Arts

4:24pm

Fri December 7, 2012
Movies

Hollywood Heights: The Ups, Downs And In-Betweens

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 11:50 pm

Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise at the Writer's Guild Awards in Beverly Hills in 1998.
Ron Wolfson Landov

Hollywood can make any actor look imposing by shooting from a low angle or building sets with short door frames. But the fact is that we want our heroes big and our villains bigger, and the average male actor is about the same size as the average American male — roughly 5 foot 9 1/2. And some very "big" stars have been a good deal less than that.

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1:56pm

Fri December 7, 2012
The Salt

Mushroom Ice Cream, Anyone? Chefs Turning To Veggies For Dessert

A cup of pumpkin ice cream with chunks of frozen candy cap mushrooms. The candy cap variety is said to have the fragrance of maple syrup.
Jeff Moreau

Chefs at some of the most cutting edge restaurants in the country are incorporating vegetables into their desserts in ways that, at first glance, might not seem very dessert-y.

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1:35pm

Fri December 7, 2012
Book Reviews

At Home With Dickens And Louisa May Alcott

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 12:49 pm

Free Press

Famous writers and their families: that's the subject of two recent biographical studies that read like novels — one a Gothic nightmare; the other, a romance.

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12:10pm

Fri December 7, 2012
The Picture Show

A Look At Brazil's Big Dreamer, Architect Oscar Niemeyer

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 4:27 pm

A composite image shows architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1992 (left), and one of his buildings photographed circa 1955.
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There are a number of ways to leave a legacy. Some people have kids. Some become president. Or you can build unforgettable buildings that define the landscape.

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12:03pm

Fri December 7, 2012
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of December 6, 2012

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 2:16 pm

Jim Butcher's Cold Days resurrects Harry Dresden into eternal servitude. It debuts at No. 7.

12:02pm

Fri December 7, 2012
Hanukkah Lights: Stories of the Season

Hanukkah Lights 2012

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  • Hanukkah Lights 2012 full, one-hour special

In stories by four noted authors, this year's edition of Hanukkah Lights showcases some of the program's most touching and insightful moments: Two teenagers find the formula to bridge a bitter family divide; the life of a cynical young reporter is changed by a single mysterious encounter; a reluctant grade-school student stands up for his heritage, and is wounded in the line of duty; and a despairing mom reconnects with her distant yet devoted daughter. Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz bring these generation-spanning tales to life.

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11:49am

Fri December 7, 2012
The Salt

When It Comes To Boxed Wine, The Cooler, The Better

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 1:22 pm

If you're picking a boxed wine for your party this season, be aware that temperature is everything.
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Bag-in-the-box wine doesn't have the classiest of reputations. It's usually cheap and in the past at least, has been aimed at less sophisticated consumers. But in recent years, boxed wine has tried to buck the stereotype, whether by gussying up the product packaging or simply putting higher-quality wine in the box.

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11:05am

Fri December 7, 2012
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Second Acts And Party People, Or Not

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Our first topic on the show this week follows indirectly from a correction we received about the current status of Andrew McCarthy: we talk about second acts (they do exist in American lives, you know), from child actors who now make cool videos and write great books to the complex question of whether going from

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6:05pm

Thu December 6, 2012
Food

In A Family's Lost Cookie, Lots Of Love, And Molasses

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 2:09 pm

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NPR's Lost Recipe project helped Pavlos re-create her great-grandmother's jumble cookies.
Courtesy of Nancy Baggett

Frederick Rickmeyer, our hats are off to you and your note-taking ways.

Shortly after the turn of the last century, Frederick started documenting his wife's recipes on the blank memoranda pages of a cookbook. He included titles like My Wife's Own Original Spanish Bun and comments like "as good as ever," along with the ingredients and dates.

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5:09pm

Thu December 6, 2012
Remembrances

Architect Designed Exuberant, Optimistic Places

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 6:40 pm

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Oscar Niemeyer is virtually responsible for the strikingly modern look of Brazil's capital and co-led the team that designed the U.N. building in New York City. Neimeyer died Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro at the age of 104.

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