders, screaming, vomit, death, and general chaos.

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Arts/Life
5:28 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

"Second City" Is Coming To Las Cruces

  The Doña Ana Arts Council  is featuring the Second City 55th Anniversary Tour in Las Cruces for one night only.   The tour hits the Rio Grande Theatre stage Saturday, November 22, 2014.

The Second City is the leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy. With theatres in Chicago and Toronto, Training Centers in those cites as well as Hollywood, 11 full time touring ensembles, as well as television and film operations, The Second City has been called "A Comedy Empire" by the New York Times.

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Remembrances
1:02 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

'We Have Learned Absolutely Nothing': Tom Magliozzi On Decades Of 'Car Talk'

Ray and Tom (right) Magliozzi, co-hosts of NPR's Car Talk show, pose for a photo in Cambridge, Mass., in 2008. Tom died Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 3:42 am

When NPR Car Talk hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi opened a do-it-yourself car repair shop in Cambridge, Mass., in the early 1970s, Tom had never had so many laughs. The people who came into the shop were complete "wackos," he told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 2001. "But man were they fun. And they weren't worried! When the guy jacked up his Lincoln Town Car and drove the floor jack through his oil pan, did he cry? He said, 'Uh oh.' I mean people could take a joke!"

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The Salt
12:29 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Stressed About Holiday Cooking? Take Our Survey, And We'll Help

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 11:01 am

Supermarkets are taking turkey orders; the tins of Christmas cookies beckon from display tables. These and other signs are unmistakable: The holiday feasting season is quickly approaching.

If you're like us, the prospect of cooking for a group — or contributing a dish to the holiday meal — this time of year can cause some anxiety.

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The Salt
8:52 am
Tue November 4, 2014

How To Wean Your Kids Off Halloween Candy: Cold, Hard Cash

The scariest part of the holiday comes in the days that follow, as parents fight and negotiate to limit how much candy their kids eat. NPR's Gisele Grayson decided to pay her kids off to give up their loot.
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Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 8:34 pm

Like many parents out there, I love Halloween as much as I dread it. The joy the kiddos get from the costumes and candy is balanced by what comes after: the fights and negotiations that go along with trying to limit their sugar intake.

Thus was born my candy buyback program.

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