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Desserts To Help Ring In The New Year

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 7:47am

Pastry chef Aggie Chin talks with NPR's Ailsa Chang about desserts for your New Year's Eve party. This week, it's citrus pavlova cake.

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Get A Global Perpective With 5 Of The Year's Best Books In Translation

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 6:00am

Small publishers and big indie powerhouses alike showcased international voices this year — we pick out a few of our favorites, from a bitter marriage drama to the memoirs of a polar bear family.

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NPR's Book Concierge To The Rescue With Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 4:10pm

Books make great last minute gift ideas. Here are a few tips for book shoppers with voids still to fill, helped by NPR's Book Concierge.

Cocktail Ideas To Put The Holiday Spirit Into Your Spirits

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 4:10pm

Paul Taylor of the Miracle on 7th Street holiday pop-up bar in Washington, D.C. has some ideas for last-minute, simple and festive cocktails.

How Kitchen Sounds Influence Food Flavor

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 4:10pm

Molly Birnbaum and Dan Souza are the editors of Cook's Science magazine. Birnbaum has written an article called "Taste with Your Ears: How Sound Can Change the Way You Eat."

A Love Letter To Love Letters — And A Call To Hang Them On The Wall

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 4:01pm

In 1972, NPR asked listeners to write noncommercial commercials: ads for life's little joys. One praised love notes — and suggested they ought to be showed off and shared, not stored away.

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Not My Job: We Quiz Composer Michael Giacchino On Decomposition

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 10:11am

We invite the composer beind the Star Wars and Star Trek soundtracks to play a game called "Just like composing, but it goes the other way."

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The Traditional Food Debate Rages On: Latkes Or Hamantaschen?

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 7:34am

For 70 years scholars at the University of Chicago have been debating the age old question: Latkes or Hamantaschen? NPR's Lind Wertheimer discusses the debate with moderator Hal Weitzman.

NPR Holiday Leftovers Presents: Lulu Garcia-Navarro's Monteria

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 7:34am

Weekend Edition has been collecting holiday recipes from NPR staffers. This morning, we feature Lulu Garcia-Navarro's recipe for a dish called monteria.

New Biography Chronicles Shirley Jackson's 'Rather Haunted Life'

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 7:34am

Shirley Jackson is probably best known for the creepy short story "The Lottery." But a new biography, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, paints a much more complete picture of the writer.

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Get In The Christmas Spirit: A Popular Victorian Ghost Story

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 7:34am

Back in the 19th century, ghost stories were all the rage at Christmastime. NPR's Linda Wertheimer reads a spooky Victorian tale.

Beyond Latkes: 8 Nights Of Fried Delights From Around The World

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 6:40am

Jews commemorate Hanukkah by eating fried foods. For most American Jews, that means latkes — potato pancakes fried in oil. But other cultures toss different foods into pots of boiling oil.

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VIDEO: Wrap Up These Tamales For A Christmas Eve Feast

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 6:00am

Tamales are a Christmas Eve tradition for many Latinos. But they're also labor intensive and daunting for the newbie. Never fear: Mexican chef Pati Jinich shows us how to master this holiday favorite.

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In Gritty Sao Paulo, Samba Reinvents Itself With An Introspective Sound

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 6:00am

A hundred years after the first recorded samba, São Paulo is pioneering the genre's second act. The city's introspective anthems couldn't be more different than Rio's optimistic, breezy samba beat.

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You've Got Mail: Book Boxes Offer Novels And Novelty Items

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 6:00am

It's OK if you haven't heard of book box subscriptions. These relatively new services, available in all kinds of genres, deliver curated selections of books and extras to subscribers every month.

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Actress Carrie Fisher Hospitalized After Entering Cardiac Arrest, Reports Say

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 5:37pm

Both the Los Angeles City Fire Department and United Airlines say a passenger aboard a flight from London was unresponsive. Multiple media reports claim it was the "Star Wars" actress.

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Encore: An Elf Questions Santa's Naughty Or Nice System

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 3:49pm

An elf, tasked with deciding which children are naughty or nice, begins to question Santa's system.

'Daniel Blake' Skewers The Red Tape Bureaucracy Of England's Health System

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 3:49pm

British director Ken Loach is both an award-winning filmmaker and a social activist. His latest film combines those impulses

For Film's Creators, 'Moonlight' Provided Space To Explore A Painful Past

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 12:48pm

Playwright Tarell McCraney and filmmaker Barry Jenkins drew on their childhood experiences in making Moonlight, about a boy growing up in a Miami housing project. Originally broadcast Oct. 19, 2016.

New Orleans' Beloved Santa Makes The Twitterverse Believe In Christmas Magic

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 12:17pm

Joy to the ward! New Orleans' ageless Seventh Ward Santa Claus inspires a Twitter reunion of generations.

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