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How Just 8 Flavors Have Defined American Cuisine

NPR | Dec. 6, 2016 6:20 a.m.

In her new book, Sarah Lohman says that even though America is culturally and ethnically diverse, its food is united by a handful of tastes that have permeated our nation's cuisine for centuries.

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Hot-Dog Tiaras And Other '70s Dinner Party' Delicacies

NPR | Dec. 2, 2016 7:52 a.m.

A food blogger's fascination with retro entertaining pays off in a colorful volume of curious eats.

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Get To Know A Cuba Without Castro: Recommended Books, Movies And Music

NPR | Nov. 27, 2016 1:06 p.m.

With the death of longtime dictator Fidel Castro, interest in the island nation has again spiked among Americans. For those looking to learn more about the country, expert Tom Miller has some picks.

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The Favorite Drink Of Italian Grandpas Gets An American Revival

NPR | Nov. 25, 2016 3:29 p.m.

Amaro is considered "grandpa's drink" and a digestive aid in its native Italy, but not stateside, where this centuries-old, bittersweet liqueur has become popular on cocktail menus.

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Novelist, Reed College Grad Roger Hobbs, Dead At 28

OPB | Nov. 24, 2016 6:16 p.m. | Portland

thor of the noir thriller “Ghostman” dies after an overdose; Colleagues and friends remember his rare gifts for narrative.

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A Clear Message From Colombian Police: Don't Mess With '100 Years Of Solitude'

NPR | Nov. 21, 2016 4:58 p.m.

In 2015, a first edition copy of Gabriel García Márquez's classic was stolen from a Bogota book fair. Many cases in that city go unsolved, but local law enforcement went all out to find the book.

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Bellevue Hospital Pioneered Care For Presidents And Paupers

NPR | Nov. 18, 2016 1:40 p.m.

The history of New York's Bellevue hospital is also the history of medicine in the United States. From the days before doctors believed in germs through AIDS, the hospital led the way in innovation.

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Watermelon War: America's First Booker Prize Novel Takes On Racial Food Slurs

NPR | Nov. 17, 2016 11:09 a.m.

In his belligerently funny novel The Sellout, Paul Beatty eviscerates racial politics in the U.S. by aiming some of his sharpest stabs at that old and vicious shaming device: the food slur.

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Bob Dylan Won't Be Picking Up His Nobel Prize In Person

NPR | Nov. 16, 2016 1:31 p.m.

The musician won the 2016 Nobel Prize for literature. He told the committee in charge of the award he had "pre-existing commitments," and would not attend a December ceremony to receive it in person.

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'My Year Of Guards And Guns': Megyn Kelly On Standing Up To Trump And Ailes

NPR | Nov. 16, 2016 7:08 a.m.

In her book Settle For More, the Fox anchor shares scary and empowering moments covering the 2016 campaign. But Kelly says she doesn't regret not going up against Roger Ailes earlier.