Arts & Life

The Salt
8:00 am
Sun May 17, 2015

South Carolina Distiller Promises To Make Kentucky Liquor Quicker

Jars of Terressentia bourbon wait for final production. Terressentia uses a process to artificially "age" its bourbon in a few hours, forgoing traditional aging, which takes years.
Courtesy of Terressentia

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 12:04 pm

Kentucky bourbon is in high demand these days. Sales and production of the whiskey have surged in recent years.

The demand has created a problem: a shortage of barrels. Bourbon is typically aged for several years in wooden casks.

But one company has found a work-around. It's come up with a chemical process that ages bourbon not in years — but in hours. The innovation is unsettling an industry that is long-soaked in history and tradition.

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Music Interviews
7:19 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Oak Ridge Boys Take Their Impeccable Harmonies 'On The Road'

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 9:44 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

There are a few musical riffs that are seared into my childhood memories - the opening bars of "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson, the big chorus from "Let's Get Physical" by Olivia Newton-John and this.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ELVIRA")

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Television
7:19 am
Sun May 17, 2015

'Mad Men' Writer: Show's Female Characters Aren't Thinking About Feminism

Watching Joan (Christina Hendricks, left) and Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) navigate the sexism of a 1960s ad agency is part of what has kept audiences hooked on Mad Men.
MIchael Yarish AMC

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 9:44 am

Editor's note: This conversation discusses plot points from the seventh season of Mad Men.

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Sunday Puzzle
7:19 am
Sun May 17, 2015

A Puzzle That Takes You Around The Globe

NPR

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 9:44 am

On-air challenge: This week's on-air puzzle is similar to last week's, only a little harder. Every answer is the name of a country. For each word given, ignore the vowels. The consonants, in order from left to right, are the same consonants in the same order as in the country. For example, given the word "omelet," the answer is "Malta."

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Author Interviews
7:19 am
Sun May 17, 2015

'The Gracekeepers' Sets Damplings Against The Landlockers

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 9:44 am

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Monkey See
5:14 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

Call It A Prose Ceremony: 'Bachelor' Host Writes A Novel

Ariel Zambelich NPR

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 10:12 am

When budding TV personality Chris Harrison walked into the offices of ABC back in 2000, he didn't expect much.

The network wanted to jump on the new trend of reality competition shows, and had asked him to host a dating show, where one man would cull through a group of 25 women through a series of dates and cocktail parties, ultimately proposing to one final suitor. It was called The Bachelor.

"I was hoping [the show] would last a few hours," Harrison jokes. "I would meet someone at the network, and it would lead to a real job."

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Music Interviews
5:14 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

In HBO's 'Bessie,' Queen Latifah Stars As Empress Of The Blues

Queen Latifah plays blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO movie Bessie.
Frank Masi Courtesy of HBO

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 6:16 pm

A Mississippi car accident in 1937 cut short the life of Bessie Smith.

She was just 43 years old. But she'd already established her legacy as "Empress of the Blues" — a pioneering American performer who demanded respect and equal pay in a world dominated by men and controlled by whites.

She'd also achieved a degree of infamy for her boozing, her brawling and her sexual appetites.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat May 16, 2015

What the Dog Ate

Belgian Malinois with a durable toy in its mouth
Credit mt-sign (Marc-Andre Trage) [Flickr]

Limiting your dog's access to harmful items may not be easy, especially if your dog is intelligent or crafty.  But it's worth the effort if it keeps your best friend safe and healthy. 

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:10 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Not My Job: Tony Robbins Gets Quizzed On Laziness

Motivational speaker Tony Robbins, shown in California in 2010, is the author of numerous self-help books. His latest is Money.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 4:12 pm

Tony Robbins has been traveling the world for decades giving his intensive three-day seminars on improving your life, and he's written a number of best-selling books.

The life coach is famous as a go-getter. So we invited him to answer three questions about stay-putters — incredibly lazy people.

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Music Interviews
6:58 am
Sat May 16, 2015

In 'Rhythm,' Bhi Bhiman's Music Isn't Limited By National Borders

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 10:23 am

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Bhi Bhiman grew up in St. Louis. He played baseball. He listened to Michael Jackson. He watched "Back To The Future." He grew interested in music, and today, Bhi Bhiman writes and sings songs that have an international character.

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Dance
6:58 am
Sat May 16, 2015

American Ballet Theater Turns 75

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 10:23 am

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Performing Arts
6:58 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Amy Poehler On Vinyl Designed To Catch Eyes Along With Ears

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 10:23 am

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Performing Arts
6:58 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Boston Pops Gives The Audience What It Wants

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 10:23 am

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Sat May 16, 2015

The Gates Of Liavek Are Open Again In 'Points Of Departure'

When I'm feeling low, there's a city I like to visit. This particular city is contained within a handful of shabby 1980s paperbacks around which I coil as protectively as a dragon around her hoard (though the city in question contains no actual dragons): The city of Liavek.

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Book Reviews
4:43 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Will 'The Familiar' Kill The Novel? No, But It Comes Close

Ariel Zambelich NPR

For five minutes, I thought this was it — the novel that was going to kill the novel. The book which, finally, was going to bridge that psychological, ideological and semantic gap between the fusty old books of our grandparents' age (just a bunch of words on paper representing characters, plot, action logically progressing to a known and comprehensible conclusion) and the mythical books of our future (which would have none of this, being composed exclusively of smells, or written on lasers or whatever).

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