Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Holiday Special 2017

Nov 3, 2017

Peter Aguerro exchanges gifts made oF paper with his mother for the holidays. Tracey Segarra sends a Hanukkah card that her mother-in-law takes issue with. Steve Glickman attempts to escape a snowy Chicagoan Christmas for Puerto Vallarta. Dawn Fraser is tasked to find the perfect ingredients for a Trinidadian Christmas. Evan Lunt takes his grandmother’s menorah to college as a keepsake of her. Bernie Somers counts down to a first kiss on New Year's Eve with a romantic interest.

Soho Artists

Yasmin Levy is an acclaimed Israeli artist known for her twist on Sephardic songs. The musical tradition came from her father who recorded and preserved folk songs in Ladino, a Judeo-Spanish language that emerged in the territories of the ancient Ottoman Empire after Jews were exiled from Spain in 1492.

A drawing of plants under a microscope.
Julienne Alexander / Criminal

Botanists know all about plants, whether they're working in a forest or on a farm, but they can also identify plant matter after it's begun digesting. It turns out, that can be a pretty useful skill in solving murder cases. That's the topic on this week's Criminal podcast.

Chef Sean Sherman - who also goes by the name The Sioux Chef - has made a name for himself in the Upper Midwest by sourcing and cooking with ingredients originally used by Native American groups across the region. The result is an eye-opening and healthy take on modern cuisine. However, his interests are not limited to the native peoples of the Midwest.

How many times have you heard a mushroom described as “meaty?” It's true that mushrooms, such as portobellos, are juicy, have a bit of chew, and reveal a world of umami. But Liz O'Keefe wants us to think beyond the meatiness of mushrooms, and to consider their many other flavors and aroma attributes. She says they can be naturally fruity like apricots, taste similar to coconut, or give off the scent of cinnamon when seared.

Dorie Greenspan's lifelong love affair with butter

Nov 3, 2017

Dorie Greenspan loves butter and how it tastes in the food that we cook and bake with it. She shares her expertise on the topic in the new Short Stack Editions Vol. 30: Butter. She talked with contributor Shauna Sever about how different varieties of butter can be used to achieve specific flavors and textures.

America's Test Kitchen: In defense of pumpkin pie spice

Nov 3, 2017

Fall is the season for pumpkin pie spice versions of just about everything - coffee, cereal, candy. In home kitchens, store-bought spice blends are used in desserts, pies, and pastries.

John Coltrane
Nakadaira

John Coltrane is widely recognized as one of the most iconic and influential jazz musicians of all time. His work as a saxophonist and composer is known to the world, and it all started in North Carolina.

Enter to win Rasika: Flavors of India

Nov 1, 2017

November 2017 Giveaway

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

This month, one winner will receive one (1) copy of Rasika by Ashok Bajaj, Vikram Sunderam and David Hagedorn. The book has a retail value of $34.99.

Enter before November 30, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time, by submitting the form below.

Turkey Confidential 2017

Oct 31, 2017

The Splendid Table's annual live Thanksgiving call-in show is back on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 12 PM-2 PM ET. This year we have double the fun with hosts Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Francis Lam tag teaming. This will be Lynne's last Turkey Confidential as she retires at the end of 2017 and turns over the reins to Francis in 2018. Join us as Lynne and Francis take calls and come to the rescue of Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers, and dinner guests alike on the biggest cooking day of the year.

Music Maker Relief Foundation

Ron Hunter was born and raised in a log cabin on a sharecropping farm in the countryside near Winston-Salem, North Carolina. As a kid he wanted to be a cowboy. He often donned a cowboy hat and practiced country-western songs while riding a make-believe horse. Later in life Hunter found a deep connection with the stories he can tell through the blues, and he gained recognition for his unique style.

Ed Marshall

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

On this episode, Eric Hodge chats with Raleigh's The Veldt about their song "Token" from the album The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation.

