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Monday, February 23, 2009

On today's show: Learn about the links between industrial toxins and childhood illness. Then, Marni Nixon on carrying a tune for other people. And, the extravagant life and notorious exploits of Napoleon's favorite sister, Pauline.

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Marni Nixon

Toxins and Children

Many American children suffer from some sort of chronic illness, including cancer, asthma, birth defects, and neurological diseases, and over the past 25 years, the rates have been increasing. In their new book Poisoned Profits: The Toxic Assault on Our Children journalists Philip Shabecoff and Alice Shabecoff reveal the ...

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Marni Nixon

Marni Nixon was the singing voice behind Deborah Kerr's Anna in "The King and I," Natalie Wood’s Maria in "West Side Story" and Audrey Hepburn's Eliza in "My Fair Lady," yet she never received a screen credit. Film Forum is hosting a special tribute to her work and career.


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The Other Bonaparte

Relatives of powerful people can often be a source of controversy (think Roger Clinton and Neil Bush) and Napoleon Bonaparte's sister, Pauline, was no exception. She had notorious love affairs, wore opulent jewels and clothing and posed nearly nude for Canova’s sculpture of her. Acclaimed biographer Flora Fraser illuminates the ...


Vegetable Pancakes

Makes: 4 servings
Time: At least 30 minutes

A surefire way to get anyone to eat any vegetable, these crisp babies are delicious as a side dish, alone as an appetizer, or served on a bed of Nicely Dressed Salad Greens (page 135) as lunch.

Root vegetables are ...


Easy Whole Grain Flatbread

Makes: 4 to 6 appetizer servings Time: A bout 45 minutes, largely unattended (longer for resting, if time allows)

The simplest bread is nothing more than water and flour. Heat some olive oil in a pan—you can add other flavorings, too—and this basic formula becomes a quick flatbread that’s ready ...


Chocolate Semolina Pudding with Raspberry Puree

Makes: 9 to 12 servings Time: 1 hour

Somewhere between a cake and pudding, this lovely dessert is served warm, with a simple raspberry puree that balances its richness. Other fruits that work well here include stone fruits, but (except for cherries) they have to be peeled first (page 149). ...


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