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In 1953 President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued an executive order that banned homosexuals from holding jobs in the federal government or receiving a security clearance. 

The Universe of Impossible Things

Oct 24, 2017
Navreet Chawla
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Daniel Heuman takes dating lessons from a romantic comedy. Navreet Chawla is cornered into a phone booth during a walk home late at night. Cathy Olkin must troubleshoot a problem more than 4 billion miles away.
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worries over his fate and a repeating cycle of life.

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Jon Ronson's social media presence is highjacked. 

Maureen Freeman decides to ease up on a life dictated by rules, if only for a night.

Sitawa Wafula love for her career is derailed by her health.

Elna Baker attempts to date outside her religion.

The Dinner Party Download LIVE in Seattle

Oct 20, 2017
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Lopez, Kristina

On Thursday, November 16, we’re heading to Seattle for our first-ever show in the Northwest — at the historic Moore Theatre! Come down a custom cocktail with us, hear your etiquette questions answered in-person, and bask in phenomenal live music.

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This year marks what would have been the 100th birthday of jazz legend Thelonious Monk. 

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Growing up in a small town in the Poconos, singer-songwriter Mysti Mayhem knew her big dreams needed to find a big stage.

The Key 3: Gail Simmons

Oct 20, 2017

For more than 10 years, Gail Simmons has decided the fate of hopeful chefs from all over the country as a judge on the show, Top Chef. She's also the author of the new cookbook, Bringing It Home. We asked Simmons to be part of our Key 3 series, in which we ask chefs, food writers, and celebrities to tell us about their three most go-to dishes. She told us about two of her favorites, chicken wings and butterscotch pudding.

Excerpt from Oysters: A Love Story

Oct 20, 2017

Excerpt from Tejal Rao's article, "Oysters: A Love Story," originally printed in the Eat column of The New York Times Magazine. Read the full article here.

Acid trip: searching the world for unique vinegars

Oct 20, 2017

Acidity is a key component to skillful cooking. Chefs are always talking about how a splash of acidic vinegar is what elevates a dish. Michael Harlan Turkell has spent his entire career around chefs, first as a cook himself, and then as a photographer and writer. During the time it took write and research his new book, Acid Trip, he’s become an expert on vinegars.

Sous vide basics with America’s Test Kitchen

Oct 20, 2017

Sous vide is a wonderfully easy cooking technique. Essentially, you create a warm water bath in which to slow-poach food that has been sealed in a plastic bag. Thanks to modern technology, most sous vide equipment is now lighter in weight, more precise, and – most importantly – affordable. So, it’s no surprise that the process is catching on with home cooks. For more insight into this low-maintenance cooking method, Francis Lam talked with Molly Birnbaum, executive director of science at America’s Test Kitchen.

Too Many Pills

Oct 19, 2017

On Reveal, we share how the government failed to stop the opioid epidemic. A Washington Post/60 Minutes partnership with Reveal tells the story of a DEA insider who tried to stop drug companies from flooding America with truckloads of pain pills. His effort was met with backlash from his own agency, the pharmaceutical industry and Congress. We also hear an intimate story of an overdose, a video diary and the widow who found it after her husband’s death.

Sound Opinions: Julie Klausner

Oct 19, 2017

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As creator, writer, and star of the critically acclaimed Hulu TV comedy Difficult People, Julie Klausner [KLOWS-ner] not only crafts the show's jokes but also guides its soundtrack. This week, she talks with Jim and Greg about how music is the beating heart of the show.

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2017 North Carolina State Fair
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The North Carolina State Fair wraps up this weekend, capping off its celebration of the 150 anniversary.

Attendance halfway through the fair was strong at close to 548,000, but would need a significant uptick through the weekend to break the record of nearly 1.1 million set in 2010. At the current pace, attendance would rank in the top five in history.

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In her new album “Laila’s Wisdom,” North Carolina rapper Rapsody delivers messages about community, confidence and creative control. The Snow Hill native grew up with a big family and says the album’s title is dedicated to her grandmother and her teachings, which is also something Rapsody channels in her music. 

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Lopez, Kristina

Dear friends!

