Bulgakov's 'Master' Still Strikes A Chord In Today's Russia

NPR |Jan. 21, 2015 11:46 a.m.

Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov's classic, The Master and Margarita, ridiculed Soviet leaders and bureaucracy. It wasn't published until 27 years after his death, but still resonates with Russians.

A 'Guantanamo Diary' From A Prisoner Still On The Inside

NPR |Jan. 20, 2015 4:58 a.m.

In the first memoir from a prisoner still being held at Guantanamo, Mohamedou Ould Salahi tells how he went from his native Mauritania to joining al-Qaida in Afghanistan to the U.S. prison in Cuba.

American Film On A Tibetan Migrant Finds Unlikely Success In China

NPR |Jan. 15, 2015 9:24 a.m.

Because Tibet is a sensitive topic, you'd expect the Chinese government to ban Nowhere to Call Home. But the documentary about a widow and her son is quietly making the rounds — and winning fans.

Mojito Diplomacy: Chefs Plan Culinary Tours To Cuba

NPR |Jan. 15, 2015 8:55 a.m.

Several Miami-area chefs are leading tours for Americans to experience the tastes — and farm scene — of the communist island nation. They hope to foster cross-cultural dialogue through food and drink.

Tweaks To Cadbury Creme Eggs Not Going Over Easy In The U.K.

NPR |Jan. 15, 2015 5:39 a.m.

Now is the time when Cadbury's colorfully wrapped chocolate eggs hit stores in Great Britain. But the company has changed the chocolate used in the treats, and that's left many Britons "shellshocked."

In Spain, A Kingly Ring With A Hidden Surprise Wraps Up The Holidays

NPR |Jan. 05, 2015 1:42 p.m.

The roscón is a ring-shaped, citrus-infused brioche ubiquitous on Spanish tables on Three Kings Day, Jan. 6. It comes with an ancient pedigree and a trinket inside that will bring luck to the finder.

A Cure For The Common Hangover, Found On The Stove

NPR |Dec. 31, 2014 2:20 p.m.

Chef Anthony Lamas says posole, a Mexican hominy stew, is great if you're cold, hung over or just had a long night. "It's a cure in a bowl" that's infinitely customizable, he says.

Luck Be A Lentil Tonight! What The World Eats To Welcome The New Year

NPR |Dec. 31, 2014 2:10 p.m.

From Italy to Japan to the Philippines, people will hope for happiness, health and wealth as they sit down to a New Year's meal. Sometimes that last wish is expressed as actual money in the food.

Author Explores Armenian Genocide 'Obsession' And Turkish Denial

NPR |Dec. 27, 2014 8:10 a.m.

As a child, Armenian-American writer Meline Toumani was taught to see Turks as a bitter enemy. She wrote her new book, There Was and There Was Not, in an effort to understand that conflict.

Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

NPR |Dec. 26, 2014 5:47 a.m.

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.

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