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Gustavo Arellano Pushes A Few Buttons

Nov 11, 2016
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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
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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

SOUND OPINIONS WEEKLY RUNDOWN, 11/11/2016, SO_0111116

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.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The First-Ever Podcast – ‘Da Carriage House

Nov 11, 2016
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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!


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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.

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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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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
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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
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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
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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

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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.

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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. 

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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."

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It's rare when an established band with a recognizable sound makes a big change. But that's what Lambchop has done with it's new recording For Love Often Turns Us Still, or FLOTUS

Lead singer and songwriter Kurt Wagner has electronically treated most of his vocals and made room for drum loops and other audio treatments on songs inspired by the sounds he heard coming from his neighbors and recent records from Kendrick Lamarr, Kanye West and Frank Ocean.

A Well-Tested Thanksgiving Menu

Nov 4, 2016
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Copyright 2016 America's Test Kitchen (Carl Tremblay)

A Complete Thanksgiving Menu from America's Test Kitchen,

This year, The Splendid Table's new partner, America's Test Kitchen, joins us at the Thanksgiving table. We are delighted to present a full menu created by America's Test Kitchen that takes the guesswork out of planning a memorable holiday. And coming from America's Test Kitchen, you know these recipes have been tested and reworked to perfection. Enjoy!

Beers for the Thanksgiving Table

Nov 3, 2016

Steven Beaumont, author of The Premium Beer Drinker's Guide, suggests beer as an alternative to all the angst over which wines will go with turkey and all the trimmings. Here are three he recommends:

Lambic Gueze from Cantillon Brewery in Brussels: This beer equivalent to champagne is often made with fruit, it's crisp, and is the only beer that's spontaneously fermented. It's wonderful with food.

The Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company in New Glarus, Wisconsin: This cherry beer is fruity, but not sweet.

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Courtesy of Tami Schwerin

Death and spirits are part of conversations this week more than most other times of the year. On Monday, many donned costumes of ghosts and goblins to celebrate Halloween, and yesterday others around the world gathered for festivals and celebrations to mark the first day of El Dia de Los Muertos, a Mexican holiday that honors the dead. But talking about death and dying is usually more taboo. While everyone experiences grief, illness, and death, these experiences are often kept private, discussed only with close friends and families.

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