Arts

10:03am

Tue June 30, 2015
Book Reviews

A Lyrical Coming Of Age Tale In 'Bird Hill'

"Life is a funny thing, you know," says a character in Naomi Jackson's The Star Side of Bird Hill. "Just when you think you know what you're doing, which way you're headed, the target moves." He makes a good point — our lives have a way of taking detours without our consent, and the result can be like riding in a car that drives itself.

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9:58am

Tue June 30, 2015
Code Switch

How 4 Gay Black Women Fought Back Against Sexual Harassment — And Landed In Jail

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 1:53 pm

The New Jersey 4 stand together.
Blair Dorosh-Walther Blair Dorosh-Walther

Everyone agrees on one thing: On the night of Aug. 18, 2006, Dwayne Buckle catcalled Patreese Johnson.

Johnson and six of her friends, all young lesbians of color, were walking down Sixth Avenue in New York City's West Village to hang out at the clubs in one of the gayest neighborhoods in America. That's when Buckle, a then-28-year-old black filmmaker, called out to Johnson, who was 19 at the time, with an obscene comment.

"Mister, I'm gay," Johnson says she told Buckle, trying to wave him off.

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7:03am

Tue June 30, 2015
Book Reviews

'Philosopher Kings' Leaves Plato's Republic Far Behind

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 5:00 pm

Jo Walton's The Just City, which came out in January and which I utterly adored, ends on a wicked cliff-hanger: The real-world version of Plato's Republic that scholars and philosophers from different times and places tried to build has fractured along its fault-lines; all is chaos, uncertainty, and recrimination and we don't know what's going to happen to our (by now deeply beloved) point-of-view characters.

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3:04pm

Mon June 29, 2015
The Salt

Curb Your Appetite: Save Bread For The End Of The Meal

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 3:56 pm

Bite into that bread before your main meal, and you'll spike your blood sugar and amp up your appetite. Waiting until the end of your dinner to nosh on bread can blunt those effects.
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Ah, the bread basket. You sit down for a nice meal out, and there it appears: piping hot, giving off a waft of yeasty divinity.

Who can resist?

There's a reason this age-old tradition prevails. Even in the era of paleo and gluten-free, there are still hordes of us who will gladly nosh on crusty, chewy, soul-warming bread.

But the downside may be more than just some extra calories. Turns out, eating all those carbs before a meal can amp up our appetites and spike our blood sugar.

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2:37pm

Mon June 29, 2015
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch Edition: Audiobooks

NPR

During our recent time with charming Bostonian librarian Margaret Willison, we managed to sit her down for a chat about audiobooks. We discovered that while I am a frequent listener to a variety of kinds of books (as I wrote about recently), Margaret uses them in a very different way that might appeal to some of you who like to revisit and reread your favorites.

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1:31pm

Mon June 29, 2015
Author Interviews

Mat Johnson On 'Loving Day' And Life As A 'Black Boy' Who Looks White

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8:08am

Sun June 28, 2015
Sunday Puzzle

Where There's A Will There's A Way To Solve This Puzzle

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 9:40 am

NPR

On-air challenge: For every word provided (all starting with the letter "W"), give a proverb or saying that contains that word.

Last week's challenge: Take the phrase "I am a monarch." Rearrange the 11 letters to name a world leader who was not a monarch, but who ruled with similar authority. Who is it?

Answer: Chairman Mao.

Winner: David Slobodin of Asheville, North Carolina.

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7:51am

Sun June 28, 2015
Movie Interviews

From 'My Adidas' To FUBU, Fashion And Hip-Hop Have Always Matched Beats

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 9:40 am

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7:51am

Sun June 28, 2015
The Salt

Do Try This At Home: Hacking Ribs — In The Pressure Cooker

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 11:59 am

To make baby back ribs in an hour, instead of the usual three to four hours, you'll need a pressure cooker.
Photo Illustration by Ryan Kellman and Emily Bogle NPR

This summer, NPR is getting crafty in the kitchen. As part of Weekend Edition's Do Try This At Home series, chefs are sharing their cleverest hacks and tips — taking expensive, exhausting or intimidating recipes and tweaking them to work in any home kitchen.

This week: Making delicious, fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs in only about an hour — with a surprising piece of kitchen equipment.

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7:03am

Sun June 28, 2015
Books

Like Seinfeld, 'Festival' Is About Nothing... And Everything

Courtesy of HarperCollins

Milan Kundera has made a career of writing about insignificance.

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