Arts

8:08am

Sat June 29, 2013
The Salt

Preserving The Season's Fruits With A Canning Evangelist

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 3:44 pm

For the sweetest, smoothest strawberry jam, author Kevin West suggests staying as far away as possible from what he calls "Pamela Anderson fruit": the big strawberries found in regular supermarkets. He prefers picking small, red berries from farm stands, instead.
Kevin West Knopf

Shopping at a farmers market on a weekend morning can turn bittersweet if your eye for just-picked summer fruit is bigger than your refrigerator and appetite.

That's a crisis first-time cookbook author Kevin West found himself in a few years back. After one particular farmers market spree, West's buyer's remorse came from a big package of fresh strawberries.

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5:28am

Sat June 29, 2013
Book Reviews

Iain Banks Bids Us Farewell With 'The Quarry'

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 2:25 pm

At the time of his death from cancer in June, Iain Banks had written 27 books. He was the rarest of creatures, a writer acclaimed (by critics and fans alike) not just for his literary fiction, but also for the science fiction novels he wrote as Iain M. Banks. It is hard to think of another author who crossed genres and melded audiences with a comparable level of success.

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5:19am

Sat June 29, 2013
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Paul Feig Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 7:07 pm

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale.
Anonymous AP

The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

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5:15am

Sat June 29, 2013
Sports

Randonneurs Are In It For The Ride, Not The Race

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 3:44 pm

Michael Bingle of Vancouver, Wash., rides through Grand Ronde, Ore., during a 400-kilometer randonnée in May.
Angela Evancie

For many of us, a single cycling event — the Tour de France — defines athleticism on two wheels. The epic race was first organized by a French newspaper editor named Henri Desgrange in 1903. But Desgrange also had a hand in the creation of a very different style of cycling: the randonnée, a long distance-ride that prizes camaraderie and self-sufficiency over flat-out speed.

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10:11pm

Fri June 28, 2013
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Not My Job: Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee Gets Cursy

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, performing one of her famous long jumps in 1985.
Tony Duffy Getty Images

If you were a track and field fan in the 1980s and '90s, three names rose above all the others — and they all belonged to one woman. Jackie Joyner-Kersee rose from East St. Louis to medal in four Olympic Games and to be named the greatest female athlete of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated.

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2:55pm

Fri June 28, 2013
The Salt

Bikini Baristas And Sexist Sausages: Food Marketing Gone Wrong

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 4:22 pm

KOMO News

In Seattle, the city that sired Starbucks, you don't have to travel more than a few steps to find a decent — nay, great — cup of joe. Java is the lifeblood of the city: Where other cities might offer walking tours of historic sites, in Seattle, "coffee crawls" take visitors to the city's best-loved coffeehouses.

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2:54pm

Fri June 28, 2013
Arts & Life

Bullock And McCarthy, Packing 'Heat' (And Laughs) In Boston

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 9:22 pm

'Heat' Stroke: The genius of this buddy-cop comedy is in its pairing of Sandra Bullock (left, as a by-the-book process nerd of an FBI suit) with Melissa McCarthy, who plays a sloppy Boston detective with no patience for procedure.
Gemma La Mana Fox

Summer movies, as you may have noticed, are overwhelmingly male-dominated. But this summer, there's an exception: The Heat, a buddy cop flick with a distaff difference.

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12:58pm

Fri June 28, 2013
Monkey See

Let Us Now Have A Heated Argument About Plinko. I'll Start.

Carlos Santiago and his daughter, Jasmine, play Plinko as show host Drew Carey and model Manuela Arbelaez on a special Father's Day episode of The Price Is Right. (Plinko is terrible.)
Greg Gayne CBS

There are people who believe that Plinko is the best game on The Price Is Right. I have a name for these people. I call them "Wrongety Wrong Wrong." They are the leaders of Wrongitania. They are the Doctors Of Wrongology. They are the Wrongtown Rats.

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10:02am

Fri June 28, 2013
Ask Me Another

Daniel Okrent: Swinging For The Fences

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 11:55 am

Daniel Okrent
Courtesy of the author

9:51am

Fri June 28, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Can Everything Change In An Instant?

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 10:26 am

"These thing that were a part of me before the crash, are still present in me" - Joshua Prager
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Turning Points.

About Joshua Prager's TEDTalk

When Joshua Prager was 19, a devastating bus accident left him paralyzed on his left side. He returned to Israel twenty years later to find the driver who turned his world upside down. Prager tells his story and probes deep questions of identity, self-deception and destiny.

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