Fri June 21, 2013
Monkey See

The Kendama: Can A Wooden Toy Be A Viral Sensation?

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 7:11 pm

The traditional Kendama is making a splash with kids.
Norasit Kaewsai


Fri June 21, 2013
The Salt

Mastering A Sea Monster: From Greece, A Lesson In Grilling Octopus

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 3:09 pm

For octopus flesh to be tender enough to grill, it must be dried in the sun at least one full day.
Joanna Kakissis for NPR

The Greeks have been eating octopus since ancient times, and it's still on the menu of the country's many psarotavernes, or fish taverns.

On the islands, where the catch is often fresh, octopus is grilled over charcoal, seasoned with fresh lemon and served with ouzo. Friends and families often share this special summer meze during a hot day at the beach.

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Fri June 21, 2013
The Salt

Farm Free Or Die! Maine Towns Rebel Against Food Rules

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 5:18 pm

Dan Brown pets "Sprocket," his family's 4-year-old, sole milking cow, before hosing her down at his farm in Blue Hill, Maine. Brown has become the poster child for Maine's food sovereignty movement.
John Clarke Russ Bangor Daily News

New Englanders have never been shy about revolting against what they see as unfair food regulations. Remember that whole Boston Tea Party thing?

So perhaps it's not so surprising that in Maine, towns have been staging another revolution: They've declared independence from state and federal regulations on locally produced foods.

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Fri June 21, 2013
Faith Matters

Funeral Director Reflects On Life Full Of 'Sad, Good' Times

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 2:03 pm



This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, we head to the barbershop for the guys' take on the week's news. But first it's time for Faith Matters. That's the part of the program where we talk about issues of spirituality and religion. And traditions of faith play a big role in rituals surrounding death.

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Fri June 21, 2013
Ask Me Another

Owen King: It Runs In The Family

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 12:01 pm

Owen King
Danielle Lurie


Fri June 21, 2013
TED Radio Hour

How Much Can Children Teach Themselves?

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 5:11 pm

Sugata Mitra at the TED conference in 2013.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Unstoppable Learning.

About Sugata Mitra's TED Talk

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Fri June 21, 2013
Code Switch

Jeah! We Mapped Out The 4 Basic Aspects Of Being A 'Bro'

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 8:45 pm

Alyson Hurt NPR

What up, bro? What's good, brah?

This is the chant of the bro, an equally parodied and celebrated genus of young men. (They've been designated "bros" mostly because, well, they say "bro" a whole lot.)

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Fri June 21, 2013
Critics' Lists: Summer 2013

Nancy Pearl Scours The Shelves For Books You Might Have Missed

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 4:06 pm

Andrew Bannecker

If you'd like your summer reading to take you beyond the beaten path, librarian Nancy Pearl is here to help. NPR's go-to books guru joins us regularly to reveal "under the radar" reads — books she thinks deserve more attention than they've been getting. Pearl talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about some of the titles she picked out for the summer reading season.

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Fri June 21, 2013
Movie Reviews

For Pixar's 'Monsters,' A Sophomore Slump

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 12:27 pm

For Billy Crystal's Mike, the big green eyeball of Monsters University, scaring hardly comes naturally.

It's a big month for origin stories: first the Man of Steel, now the Eye of Green and the Abominable Furball of Blue — aka Mike and Sully, top scarers at Monsters, Inc. How did they become the best of the best, you ask? You didn't ask? Well, Pixar's got the answer anyway: They trained at Monsters U.

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Fri June 21, 2013
Movie Reviews

'World War Z': When Going Viral Isn't Such A Good Thing

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 11:09 am

Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) puts his past as a U.N. investigator to work again when he and his family — not to mention the rest of the planet — are threatened by a zombie apocalypse.
Paramount Pictures

World War Z is clearly out to make a buck — and needs to, since with its well-publicized overruns, rewrites and production delays, it looks to have cost gazillions in screenwriter salaries alone — but for its first hour or so, you'd never guess this sprawling contagion epic had anything on its mind but action storytelling.

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