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In Michigan, The Pasty Isn't X-Rated. It's A Portable Pie With History Baked In

NPR | March 23, 2017 8:41 a.m.

The lightly seasoned meat and veggie pie, prevalent in the Upper Peninsula, is pure fuel. Popularized by Cornish miners in the 1800s, it's come to symbolize tenacity in the face of trying conditions.

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Move Over, St. Patrick: St. Joseph's Feast Is When Italians Parade

NPR | March 23, 2017 8:40 a.m.

The wearing of the red honors the patron saint of Sicily. But the real celebrating centers around extravagant altars filled with traditional food, religious symbols and tributes to loved ones.

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How Two Armenian Immigrants Made Turkish Delight An American Hit

NPR | March 23, 2017 8:28 a.m.

Decades ago, an orchard in Washington state began producing "Aplets & Cotlets," a version of a confection based on childhood memories and hard work — and still beloved in the Pacific Northwest.

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German City Accepts Karl Marx Statue From China, But Not Everyone's Happy

NPR | March 22, 2017 8:47 a.m.

Trier, the birthplace of Karl Marx, will display the 20-foot bronze statue, a gift from the nominally communist country. The city receives 150,000 Chinese tourists a year.

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Covert Fashion Provides Camouflage Against Surveillance Software

NPR | March 22, 2017 8:46 a.m.

Hyphen-Labs is a group of women of color who are scientists, engineers, architects and designers addressing issues who have designed clothing that camouflages against facial recognition software.

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For Afghan Immigrants, Nowruz Celebrations Of Spring Are A Taste Of Home

NPR | March 21, 2017 11:01 a.m.

Celebrating this ancient festival was banned under the Taliban. For refugees and immigrants in America, the holiday and the feasts that accompany it are an important cultural link to Afghanistan.

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Robert Silvers, Longtime Editor Of 'The New York Review Of Books,' Dies At 87

NPR | March 21, 2017 7:12 a.m.

Silvers co-founded the journal with Barbara Epstein in 1963. It quickly became a leading forum where authors and critics grappled with cultural issues — and with each other.

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Man Charged After Attack On Painting At London's National Gallery

NPR | March 20, 2017 11:33 a.m.

A man entered The National Gallery in London on Saturday afternoon, approached a painting by British master Thomas Gainsborough and proceeded to attack it with a "sharp object," the museum says.

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Let Them Eat Bread: The Theft That Helped Inspire 'Les Miserables'

NPR | March 20, 2017 8:34 a.m.

Anyone who has read or seen Victor Hugo's masterpiece knows the plot turns on the theft of a simple loaf of bread. There was no sharper barometer of economic status in 19th-century France than bread.

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Portland Edit-A-Thon Aims To Close Wikipedia Gender Gap

OPB | March 18, 2017 5:03 p.m. | Portland

It's part of a massive editing session to create more diverse voices and content on Wikipedia, with a focus on women artists.