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Monday, October 25, 2010

Susan J. Tolchin discusses political patronage and the culture of trading favors in Washington. Chef Rozanne Gold discusses the art of simplicity in cooking and her new cookbook Radically Simple: Brilliant Flavors with Breathtaking Ease. Mark Rotella talks about the influence of Italian songs and singers—from Frank Sinatra and Perry Como to Connie Francis and Tony Bennett. Actress Julia Stiles and director Bob McGrath discuss “Persephone” at BAM.

Political Favoritism

Susan J. Tolchin discusses political patronage—awarding favors in exchange for political support. Pinstripe Patronage: Political Favoritism from the Clubhouse to the White House and Beyond, written with Martin Tolchin, looks at whether political patronage is an essential ingredient of effective governance or if patronage is the dark underbelly of American politics, and examines how it has changed over time—from the privatization of services once conducted by government to earmarks to defense contracts.

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Radically Simple

Chef Rozanne Gold discusses the art of simplicity in cooking—combining a few essential ingredients with minimum effort to create delicious food. In her new cookbook, Radically Simple: Brilliant Flavors with Breathtaking Ease, she demonstrates how a little amount of time, simple techniques, and a limited number of ingredients can create dishes bursting with flavors. It includes 150 recipes, including 10-minute salads and soups that take less than 5 minutes.

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Italian American Song

Mark Rotella talks about the “Italian decade”—the years after WWII when Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, and other Italian voices established their smooth, stylish brand of pop. Amore: The Story of Italian American Song tells the stories behind 40 Italian American classics—from “O Sole Mio” to “Volare” to “I Wonder Why”—and shows how these songs became the soundtrack of postwar America.

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Julia Stiles and Bob McGrath discuss “Persephone”

Actress Julia Stiles and director Bob McGrath discuss “Persephone” at BAM, the music-theater collaboration with the Ridge Theater ensemble and three exceptional contributors from across various disciplines. The mythology surrounding the Greek character of Persephone—the beautiful and doomed daughter of Zeus and Demeter who was abducted by Hades into the Underworld—is explored though songs, narrative, projections, and instrumental music. “Persephone” is playing at BAM as part of the 2010 Next Wave Festival, October 26–30, at 7:30 pm.

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Recipes by Rozanne Gold

Read some recipes from Rozanne Gold's new cookbook: Radically Simple: Brilliant Flavors with Breathtaking Ease

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Guest Picks: Rozanne Gold

What is chef Rozanne Gold's favorite comfort food? Find out here.

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Guest Picks: Bob McGrath

Find out some of Bob McGrath's favorite picks.

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Guest Picks: Julia Stiles

Julia Stiles is a fan of Arcade Fire! Find out what else she told us after her recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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