Arts

9:20am

Fri November 15, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Where Does General Tso Chicken Actually Come From?

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 9:38 am

Andrew Heavens TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Misconceptions.

About Jennifer 8. Lee's Talk

Journalist Jennifer 8. Lee talks about her hunt for the origins of familiar Chinese-American dishes — exploring the hidden spots where these two cultures have combined to form a new cuisine.

About Jennifer 8. Lee

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9:06am

Fri November 15, 2013
The Salt

How Coffee, Citrus And Nuts Help Cut The Risk Of Diabetes

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 2:45 pm

Coffee can help cut your risk of Type 2 diabetes, fresh research shows. Other foods, such as oranges, lemons and other citrus fruits, nuts and beans can also help.
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If you go back to the 1970s, people with a serious coffee habit often had an accompanying habit: smoking.

And that's why early studies gave coffee a bad rap. Clearly, smoking was harmful. And it was hard for researchers to disentangle the two habits. "So it made coffee look bad in terms of health outcomes," Harvard researcher Meir Stampfer explained to me.

But fast-forward a quarter century, and the rap on coffee began to change.

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5:59pm

Thu November 14, 2013
The Salt

What's The Most Important Thing Food Labels Should Tell Us?

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 7:29 pm

Illustration by Daniel Horowitz for NPR

Food labels have become battlegrounds. Just last week, voters in Washington state narrowly defeated a measure that would have required food manufacturers to reveal whether their products contain genetically modified ingredients.

Supporters of the initiative — and similar proposals in other states — say that consumers have a right to know what they're eating.

But there are lots of things we might want to know about our food. So what belongs on the label?

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5:15pm

Thu November 14, 2013
NPR's Backseat Book Club

Roald Dahl Wanted His Magical 'Matilda' To Keep Books Alive

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 10:26 pm

Author Roald Dahl stands with his wife, American actress Patricia Neal, and their newborn daughter, Lucy, outside their home in Buckinghamshire, England, in August 1965. Roald Dahl died in 1990.
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Every night, author Roald Dahl told his children a story: "Most of them [were] pretty bad," he admitted in a 1972 BBC4 interview, "but now and again you'd tell one and you see a little spark of interest. And if they ever said the next night, 'Tell us some more about that one,' you knew you had something. This went on for quite a long time with a story about a peach that got bigger and bigger and I thought, 'Well heck, why don't I write it.' "

That bedtime story became Dahl's first children's book, James and the Giant Peach.

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5:02pm

Thu November 14, 2013
Movie Reviews

A Rome Portrait, And What A 'Great Beauty'!

In The Great Beauty, aging journalist and cynic Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo) is forced to look back on his own lavish life after a former love dies.
Gianni Fiorito Janus Films

The ghost of Federico Fellini hovers wickedly over The Great Beauty, a fantastic journey around contemporary Rome and a riot of lush imagery juggling past and present, sacred and profane, gorgeous and grotesque.

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5:02pm

Thu November 14, 2013
Movie Reviews

Alexander Sokurov, Seeking New Shadows In A Dark Classic

The man who makes the deal with the devil, played by Johannes Zeiler, is back onscreen in a new interpretation of the Faust story from director Alexander Sokurov.
Leisure Time Features

Siberia-born director Alexander Sokurov is best known in the West for 2002's Russian Ark, a cinematic waltz through the Hermitage Museum that also functions as a primer on Russian history. The filmmaker is an idiosyncratic historian, though, as he demonstrates yet again with a version of Faust that completes his "tetralogy of power."

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2:17pm

Thu November 14, 2013
Movie Interviews

Actor Bruce Dern Gets Up Close And Personal In 'Nebraska'

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 4:08 pm

Bruce Dern has been acting for more than 50 years. In Nebraska, he plays a man on a mission to collect $1 million.
Merie W. Wallace Paramount Pictures

After spending much of his career in supporting roles, actor Bruce Dern is finally getting some recognition: He won the best actor award at this year's Cannes Film Festival for his performance in the new film Nebraska.

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12:21pm

Thu November 14, 2013
Movie Interviews

Terrence Howard And Sanaa Lathan Dish On 'The Best Man Holiday'

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 10:25 am

Terrence Howard, Nia Long and Eddie Cibrian in The Best Man Holiday.
Michael Gibson AP/Universal Pictures

It's been nearly 15 years since movie lovers followed the romances and rivalries of college friends in The Best Man. There's Harper, the aspiring writer and "best man" of football star and husband-to-be Lance; Mia the bride-to-be of Lance; Robyn the girlfriend of Harper; Jordan the ambitious media maven; and Quentin the playboy.

Director Malcolm D. Lee's The Best Man became one of the top-grossing black movies of all time, and now the ensemble cast returns in The Best Man Holliday. The film opens in theaters Friday.

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10:13am

Thu November 14, 2013
Ask Me Another

What Month Is It Anyway?

Thirty days hath September, April, June and November. But you'll need more than a mnemonic rhyme to ace this quiz led by house musician Jonathan Coulton, in which all of the answers are one of the 12 calendar months. For example, the name of the month that comes from the Latin word for "ten" is December.

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10:13am

Thu November 14, 2013
Ask Me Another

We Hates Bagginses

Gollum, the slimy creature from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, seems to have a lot of grammar problems. He also seems to hate a lot of things--especially irregular plurals. In this game, led by host Ophira Eisenberg, all of the answers are nouns whose singular and plural forms are the same. Contestants must answer by channeling the voice of Gollum.

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