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Where We Belong

Jul 27, 2017
Vin Shambry
Photo by Christian Leonard

Vin Shambry goes to outdoor school and feels like a kid again.

Lauren Weedman meets her biological mother.

Michelle Oberholtzer sets up a fund to help families fight home foreclosure.

Flora Diaz becomes attached to the subjects of a middle school science project.

Bill T Jones
Bill T. Jones

Legendary dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones was inspired to create his dance trilogy “Analogy” after reading W. G. Sebald’s novel “The Emigrants.” The book, like Jones’s resulting oeuvre, deals with issues of persecution, trauma, war and memory.

On paper, steak frites seem so simple. As its French name implies, it is just steak and fries. But, to get the two components cooked right and served hot – at the exact same moment – is a feat in itself. Thankfully, our friends at America’s Test Kitchen have fine-tuned the timeline for making the dish in your home kitchen. Tucker Shaw is executive editor of Cook’s Country magazine. Managing producer Sally Swift discussed the process with him, and got his recipe for Easy Steak Frites.

stars at night
Jeremy Nicholson / Flickr - Creative Commons

Listening to audio is something we often do alone, whether it is in the car on the way to or from work or through a set of earbuds during an evening run. But people in Durham have another option for listening to audio stories with an event series called "Audio Under The Stars,” which gives adults permission to partake in their own kind of storytime. The events take place summer evenings on the lawn of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. The series is now in it's fourth season.

MPR News® presents The Splendid Table® — Live, October 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM The Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul, MN   Please join us for an evening of conversation, stories and musical interludes hosted by Francis Lam honoring the indisputable queen of food radio, Lynne Rosetto Kasper. The year 2018 marks a bittersweet milestone for The Splendid Table and its cofounder and longtime host Lynne Rosetto Kasper.

WUNC Youth Radio Podcast
Kimani Hall / WUNC

What is News?


In this episode Los Angeles Hip-Hop Artist, De'Wayne Jackson says,  

"I feel like at times hip-hop can be news for a lot of kids. We just have to continue to give our voices to the world and hope the kids that are listening can make a change."

What is news? 

In this episode we also ask Katherine Gan "Can hip-hop be news?"

Kyle Mooney Solves A Few First-World Problems

Jul 21, 2017
Lopez, Kristina

Brendan Francis Newnam: Each week, you send in your questions about how to behave, and here to answer them this time is Kyle Mooney.

You know him as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” the movie “Zoolander 2,” and he’s now starring in a film he created with an old writing partner called, “Brigsby Bear.”

He plays James, a man who is kidnapped as a baby, isolated from society, and given essentially one piece of entertainment to consume: a homemade kids TV show called “Brigsby Bear.” And, yes, it’s a comedy, mostly.

Lopez, Kristina

Steven Ellison – aka “Flying Lotus” – has been blowing people’s minds in multiple mediums since his music debut in 2006. Now he’s moving to the big screen with his debut film, “Kuso.”

Lopez, Kristina

Teju Cole is a true polymath. His novel, “Open City,” won the PEN/Hemingway award. And he writes about photography in a column for The New York Times Magazine, which makes sense since he also exhibits his own photography around the world.

Why You’re Missing Out on Delectable Fish Collars

Jul 21, 2017
Lopez, Kristina

So, chances are you’ve heard the phrase nose-to-tail dining, the food movement that encourages eating every part of an animal, not just certain popular cuts. Typically, it’s applied to pigs or cows. But increasingly, restaurants are serving the less popular parts of fish.

Jocelyn Olcott / Oxford University Press - 2017

In 1975 thousands of women from across the world gathered in Mexico City to discuss the state of the feminist movement. The U.N. had declared 1975 “International Women’s Year,” and a governmental conference in Mexico City served as the capstone event. 

Meanwhile, an NGO tribune took place in the city at the same time and drew some of the key leaders in feminism like Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem. The tribune and governmental conference also included women from poorer countries whose views of feminism were often at odds with their American counterparts.

Vagabon Mixes a Chill Playlist that Demands Respect

Jul 21, 2017
Douglas, Emerald

When Laetitia Tamko, better known by her stage name, Vagabon, was 17, her parents bought her a Fender guitar from Costco and she taught herself how to play by watching instructional DVDs. She soon wrote and released songs on Bandcamp and was invited to play in famous NYC underground venues like Silent Barn.

Che Apalache / Che Apalache

The word ‘che’ is ubiquitous on the streets of Argentina. It is a term of endearment that people use often in casual conversation – similar to a word like buddy in American slang. So when North Carolina native Joe Troop decided to form a band in Buenos Aires with a group of his students, he found it fitting to characterize themselves using the term ‘che.’ The band Che Apalache is comprised of four musicians from three countries who fuse Appalachian folk with Latin American music. 

A picture of Jenn Wasner
Courtesy of Paley Fairman

Jenn Wasner is best known as half of the Baltimore-based band Wye Oak. But for the past few years, she's been quietly working away at her own music under the banner Flock of Dimes

We all know farm to table cooking. But once a year, a mysterious man named Baron Ambrosia hosts a unique dinner party that you could describe as "fur to table." Dishes on the ecclectic menu are made with small game caught in the forests of upstate New York, then served at this wild event in the Bronx. Field reporter Daniella Cheslow brings us this taste of the wild with the audio story above and the photo gallery below.

