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The Song for Sejong

Nov 16, 2016
McGovern, Kathleen

The History Lesson

This week back in 1446 the Korean alphabet was first published. They say the truth will set you free. But first you gotta be able to read the truth. And in 15th-century Korea, most people couldn’t. Read, that is. Or write. How come? Even though everyone spoke Korean, all writing was in a form of Chinese. And Chinese is hard. It’s made up of thousands of complex characters. Only a bunch of elite scholars really understood it. Everyone else was — illiterate.

An image of Dave Chappelle with members of A Tribe Called Quest Joribe White and Q-Tip
Rosalind O'Connor / AP

After years of mostly staying out of the spotlight, comedian Dave Chappelle hosted NBC's  "Saturday Night Live" last week. Chappelle's opening monologue mirrored the stand-up comedy that helped make him famous more than a decade ago. Chappelle's jokes grappled with a Trump presidency.  

Image of South African guitarist Derek Gripper
Coutesy of Derek Gripper

South African musician Derek Gripper has been playing classical music since he was 6-years-old. But after years of studying in Cape Town, he felt uninspired by the classical guitar repertoire available to him, so he set off on a journey to discover musical inspiration from around the world. He traveled first to South India, and then explored Brazilian music before he happened upon the instrument that changed the direction of his career: the kora.

Glare of the spotlight

Nov 16, 2016

Oscar season is upon us, and one of the best picture nominees is a film that hits pretty close to home for us here at Reveal: “Spotlight.” In case you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a movie about The Boston Globe’s investigative team that exposed the Catholic church sex abuse scandal. In this hour of Reveal, we’re going to take you behind the scenes of that investigation, look at the legacy of the groundbreaking story and see how other journalists went on to expose more crimes by Catholic priests around the world.

Bonus: Anthony Bourdain Extended Interview

Nov 16, 2016
The Splendid Table

Anthony Bourdain (Photo: Dimitrios Kambrouris/Getty)

The secret Trump voter

Nov 15, 2016

It’s over. One of the longest, craziest and most lurid elections in memory is, thankfully, over. So, now that the ballots have been cast, what were the biggest lessons learned? We cut through the noise and ask what matters most: Did democracy win on Election Day? In the first presidential race since the Supreme Court seriously weakened the Voting Rights Act, Reveal examines where the U.S. lived up to its democratic principle – and where our history of voter suppression reared its ugly head.

Lynne Rossetto Kasper Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Nov 15, 2016
The Splendid Table

The Splendid Table's host Lynne Rossetto Kasper was honored recently at the 2016 Charlie Awards. The awards are an annual event celebrating the exceptional contributions of the Twin Cities area restaurant, food and beverage industry. However, Lynne's deep connection to and advocacy of food and good eating goes far beyond the Twin Cities. She shared this thought on the globally connective power of food during her acceptance speech.

PHOTOS: Comicon Fans Descend On Downtown Durham

Nov 13, 2016
Sarah Harrod of Illustrations and Creations by Sarah Harrod sold her products on Saturday at ComicCon.
Sarah Muzzillo / WUNC

Fans of comics, superheroes and cosplay gathered in downtown Durham this weekend for the annual NC Comicon event.

Lopez, Kristina

Before Rico and Brendan had all of our guests pile onto the stage to answer our live audience’s etiquette dilemmas at the Now Hear This Festival, they first chatted with guest Annabelle Gurwitch. You may know her from her appearances on TV shows like “Seinfeld,” and “Dexter,” or as host of the TBS series “Dinner and a Movie.”

Gustavo Arellano Pushes A Few Buttons

Nov 11, 2016
Lopez, Kristina

Normally during Small Talk, we have a newshound share their favorite under-the-radar story. For our show at the Now Hear This podcast festival, we welcomed to the stage one of the most delightful bomb-throwers in Southern California journalism — Gustavo Arellano.

Davy Rothbart Finds the Hidden Tales in Lost Items

Nov 11, 2016
Lopez, Kristina

Davy Rothbart is probably best known for his wonderful pieces on “This American Life” and for his magazine Found. The latter has been turned into a musical and, most recently, a hit podcast.

In a couple of weeks one of TV’s most beloved recent dramas is getting a reboot on Netflix… and Rico and Brendan have never watched an episode of it.

The show is “Gilmore Girls.” It ran on the WB and the CW networks from 2000 to 2007. It’s about a mother-daughter duo in a small Connecticut town. The revival, consisting of four 90-minute episodes, is called “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.” It premieres on the November 25th on Netflix.

Sound Opinions Show

Nov 11, 2016


ANNOUNCER COPY: Coming up… hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take a sonic tour of Canada and discuss the country’s music scene, from Drake to Rush. Later, they review the new record from singer and songwriter Alejandro Escovedo.


The First-Ever Podcast – ‘Da Carriage House

Nov 11, 2016
Lopez, Kristina

This historical first podcast was encoded decades ago with super primitive technology. To play it back, we had to use fire, a raptor bone… and an iPhone 3. Which was impossible to find. But we did it, and now, today, we’re unveiling it for the first time ever.

Listen below and enjoy!

An image of classical musicians
Courtesy of Mallarme Chamber Players

Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn is most known for writing more than 100 symphonies in the 18th century. However, Haydn also wrote 175 compositions featuring a unique instrument: the baryton. The baryton is a string instrument similar to a cello in the front with six string that are bowed.

Chinyere Amanze, Steven Petrow, Monique LaBorde
Rebecca Martinez / WUNC

In this episode of The Civilist podcast, I invited two kick-ass college senior to join me in answering questions from their peers about college life, free speech, trigger warnings and more.

