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.


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."

[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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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.
Keystone/Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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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


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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Sun March 23, 2014
Sunday Puzzle

Changing The World One Letter At A Time

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


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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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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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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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


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