Arts

3:04am

Wed January 1, 2014
Media

In Troubled Magazine World, 'La Hulotte' Is One Rare Bird

Originally published on Wed January 1, 2014 11:42 am

Pierre Deom has been writing and illustrating La Hulotte since 1972. He released his 100th issue (lower right) in November.
Francois Nascimbeni AFP/Getty Images

The journalism world may be in crisis, but one magazine in France has been steadily gaining subscribers for 40 years. It's a nature journal called La Hulotte, and twice a year it focuses on an animal or plant indigenous to the French countryside. The magazine published its 100th issue in November. It has more than 150,000 subscribers in many countries and is doing terrific financially.

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4:13pm

Tue December 31, 2013
Monkey See

Screen Time: Bob Mondello's Favorite Films Of 2013

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 6:56 pm

Lea Seydoux plays Emma in the film Blue Is the Warmest Color, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche.
AP

Conventional wisdom has it that television is where the creative action is these days, and yes, there are some terrific shows on cable.

But there are things it's hard to do on the small screen, and the year's most cinematic film delighted in reminding audiences why they like seeing movies in theaters.

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3:26pm

Tue December 31, 2013
The Salt

A Judge's Cookbook Reveals The Secrets Of Bialys And Bagels

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 7:40 pm

Judge Michael Zusman's bialys are topped with roasted onions, poppy seeds and coarse salt.
Daniel Zwerdling NPR

There are two important things that you learn about Michael Zusman, baker and co-author of The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home, when you bake with him.

First, his real job has nothing to do with bread or writing recipes: He's a trial judge. "Full time," Zusman says. "Wear a black robe every day."

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2:51pm

Tue December 31, 2013
The Salt

Does Champagne Actually Get You Drunk Faster?

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 3:39 pm

Each bottle of Champagne contains around 50 million bubbles. But will any of them accelerate the inebriation process?
Victor Bezrukov Flickr.com

Every time I spend New Year's Eve with my mom, she tells me the same thing: "Be careful with that Champagne, honey. The bubbles go straight to the head. And it won't be pretty tomorrow."

Thanks, Mom. Glad you're looking after me after all these years.

But is she right?

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2:48pm

Tue December 31, 2013
Faith Matters

Elizabeth Smart Shares About Her Faith And Kidnapping

Originally published on Wed January 1, 2014 8:45 am

Transcript

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2:48pm

Tue December 31, 2013
Books

Nikki Giovanni Chases Beer And Family

Originally published on Wed January 1, 2014 8:45 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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11:16am

Tue December 31, 2013
Monkey See

From Paper To Punks, The Best Games Of 2013

A screenshot from Tearaway.
Sony

The year passed so awfully quickly, like a twitch in a shooter game, that it kind of faked me out. A week ago, I didn't believe there were 10 stellar games to make a complete 'best of' story. But I looked at a list I'd been keeping since January. I was suddenly overwhelmed — I saw at least 30 worthy games. And from those, I plucked the very best of 2013.

Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games)

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10:40am

Tue December 31, 2013
Number Of The Year

From Pandas To Health Care: The 13 Numbers Of 2013

Johann Balleis / Adam Cole Wikimedia Commons / NPR

0: Twitter collected no profit, Snapchat collected no revenue, and Apple's stock has roughly stayed flat over the past year. But in Silicon Valley, where companies are judged by potential, zero is still something.

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9:23am

Tue December 31, 2013
Monkey See

Remote Control: It Was Hard To Turn Off The TV In 2013

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 11:00 am

iStockphoto

Here's why picking a Top 10 list of best TV shows has become such treacherous work for critics this year: Quite simply, 2013 was the year quality exploded in the television industry.

Thanks to the simultaneous maturing of Netflix, AMC, FX, HBO, Showtime, Amazon, BBC America, Sundance Channel, iTunes and many more media platforms, fans of great television had more options than ever to find high-quality product whenever and wherever they liked.

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9:03am

Tue December 31, 2013
Bonus Round: Ask Me Another

Day 7: Shake It Up With An 'Ask Me Another' Cocktail

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 10:35 am

Cheers!
Steve McFarland NPR

This is the seventh day of Ask Me Another's 12 Days of Xmas series.

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