Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Matt Berninger Gets Honest About Encores and Etiquette

Sep 8, 2017

Brendan Francis Newnam: Each week you send us your questions about how to behave, and here to answer them this week is Matt Berninger, the frontman for the band The National.

A Quick Guide to Portuguese Drinking Culture

Sep 8, 2017
Lopez, Kristina

While on vacation this summer, Rico spent a few days in the Portuguese city of Lisbon — or as they call it, “Lisboa.” And to make sure everyone on the staff didn’t totally resent his good fortune, he decided to do a little work while he was there.

He met up with Martim Vaz Da Silva, a guide with the food tour company Culinary Backstreets — and he taught Rico about Portuguese drinking culture. Tough assignment, but someone had to do it.

Bahamas Junkanoo woman
Jerry Samet

The National Folk Festival returns to Greensboro this weekend with approximately 300 performers showcasing folk traditions from all corners of the world. Performances include everything from cajun music to beatboxing. 

A drawing of floodwaters
Julienne Alexander / Criminal

Destructive flooding is sometimes seen as an "act of God," but one Illinois man is serving time in prison for causing the Mississippi River to inundate a town in Missouri. We hear his story in this week's Criminal Podcast. Phoebe Judge hosts the show.

A picture of Michael Rank at a keyboard.
Missy Malouff

Michael Rank is a singer-songwriter based in Chatham County.  His last few records sounded very rootsy, with fiddle and other acoustic instrumentation. Drum machines and electric wah-wah guitar reign in the gritty soul record, Another Love. Rank's new music is being compared to D'Angelo, Prince and Curtis Mayfield.

Eggs are something we could talk about forever. We eat them for any meal of the day. For many people, they’re the first thing you learn to cook. And even for world class chefs, mastering something as simple as a plain omelette can become a total obsession. Rachel Khong has written a book called All About Eggs. It’s a deep look at recipes and uses from across different cultures, including eggs from very different birds.

The urban farming movement takes many forms, both indoors and outdoors: school gardens, community vegetable patches, fish farms in tanks. Scientist Caleb Harper believes that indoor urban farming specifically can create the best tasting, most nutritious, and least energy intensive crops anywhere in the world. Harper is director of the Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab.

An expert guide to American Rhône wines

Sep 8, 2017

California may be best known for making wines from popular grape varieties like cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, merlot, and pinot noir. But there are also vintners who grow less common Rhône grape varieties such as grenache and syrah. These grapes were brought by immigrants to California more than 100 years ago, and they flourished until Prohibition. However, these varietals have made a comeback.

Fill-up and fine food: dining out in Miami gas stations

Sep 8, 2017

Maria Bakkalapulo
(Photo: Niall Macaulay)

Of all the tools used for backyard grilling, grill tongs may be the most important. They need to be long enough to keep you from getting burned, sturdy to lift large cuts of meat and heavier vegetables, and easy to open with one hand while cooking with the other. Lisa McManus leads all the equipment testing and ingredient tastings for America’s Test Kitchen. She talked with Managing Producer Sally Swift about the results of a recent equipment review of grill tongs. A full list of recommended items can be found below their interview.

Sound Opinions: Art vs. Artist

Sep 7, 2017

Should we hold up a musician's output to a moral standard? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk about whether art can be evaluated separately from the artist's ethics. Plus, reviews of new releases by The National and Queens of the Stone Age, and tributes to Walter Becker of Steely Dan, and Holger Czukay of the influential "Krautrock" group Can.

Robert Lee IV, a descendant of Confederate General Robert Lee, speaks out against racism at the 2017 VMA's on 8/27/2017. Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, appears on stage.
Matt Sayles / AP - 2017

Robert W. Lee IV is a North Carolina minister and descendant of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Robert W. Lee IV has made it his mission to counter the racist and problematic legacy of his ancestor by writing and speaking openly about the continued effects of racism in the U.S. 

Julia Gibson, star of PlayMakers Repertory Company production of 'The Cake'
VegaBlue Studios

Bekah Brunstetter grew up in Winston-Salem and was raised in the conservative values of the Southern Baptist church. But as she grew older, her perspective started to shift and she found herself caught between conservative and liberal worlds. 

Courtesy of Alan Gratz

Tens of thousands of people are forced to flee their homes each day due to conflict and persecution, according to the UN Refugee Agency. More people around the world are displaced now than ever before. 

Running from cops

Sep 7, 2017

In cities across America, black men are on the run. On April 4, 2015, in South Carolina, Walter Scott was killed while running away from a police officer. Eight days later, Freddie Gray ran from police in Baltimore. He was caught and later died in custody. On this episode of Reveal, we explore the consequences of fleeing from the police through two stories, both set in Baltimore.

Courtesy of Heather Bell Adams

Attorney Heather Bell Adams is used to crafting persuasive stories. But in the courtroom they have to be entirely factual.

