Arts

2:05pm

Thu March 20, 2014
Food

'Test Kitchen': Have Your (Gluten-Free) Cake, And Love Eating It Too

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 11:06 am

According to America's Test Kitchen, the best gluten-free flours to bake with contain four ingredients — brown rice flour, white rice flour, potato starch and tapioca starch.
Courtesy of America's Test Kitchen

It took hundreds of batches of muffins, cakes and cookies before Jack Bishop and Julia Collin Davison — of the public TV series America's Test Kitchen — figured out the best ways to make delicious baked goods without gluten. They also conducted taste tests of packaged gluten-free breads and pasta.

Collin Davison tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that the show's normal testing procedures "really worked to help us get at the heart of what makes gluten-free things taste just as good as traditional baked goods."

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12:14pm

Thu March 20, 2014
Television

New 'Scandal' Character Ups The Drama And Intrigue

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 3:51 pm

Richard Shotwell AP

Nazanin Boniadi is on screens now as the mysterious Adnan Salif on the hit show Scandal.

The Iranian-born actress tells NPR's Michel Martin that she loves the role because it plays with people's perceptions. "The beauty of Adnan Salif is, is she a bad guy, or is she just completely lost, is she just damaged goods?" she asks. But she believes that ambiguity is also the key to the show. "The thing that I love about Scandal is every character, it's not clear if they're good or bad. Everyone is both good and bad."

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11:20am

Thu March 20, 2014
#NPRWIT: Women In Tech

Lyndsey Scott: Runway Model And Tech Programmer

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 3:21 pm

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10:50am

Thu March 20, 2014
Ask Me Another

Nathan Sawaya: Lego My Van Gogh

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 2:15 pm

Lego brick artist Nathan Sawaya in his studio. Can you guess how many bricks he has?
Photo courtesy of brickartist.com

As a kid, artist Nathan Sawaya made a life-size Boxer out of Lego bricks when his parents wouldn't get him a dog. But it took many years before he turned an obsession into a career.

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10:17am

Thu March 20, 2014
The Salt

Persian New Year's Table Celebrates Nature's Rebirth Deliciously

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 3:21 pm

In every home, the haftseen table is decorated with seven items – since seven is considered a lucky number. Each item begins with the letter sin (s) in Persian, and each item is a symbol of spring and renewal.
Azita Mehran/Turmeric & Saffron

The first day of spring is cause for a celebration, especially after the winter many of us have been having. But it's hard to top the 13-day festivities of the Persian New Year, Nowruz.

Nowruz, or "new day" in Persian, is an ancient festival that marks the beginning of spring and celebrates the rebirth of nature. And naturally, it has a lot to do with fresh, green foods just beginning to poke out of the ground that remind us winter is not, in fact, eternal.

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10:02am

Thu March 20, 2014
Ask Me Another

Literal TV Guide

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 11:26 am

Lots of TV shows have self-explanatory titles, like Girls and Friends. But what the heck does host Ophira Eisenberg mean when she asks you what show "3,600 Seconds" might be? 60 Minutes, of course!

Heard in Episode 312: Leggo My Lego

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10:02am

Thu March 20, 2014
Ask Me Another

Every End is a New Beginning

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 11:25 am

House musician Jonathan Coulton asks contestants to name words that complete two common phrases, as the last word of one phrase and the first of the other, like "log cabin" and "cabin fever."

Heard in Episode 312: Leggo My Lego

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10:02am

Thu March 20, 2014
Ask Me Another

The Something Man

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 11:25 am

Sing us a song, you're the Spider-Man...wait, what? In this game, our very own music man Jonathan Coulton performs alternate renditions of songs about all different kinds of men.

Heard in Episode 312: Leggo My Lego

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10:02am

Thu March 20, 2014
Ask Me Another

Fonzie Scheme

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 11:25 am

Contestant Tim Lynch demonstrates proper Fonzie answering etiquette: with thumbs out, say "ayyy."
AJ Wilhelm

Put on your leather jacket and get ready to playyy along as house musician Jonathan Coulton asks contestants to put a Fonzie (that's Arthur Fonzarelli of TV'sHappy Days) spin on some other words that end in the sound "ayyy," much like The Fonz's famous catchphrase.

Heard in Episode 312: Leggo My Lego

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10:02am

Thu March 20, 2014
Ask Me Another

Winter Weather

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 11:39 am

Puzzle guru Art Chung helps our contestants cool off in this Ask Me Another final round, in which all the answers contain the word "frost," "ice," or "snow." Bundle up, it's getting chilly in here!

Heard in Episode 312: Leggo My Lego

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