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8:52 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

When Asian And Latin Food Collide: Spicy, Tasty Or Confused?

Green beans with peanuts and chile de arbol
Courtesy Pati Jinich

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 1:20 pm

Asian-Americans and Latinos trace their roots half a world away from each other — literally. But their cultures, and especially the foods they love, have more in common than you might think. These days, they're colliding in new and interesting ways – from Korean barbecue taco trucks to finer dining.

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Krulwich Wonders...
8:50 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Look What You've Done, North America!

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 3:25 pm

This is the story of two continents doing battle, North America versus South America. It is also a biological mystery.

For a very long time, North America and South America were separate land masses. The Pacific Ocean slipped between them, flowing into the Caribbean. The Isthmus of Panama was there, but it was underwater. The two continents didn't touch.

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The Protojournalist
8:47 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

A Little Old American Bonsai

A Hinoki cypress at Brussel Martin's bonsai nursery in Mississippi. He has nurtured it for 40 years, which is half its life. "I turned down $40,000 for it a year ago," Martin says. "It is worth twice that. I call it Big Bertha."
Courtesy of Brussel's Bonsai

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 10:13 am

A News Story In Tanka


For cypress tree in

Olive Branch, Mississippi,

80 years of age

Someone has a yen to pay

Forty thou — grower says Noh.


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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
8:46 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Is Cancer A Gift?

Cagri Ozgur

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 3:02 pm

There's a gift in cancer. It says so right on page 203 of Greg Anderson's book Cancer: 50 Essential Things to Do (2013 edition; first published 1993). Anderson quotes the singer Olivia Newton-John as saying this about her "journey through breast cancer": "I see it [cancer] as a gift. I know it sounds strange. But I don't think I would have grown in the areas I did without this experience."

Then Anderson urges his readers to "Seek the gift in cancer. It's there."

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All Songs Considered
8:45 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Why The Newport Folk Festival Is So Special

Mito Habe-Evans NPR Music

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 2:48 pm

  • Hear Newport Folk Producer Jay Sweet Discuss This Year's Festival

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Monkey See
8:44 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Keith Olbermann Talks Sports, ESPN, And The Secret Identity Anthony Weiner Stole

Keith Olbermann speaks onstage during the Olbermann panel at the ESPN portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association press tour.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 8:07 am

"Carlos ... Danger," says Keith Olbermann with utter awe, and arcs his hand across his field of vision.

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8:43 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Best Of Brasil Summerfest 2013: Hip Hop, Samba, Tecno Brega And Beyond

Brazilian singer Gaby Amarantos is among the many new faces invading New York at this year's Brasil Summerfest.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 4:14 pm

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Monkey See
8:43 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Rob Lowe On Playing JFK Without Sounding Like You're On 'The Simpsons'

Rob Lowe as John F. Kennedy in the National Geographic Channel's film, Killing Kennedy.
National Geographic Channel

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 6:51 pm

The National Geographic Channel is a little all over the place when it comes to their programming. There's some nature material, there's some fairly sensational reality stuff (Doomsday Preppers, for instance), and there are historical documentaries and, sometimes, historical scripted films.

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The Two-Way
8:36 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Cyclist's Felony Manslaughter Plea First Of Its Kind In U.S.

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 6:25 pm

A bicyclist who struck and killed a pedestrian in San Francisco last year has pleaded guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter, prosecutors announced Wednesday. The conviction is said to be the first of its kind in the nation.

The accident happened when 37-year-old Chris Bucchere rode through several red lights and struck 71-year-old Sutchi Hui and his wife, who were crossing the intersection.

Hui died four days later from his injuries.

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This Is NPR
8:35 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

2014 Wall Calendar: January

Illustrator and cartoonist Roman Muradov designed this art for the 2014 NPR Wall Calendar.
Roman Muradov NPR

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 4:52 pm

"I tried to do a visual interpretation of NPR's many voices that comfort and inspire the listeners, each one in its own way," said Roman Muradov.

A Russian illustrator and cartoonist, Muradov contributed this work for the 2014 NPR Wall Calendar. More from this Podcast subscriber and KQED San Francisco listener can be found at @bluebed.

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