Four ways to cook your decorative pumpkin

Oct 30, 2017

Photos clockwise from top left: Boiled Large Pumpkin Puree, Caramelized Roasted Pumpkin Seeds,
Layered Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Jerky. (Photos: Gentl & Hyers)

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Lopez, Kristina

“Stranger Things” is coming back for season 2 on October 27. If you managed to miss binge-watching it last year, it’s set in the ’80s and it takes place in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. It all starts when a young boy goes missing… and then things get, yes, stranger. There’s an alternate universe called “The Upside Down,” a young girl with psychokinetic powers, and a monster called the “Demogorgon.” Hooked yet?

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Courtesy of Pat Cohen

Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen started singing blues tunes as a young girl to entertain her parents’ friends at their home in Edison, New Jersey. She later worked for years in the casino industry and won casino talent competitions so often that she was banned from participating. 

The Baguette Gets a Shiny New Makeover

Oct 27, 2017
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Lopez, Kristina

Before The Purging Of The Carbs and the Gluten Wars, there was a time when people unabashedly loved baked dough, believe it or not. And one bakery in Manhattan is making it hard not to.

It’s called Arcade Bakery, and their “laminated baguette” has eaters in ecstasy. To find out what it is, Brendan met with Roger Gural, who owns the Arcade.

The laminated baguette in all its glory.

 

A few more pastries Arcade bakes up.
An outside shot of the bakery.

Live from Boston

Oct 27, 2017
Allison Evans

Steve Osborne finds out a kid he grew up with died of a heroin overdose and has to tell his mother.
Christian McBride finally gets to play onstage with James Brown, after a lifetime of admiring the Godfather of Soul.
Mary Lou Piland falls in love with a black man and is forced to confront her own family's racism.  
NOTE: When offensive or FCC-prohibited words appear, they are bleeped and listed in the Content Advisory.  Sensitive content will be given an on-air caution and will be noted here in the description. 

Whitney Cummings Teaches Us How to Mind Our Own Business

Oct 27, 2017
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Lopez, Kristina

Each week you send in your questions about how to behave and here to answer them this week is actor and comedian Whitney Cummings.

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Lopez, Kristina

Each week on chattering class, we’re schooled by an expert in some party-worthy topic. The topic this time around? The creator of Wonder Woman, William Marston. And our teacher is indie filmmaker Angela Robinson.

A ‘Mortified’ Tale Just in Time for Halloween

Oct 27, 2017
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Lopez, Kristina

On the “Mortified” podcast, brave adults read aloud the most embarrassing moments from their childhood journals. The show’s inspired a new book — a do-it-yourself journal for adults called “My Mortified Life.”

After years of suffering from a bad reputation, Brussels sprouts have managed to become the new rock star of the veggie world. It seems you can't open a menu at a restaurant without finding them featured as a side or a full main dish. And most of the time, they are delicious. Managing Producer Sally Swift wanted to learn how to make crisp-tender restaurant-style Brussels sprouts at home. So, she turned to Dan Souza, the friendly on-screen test cook and science expert from America's Test Kitchen. He shared his secrets to making perfect Brussels sprouts in just 10 minutes.

Jen Kirkman
Courtesy of Jen Kirkman

When Jen Kirkman started doing stand-up comedy in the late 1990s, she said she enjoyed being able to just sit on a stool and tell funny stories about her life. She has always been willing to share personal anecdotes about a range of topics, including the struggles that come with being a woman in comedy. But her storytelling is not limited to the stage. 

Inside Trump's Immigration Crackdown

Oct 26, 2017

Beyond the planned border wall and limits on new refugees, the federal government wants tighter restrictions on immigration to this country. On this episode of Reveal, we examine efforts throughout the U.S. to deport migrants faster, detain them longer and prevent them from obtaining visas that might offer a path to legal residency.

Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz
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Magical beings on the silver screen take audiences on a journey into worlds that only exist in their imagination. They fly, cast spells, play tricks, and blur the line between the real and the fantastic. For many years Hollywood treated witchcraft and magic as mostly bad things, but over time some supernatural powers have earned a better reputation. 

Brenna Berry Photography

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
Photo by Aron Klein

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.
Ashok Ramasubramanian
worries over his fate and a repeating cycle of life.

Jon Ronson
Photo by Jason Falchook

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. 

Courtesy of Mysti Mayhem

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

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