Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Little Dragon – ‘Piece of Mind’ (Feat. Faith Evans)

Oct 6, 2017
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Douglas, Emerald

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Magnolia Collective is made up of local musicians who describe their sound as psychedelic rock fused with Southern Gothic. 

Sound Opinions Remembers Tom Petty

Oct 6, 2017

The great Florida rocker Tom Petty died on October 2, 2017 at the age of 66. Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot pay tribute to American musical icon. They revisit a 2003 interview with Petty and explore his background, his songwriting, and his legacy.

Criminal: The Big Lick

Oct 6, 2017
This week's Criminal podcast provides a look into the dark side of horse shows.
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This week's Criminal podcast provides a look into the dark side of horse shows. The story comes from contributor Mary Helen Montgomery, who she investigated a controversial practice involved in showing Tennessee Walking Horses. 

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They wander the halls of Hogwarts, tempt children into sugar-encrusted homes, and sometimes get crushed by a flying farmhouse.

The mystique of the witches, wizards and warlocks continues to capture the imagination of moviegoers. And their presence in earthly and magical realms reminds viewers that things are not always as they seem.

When pastry chef, food writer, and Serious Eats senior editor Stella Parks set out to write her new cookbook, BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts, the goal was to shine a spotlight on classic desserts that connect Americans through shared experience. Among the desserts that rose quickly to the top of that list - red velvet cake.

Sound Opinions: Tom Petty

Oct 5, 2017

Tom Petty was a master of the perfect three-chord pop song and an icon of American music. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot pay tribute to the late Florida rocker. They discuss Petty's tremendous songwriting gifts and revisit their 2003 interview with him on Sound Opinions.

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Writer Jeremy Markovich decided to go far away to find new stories. In fact, he wanted to go as far from any possible road as he could get in North Carolina.

Desperate to reduce crowding in jails and prisons, court systems all over the country are trying diversion – alternatives to putting offenders behind bars. On this week's Reveal, we peek behind diversion’s good intentions and uneven results.

Wicked good Boston cream pie with America's Test Kitchen

Oct 5, 2017

Our friends at America's Test Kitchen call the Boston area home. Assuming they would know a thing or two about it, we wanted to get their thoughts on - and a recipe for - a classic American dessert, the Boston cream pie. Managing Producer Sally Swift also had a few questions for America's Test Kitchen host Bridget Lancaster, who stood firm in defending the honor of Boston's namesake dessert. Try their recipe for Wicked Good Boston Cream Pie.

The importance of Patience Gray

Oct 5, 2017

Patience Gray’s cookbook, Honey From a Weed, is a big, beautiful book. Written over the span of 20 years, it’s poetic and full of both feasting and hunger. It’s the definition of a cult classic, but few people outside of that cult have even heard about the fascinating woman who wrote it, who would have turned 100 this year. Adam Federman’s new biography of Gray, Fasting and Feasting, tells her complicated life story.

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In the spring of 1929 more than a thousand workers at the Loray Mill in Gastonia, North Carolina walked off their jobs and went on strike. At the time the mill was one of the largest producers of textiles in the South, but harsh labor conditions and unfair pay sparked unrest among the workers.

Protests went on for months and even led to violent clashes with the police. The events at the mill brought a textile worker named Ella May Wiggins into the spotlight. Wiggins served as a union organizer and also became an influential ballad singer.

Halva 101: modern twists on a traditional treat

Oct 4, 2017

Have you heard of havla? It's sometimes called sesame candy; you find bars of it in Middle Eastern or South Asian stores. But fans of halva say it's best enjoyed fresh, sliced off a wheel at a deli. Lisa Mendelson is the co-founder of Seed + Mill in New York City. Her shop specializes in a wide range of traditional and eclectic halva, as well as other sesame-based desserts. She spoke with our contributor, The New York Times food writer Melissa Clark, about halva and how she uses it to create unique treats.

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 Writer Mylène Dressler grounds her prose in her experience as an immigrant and the day-to-day happenings of life around her. But for her new book, Dressler realized the story she wanted to tell was decidedly un-grounded.

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The music for today's show was written and performed by Beau James. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro alum recently returned to the Triad after stints in Los Angeles and Nashville with his rock band The Heavy Heavy Hearts.

James’s solo work taps into Americana sounds and explores themes of heartbreak and identity.

Watch the video for James' song "Indigo Road" below:

Pancit canton with Chef King Phojanakong

Oct 3, 2017

Francis Lam recently visited Chef King Phojanakong in the home kitchen of King's mother, Emma, for our Filipino Food episode.The three of them were featured in the episode making the traditional Filipino sour stew, Seafood Sinigang. Afterwards, Francis and King continued their kitchen conversation with a lesson on making another popular comfort food of the Philippines, pancit canton.

