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Friday, March 02, 2012

Mark Bittman talks about How to Cook Everything The Basic: All You Need to Make Great Food. The BBC's A History of the World in 100 Objects is about the Admonitions Scroll. This week's Please Explain is all about the history of the New York City subway.

Mark Bittman Goes Back to Basics

Mark Bittman, author of How to Cook Everything, returns to discuss the fundamentals of cooking. His new book, How to Cook Everything The Basics: All You Need to Make Great Food, is an absolutely essential beginner's cookbook and an a guide for experienced cooks. From dicing vegetables and roasting meats to cooking meals that include salads, soups, poultry, meats, fish, sides, and desserts, Bittman explains what every home cook should know.

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Please Explain: The Subway

This week’s Please Explain takes a look at something familiar (yet still mysterious) to every New Yorker: the subway. John Tauranac, architecural historian and designer of city and transit maps, and Andrew Sparberg, former Long Island Railroad manager and director of the railroad technology program at Technical Career Insitutes, talk about how the subway was built and how it transformed the metropolitan area.

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Things We Learned This Week

A collection random facts, insights, and impressions from the Lopate Show this week.

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Object #8: "Wall St." Sign

The Wall Street sign is the first object on our list that is central to both the long history of New York City and the current moment. William D. Cohan, author of Money And Power told us “You can not overstate Wall Street’s importance from either a literal or symbolic point of view. It’s not up there with the Statue of Liberty, but it’s a symbol of what America is all about. That’s why there is so much disappointment about their behavior over the last few years.” (continue reading)

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Tributes: Jan Berenstain

The name “Berenstain” inevitably brings up images of bears – Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Brother Bear, and Sister Bear.  Though Jan and her husband Stan had originally toyed with the notion of doing children’s books about penguins, they ultimately decided that bears were more like humans!  And their books about the Berenstain Bears sold over 200 million copies.  Jan Berenstain, who wrote and illustrated the Berenstain Bears books with her husband, died at the age of 88.  You can hear their conversation with Leonard from October 2002…

Jan Berenstain on the Leonard Lopate Show in 2002


Tributes: Dmitri Nabokov

Dmitri Nabokov was a professional opera singer, a race car driver, and a mountain climber.  He was also the son of Vladimir Nabokov – whose literary legacy he tended with great devotion.  He translated his father’s early Russian works, and published The Original of Laura, an unfinished novel his father had demanded be burned, and wrote On Revisiting Father’s Room, a memoir about his relationship with his famous father.  He died at the age of 77.  Leonard interviewed him in May, 1988.

Dmitri Nabokov on the Lopate Show in 1988


Tributes: Erland Josephson

The Swedish actor Erland Josephson’s stage and screen career was inextricably linked with Ingmar Bergman’s – not only was he a prominent member of Bergman’s repertory company, along with Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann, but he starred in a number of Bergman’s films, including “Scenes From a Marriage.”  He died at the age of 88 recently.  And you can hear Leonard’s interview with him from April, 1988.

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Bean Burger

Bean Burgers from How to Cook Everything The Basics: All You Need to Make Great Food

These are amazing—so good you’ll want to double the recipe and freeze some.

TIME 30 to 40 minutes with cooked beans

MAKES 4 to 8 servings


Poached Eggs from How to Cook Everything The Basics: All You Need to Make Great Food

Restaurant-style fare at home and easy to master.

TIME 10 minutes
MAKES 1 or 2 servings


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