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Braising; Life as a Finnish Reindeer Herder; Photojournalist Donna De Cesare; Please Explain

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Friday, January 24, 2014

On today’s show: New York Times Dining Section columnist Melissa Clark shares her ideas for braising—and for other slow-cooked dishes—in this cold, cold weather. Jessica Oreck describes documenting a year in the life of a family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland. Photojournalist Donna De Cesare looks at the impact on children of gangs in Central America following the civil wars there in the 1980s. And this week’s Please Explain is all about man’s best friends: dogs!

Braising Standards With Melissa Clark

It's cold outside and more snow is on the way, which makes it the perfect time for braising! Slow-cooked short ribs, pork shoulder, brisket let you keep the oven on and the kitchen warm. Melissa Clark tells us about the fundamentals of braising and answers your questions about it! She's a New York Times Dining Section columnist and cookbook writer, and her most recent cookbook is Cook This Now: 120 Easy and Delectable Dishes You Can't Wait to Make.

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Herding the Last Wild Reindeer in Finland

Jessica Oreck describes documenting a year in the life of a family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland. She’s the producer/writer/director of the film “Aatsinki: The Story of the Arctic Cowboys,” which follows brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki who live with their wives and children north of the Arctic Circle, where they lead a collective of traditional reindeer herders who manage the last group of wild reindeer in all of Finland. “Aatsinki: The Story of the Arctic Cowboys” is playing at IFC Center January 24-30.

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Photographs Children in a World of Gangs

Central American nations had the highest per capita homicide rates in the world, mostly due to gang violence. But why has gang activity become endemic in the region? Photojournalist Donna De Cesare has been trying to answer that question since she began covering Central America during the civil wars of the 1980s, focusing especially on children and youths. She continued her photography project in Central American refugee communities in the United States in the 1990s and postwar Central America in the 2000s. In her book Unsettled/Desasosiego: Children in a World of Gangs, she documents a history of repression, violence, and trauma, in which gangs are as much a symptom as a cause of trauma.

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Please Explain: Dogs

This week's Please Explain is all about dogs. We'll find out the evolutionary roots of domestic dogs, what it means when your dog wags its tail, and why some breeds are easier to train than others. Veterinarian Dr. John Ciribassi, who was one of the editors of Decoding Your Dog, and pet expert and journalist Steve Dale, who contributed to the book, take your calls and questions about man's best friend.

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