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Monday, August 06, 2007

On today's show: we kick off our summer Underappreciated Literature series with a look at one of the top English novelists of the late-Victorian era. Also, a health care analyst has a new prescription to cure our failing health care system. And a celebrated novelist invites us to find out what happens at a quinceañera. But first, we'll learn 101 ways to make dinner in ten minutes or less.

10 Minute Meals

The New York Times calls food columnist Mark Bittman "The Minimalist," and rightly so: his most popular recent article featured 101 recipes that can be made with just a few ingredients in 10 minutes or less. Here are three to get you started:

Number 36: Fried egg “saltimbocca”: Lay slices ...

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Underappreciated Literature: George Gissing

George Gissing was one of the most accomplished British novelists of the late-Victorian era, penning strikingly modern stories populated by shamelessly self-promoting journalists, corrupt preachers, chauvinist husbands, and scheming wives. Biographer John Halperin tells us why Gissing belongs on your summer reading list.

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Fifteen Candles

More than 400,000 American Latinas turn 15 every year, the majority of them marking the event with a lavish party called a quinceañera. In Once Upon a Quinceañera, Julia Alvarez examines the history and significance of this coming-of-age ritual as she follows one Queens girl planning her special day.

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Who Killed Health Care?

Of all the recent proposals to reform the American health care system, few have been focused on the strength of a free market. Regina Herzlinger explains how capitalism - not European-style social welfare policies - can fix what ails us.

Purchase Who Killed HealthCare?: America's $2 Trillion Medical Problem - ...

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