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Food
1:05 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

'Test Kitchen': Have Your (Gluten-Free) Cake, And Love Eating It Too

According to America's Test Kitchen, the best gluten-free flours to bake with contain four ingredients — brown rice flour, white rice flour, potato starch and tapioca starch.
Courtesy of America's Test Kitchen

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 10:06 am

It took hundreds of batches of muffins, cakes and cookies before Jack Bishop and Julia Collin Davison — of the public TV series America's Test Kitchen — figured out the best ways to make delicious baked goods without gluten. They also conducted taste tests of packaged gluten-free breads and pasta.

Collin Davison tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that the show's normal testing procedures "really worked to help us get at the heart of what makes gluten-free things taste just as good as traditional baked goods."

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Television
11:14 am
Thu March 20, 2014

New 'Scandal' Character Ups The Drama And Intrigue

Richard Shotwell AP

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 2:51 pm

Nazanin Boniadi is on screens now as the mysterious Adnan Salif on the hit show Scandal.

The Iranian-born actress tells NPR's Michel Martin that she loves the role because it plays with people's perceptions. "The beauty of Adnan Salif is, is she a bad guy, or is she just completely lost, is she just damaged goods?" she asks. But she believes that ambiguity is also the key to the show. "The thing that I love about Scandal is every character, it's not clear if they're good or bad. Everyone is both good and bad."

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#NPRWIT: Women In Tech
10:20 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Lyndsey Scott: Runway Model And Tech Programmer

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 2:21 pm

Transcript

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The Salt
9:17 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Persian New Year's Table Celebrates Nature's Rebirth Deliciously

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In every home, the haftseen table is decorated with seven items – since seven is considered a lucky number. Each item begins with the letter sin (s) in Persian, and each item is a symbol of spring and renewal.
Azita Mehran/Turmeric & Saffron

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 2:21 pm

The first day of spring is cause for a celebration, especially after the winter many of us have been having. But it's hard to top the 13-day festivities of the Persian New Year, Nowruz.

Nowruz, or "new day" in Persian, is an ancient festival that marks the beginning of spring and celebrates the rebirth of nature. And naturally, it has a lot to do with fresh, green foods just beginning to poke out of the ground that remind us winter is not, in fact, eternal.

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Ask Me Another
9:02 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Literal TV Guide

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 10:26 am

Lots of TV shows have self-explanatory titles, like Girls and Friends. But what the heck does host Ophira Eisenberg mean when she asks you what show "3,600 Seconds" might be? 60 Minutes, of course!

Heard in Episode 312: Leggo My Lego

Ask Me Another
9:02 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Every End is a New Beginning

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 10:25 am

House musician Jonathan Coulton asks contestants to name words that complete two common phrases, as the last word of one phrase and the first of the other, like "log cabin" and "cabin fever."

Heard in Episode 312: Leggo My Lego

Ask Me Another
9:02 am
Thu March 20, 2014

The Something Man

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 10:25 am

Sing us a song, you're the Spider-Man...wait, what? In this game, our very own music man Jonathan Coulton performs alternate renditions of songs about all different kinds of men.

Heard in Episode 312: Leggo My Lego

Ask Me Another
9:02 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Fonzie Scheme

Contestant Tim Lynch demonstrates proper Fonzie answering etiquette: with thumbs out, say "ayyy."
AJ Wilhelm

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 10:25 am

Put on your leather jacket and get ready to playyy along as house musician Jonathan Coulton asks contestants to put a Fonzie (that's Arthur Fonzarelli of TV'sHappy Days) spin on some other words that end in the sound "ayyy," much like The Fonz's famous catchphrase.

Heard in Episode 312: Leggo My Lego

Ask Me Another
9:02 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Nathan Sawaya: Lego My Van Gogh

Lego brick artist Nathan Sawaya in his studio. Can you guess how many bricks he has?
Photo courtesy of brickartist.com

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 1:15 pm

As a kid, artist Nathan Sawaya made a life-size Boxer out of Lego bricks when his parents wouldn't get him a dog. But it took many years before he turned an obsession into a career.

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Ask Me Another
9:02 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Winter Weather

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 10:39 am

Puzzle guru Art Chung helps our contestants cool off in this Ask Me Another final round, in which all the answers contain the word "frost," "ice," or "snow." Bundle up, it's getting chilly in here!

Heard in Episode 312: Leggo My Lego

Monkey See
7:15 am
Thu March 20, 2014

'Mad Men' Reveals: In The New Season, People Will Wear Things

Jon Hamm as Don Draper in a publicity photo for the upcoming seventh season of Mad Men. This is pretty much all we know. If we told you more, we'd have to ... well, you know.
Frank Ockenfels AMC

Many of the more interesting shows on television have their little peculiarities: Community has Dan Harmon going on for thousands of words at a time about his feelings, Game of Thrones has fretting over the pace of the show versus the books, and Mad Men has creator Matthew Weiner coming out ahead of every season and giving a bunch of interviews to promote it in which he doesn't say anything about it.

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The Two-Way
6:27 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Book News: Meg Wolitzer To Publish A YA Novel Inspired By Sylvia Plath

Meg Wolitzer's novel Belzhar is scheduled for release on Sept. 30.
Courtesy of Dutton Children's Books

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 9:43 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Television
10:06 am
Wed March 19, 2014

When Your Best Friend Is A Star — And You're Her Minion

Dolly Wells (left) and Emily Mortimer have been real-life friends since childhood. Now they're co-starring in an inside-showbiz comedy airing on HBO.
HBO

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 2:29 pm

HBO has done very well in the past with comedy series that explore and expose the inner workings of show business, from Garry Shandling in The Larry Sanders Show to Ricky Gervais in Extras. Wednesday night, the network presents its newest entry in that self-obsessed Hollywood genre: Doll & Em, a British comedy series that's a vanity production in the most literal sense of the word.

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The Two-Way
6:28 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Book News: Notorious TV Pitchman Kevin Trudeau Gets 10 Years In Prison

Author and infomercial pitchman Kevin Trudeau.
AP

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 9:36 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Wed March 19, 2014

The World's Smallest Time Machine Is Still Pretty Big

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 9:50 am

When it comes to anthologies, there are two kinds of readers: On the one hand, there are folks who hate them simply because they're not novels — because it's like having an entire table full of appetizers but never getting to the main course. On the other, wiser (and, no doubt, better looking) hand, there are those who say, "Sweet! A whole dinner of appetizers!" and then commence chewing their way gleefully through every word.

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