Sound Opinions: Fantasy Songs

Jul 20, 2017

The fantasy powerhouse Game of Thrones is returning for its penultimate season. With dragons, knights, and magic on their minds, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot play their favorite songs about fantasy worlds. Plus, a review of the latest from hip-hop stalwarts Public Enemy, and Neil Halstead of Slowdive shares the song that got him Hooked on Sonics.

Image of two best friends
Flickr/ Stuart Seeger

Best friends are the constant in many people's lives. They rescue each other when a car breaks down. They join go on late-night quests for fast food. And they console and support each other in a time of need. The relationships of best friends have been fodder for movie plot lines for decades and exist in all genres.

A charcoal grill can cook almost anything you can think of – meat, vegetables, seafood, even dessert. John "Doc" Willoughby knows all about it. He has written dozens of books and articles on the topic of grilling. Willoughby also recently retired as the editorial director of America’s Test Kitchen’s magazines. We were lucky enough to catch him before he left. He spoke with host Francis Lam about charcoal grilling techniques including one unique method for quick and extremely hot grilling, as well as a new setup to emulate the slow-and-low performance of a smoker.

Dana Cree is a dessert devotee and author of the seriously smart cookbook about making homemade ice cream; it's called Hello, My Name is Ice Cream. Contributor Joe Yonan spoke with her about the different kinds of ice cream and the essentials for making your own summertime treats like Donut Ice Cream and Popcorn Ice Cream at your home.

Zoe Adjonyoh grew up in London with a Ghanaian father who never really taught her how to cook. As an adult, she decided to connect to that heritage, and taught herself to cook. Now she runs a restaurant based on all she’s learned and recently released her debut cookbook, Zoe's Ghana Kitchen. Host Francis Lam asked her for a primer on Ghanaian cuisine.

Deadly Waters

Jul 19, 2017

The U.S. Navy spends tens of billions of dollars each year building and repairing ships. But how safe are the shipyards where that work is done? Reveal investigates how lax safety has been allowed to persist at shipyards that thrive on military contracts. This hour also will explore one of the newest warships in the Navy’s fleet and whether it’s living up to expectations. And we’ll tell the story of one man’s unexplained disappearance on the high seas.

Snow White and the Screaming Meemies

Jul 19, 2017
Joseph Michael

Alana Kinarsky after moving to America with her family from Belarus, gets busted by her mother for stealing a Snow White doll from K-Mart.
Maile Meloy is scheduled to go on national TV with Martha Stewart for her first interview ever, after writing her first book.
Samuel James grows up in the foster system and finds an unlikely family.
Cheryl Hamilton encounters a suicidal man and learns that helping strangers is not as simple as wanting to.

Author of 'Borne,' Jeff VanderMeer
Jeff VanderMeer

In Jeff VanderMeer’s highly successful Southern Reach trilogy, characters were cut off from one another, and their stories unfolded against the backdrop of a devastated landscape. In his latest novel “Borne,” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux/2017) he highlights how a new cast of characters attempt to make connections with each other.

Cover of 'The Reason You're Alive' by Matthew Quick
Matthew Quick / Harper Collins - 2017

In his new novel “The Reason You’re Alive” (HarperCollins/2017), writer Matthew Quick tells the story of an aging Vietnam veteran grappling with civilian life.

WUNC Youth Radio Podcast
Kimani Hall / WUNC

What is news?  

In this episode Snap Judgment’s Glynn Washington says, “It’s an interesting question not because I think that news is being redefined.  There used to be at least lip service or homage paid to a lack of bias in news."

Maya Killtron – ‘Whiplash’

Jul 14, 2017
Lopez, Kristina

The Lucas Brothers Use Their Twin Powers to Fool the DMV

Jul 14, 2017
Lopez, Kristina

Keith and Kenny Lucas are a comedy duo with a twist: they’re identical twins who literally finish each other’s sentences. The two have made appearances together in films like “22 Jump Street” and on shows like “The Grinder” and “Lady Dynamite.” Their comedy special called “On Drugs” is on Netflix now. In the audio above, overhear them answer the question twins always get asked: “Have you ever switched places?”

The UK Celebrates the End of Rationing

Jul 14, 2017
Douglas, Emerald

The History Lesson

On July 4, 1954, while Americans celebrated their independence by gorging on hot dogs, the British celebrated being allowed to gorge on hot dogs.

That day the U.K. officially ended 14 years of food rationing imposed at the dawn of World War II. Back then, German subs attacked ships bringing food into Great Britain. Pretty awful considering it’s an island nation that imported 2/3 of its food supply.

’30 for 30′ Team Tease a Tale of a Gambler Scorned

Jul 14, 2017
Lopez, Kristina

ESPN, the sports TV network recently launched a sports podcast called “30 for 30.” It’s based on their celebrated documentary series of the same name. The first season is five episodes, each dedicated to a different sports story.

Brendan sat down with editor Jody Avirgan and producer Rose Eveleth to talk about their upcoming episode called “Queen of Sorts,” which will be released on July 18. It’s about gambling. Brendan kicked things off by asking, “Is playing cards really a sport?”

Alan Alda Gets Passive and Punchy with Etiquette

Jul 14, 2017
Lopez, Kristina

Rico Gagliano: Each week, you send us your etiquette questions, and here to answer your questions this time around is actor, writer, director, and science advocate, Alan Alda. He is, of course, beloved for starring as “Hawkeye” Pierce in what’s widely considered one of the best TV shows of all time, “M*A*S*H.” He was a regular on another great show, “The West Wing,” and he hosted another great show, the PBS series “Scientific American Frontiers” for over a decade.