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The Salt
7:30 am
Sun July 12, 2015

How To Hack Béarnaise, A Mother Of A French Sauce

Frederik de Pue whisks mayonnaise, instead of raw eggs, into his bearnaise sauce.
Ted Robbins NPR

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 11:41 am

This summer, NPR is getting crafty in the kitchen. As part of Weekend Edition's Do Try This At Home series, chefs are sharing their cleverest hacks and tips — taking expensive, exhausting or intimidating recipes and tweaking them to work in any home kitchen.

This week: A stress-free way to make a classic — and unruly — French sauce that's a variation of hollandaise.

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Sunday Puzzle
7:03 am
Sun July 12, 2015

A Puzzle With A Northern Focus, Eh?


Originally published on Sun July 12, 2015 7:29 am

On-air challenge: Today's puzzle involves wordplay on some well-known Canadian place names. Example:

The name of which Canadian province is an anagram of "oration"?

Last week's challenge: The seven words in the following sentence have something very unusual in common — something that almost no other words in the English language share. What is it?

"Ira saw three emigrants restock large wands."

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6:49 am
Sun July 12, 2015

She Was Groot: After A Galactic Hit, Marvel Screenwriter Tackles Comics

One of screenwriter Nicole Perlman's next projects is a comic based on Gamora, the green-skinned killer played by Zoe Saldana in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy.
Marvel Studios

Originally published on Sun July 12, 2015 7:29 am

Nicole Perlman was the first woman to get a screenwriting credit on a Marvel Studios movie, for last year's big hit Guardians of the Galaxy.

Perlman has been tapped to write the upcoming Captain Marvel movie, too, but first she's navigating a slightly less galactic challenge: Writing her first comic book.

What better place to prepare for that than San Diego Comic-Con?

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Monkey See
6:49 am
Sun July 12, 2015

French, English, Comics: Proust On Memory, In Any Language

Marcel Proust
Omikron Omikron Photo Researchers RM/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 7:04 pm

[Deep breath.]

So there's this new English translation of a French graphic novel adaptation of Swann's Way, the first of seven novels in Marcel Proust's masterwork, In Search of Lost Time.

Got all that? First there was the 1913 novel by Proust (in French!), then a graphic novel adaptation by Stephane Heuet (in French!) that was published in installments between in 1998 and 2013, and now that whole thing has been translated by Arthur Goldhammer (into English!).

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The Salt
6:49 am
Sun July 12, 2015

The Ramadan Breakfast Of Champions To Get You Through A Day's Fast

Men line up at a takeaway food stand in the Saudi port of Jeddah in the early hours of August 26, 2011. Practicing Muslims eat their suhoor meal before dawn during the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
Amer Hilabi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 12, 2015 11:27 am

We're coming up on the final week of the month of Ramadan. It's the time of year when observant Muslims avoid all food and drink during the holy month's daylight hours — if they're able.

When Ramadan falls during the height of summer — as it does this year — that's a lot of hours. So what's the best thing to eat to prepare you for a long fast?

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Sun July 12, 2015

'Cold Iron' Asks: What If Tolkien Had Been American?

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 1:44 pm

In the acknowledgements for Cold Iron, Stina Leicht writes that one of the questions at the core of her new Malorum Gates series is, "if Tolkien had been American, what would fantasy look like?" It's a fascinating question — and I don't intend to sound cynical or glib when I say that, according to Cold Iron, the answer is, at least partly, "more full of guns." Cold Iron is very attentive to the nuances of early modern warfare, on both land and sea.

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Author Interviews
5:26 am
Sun July 12, 2015

In Palestine, A Child Of Violence Becomes A Music Educator

Bloomsbury USA

Originally published on Sun July 12, 2015 7:29 am

When the first Palestinian uprising began in the late 1980s, the images from the intifada showed exploding tear gas canisters launched by Israelis, answered by Palestinian youngsters shooting slingshots and hurling rocks. A photographer snapped a photo of a boy with tears in his eyes, an 8-year-old named Ramzi Aburedwan. The image came to represent the rage and frustration of life in the refugee camps. But although his face was famously stuck in time, Ramzi's life changed dramatically when he was introduced to music at age 16.

