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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

On today's show: a cheese taste-off between France and the USA. American cheesemakers' reputations have lagged behind the French, but with a cheese renaissance happening in states like Vermont and Wisconsin, the Americans might be catching up. Then, a look at the diversity of Indian cuisine, beyond saag paneer and naan. Also, new archaeological details about Petra, which was the capital of a powerful Middle Eastern trading empire 2,000 years ago. And Robert Novak on his 50 year career covering politics in Washington, DC.

France vs. USA: May the Best Cheese Win

In the past, American cheesemakers' reputations have lagged behind the French. Now we'll do a taste test and find out whether America's cheeses have caught up. Ruth Reichl of Gourmet magazine joins cheesemongers Rob Kaufelt of Murray's cheese and Anne Saxelby of Saxelby's Cheese.

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Eating India

What most Americans know as Indian food is actually Punjabi. India's cuisine is much more diverse, and reflects generations of newcomers -- like ancient Aryan tribes, Middle Eastern Jews, Arabs, and Europeans. Culinary historian and native Bengali Chitrita Banerjee is the author of the new book Eating India.

Eating India ...

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Reconstructing Petra

Two thousand years ago, ancient Petra was the wealthy capital of a powerful trading empire. In the 19th century, its ruins became a destination for wealthy tourists, but because the Jordanian government couldn't afford excavations, Petra's history remained largely unknown. Now archaeologists are piecing together a more complete picture of ...

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Robert Novak, Prince of Darkness

Robert Novak has been covering politics in Washington, DC for fifty years now. His career was in jeopardy when he revealed the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame in 2003; more recently, he told the New York Times Magazine that he thinks Scooter Libby should be pardoned for his role ...

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