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Friday, October 08, 2010

We’re starting off with a Please Explain look at the art—or is it science?—of tipping! Then, we'll hear about a huge poetry festival in Newark, New Jersey. And Rene Redzepi, head chef of critically acclaimed Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, discusses Nordic cuisine. Also, we'll learn about a new breakthrough discovery about what may cause the colony collapse syndrome that's been killing bees. Plus, Paul Reubens, aka Pee-Wee Herman, discusses his career, his character, and the new Broadway adaptation of “The Pee-Wee Herman Show.”

Please Explain: Tipping

Doling out 15 percent of the check to the waiter is standard, but how much should you tip cab drivers and hairdressers?  Today’s Please Explain is all about tipping. Milla Bloch and Diane Gottsman explain how much to give, to whom, and where tipping comes from.

Do you have different tipping methods based on service? Do you tip a cab driver the same way you tip a waitress or a hairdresser?

Current and former waiters: do you tip more generously than others?

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Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival

Mark Strand, U.S. Poet Laureate, 1990-1991, and Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet, essayist, and translator, and Stephanie Hughley, Vice President of Programming and New Media for NJPAC, discuss the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, in Newark, NJ, October 7-10. It's the largest poetry festival in North America and is expected to bring 20,000 people to Newark.

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Rene Redzepi on Nordic Cuisine

Rene Redzepi, head chef of Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, talks about Nordic cuisine. Noma was recognized as the #1 in the world by the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurant awards in April 2010. Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine features over 90 recipes, insights into his philosophy and creativity, Redzepi's diary excerpts, and 200 color photographs.

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Solving the Colony Collapse Mystery

Colin Henderson, associate professor at the University of Montana's College of Technology, discusses the team of military scientists and entomologists who have discovered a new suspected cause of colony collapse syndrome. Over the past four years, 20 to 40 percent of bee colonies in the United States have suffered from colony collapse. He'll explain the team's research and findings.

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The Pee-Wee Herman Show

Paul Reubens discusses his signature character, Pee-Wee Herman, his career, and the Broadway adaptation of “The Pee-Wee Herman Show.” It starts performances on October 26 at the Stephen Sondheim Theater.

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Recipes by Rene Redzepi

Rene Redzepi shares some of his famous, award-winning recipes with us!

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Mario Vargas Llosa Wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa recently won the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature. The Swedish Academy praised his "cartography of the structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt and defeat." He was on the Leonard Lopate Show in November 2001 to discuss his novel, The Feast of the Goat.

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