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Bob Dylan Agrees To Accept His Nobel Prize During A Tour Stop In Stockholm

NPR | March 29, 2017 8:04 a.m.

Since the American musician won the Nobel Prize in Literature last year, he has not yet picked up his award in person or delivered the customary lecture required for him to receive the prize money.

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Students Serve Up Stories Of Beloved Family Recipes In A Global Cookbook

NPR | March 28, 2017 11:14 a.m.

Many students at D.C.'s Capital City Charter School are first-generation Americans. For a creative writing project, a literacy nonprofit picked a topic everyone could relate to: food from home.

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Duncan Hines: The Original Road Warrior Who Shaped Restaurant History

NPR | March 26, 2017 4 a.m.

The name on that box of cake mix belonged to a real person. Hines was a traveling salesman who just wanted to find a decent meal on the road — and ended up being America's go-to restaurant expert.

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The Foxfire Book Series That Preserved Appalachian Foodways

NPR | March 25, 2017 8:33 a.m.

Foxfire started as a class project at a Georgia high school in the '60s, but soon became a magazine, then a book, and even a way of teaching about the region's simple, self-sustaining way of life.

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

NPR | March 25, 2017 8:30 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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Negin Farsad: Can Humor Fight Prejudice?

NPR | March 24, 2017 6:30 a.m.

Comedian Negin Farsad traveled all over the U.S. to clear up misconceptions about Islam while making people laugh. She calls this form of activism "social justice comedy."

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Kevin Breel: What Can Depression Teach Us About Comedy?

NPR | March 24, 2017 6:30 a.m.

The image of the "sad clown" can seem like a cliche. But for Kevin Breel, it's very real. He describes how he struggled with depression while performing as a stand-up comedian.

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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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How Lemonade Helped Paris Fend Off Plague And Other Surprising 'Food Fights'

NPR | March 14, 2017 3:44 p.m.

Tom Nealon's new book searches through patchy historical records to trace subjects like how chocolate helped lead to war in the Caribbean, or the role a grain fungus played in the Crusades.

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Dan Ariely: When Are Our Decisions Made For Us?

NPR | March 10, 2017 1:24 p.m.

We often think that our decisions are our own. But Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely explains how our environment — even something as simple as how a question is framed — can affect what we choose.