Arts

12:18am

Wed April 9, 2014
Food

Some Appetizing Nibbles For Pre-Seder Snacking

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 2:38 pm

A spread of Passover snacks
Deena Prichep for NPR

The Passover Seder is usually described as a ceremonial meal: Participants sit down to a set of ritualized foods and tell the story of the exodus from Egypt. But more than just tell it, Jews are bidden to relive it. We engage in ritual and discussion and debate, until each of us feels that we've made a journey ourselves. It's a singular, time-stopping evening. But it can take a very long time.

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5:55pm

Tue April 8, 2014
Author Interviews

In This 'Almanac,' Fiction Makes The Best Time Machine

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:24 am

Courtesy of Tor

From Back to the Future to The Twilight Zone and Doctor Who, the theme of time travel is timeless on the screen and on the page. What is it about time travel that's so darn appealing?

"We all have this idea in our heads that, if only I had said this, if only I had done that — we all want to go back and do something," says Ann VanderMeer. She and her husband Jeff are the editors of the new Time Traveler's Almanac, a giant compilation of time travel stories ranging from classic to very, very modern.

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2:45pm

Tue April 8, 2014
Code Switch

Coming Out In Basketball: How Brittney Griner Found 'A Place Of Peace'

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:24 am

Brittney Griner puts up a shot against Japan during a 2013 preseason WNBA game in Phoenix.
Christian Petersen Getty Images

Brittney Griner is 23 years old, 6 feet 8 inches tall and one of the best female basketball players in the world. She was the WNBA top draft pick last year, and in college she set records for the most blocked shots in a season and the most career blocks in history — for male and female players. She's so good that the owner of a men's team — the Dallas Mavericks — has said he'd recruit her.

Now, Griner is also an author. She's co-written a new memoir, In My Skin, in which she describes being bullied and taunted as a kid for her height and athleticism.

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2:06pm

Tue April 8, 2014
Television

'Parenthood' Is Hard, But NBC Gets This Family Drama Right

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 4:41 pm

Family dramas have always been one of television's most difficult genres to do properly, without getting too sweet, too overwrought, or too predictable — but NBC's Parenthood finds the right balance. Above, Ray Romano as Hank, Mae Whitman as Amber, and Lauren Graham as Sarah.
Colleen Hayes NBC

During a recent Fresh Air review of the CBS series The Good Wife, I referred to it as one of my "go-to" shows whenever anyone asks me to name a drama series on broadcast TV that's as good as the ones on cable these days. Ever since, I've wanted to give equal time to my other go-to choice. That show, now winding up its fifth season, is NBC's Parenthood.

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2:06pm

Tue April 8, 2014
Author Interviews

A Nonbeliever Tries To Make Sense Of The Visions She Had As A Teen

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 2:35 pm

In her memoir Living With a Wild God, Barbara Ehrenreich describes the mystical visions she had as a teenager.
Courtesy of Twelve/Hachette Book Group

Barbara Ehrenreich is known for her books and essays about politics, social welfare, class, women's health and other women's issues. Her best-seller Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, explored the difficulties faced by low-wage workers. So fans of Ehrenreich's writing may be surprised at the subject of her new memoir — the mystical visions she had as a teenager.

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1:23pm

Tue April 8, 2014
Code Switch

For Poetry Month, We're Taking To Twitter — And We Want Your Help

According to iStockphoto, these floating letters "symbolize the idea of literature." Sure. We'll just roll with that.
iStockphoto

Help us make poetry!

April is National Poetry Month: 30 days set aside for the celebration of all things verse. Many of us here at Code Switch love poetry every month of the year, but we can't always make space for it in our coverage.

So this month, we're taking advantage of the national celebration and highlighting great poets and poems that address issues of race, ethnicity and culture.

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1:01pm

Tue April 8, 2014
The Salt

Why Chocolate Is A Bargaining Chip In The Ukraine-Russia Conflict

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 4:21 pm

Roshen is a premium brand but some say it tastes "less refined" than Western European chocolate.
Bodo Flickr

In the political battle between Ukraine and Russia, one of the biggest pawns is chocolate.

That's because the current front-runner in Ukraine's presidential race is Petro Poroshenko, known as "the Chocolate King." His billion-dollar empire was founded on candy factories.

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12:49pm

Tue April 8, 2014
My Big Break

Ken Jeong, Leaving Medicine For Movies

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

You might have heard that some of our listeners actually joined Twitter just to participate in our Twitter poetry series. You might call it their big break into poetry. Well, our colleagues at All Things Considered have been hearing stories from a number of people about the moment when their careers in other fields took off.

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12:49pm

Tue April 8, 2014
#TMMPoetry: Muses and Metaphor

Creating An Ecosystem In 140 Characters

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 2:36 pm

Dennis Macdonald Getty Images

For Tell Me More's second week of Muses and Metpahor poet Holly Bass stopped by to talk about her teen writing initiative at a Washington, D.C. detention center. Bass has been working with her students to create poems that are 140-characters or less. She shared how she inspires them to navigate the sometimes difficult limitation.

"I tell them to just write a whole poem and then you can take one line or two lines from that poem and turn that into your Twitter poem" Bass told Tell Me More's Michel Martin.

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7:39am

Tue April 8, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Donna Tartt, Jhumpa Lahiri On Baileys Prize Shortlist

Donna Tartt reads from her novel The Goldfinch at the world book launch in September 2013 in Amsterdam.
AFP/Getty Images

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

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