Arts

9:17am

Mon December 30, 2013
Bonus Round: Ask Me Another

Day 6: In This Game, Things Might Get 'Weird'

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 12:11 pm

House musician Jonathan Coulton has a laugh while performing on Ask Me Another.
Becky Harlan NPR
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This is the sixth day of Ask Me Another's 12 Days of Xmas series.

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4:52am

Mon December 30, 2013
The Salt

Cinnamon Can Help Lower Blood Sugar, But One Variety May Be Best

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 12:47 pm

Studies suggest cinnamon can help control blood sugar, but if you want to incorporate more of this spice in your diet, consider using the Ceylon variety.
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If I say cinnamon, you say ... sugar? It's a popular combination, of course.

But if you're interested in the health-promoting effects of cinnamon, you may want to think anew about the spice.

For instance, says John Critchley, executive chef at Bourbon Steak Restaurant in Washington, D.C., why not add it to savory dishes? He uses cinnamon to create a spice and herb rub for lamb loin. He also whips up a great spinach salad with raisins, pine nuts and cinnamon.

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3:21am

Mon December 30, 2013
Code Switch

Films With Black Actors, Directors Go To 11 In 2013

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 11:33 am

Monica Calhoun (left), Melissa De Sousa and Nia Long star in The Best Man Holiday, one of this year's eleven top-grossing films starring black actors and by black directors.
Michael Gibson Universal Pictures

As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year — numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we're living in, right now. You'll hear the stories behind numbers ranging from zero to 1 trillion.

When it comes to race and film, the number of the year is 11.

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6:17pm

Sun December 29, 2013
Bonus Round: Ask Me Another

Day 5: Is That Jonathan Coulton?!

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 9:17 am

Can you spot Jonathan Coulton? Sorry, "Jonathan Coultron."
John Horn

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

Please enjoy this yearbook photo of the 1993 Whiffenpoofs—the premier collegiate a cappella group of Ask Me Another house musician Jonathan Coulton. Sorry, Coultron. Can you spot him?

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5:00pm

Sun December 29, 2013
Author Interviews

Booking A Flight For The 'Golden Age Of Hijacking'

Originally published on Sun December 29, 2013 6:43 pm

Imagine air travel in the 1960s when flying the skies meant luxury. You could light up a cigarette on board and enjoy a five-star meal.

Going to the airport wasn't a hassle. There were no security screenings, and boarding a plane was just as easy as getting on a bus.

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8:28am

Sun December 29, 2013
Sunday Puzzle

Now You Know Them

Originally published on Sun December 29, 2013 12:16 pm

NPR

On-air challenge: You will be given some names that you probably never heard of before 2013, but that were in the news during the past 12 months. You name who the people are. These names were compiled with the help of Kathie Baker, Tim Goodman and Sandy Weisz.

Last week's challenge from listener Andrew Chaikin of San Francisco: Think of a well-known filmmaker, first and last names. Add "S-U-N" before this person's first name and last name. In each case, you'll form a common English word. Who is the filmmaker?

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7:03am

Sun December 29, 2013
Book Reviews

Rediscovering The Intricate Verse Of Federico Garcia Lorca

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 12:19 pm

Federico Garcia Lorca, the Spanish surrealist, wasn't just any writer. The poet and playwright was also a revolutionary who penned some of the most intricate and arresting verse of the twentieth century. Out now from New Directions, Selected Poems is perhaps the best introduction to the poet's oeuvre — and one of the foremost works of poetry in translation released this year. This edition, featuring a host of translators from Langston Hughes to Ben Belitt and W. S. Merwin, should have a place in any growing library.

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5:08am

Sun December 29, 2013
Arts & Life

Winging It: Biking Around Again In Margaritaville

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 11:53 am

NPR's Petra Mayer has finally learned how to ride a bike.
Izolda Trakhtenberg

I love Key West, and I go there as often as possible: pina coladas, drag queens, shady hammocks, feral chickens — it's the best. There's just one problem: everyone gets around the island by bike, and I've never learned to ride one. Obviously that had to change.

Why didn't I learn? I really don't remember, and neither did my mom, when I asked her about the one time my parents tried to teach me. "You got on a big bicycle that was so big you couldn't really turn the wheels and got discouraged."

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5:03am

Sun December 29, 2013
Monkey See

This Is (Not) The Most Important Story Of The Year

News of Justin Bieber's retirement sent shockwaves across the Internet.
Powers Imagery AP

Have you spent much of the holiday season debating whether Justin Bieber really intends to retire?

No? Well, what about the question of whether Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson was rightly suspended for making bigoted remarks, or was in fact suppressed for giving voice to traditional values?

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5:02pm

Sat December 28, 2013
Arts & Life

The Trouble With Assessing 'Black Films'

Originally published on Sat December 28, 2013 6:54 pm

This year was lauded by many news outlets as an incredible year for black films. CNN heralded "Hollywood's African-American Renaissance;" The New York Times called 2013 a "a breakout year for black films." Shani Hilton, deputy editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, talks to NPR's Arun Rath about why she think those assertions are overstated.

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