Pancit Canton with Chef King Phojanakong

Oct 3, 2017

Francis Lam recently visited Chef King Phojanakong in the home kitchen of King's mother, Emma, for our Filipino Food episode. The three of them were featured in the episode making the traditional Filipino sour stew, Seafood Sinigang. Afterwards, Francis and King continued their kitchen conversation with a lesson on making another popular comfort food of the Philippines, pancit canton.

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Davy Arch grew up on a subsistence farm in western North Carolina. As a boy, he learned the value of traditional Cherokee culture from his grandfather, who taught him the old stories, how to hunt and fish, and how to identify valuable medicinal plants.

Today Arch is a practitioner of traditional medicine, a historian, storyteller and a folk artist with work on display at the Smithsonian Institution.
 

Enter to win BraveTart by Stella Parks

Oct 2, 2017

October 2017 Giveaway

Every month, The Splendid Table helps listeners equip their kitchens, stock their pantries, and fill their bookshelves.

This month, three (3) winners will receive one (1) copy each of BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts by Stella Parks. The book has a retail value of $35.00.

Enter before October 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time, by submitting the form below.

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Douglas, Emerald

Emily Haines is the frontwoman of the Canadian band Metric, which combines rock with gritty electronic music. She also has her own solo project called Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton, and her her second album “Choir of the Mind” is out now.

Emily’s dog, Romeo, takes in the singer’s lush backyard space.

Actor Sterling K. Brown won his first Emmy for portraying Christopher Darden in “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” And he won his second, a little over a week ago, for his performance as Randall Pearson in the acclaimed NBC drama “This Is Us.”

His latest role in the biographical drama “Marshall,” which tells the true story of one of the first cases of future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Sterling plays Joseph Spell, a man accused of rape and attempted murder of a wealthy socialite, and Marshall chooses to defend Spell.

Shania Twain’s Advice Hits Just the Right Note

Sep 29, 2017
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Brendan Francis Newnam: Each week you send us your questions about how to behave, and here to answer them this week is Shania Twain.

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Lopez, Kristina

Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton started out as rock video auteurs, co-directing classic clips like Extreme’s “More Than Words.” They leapt to the big screen with “Little Miss Sunshine” — which was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

Emily Haines’ Tortilla Soup Recipe

Sep 29, 2017
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“My tortilla soup recipe is hard to transcribe because I always improvise as I prepare it,” Emily says, “but here are the general guidelines. I’m keeping the measurements pretty general, too, as I have made this soup for dinner parties big and small. I leave the math to you. Also, my version is not heavy on tomatoes or tortillas.”

Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso
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After a year on the road, Durham-based duo Sylvan Esso has gathered pals for a concert and campout near home this weekend. They'll join tUnE-yArDs, Wye Oak, Helado Negro and Well$ at Shakori Hills Saturday.

Loamlands

Kym Register and Will Hackney are Loamlands, a folk-rock band whose often dark lyrics focus on local stories like urban development in Durham and overlooked queer history. The title track off their newest album, “Sweet High Rise,” is a direct reflection on watching the One City Center on Main Street in Durham climbs upward, forever changing the city skyline. Register’s thoughtful lyrics are supported and sometimes played off against contrasting layers of Hackney’s arrangements.


Driving Through a Changing South

Sep 29, 2017
book cover of "Discovering the South: One Man's Travels Through a Changing America in the 1930s."
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In the summer of 1937, Jonathan Daniels, the young, white, liberal-minded editor of the News & Observer, embarked on a driving tour of 10 Southern states. He documented the stories of the diverse people he encountered and hoped to change the national perception of the region.

Just in time to close out the late summer grilling season, America's Test Kitchen presents a recipe destined to become a new favorite for backyard grill enthusiasts. We're talking about Grilled Lamb Stuffed Pitas, lamb sandwiches seasoned with herbs and warm spices, pressed between pita rounds, and grilled.

Sound Opinions: Mavis Staples

Sep 28, 2017

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with gospel and soul legend Mavis Staples. She speaks about her role on the front line of the Civil Rights Movement as part of the Staple Singers and recounts a harrowing story of touring through the Jim Crow South. Plus, a review of the latest from Protomartyr, and a tribute to the late soul singer Charles Bradley.

Does the time fit the crime?

Sep 28, 2017

The number of women in U.S. prisons and jails has increased more than 700 percent since 1980. And for 25 years, Oklahoma has led the nation in locking up women. This week on Reveal, we look at the causes behind this spike.

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