Arts

3:20am

Mon January 14, 2013
The Salt

Cross-Culture Cilantro Sauce And Other Secrets Of Gran Cocina Latina

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 3:27 pm

Presilla's Ecuadorian Spicy Onion and Tamarillo Salsa, made right in David Greene's kitchen.
Selena Simmons-Duffin NPR

Chef and culinary historian Maricel Presilla owns two restaurants and has written many cookbooks. But her newest book, Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America, is her attempt to give fans a heaping helping of the many cultures she blends into her world.

"It's my whole life," she tells Morning Edition host David Greene. "There are recipes there of my childhood, things that I remember my family, my aunts doing. But also things that I learned as I started to travel Latin America."

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5:12pm

Sun January 13, 2013
Books

A 'Beautiful Vision' In Science Forgotten

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 1:48 pm

Emily Dickinson's poem that begins with the line "I died for beauty" inspires the title of a new biography of Dorothy Wrinch, the path-breaking mathematician who faced the kind of tumult that scientific inquiry can inspire.

Few people outside the sciences have heard of Wrinch. In 1929, she became the first woman to receive a doctorate of science from Oxford University. But that only begins her largely unknown story.

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7:56am

Sun January 13, 2013
Author Interviews

'I Accepted Responsibility': McChrystal On His 'Share Of The Task'

Originally published on Sun January 13, 2013 1:25 pm

Stanley McChrystal's new memoir, My Share of the Task, recounts lessons from his years in the military.
Penguin Books

Gen. Stanley McChrystal says he's moved on with his life. The four-star general was forced to resign from the military after his aides were quoted in a Rolling Stone article making disparaging remarks about members of the Obama administration.

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7:29am

Sun January 13, 2013
Monkey See

Watch The Golden Globes With Us, Where The Drinks Are Optional

Originally published on Sun January 13, 2013 6:24 pm

Seen here in January 2012, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are the hosts of Sunday night's Golden Globes.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

The Golden Globes have a well-deserved reputation for being both goofy and pretty much meaningless. They've made it into the news the last few years largely by convincing people that Ricky Gervais' Hugh Hefner jokes were dangerous and daring. (They weren't.)

This year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has actually done something very promising by lining up Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host together. Now that — that -- seems like it might be good.

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6:03am

Sun January 13, 2013
PG-13: Risky Reads

Daughter Of The Storm: An Iranian Literary Revolution

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Roya Hakakian's most recent book is Assassins of the Turquoise Palace.

Adolescence is a universally grave hour. Mine was made graver by a revolution in 1979 in my beloved birth country of Iran. The mutiny I felt within had an echo in the world without. On the streets, martial law was in effect. Tehran was burning, bleeding.

A popular American belief holds that the act of writing can somehow save the writer. But having written a couple of books and countless essays, I disagree. What saved me was not writing, but reading.

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5:58am

Sun January 13, 2013
Books

Life Is Difficult But Rewarding Under This 'Umbrella'

Originally published on Sun January 13, 2013 10:30 am

Will Self is a British author and journalist. His latest book, Umbrella, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
Polly Borland

What is the best way for a writer to reflect life? For most of us, it's probably the traditional novel that has sat on our nightstands the most: the sprawling, linear tale, told from birth to death. For Will Self, the most lifelike story is told inside out, from the minds of the characters, without a narrator, a filter or any explanations along the way.

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5:55am

Sun January 13, 2013
Author Interviews

Deserts, Coal Walking And Wildfires: Can You Take The 'Heat'?

Originally published on Sun January 13, 2013 10:30 am

To understand heat, biologist Bill Streever simmered in some of the hottest places on Earth, including California's Death Valley.
Gabriel Bouys AFP/Getty Images

Scientist and writer Bill Streever is fascinated by the extremes at both ends of the thermometer. In his 2009 book, Cold, he visited some of the chilliest places on Earth. And in his latest book, he treks through Death Valley, investigates fire-based weaponry and walks on coals — all to gain insight into what it means to be hot. Really hot.

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12:03am

Sun January 13, 2013
Sunday Puzzle

Two Is Company, Three Is A Crowd

Originally published on Sun January 13, 2013 2:22 pm

NPR Graphic

On-air challenge: Given three three-letter words, give a three-letter word that can follow each to complete a familiar six-letter word. None of the words in a set will be related in meaning. For example, given "dam," "man" and "sew," the answer would be "age," which results in "damage," "manage" and "sewage."

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5:07pm

Sat January 12, 2013
Author Interviews

Father's Death Spurs Son To Tackle Health Care

Originally published on Sat January 12, 2013 7:37 pm

Random House

In 2007, David Goldhill's father, in good overall health, checked into the hospital with a minor case of pneumonia. Within a few days, he developed sepsis, then a wave of secondary infections. A few weeks after entering the hospital and the day after his 83rd birthday, he died.

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4:48pm

Sat January 12, 2013
Movie Interviews

Ann Dowd's One-Woman Oscar-Nomination Campaign

Originally published on Sun January 13, 2013 11:01 am

Ann Dowd plays Sandra, a hard-nosed Midwestern manager of a fast-food franchise in Compliance. The actress spent $13,000 to try to get an Oscar nomination for the role.
Magnolia Pictures

Actress Ann Dowd won huge praise from critics for her role in the indie movie Compliance. But when it came time to start campaigning for nominations ahead of awards season, Magnolia Pictures — the studio that produced the film — told her they didn't have the budget to lobby the Academy for a best supporting actress award for her.

So Dowd did something exceedingly rare in Hollywood: She started her own campaign.

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