Wild rice - preserving and cooking with an endangered food

Nov 10, 2016
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National Archives / Marcia Lavine

Wild rice is considered as one of the United States' most endangered foods. It grows wild and has been harvested naturally for generations in northern Minnesota. Contributor Jennie Cecil Moore talked with several people in the region to learn more about their efforts to preserve the culture and culinary joy surrounding the grain.

Related Recipes

Thanksgiving preparation and people pleasing with Anthony Bourdain

Nov 10, 2016
Butch Fisher

Lynne Rossetto Kasper: We've got a family cookbook that you've done with your new book Appetites. But I have to laugh, okay, because the family cookbook has duck fat, wild boars, and there’s about four tubs of different stocks in the fridge. So, tell me about how you cook at home.

Stacy Van Berkel

Shauna Sever: First, let's just say that your cookbook Deep Run Roots has a presence. It is an impressive 564 pages. It weighs about four pounds. You look like a movie star on the cover. It's incredible and even more intriguing when you realize that this isn't another cookbook about the entire American South. It's actually a laser focus on this area of eastern North Carolina. So, how many square miles are we talking about?

Thanksgiving wine tips from Jancis Robinson

Nov 9, 2016
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What wine pairs best with your Thanksgiving meal? Wine expert Jancis Robinson tells The Splendid Table contributor Russ Parsons that the key is to not worry that much about it. She also shares her favorite underpriced wines and what she drinks for pleasure.

Russ Parsons:The American Thanksgiving table is full of all of these paradoxical flavors: the sweet-tart cranberries, roasted turkey, vegetables, and stuffing. It can make wine pairing a real chore. This is one of those evergreen questions, but do you have any new insights to add to it?

Cucalorus Film Festival

The 22nd annual Cucalorus Film Festival kicks off tomorrow in downtown Wilmington and two films by former Port City locals are in the lineup. “Women Who Kill” is a wry lesbian romantic comedy/murder mystery from writer, actor and director Ingrid Jungermann. “Finding Home” is a heartfelt drama about adoption from director Nick Westfall. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Jungermann and Westfall about relationships and love in all its many forms. Cucalorus runs Nov. 9-13th.

Turkey Confidential 2016

Nov 8, 2016
Clockwise from top left: Bridget Lancaster, Melissa Clark, Francis Lam, Chris Thile, and Mario Batali

The Splendid Table presents Turkey Confidential, our annual live Thanksgiving call-in show, Thursday, November 24 2016, 12 PM – 2 PM EST. Host Lynne Rossetto Kasper comes to the rescue of Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers, and dinner guests alike on the biggest cooking day of the year. This year, Lynne will field listeners' questions with the help of America's Test Kitchen co-host Bridget Lancaster, Mario Batali, Francis Lam, Melissa Clark, and A Prairie Home Companion's Chris Thile.

Lopez, Kristina

Investigative journalist Emily Witt’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ, and more.

How Rick Astley Rolls

Nov 4, 2016
Lopez, Kristina

Back in the ’80s, Rick Astley scored a string of synth-backed R&B hits. Including “Together Forever” … and another little number which, decades later, earned an unlikely second life as the internet prank called “rickrolling.” For the uninitiated, the idea is you send someone a generic link, telling them it points to something amazing or shocking, but when the user clicks — OMG you guys, AN ADORBS BABY PANDA!

That’s a rickroll.

Nick Offerman Carves Out His Own Niche

Nov 4, 2016
Lopez, Kristina

For seven seasons, Nick Offerman starred as Ron Swanson on the sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” delivering deadpan zingers through a lush mustache. He’s also stolen scenes in delightful films, like “The Kings of Summer,” and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” and recently landed a recurring role in TV’s “Fargo.” He’s also written a couple of books. But one of Nick’s true passions is wood.

Nick Offerman’s Key Advice: ‘Hug Before Punch’

Nov 4, 2016
Lopez, Kristina

Each week you send in your questions about how to behave, and here to answer them this week with a bit of gruff wisdom is “Parks and Recreation” actor and comedian Nick Offerman. After chatting with Rico and Brendan about his new book and his woodworking passion, he stuck around to tell handle our listeners’ grilling quandaries and whiskey woes.

Coaster conundrum

An image of writers Clare Beams and April Ayers Lawson
Kristi Jan Hoover/Jason Ayers

When writing a short story, an author must be swift and succinct. A short story does not allow a plot the same amount of breathing room compared to a novel. Writers April Ayers Lawson and Clare Beams welcome the immediacy inherent in a short story as they integrate intimate and engaging tales into their work.

An image of Peter Lamb and the Wolves with Maceo Parker
Peter Lamb and the Wolves

For their latest album, "Carolina Tiger Milk," Triangle-based jazz group Peter Lamb and the Wolves invited some of North Carolina's most prominent musicians.

The band's guest  lineup includes vocalist Django Haskins of The Old Ceremony, saxophonist Maceo Parker and members of the Mint Julep Jazz Band.  

Amin Drew Law is a Palestinian-American poet and educator based in Washington D.C. In his poem, "The Secret Weapon of Chubby Boys," Amin taps into a classic schoolyard conflict and provides a hilarious and heartwarming solution. 

On this bonus episode of Stories with a Heartbeat, we reflect on some of the classroom conflicts we covered in season 1 of the podcast. From the first days of elementary to college graduation, we explored the spectrum of friction at school. This week we hear from poet Amin Drew Law with a new, potent, and poetic reminder of school conflict. 

A drawing of a cigarrette butt.
Julienne Alexander / Criminal

On the last Criminal podcast, we heard from Melinda Dawson. She learned as a girl that her parents had secretly purchased her from a man called Dr. Hicks at his Georgia clinic. Dawson and her mother, Judy, became outspoken about the realities of life as a so-called "Hicks Baby."