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7:57am

Sun July 5, 2015
The Salt

What To Do With Weird Farmers Market Vegetables

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 3:12 pm

Kohlrabi, peeled and sliced, is refreshing, but lightly poached is good too, says chef April Bloomfield.
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Walking through the farmer's market this time of year is a wondrous thing: juicy tomatoes, rows of jewel-toned eggplants, fragrant basil and sweet yellow corn. But then, you see bunches of greens that look like weeds, stuff with names like kohlrabi and purslane, and suddenly, you feel intimidated. Other people know what to do with these greens, why don't I?

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5:10am

Sun July 5, 2015
Author Interviews

In 'Playing Scared' Pianist Grows Less Frightened Of Stage Fright

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 12:08 pm

Courtesy of Bloomsbury USA

Everyone has had the dream in one form or another. You are about to take a big test when you realize you don't know anything about the subject. You are on stage but you haven't memorized the lines. You have to make a speech but you haven't written it.

It's your basic performance anxiety nightmare.

But if you are a musician, performance anxiety, better known as stage fright, can ruin your career — maybe before it even gets started.

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5:06pm

Sat July 4, 2015
Strange News

Millions Of Mummified Dogs Found In Ancient Egyptian Catacombs

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 6:42 pm

Researchers discovered ancient animal mummies piled up in heaps inside a catacomb. Many of the mummies were in poor condition.
Courtesy of Paul Nicholson

In catacombs south of Cairo, researchers have discovered burial sites filled with huge numbers of mummified animals — nearly 8 million of them, mostly dogs.

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5:04pm

Sat July 4, 2015
Author Interviews

If Robots 'Speak,' Will We Listen? Novel Imagines A Future Changed By AI

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 6:42 pm

Courtesy of Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins

Louisa Hall was a nervous speaker when she was little. At school, kids teased her and said she talked like a robot.

"I think I was just so nervous that I kind of couldn't put any real animation in my voice," she tells NPR's Arun Rath. "But ever since then I've kind of looked at robots or looked at machines and wondered whether they were just having trouble acting human."

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10:11am

Sat July 4, 2015
Author Interviews

An Outsider In Buenos Aires Goes Incognito, For Love Of Tango

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 12:10 pm

Lydia Thompson NPR

In the dirty, crowded, and impoverished immigrant barrios of Buenos Aires of 1913, a 17-year-old girl arrives with little more than some clothes and her grandfather's violin.

Her name is Leda, and she's the character at the heart of Carolina de Robertis' third novel, The Gods of Tango.

Leda, an Italian girl, was sent for by her cousin-husband, but widowed before her ship even lands in South America. She soon finds comfort and excitement in a new kind of music that's filling the city's courtyards, bars and brothels: the tango.

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7:54am

Sat July 4, 2015
Author Interviews

Decades Of Politics And Partnership In Jimmy Carter's 'Full Life'

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 11:59 am

In just over 18 months, Barack Obama will join the ranks of ex-presidents. He'll be 55 when he leaves office, among the youngest to become a former president, alongside Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

President Carter remains a model of what an active, productive life can look like after leaving the White House. He looks back on that life in his new memoir, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety, beginning with growing up with black friends in the Jim Crow South.

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12:13pm

Wed July 1, 2015
It's All Politics

Can The Candidate Move Beyond 'The Christie Show'?

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 7:06 am

A supporter at Gov. Chris Christie's announcement Tuesday.
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It was the least suspenseful cliffhanger in the history of cliffs.

Governor Christie has, essentially, been running for higher office for years. But as of Tuesday he is now, officially, a presidential candidate.

This week the Christie Tracker podcast, from WNYC and New Jersey Public Radio, headed to Livingston High School for analysis on the announcement.

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6:48pm

Sun June 28, 2015
Music Interviews

The Sound Of Twin Danger: Frank Sinatra Meets The Clash

Twin Danger's Vanessa Bley and Stuart Matthewman
Sunny Khalsa Courtesy of the artist

Cocktail jazz isn't a sound you hear very much in pop music these days. But a duo known as Twin Danger is causing a scene with their self-titled debut album and live shows.

It's a familiar mood for saxophonist Stuart Matthewman; he co-wrote many of the biggest hits for Sade, like "No Ordinary Love" and "Your Love Is King."

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5:19am

Sun June 28, 2015
Author Interviews

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

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 10:44 am

Courtest W.W. Norton & Company

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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5:36pm

Sat June 27, 2015
Governing

For Families Of U.S. Hostages, New Policy May Bring New Hope

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 6:36 pm

Linda Boyle (left) and Lyn Coleman hold a photo of their children, who were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012. Caitlan Coleman, an American married to Canadian Joshua Boyle, was pregnant when the couple was abducted.
Bill Gorman AP

More than 80 Americans have been taken hostage abroad since Sept. 11, 2001. Currently, 30 Americans are being held around the world.

Until this week, the families of those hostages would have faced the threat of prosecution from the U.S. government for trying to pay a ransom to kidnappers.

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