Arts

5:16am

Sun January 19, 2014
The Salt

Cooking With Conifers: An Evergreen Trick That's Newly Hip

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 1:17 pm

Gabrielle Hamilton prepares pine needles at Prune Restaurant in New York City.
Julia Gillard

If you still have your Christmas tree up in your living room because you just can't bear the thought of throwing out all that fine pine scent, then you may be an evergreen addict. If you still have it up because you're too lazy to take off the ornaments, then you may be a hoarder, but that's another post.

Fear not, conifer connoisseurs. You don't have to wait for the holidays to surround yourself with spruce. American chefs from coast to coast are using evergreens to develop unique flavors in dishes, from white fir and sorrel broth to pine needle vinegar to smoked mussels.

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5:50pm

Sat January 18, 2014
Author Interviews

'I'll Take You There': The Staple Singers' Rise From Church To Fame

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 6:36 pm

Mavis Staples performs at the 2013 Waterfront Blues Festival at in Portland, Ore.
Anthony Pidgeon Redferns via Getty Images

Today, the voices of Roebuck "Pops" Staples and his four children — Cleotha, Mavis, Pervis and Yvonne — are woven into America's DNA. As the Staple Singers, the family created a sound that was part blues, part gospel and part folk, breaking down musical walls and inspiring civil rights leaders.

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1:10pm

Sat January 18, 2014
The Salt

And The Best Supporting Actor Award Goes To ... Side Dishes

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:57 pm

To appeal to the high-rollers of the world, like the ones in The Wolf of Wall Street with Leonardo DiCaprio, restaurants are doling out more expensive sides.
Mary Cybulski AP

There's a lot that's over the top about "The Wolf of Wall Street," the Oscar-nominated film that's up for best pictures. Including the side dishes.

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11:35am

Sat January 18, 2014
Arts & Life

Sundance Festival Celebrates 30 Years Of Independence

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LYNN NEARY, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary. Way back in 1985 when I was hosting WEEKEND ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, I found myself interviewing Robert Redford about a new film festival sponsored by the Sundance Institute. Redford was enthusiastic about his film festival, showcasing independent film. He described it as far from Hollywood.

ROBERT REDFORD: It's free from the meter ticking of money and people in suits walking around looking at watches.

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11:15am

Sat January 18, 2014
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Not My Job: Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin Gets Quizzed On The Future

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 12:02 pm

Eric Levin Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin has written a series of presidential histories — covering Lyndon Johnson, Franklin Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. Her book about Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals, helped inspire the movie Lincoln, and her latest book, The Bully Pulpit, is about Teddy Roosevelt.

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9:09am

Sat January 18, 2014
Author Interviews

Living, And 'Forgiving,' In A Brilliant Writer's Orbit

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 11:35 am

Knopf

A lot of writers can be fairly easily stereotyped. They write stories about dysfunctional families, star crossed lovers, endearing losers; they write historical fiction, literary fiction or crime novels. But Jay Cantor's body of work defies categorization. His fiction has been inspired by topics as wide-ranging as the revolutionary life of Che Guevara and the comic strip world of Krazy Kat.

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8:01am

Sat January 18, 2014
Movies

'Lunch' Gets Boxed Out: India's Oscar Pick Controversy

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:58 pm

Through a delivery accident, Saajan Fernandes (Irrfhan Khan) begins a correspondence (and love affair) with a despondent housewife in The Lunchbox.
Courtesy of Sony Classics

The nominations for the Oscars were announced this week, and while many of the big contenders, such as 12 Years A Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street, weren't a surprise, there were some controversies in different categories. Top among the film-world controversies was India's submission for best foreign language film, The Good Road, a drama about a truck driver in the western Indian state of Gujarat.

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5:32am

Sat January 18, 2014
Author Interviews

One Last Tale Of The City In 'Anna Madrigal'

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 11:35 am

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Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City began as a newspaper serial in the 1970s, and grew into a beloved series of books that stand as a chronicle of life in the city of San Francisco. And it began in the decade after the Summer of Love, before anyone had ever heard of AIDS — now, it will end in the era of marriage equality.

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6:20pm

Fri January 17, 2014
This Week's Must Read

For Cheating Husbands, A Little Dose Of Revenge

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Sarah Wendell is the author of the book, Everything I Know about Love I Learned from Romance Novels. She is also the cofounder of the romance-reviewing website, smartbitchestrashybooks.com.

With French President Francois Hollande the focus of international headlines for cheating on his partner, Valerie Trierweiler — who is in the hospital due to the shock — a happy resolution to their problems seems unlikely.

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6:20pm

Fri January 17, 2014
Book Reviews

Rachel Joyce's 'Perfect' A Flawed, But Hopeful Novel

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 2:16 pm

Courtesy of Random House

It's 1972, when we meet 11-year-old Byron Hemmings, an English school boy living with his mother and sister in a country house. Byron's father Seymour works in the City (the financial district of London) and only comes home to see his family at the weekends. Though his work pays for the big house, the Jaguar that his wife drives and the private education his children receive, he is, in reality, only a visitor in their lives. Within several chapters one begins to believe that this is perhaps for the best — they don't seem a happy family.

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