Alas, like all good dinner parties, our party must come to an end. After ten years as a pioneering podcast and six years as a public radio weekend show, on December 1st, we are parting ways with American Public Media.

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When Joan Myers Brown first started to study ballet in the 1930s, dance schools were segregated and opportunities for professional ballet careers for African-American dancers were nearly nonexistent. Nonetheless, she stuck with her training. 

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Christina Baker Kline sold nearly four million copies of her novel “Orphan Train” (HarperCollins/2013). The book imagined the story of Vivian, a 91-year-old woman who had been shipped west to foster care as a child. 

Boyhood

Oct 18, 2017
Jason Falchook

Neil Gaiman becomes a proud hockey dad and learns how proud his own dad is of him. 
Christian Garland steals money from his grandfather to buy sneakers and has to work to regain his trust.
Wilson Portorreal runs into traffic to save Hershey, the family dog.
Ishmael Beah comes to New York as a teenager after years of fighting as a child soldier in Sierra Leone and gets a second chance at childhood.

Hillsborough's Yep Roc Records is celebrating its 20th anniversary this weekend with a series of concerts in Hillsborough and Carrboro. Label co-founder Glenn Dicker sat down with Morning Edition host Eric Hodge to talk about the history of the label and to give us a run down of this weekend's events.

Willem Dafoe: Not Just ‘The Bad Guy’

Oct 13, 2017
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Lopez, Kristina

Willem Dafoe has lit up the big screen for three decades, from his Oscar-nominated performance in “Platoon,” to playing Jesus in “The Last Temptation of Christ,” to great character roles in “Wild At Heart” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

His latest is “The Florida Project,” directed by Sean Baker. The story centers around a young girl and her single mom who live in a budget motel in Orlando, in the shadow of Disney World. Dafoe plays the manager of the motel — and acts as landlord, parent, and sheriff to its residents.

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Lopez, Kristina

David Litt penned some of former President Obama’s most memorable speeches, including his comic turns at White House Correspondents’ Dinners. The stories behind those speeches are the stuff of his new memoir, “Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years.”

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Before Carla Hall was known as the co-host of “The Chew,” a “Top Chef” finalist, and the author of several cookbooks, the Nashville native was just a girl who was a deep fan of her grandmother’s cooking, especially her cornbread. When she got older and became interested in cooking, she tried to sleuth out how to make it for her family and catering clients.

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Lopez, Kristina

Mackenzie Scott released her first album under the moniker Torres when she was still in college. Her personal lyrics and raw vocals continue to earn her critical acclaim. She’s just released her third album of emotional electronica, called “Three Futures.”

Listen to the audio above as she spins a playlist for a dinner party with a sensual vibe… and well-cooked fish.

Depeche Mode: From Synth-Pop to Revolution Rock

Oct 13, 2017
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Lopez, Kristina

Back in the early ’80s, four lanky Brits calling themselves Depeche Mode, armed only with primitive synthesizers, started churning out pop hits. Nearly 40 years later they’ve sold over 100 million albums and are one of the most popular live acts on Earth.

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Seventeen months after the birth of her daughter, singer-songwriter Tift Merritt is gearing up for an international tour through Europe later this month with her baby by her side. 

2017 Reveal Generic Promos

Oct 12, 2017

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants states to decide how federal education dollars are spent. This week, Reveal examines how states might spend that money and what the change could mean for the nation’s students. Plus, we’ll look at how special ed students in Texas were denied the education they are guaranteed under federal civil rights law.

Sound Opinions: Jamila Woods

Oct 12, 2017

On her debut album HEAVN, Jamila Woods contrasts weighty issues like police violence and the invisibility of black women with a breezy musical touch. The Chicago-based poet, singer, and songwriter joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for an interview and performance. Plus, a review of the new album from St. Vincent, and folk legend Judy Collins tells us about the song that got her Hooked on Sonics. 

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Marcel Marceau lived a life of surprising extremes. He lost his father in the Holocaust and became a member of the French resistance in his youth. He then turned on a heel and forged himself into the most famous mime the world has ever known before dying penniless. 

Joan Kroc at a news conference in 1984.
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Ray Kroc is the man who transformed McDonald’s from a family restaurant in San Bernardino, California to one of the biggest corporations in the world. 

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