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Code Switch
4:53 am
Sun July 12, 2015

In The Writer's Room, One Woman Quietly Makes Late Night History

Robin Thede is head writer for Comedy Central's The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. She's previously been a reporter for E! News, a writer for BET's Real Husbands of Hollywood and head writer for The Queen Latifah Show.
Jaxonphotogroup Courtesy of Robin Thede

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 11:00 pm

How do you write jokes for a TV comedy about race and culture when there are riots over how police treat black suspects, and a gunman just shot down nine people in a black church?

If you're Robin Thede, head writer for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, you think carefully about where you focus the joke.

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Author Interviews
4:11 pm
Sat July 11, 2015

Fearing Her Mind's Decline, Patricia Marx Scrambles To Get 'Less Stupid'

Patricia Marx is also the author of two novels, Starting from Happy and Him Her Him Again the End of Him.
Courtesy of Hachette Book Group

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 8:35 pm

Patricia Marx is a former writer for Saturday Night Live and Rugrats. She's a contributor to The New Yorker.

And she's afraid she's losing her mind.

"There were just so many moments of, 'What's that thing that you put the thing in that's got the thing that, you know, that what is it called?' " Marx tells NPR's Arun Rath.

"I was really worried that in a matter of days, I was going to need a caregiver and the caregiver was going to find the butter dish in my sock drawer."

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The Two-Way
11:18 am
Sat July 11, 2015

Roger Rees, Welsh-Born Stage, Screen And TV Actor, Dies At 71

Roger Rees, the Tony Award-winning Welsh-born actor and director who appeared on TV's "The West Wing" and was a mainstay on Broadway died Friday night. He was 71.
Jim Cooper AP

Roger Rees, the Tony Award-winning Welsh-born actor and director who got his start on the stage but also appeared in film and television shows such as Cheers and The West Wing, died Friday night in New York at age 71 after what his spokesman described as a "brief illness."

The Associated Press says Rees "had abruptly left The Visit on Broadway in late May to undergo a medical procedure."

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Monkey See
10:03 am
Sat July 11, 2015

Why 'Self/less' Needs A Better Past To Build A Better Future

Ryan Reynolds in Self/less.
Alan Markfield Gramercy Pictures

It's a shame Ben Kingsley doesn't have more of a mustache in Tarsem Singh's new science fiction thriller Self/less. If he had one long enough to twirl menacingly, if he was playing that kind of outsize stereotype, at least he'd be able to clarify exactly what sort of role he's meant to fulfill.

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8:45 am
Sat July 11, 2015

The Bucket List

Sweet little Chester - before and after
Credit Chester's Final Journey [Facebook]

When a woman decided to adopt a dying dog, it was an act of compassion.  But her decision to create a bucket list for Chester, and document it all on social media, has captured the imagination of pet lovers everywhere.  Her love and compassion for an animal that may have only weeks to live has focused attention on hospice care for pets.


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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:13 am
Sat July 11, 2015

Not My Job: Terry Gross Gets Quizzed On Terry Gene Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan)

Daniel Burke Fresh Air

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 10:25 am

This week, we recorded the show in Philadelphia, home of WHYY. And that means that (for once!) we get to ask Fresh Air's Terry Gross the questions.

We've invited Terry to answer three questions about another Terry: Terry Gene Bollea — better known as pro wrestler Hulk Hogan.

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Fresh Air Weekend
8:03 am
Sat July 11, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Freeing Amy Winehouse From Her Tabloid Legacy

Amy Winehouse performs at London's Music of Black Origin Awards in 2007.
Jo Hale Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 11:56 am

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6:45 am
Sat July 11, 2015

Winning Is For Losers: The Great Stories Of The Guys Who Finish Last

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 9:38 am

Cyclists competing in the Tour de France entered the 8th Stage on Saturday, where they'll face some short but steep climbs as they ride west through Brittany. At the end of the day, cheering crowds will gather around the finish line, the stage winners feted.

What about the guy at the end of the pack? That's the question Max Leonard answers in his new book, Lanterne Rouge: The Last Man in the Tour de France. Leonard tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn that the riders in the back often have far more interesting stories than the riders in the front.

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