Arts

10:56am

Wed January 8, 2014
Monkey See

'Saturday Night Live' Takes A Very Important First Step

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 11:03 am

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8:14am

Wed January 8, 2014
Kitchen Window

Leftover Liquor Finds New Life As Liqueur

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 7:24 am

Eve Turow for NPR

Years ago, on an overnight bus ride in Argentina, a waiter poked his head through the drawn curtains: "Whiskey or Tia Maria?" he offered as a post-meal drink. Unfamiliar with the latter, I decided to take a taste. He steadied himself on the rocking walls and poured me a serving of the almond-colored digestif. I could smell the coffee aromatics as I took my first sip. The sweet liqueur popped on my taste buds with flavors of vanilla, coconut and rum. "Good, right?" he asked. I nodded. As the sugar and alcohol settled my stomach, I knew I had to learn more about this dinnertime tradition.

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7:30am

Wed January 8, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Biography Of Fox's Roger Ailes Alleges Sexism, Anti-Semitism

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 9:56 am

Fox News Channel chief Roger Ailes attends a 2012 Hollywood Reporter celebration of "The 35 Most Powerful People in Media" in New York City.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

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

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7:02am

Wed January 8, 2014
New In Paperback

Jan. 5-11: A Beer Empire, A Habit Explainer And A New Kind Of Warfare

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 10:31 am

August A. Busch (center) and his sons, Adolphus III (left) and August Jr., seal the first case of beer off the Anheuser-Busch bottling plant line in St. Louis on April 7, 1933, when the sale of low-alcohol beers and wines was once again legal. Prohibition didn't officially end until Dec. 5 of that year.
AP

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6:02am

Wed January 8, 2014
The Salt

A Cheesy Meltdown: Kraft Warns Of Velveeta Shortage

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 1:24 pm

According to an AdvertisingAge report, Velveeta may be a little hard to come by in some areas over the next few weeks.
Paul Sakuma AP

If I say Super Bowl food, you think ... Velveeta? Maybe Velveeta with Ro*Tel.

Oh, yes. Ro*Tel's Famous Con Queso.

What could be more Sunday-in-January-indulgent than hot, creamy, processed cheese mixed with diced tomatoes & green chilies.

I have to admit, I've scooped up my share of con queso on a nacho chip or two.

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7:21pm

Tue January 7, 2014
The Salt

Think You're Cold And Hungry? Try Eating In Antarctica

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 1:24 pm

Morrie Fisher drinks at Mawson Station, an Australian base in East Antarctica, in 1957. Apparently, these sorts of amusements tend to pop up when you're bored in a barren landscape.
Courtesy of the Australian Antarctic Division

If the icy blast of polar air that's descended upon much of the U.S. over the last couple of days has you reaching for the cookie jar for comfort — and ready to give up on those New Year's resolutions — then seriously? It's time to toughen up. Just think: At least you're not in the Antarctic.

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7:05pm

Tue January 7, 2014
The Salt

Top Diets Of 2014 (Hint: It's Probably Not What You Think)

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 1:27 pm

Keep the rice brown and the skin off the chicken for a Spanish rice dinner that could qualify for the top-ranked DASH diet. Here's the DASH-approved recipe.
iStockphoto.com

U.S. News has ranked 32 diets, and which one comes out on top?

The DASH diet. It's an acronym for a dreadfully dull name, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet. Haven't heard of it?

True, it doesn't get much buzz.

But it's been around for a long time, and there's solid evidence that it works, not just for weight control but also to lower high blood pressure (a condition that affects 1 in 3 adults in the U.S.).

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5:24pm

Tue January 7, 2014
Books News & Features

Sherlock's Expiring Copyright: It's Public Domain, Dear Watson

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 9:53 am

A poster advertises a stage adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, starring actor William Gillette in 1899.
Library of Congress

Beloved sleuth Sherlock Holmes has stumbled onto a new conundrum: A federal judge in Chicago recently ruled that the characters in Arthur Conan Doyle's stories — including Holmes and his partner, Dr. John Watson — now reside in the public domain.

That means anyone who wants to write new material about the characters no longer needs to seek permission or pay license fees to the Doyle estate. That is, as long as you don't include any elements introduced in the last 10 Sherlock Holmes stories released in the U.S. after 1922.

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1:43pm

Tue January 7, 2014
Author Interviews

'You Can't Be This Furry' And Other Life Lessons From Gary Shteyngart

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 2:56 pm

Gary Shteyngart's work has been translated into 26 languages.
Brigitte Lacombe Courtesy of Random House

Novelist Gary Shteyngart was a wheezing, asthmatic and fearful 7-year-old when he and his parents emigrated from the Soviet Union to Queens, New York, in 1979. (This was soon after America negotiated a trade deal with the Soviets that included allowing Jews to immigrate to Israel, Canada or the U. S.) He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that his health was a deciding factor in his parents' decision to move.

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1:20pm

Tue January 7, 2014
Monkey See

A Hong Kong Film Titan, With A Reach Well Beyond His Roots

Run Run Shaw, pictured with his wife and daughter in London, was knighted in 1978 for his philanthropic endeavors.
Central Press Getty Images

The Hong Kong entertainment magnate and philanthropist Run Run Shaw, who died today at 106 or 107, isn't that well known in the West. But his fans, from Quentin Tarantino to the Wu-Tang Clan, sure are.

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