Arts

11:02am

Mon March 24, 2014
The Salt

Gastrodiplomacy: Cooking Up A Tasty Lesson On War And Peace

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 4:45 pm

Here's one way to get students talking about global affairs: Teach it through food.
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8:54am

Mon March 24, 2014
Monkey See

Ugh: 'Good Wife,' Bad Idea

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 5:13 pm

Josh Charles as Will Gardner and Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sherma on The Good Wife. In a word, "Ugh."
CBS

[CAUTION: Do not, under any circumstances, read any farther unless you want to know what happened on Sunday night's The Good Wife. Do not say you were not warned.]

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7:34am

Mon March 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Hitler As A Comedian? Comic Novel Tests Limits Of Humor

Adolf Hitler, pictured delivering a speech circa 1936.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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5:15pm

Sun March 23, 2014
My Big Break

To Mike Birbiglia's Parents: It's OK If Your Son Sticks To Comedy

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 7:37 pm

3:43pm

Sun March 23, 2014
Author Interviews

With Sobering Science, Doctor Debunks 12-Step Recovery

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 2:27 pm

Courtesy of Beacon Press

Since its founding in the 1930s, Alcoholics Anonymous has become part of the fabric of American society. AA and the many 12-step groups it inspired have become the country's go-to solution for addiction in all of its forms. These recovery programs are mandated by drug courts, prescribed by doctors and widely praised by reformed addicts.

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7:41am

Sun March 23, 2014
Sunday Puzzle

Changing The World One Letter At A Time

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 11:36 am

NPR

On-air challenge: For each geographical place provided, change one letter to make a new, common word that has a different number of syllables than the geographical name. Note: The answer word can have either fewer or more syllables than the geographical name.

Example: Lima = limp, limb, lime (for some of the names, multiple answers are possible)

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7:03am

Sun March 23, 2014
You Must Read This

'Little, Big' Delights With A Little Magic And A Big, Strange Story

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 9:45 am

Paul Hakimata iStockphoto

John Crowley's Little, Big, an extraordinary, sweeping and strange novel, can perhaps be best described through the metaphor of its central setting: Edgewood, the house in which many generations (and permutations) of the Drinkwater family live. Edgewood is designed by the patriarch, a renowned architect, to be many houses within a single structure. It unfolds, as the viewer circles around it, to reveal many different facades — Victorian, modern, gothic — like a complex piece of origami.

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5:23am

Sun March 23, 2014
Author Interviews

'Parentology': Bribes, Behavior And The Science Of Raising Kids

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 11:36 am

Dalton Conley lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
Stephen P. Hudner Courtesy of Simon and Schuster

Raising kids is hard. It just is. And there's a whole industry out there trying to help parents figure out how to do it. There are all kinds of books on the very basics — sleeping, eating and talking — to those that deal with more complicated stuff, like how to teach self esteem and resiliency.

Adding to that aspirational reading list is Parentology: Everything You Wanted to Know about the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted to Ask, a new book by sociologist Dalton Conley.

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6:31pm

Sat March 22, 2014
Pop Culture

Why Comedian Hari Kondabolu Is 'Waiting For 2042'

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 8:47 pm

Brooklyn-based comic Hari Kondabolu
Courtesy of Hari Kondabolu

5:15pm

Sat March 22, 2014
Code Switch

They Cast Whom?! Actor Choices To Offend Every Racial Sensibility

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 12:48 pm

From a mixed heritage, Adam Jacobs plays Aladdin in the Disney Broadway production of the same name.
Cylla von Tiedemann AP

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