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Offering A 'Flawless Experience' Puts Chefs In A Pressure Cooker

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:01am

Chef Eric Ziebold discusses the high-stakes world of luxe cuisine in the wake of the death of Benoit Violier, a French Swiss chef who many said was the best in the world.

'Food Surgeon' Dissects Candy And Fruit With Weirdly Hypnotic Flair

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 4:09pm

The Food Surgeon, a channel on YouTube, turns a camera and a doctor's operating tools on familiar foods. It's just art, says the guy behind the videos, a food-loving engineer in Seattle.

Louis C.K. Drops Surprise New Drama 'Horace And Pete' Online

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 3:44pm

Comedian Louis C.K. is experimenting again with how he distributes programs. He has begun selling a comedy/drama series with a stellar cast online for $5 per episode. NPR explores the show and its business model.

'I Do Like To Stare': Catherine Opie On Her Portraits Of Modern America

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 3:30pm

The photographer has spent her career documenting all kinds of American identities. Her work tackles everything from parenthood and aging, to Elizabeth Taylor and San Francisco's S&M community.

In The Conversation About Diversity In Hollywood, Where Does Sundance Fit In?

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 9:22am

Sundance may be just one part of a much bigger puzzle, but filmmakers of color say it has an important role to play.

Adnan Syed Of 'Serial' Fame Appears In Court To Seek New Trial

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 9:22am

At Wednesday's hearing, lawyers for the convicted murderer are set to present an alibi witness and inconsistencies in cellphone data — issues with his case that were revealed by the popular podcast.

A Writer Straddles Jerusalem's Two Worlds In 'Native'

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 6:00am

With wit and subtle anecdote, Sayed Kashua explores the meaning of identity, prejudice and everyday life as an Arab-Israeli newspaper writer living in Jerusalem.

From Football To Opera: Singer Morris Robinson Takes Center Stage

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 4:11am

Once Morris Robinson dreamed of fame on the football field. Now, he's moving audiences across the world with the power of his voice, and changing the face of opera.

Cuppa Thugs: These Brutal Smugglers Ran An 18th-Century Tea Cartel

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 5:15pm

In the 1700s, steep taxes made tea too pricey for most. Smugglers like the notorious Hawkhurst Gang helped feed England's growing taste for tea, operating with a mix of popular support and fear.

Cochran Would Be 'Leading The Charge' In Ferguson, Says Actor Courtney Vance

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 3:25pm

Actor Courtney B. Vance plays lawyer Johnnie Cochran in the FX miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson. "Finally, on the biggest stage, a black man worked the system," Vance says.

Author Yann Martel On 'That Deeply Unreasonable Phenomenon' Of Faith

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 3:25pm

Martel's new book, The High Mountains of Portugal, shares some themes with his 2001 novel, Life of Pi: Both feature animals (in this case, a chimpanzee) and both struggle with questions of faith.

'Madoff' Tells Its Tale To The Camera

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 3:21pm

Richard Dreyfuss plays Bernie Madoff in a new ABC miniseries as a con men who — like many of his kind — looks right at the viewer.

'The Yid' Puts A Brash, Screwball Spin On Soviet Anti-Semitism

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:19pm

Paul Goldberg's debut novel is an ambitious historical fantasy about Stalin's 1953 plan to purge Jews from the Soviet Union. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Yid is a wildly inventive "what if" story.

Who Are America's 'Homegrown Terrorists'?

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:19pm

CNN's Peter Bergen describes how the Internet and social media have been used to radicalize and recruit Americans to jihad — and how some new jihadists then use those same tools to draw in others.

New Orleans: A City In The Grip Of King Cake Madness

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:19pm

In New Orleans, Carnival is a month-long season where the colorful brioche cakes dominate the diet and culture. King cakes fuel workplace rituals, inspire contests and drive a collective obsession.

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