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Gail Simmons: A Top Chef's Duel

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:51am

Given Simmons' Top Chef judging cred, we ask her to turn her discerning palate toward taking down some trendy foods that have overstayed their welcome. She's still waiting for a good cake pop.

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Random Questions With: Gail Simmons

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:51am

The Top Chef judge knows a thing or two about food. But where does she stand on breakfast for dinner vs. leftovers for breakfast? In this game, competing foods battle it out for Simmons' approval.

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'This Impromptu Dance': Geoffrey Holder's Son Tells One More Story

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 8:33am

Dancer, choreographer, director, actor and painter Geoffrey Holder died Sunday. His son, Leo, writes about the remarkable last night he spent with his father.

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Literature Nobel Goes to French Novelist Patrick Modiano

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 6:10am

The Swedish Academy lauded Modiano "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation."

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Simple Sketches Of A Complicated Cure In 'The Hospital Suite'

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 6:03am

Cartoonist John Porcellino details a decades-long health struggle in his new graphic memoir. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says Porcellino's spare art is a powerful way to engage with the topic of illness.

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A New Museum To Celebrate Southern Food (And You Can Eat The Exhibits)

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 3:03pm

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans is re-imagining what a museum can be. There's plenty of scholarship, but also taste testing — and a mission to help budding food entrepreneurs.

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A Mortician Talks Openly About Death, And Wants You To, Too

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 2:45pm

"You're never going to be completely comfortable with it," says mortician and author Caitlin Doughty. "But it's an important process." Smoke Gets In Your Eyes is her new memoir.

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In Cronenberg's 'Consumed,' An Appetite For Sex, Death And The Latest Gear

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 1:24pm

Director David Cronenberg's debut novel is about two journalists chasing after sensational stories. This book is admirable in its unflinching gaze and beautiful in its depiction of a twisted reality.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch: 'Twin Peaks' Returns

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:41am

Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon take a few minutes to discuss the resurrection of the David Lynch cult television series Twin Peaks.

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Cameron Esposito And The Comedy Of Confidence

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:58am

In a new comedy album, Cameron Esposito covers strip clubs, her attraction to "women in crisis," her awkward youth, and her bone-deep comfort in her own skin.

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Book News: Bob Dylan's Lyrics Get Their Own Book — And It's Massive

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 6:20am

The 1,034-page collection sets out to annotate, illustrate and track the changes of Dylan's myriad songs. Also, after a decade on trial, Superman won't be reaching the Supreme Court.

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A Hairy, Sardonic Fable In 'The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil'

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 6:03am

Stephen Collins' debut graphic novel depicts a bland, comfortable, conformist world turned upside down by one man's sudden growth of a bristly, twisty, unstoppably anarchic beard.

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In 'Lila,' A Nomad Finds Solace And Love In The Arms Of A Preacher

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 2:15am

Marilynne Robinson's fourth novel is a prequel to 2004's Gilead: That book told the Rev. John Ames' family story and this book tells the story of his wife.

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'A Chosen Exile': Black People Passing In White America

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 4:12pm

From the time of slavery, some light-skinned African-Americans escaped racism by passing as white. The new book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, explores what they lost.

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Voters Get Their Say On GMO Labeling In Colorado, Oregon

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:24pm

Similar measures calling for labeling genetically modified foods have failed in recent years in California and Washington.

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'The Flash' And 'Gotham' Succeed By Taking Comic Book Stories Seriously

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:20pm

As The CW's new superhero series The Flash debuts tonight, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans notes the best new broadcast dramas of the fall season are based on comic book stories.

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The Secret To Prize-Winning Porridge Is In the Spurtle

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:20pm

An Scottish man won the prestigious 21st Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championships on Saturday. We learn from Dr. Izhar Khan about his secret to winning porridge.

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The Great Bluff That Led To A 'Magical' Pill And A Sexual Revolution

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 2:09pm

In the '50s, four people collaborated to create a pill so women could enjoy sex. They fibbed about their motivations and skirted the law. Jonathan Eig details the history in The Birth of the Pill.

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Eating Comfort Foods May Not Be So Comforting After All

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 2:04pm

It's tempting to seek out the mac-and-cheese or a pint of ice cream after a terrible, horrible, no good day. But fresh research suggests such comfort foods might not be mood boosters after all.

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'The Flash' Winks At History And Keeps Its Superhero Tone Light

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 11:05am

The CW's remake of The Flash has an affection view of super-history, resting comfortably among the many version of many heroes already born.

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