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Thursday, December 11, 2008

At a time when newspapers around the country are struggling to survive, find out how magazines are faring. Also: the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, shares some elegant, low-stress recipes that can be made with easy-to-find ingredients. Judy Collins talks about her life in music. Plus, on Underreported: find out why switching to solar panels may not be so green after all.


Judy Collins

Are Magazines Suffering Too?

At a time when newspapers across the country are struggling, how are magazines doing? We talk to journalists Jeanne Marie Laskas and Vanessa Grigoriadis about what it’s like to write for magazines these days. Both are included in the new anthology Best American Magazine Writing of 2008.

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Low-Stress Recipes from the Barefoot Contessa

Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, shares some elegant, low-stress recipes that can be made with easy-to-find ingredients – like mustard-roasted fish, easy sticky buns, and coq au vin. Her new cookbook is Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics.

What’s your favorite easy and elegant recipe?

Ina Garten will ...

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Judy Collins

Folk singer and activist Judy Collins (aka “Judy Blue Eyes”) talks about “Born to the Breed,” a new tribute album her songs featuring Joan Baez, Dolly Parton, Chrissie Hynde, and lots more.

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Is Liberalism Contagious?

Conservative critics of American universities have often said that liberal professors indoctrinate their students with their liberal political views. We look into whether that’s true. A. Lee Fritschler is professor of public policy at George Mason University and co-author of the new book Closed Mind? Politics and Ideology in American ...

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Underreported: NF3s and Global Warming

Switching to solar energy may not be as green as it seems. Many of the newest solar panels are made with a gas, NF3, that is 17,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide in contributing to global warming. NF3 is also used in the manufacture of flat-screen TVs, iPhones, computer ...

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