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Clear Fruit Brandies Pack An Orchard Into A Bottle

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 4:23pm

French-style eaux de vie have made a comeback in the U.S. thanks to the farm-to-table movement. Dozens of distilleries are now crafting dry, fragrant spirits from fruits that might have been wasted.

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Sandwich Monday: Breakfast In A Tin

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 2:54pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a British delicacy: All-Day Breakfast in a can. We may be using the word delicacy incorrectly.

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Alan Turing Notebook Sells For More Than $1 Million At Auction

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 1:32pm

The manuscript dates to 1942 when the mathematician and computer science pioneer worked to break the German Enigma code. It is filled with complex mathematical and computer science notations.

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How Young People Went Underground During The '70s 'Days Of Rage'

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:46pm

Bryan Burrough's new book describes the Weather Underground and other militant groups' tactics to protest the government. He interviews former radicals who had never gone on the record before.

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The Hapless 'Veep' Staff Trips Itself Up As Selina Ascends

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:37am

HBO's terrific political satire returned Sunday night as a teleprompter created a disaster.

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Günter Grass, Who Confronted Germany's Past As Well As His Own, Dies At 87

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 6:30am

In 2006, the Nobel prize-winning author of The Tin Drum admitted that as a teen during World War II, he had served with the Waffen-SS — the combat unit of the Nazi Party's elite military police force.

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From Harpies To Heroines: How Shakespeare's Women Evolved

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:50pm

In her new book Women of Will, Tina Packer traces Shakespeare's maturation — and, she argues, the corresponding transformation of his female characters from caricatures to fully-realized humans.

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I Saw The All-Stars Of Our Generation Honor Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl'

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:23pm

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Ginsberg's once-controversial poem. A group of musicians and actors put on a show in Los Angeles this week in celebration of Ginsberg and his iconic poem.

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In 'Distant Marvels,' A Witness To Revolutions Tells Cuba's Story

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 6:19am

Chantel Acevedo's latest novel opens in 1963 and focuses on octogenarian Maria Sirena, part of a Cuban generation that lived through both the war of independence from Spain and the Cuban Revolution.

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A Good-Old-Boy Thing: Remembering Actor James Best

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 6:19am

Actor James Best died last week at age 88. He was best known for playing Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard." NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with him in 2013.

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On Steel Horses They Ride — To Honor 19th-Century Cavalries

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 6:19am

In the mid- and late 1800s, Buffalo Soldiers were all-black cavalries patrolling America's western frontier. Today, a motorcycle club that carries their name pays homage to the soldiers.

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Meditating On Maisie Dobbs, Our Favorite Intuitive Detective Psychologist

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 6:00am

This trip in the Time Machine, we're looking back at Jacqueline Winspear's well-loved Maisie Dobbs books. Reviewer Bobbi Dumas says there are interesting times ahead for the nurse-turned-sleuth.

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Adventures In Vietnam — Street Food, Love And Taking Chances

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:27am

Journalist Graham Holliday moved to Vietnam in the '90s and immersed himself in the culture through food. That meant getting "a little bit" poisoned, finding the best Bún chả — and meeting his wife.

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'Nurse Jackie' Ends As TV's Most Honest Depiction Of Addiction

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:27am

Showtime's dramedy Nurse Jackie begins its final season Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show offers television's most realistic depiction of a high functioning drug addict.

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Adventures In Vietnam — Street Food, Love And Taking Chances

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:27am

Journalist Graham Holliday moved to Vietnam in the '90s and immersed himself in the culture through food. That meant getting "a little bit" poisoned, finding the best Bún chả — and meeting his wife.

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'Nurse Jackie' Ends As TV's Most Honest Depiction Of Addiction

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:27am

Showtime's dramedy Nurse Jackie begins its final season Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show offers television's most realistic depiction of a high functioning drug addict.

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'American Odyssey': Three Ordinary People, One Thrill-Filled Plot

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 5:08pm

The show is about a government conspiracy. But co-creator Peter Horton says beneath the action, human stories drive the show. "That's the little dirty secret," he says. "This is a character piece."

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A Dark, Funny — And Vietnamese — Look At The Vietnam War

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 5:08pm

Viet Thanh Nguyen grew up in America with war movies like Apocalypse Now and Platoon, which offer accounts of the war focusing on Americans. His new novel, The Sympathizer, follows a Vietnamese spy.

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How Iconic: A Word Is Worth Thousands Of Pictures

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 2:48pm

Inspired by the origins of the Oxford English Dictionary, the Noun Project uses crowdsourcing to gather an army of people to define words. But instead of using other words to do it, they use icons.

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Inside The Wild (And Hand-Drawn) World Of Bill Plympton

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 6:38am

Indie animation king Bill Plympton's latest feature, Cheatin', tells the loopy love story of Jake and Ella, and how their perfect romance fractured. Reporter Jon Kalish visited Plympton in his studio.

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