Arts

12:11pm

Wed March 5, 2014
New In Paperback

March 1-7: America's 'Unwinding,' Black Identity And Fictional Self-Help

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11:53am

Wed March 5, 2014
The Salt

Chipotle Says There's No 'Guacapocalypse' Looming

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 3:16 pm

An employee prepares to make fresh guacamole at a Chipotle restaurant in Hollywood, Calif.
Patrick T. Fallon Bloomberg

Looks like reports of a looming "guacapocalypse" have been vastly overstated.

This morning, guacamole lovers woke to headlines warning that Mexican fast-food chain Chipotle could eventually be forced to drop the dip from its menu, if changing global weather patterns continue to drive volatility in the price of avocados.

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11:38am

Wed March 5, 2014
Author Interviews

When Loved Ones Return From The Dead

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 6:08 pm

Randy Skidmore

If someone you cared for died, you might be haunted by questions about how your life might be different had that person survived, about what you might say if you had one more chance to talk. Those questions are behind author Jason Mott's novel The Returned.

The book is now an ABC television series, Resurrection, which premieres Sunday.

Mott tells NPR's Michel Martin that the book was inspired by a dream about his mother returning to life, and how such a scenario would play out if it really happened.

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11:38am

Wed March 5, 2014
Television

Midseason TV: What To Watch And What To Skip

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 4:00 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. So maybe the weather has kept you inside more than usual, or you're looking for a few new guilty pleasure to add to your DVR. We've got you covered. NPR television critic Eric Deggans is with us in our Washington, D.C., studios to talk about some of the midseason television debuts. And we'll even talk about a few shows that don't begin with "Scan-" and end with "-dal." Eric, welcome back.

ERIC DEGGANS, BYLINE: Glad to be here.

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11:38am

Wed March 5, 2014
Africa

A New Look At 'The Bright Continent'

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 4:00 pm

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7:12am

Wed March 5, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Sherwin B. Nuland, Author Of 'How We Die,' Dies At 83

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 8:01 am

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

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7:03am

Wed March 5, 2014
Book Reviews

A Second Helping Of Retro Smooches In 'Young Romance 2'

They're the perfect couple, circa 1947. He's craggy, yet banal. She's well-coiffed and febrile. The circumstances? Dire. Always. Just as unfailingly, though, love will out for these two, for we're on familiar turf: the geometrically ordered, narratively numbing world of mid-century comic-book passion. More specifically, this is Young Romance 2: The Early Simon & Kirby Romance Comics, a collection of some of the first such comics ever produced.

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12:13am

Wed March 5, 2014
Kitchen Window

Salt Cod: The Prosciutto Of The Sea?

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 3:09 am

The best quality salt cod typically is sold as nearly white whole fillets, 2 or more inches thick in the thickest parts, often packed in coarse salt in wooden boxes.
Tom Gilbert for NPR

Like the God of the Old Testament, salt cod goes by many names. The French call it morue, the Italians baccala' and the Portuguese bacalhau. Of course, the fish is the same — Atlantic cod — and the process is the same — drying and salting.

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2:46pm

Tue March 4, 2014
Author Interviews

Fresh Air Remembers Literary Biographer Justin Kaplan

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. We're going to remember Justin Kaplan, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer who also edited the 16th edition of "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations," published in 1992 and the 17th edition, published in 2002. Justin Kaplan died Sunday at the age 88. His first book, a 1966 biography of Mark Twain, won a National Book Award, as well as a Pulitzer Prize. He also wrote biographies of Walt Whitman and Lincoln Steffens.

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2:46pm

Tue March 4, 2014
Author Interviews

Kevin Young On Blues, Poetry And 'Laughing To Keep From Crying'

Kevin Young's 2012 essay collection The Grey Album: On The Blackness Of Blackness was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Melanie Dunea CPi

In Kevin Young's new collection, Book Of Hours, poems about the death of his father appear alongside poems about the birth of his son.

He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that, in a way, those events were the anchors of his life.

"It was a way of just writing about what had happened and also the way that the cycle of life informed my life, from death to birth to ... a kind of rebirth that I felt afterward."

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