The Moth Fall Fundraising Special 2017

Sep 5, 2017

Jen Lee tries to save souls and sell beauty in Target.

Tim Manley credits his mother and his imagination for keeping his spirits high while hospitalized.

Norah McLoughlin walks the Camino De Santiago.

Jonathan Ames recounts his most epic duel in college.

Under The Gun

Sep 5, 2017

Cheryl Della Pietra gets acquainted with gun-toting Hunter S. Thompson.

Martha Ruiz Perilla is asked to save a life or lose her own.

Boots Riley is trying to get home, but runs into problems on a naval base in San Francisco.

The cast of South Pacific
VanderVeen Photographers

In 1949 composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein premiered their hit musical “South Pacific.” It tells the story of how an American nurse and lieutenant find new love across cultural and racial lines. 

WUNC Youth Podcast: Girls Debate

Sep 3, 2017
WUNC Youth Radio Podcast
Kimani Hall / WUNC

On this episode of the WUNC Youth Podcast we interview Katherine Gan. Katherine is a soon-to-be freshman at Duke University and is one of our youth reporters who produced a story over the summer. Her story touches on a debate camp in the Chinese-American community and what impact it has on the people involved.

Dinner With a Grizzly Bear

Sep 1, 2017
Lopez, Kristina

After a five-year hibernation, the band Grizzly Bear is back with a new album called “Painted Ruins.” To celebrate, we actually asked bandmate — and frequent cook — Chris Taylor to craft his ideal meal… along with some song pairings.

First Course
Song: Dungen – “Peri Banu vid sjön”

Meal: Birth On The Forest Floor

Miso roasted potatoes, pickled dandelion greens, a soft boiled egg, death trumpet mushroom dust. (Pictured below.)

Lopez, Kristina

Punk rock darling Ted Leo has been churning out anthemic, politically conscious music since the ’80s, including six LP’s with his acclaimed band Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.

He paired up with Aimee Mann a few years back with a band called The Both. And this month, he releases his first solo album in 10 years called, “The Hanged Man.”

Don’t Call ‘Em Dumplings: A Crash Course on Kubeh

Sep 1, 2017
Lopez, Kristina

Recently, Brendan went to a new restaurant in New York City that serves “kubeh,” a Kurdish treat that is essentially a ball of dough made of bulgur or rice and filled with lamb, beef or vegetables. Chef Melanie Shurka opened the restaurant, also called Kubeh, and serves these morsels, Israeli style, in beautiful broths like beet, Persian chicken, chard and more.

REVEAL Fundraiser Episode Fall 2017

Sep 1, 2017

For the 2017 fall fundraising season, here are three of our favorite Reveal stories from this year.

The perfect storm

Sep 1, 2017

Harvey brought unprecedented rain and destruction to Houston Texas, and it will likely take years for the city to recover. In the aftermath of the storm, we get an eyewitness account of what residents are experiencing from Reveal’s Neena Satija. Then we revisit her earlier reporting about Houston’s vulnerability to hurricanes and rain. In 2008, Hurricane Ike swept through Texas, and resulted in billions of dollars in damages. But it could have been much worse. Just like Harvey, that storm turned at the last minute and didn't hit Houston head on.

From left: Robert Thornhill, Pattie Hopkins, Ben Parker, Scott E. Warren, and Hank Smith
Courtesy of Hank, Pattie and the Current

Classically-trained violinist and fiddler Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw and bluegrass banjo player Hank Smith might seem like an unlikely duo. But Hank Smith grew up testing the limits of his instrument and bending the conventional genre in unexpected ways. 

Enter to win Victuals by Ronni Lundy

Sep 1, 2017

September 2017 Giveaway

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

This month, one (1) winner will receive one (1) copy of Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes by Ronni Lundy. The book has a retail value of $32.50.

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

Sound Opinions: Back to School

Aug 31, 2017

The beginning of September means students return to the classroom. Whether you're excited to be back to school or the very thought inspires dread and anxiety, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have put together a playlist to ease back to the grind. Plus, they review albums by LCD Soundsystem and Van Hunt.

Camp, Cars, Cockroaches, and the Kremlin

Aug 30, 2017
Jason Falchook

Meg Wolitzer realizes she might not become the actor she's dreamed of being, but finds the freedom of self-acceptance.
Adam Gopnik and his wife move to a tiny New York City apartment and try to 'live poetically.'
Matthew Dicks tries to hide the fact that he's living out of his car after losing his job.
Andrew Solomon goes to Russia to visit artists and ends up with a front row seat to Russian democracy.

Cover of 'The Salt Line' by Holly Goddard Jones
Courtesy of Holly Goodard Jones

Holly Goddard Jones was in between projects when she sat down to write a little horror story about killer ticks. But literary questions kept sneaking into her thoughts, and as she probed the backstories and motivations of her characters, her short thriller grew into a novel.