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Cooking with Aphrodisiacs; Third Reich Scientists; "Saint Joan"; Please Explain: Genius

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Friday, February 14, 2014

On today’s Valentine’s Day show with New York Times Dining columnist Melissa Clark talking about aphrodisiacs like figs, oysters and artichokes, and what to cook for your special someone. We’ll look at the secret American program to bring the Third Reich’s scientists into the US after the end of World War II. Director Eric Tucker talks about an unusual production of George Bernard Shaw’s play Saint Joan, starring Andrus Nichols as Joan of Arc.And this week’s Please Explain is all about genius and the various ways we measure intelligence.

Melissa Clark on Valentine's Day Specialties

Melissa Clark talks about aphrodisiacs like oysters, artichokes, figs and bananas, and what to make for Valentine’s Day. She'll also answer your questions about cooking and preparing a special Valentine's Day meal or any meal! 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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The Secret Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America

Annie Jacobsen tells us about a disturbing, covert government program in the decades following World War II, called Operation Paperclip, which brought Hitler's scientists and their families to the United States. Many were accused of war crimes, others had stood trial at Nuremberg; one was convicted of mass murder and slavery, but these men were also directly responsible for major advances in rocketry, medical treatments, and the U.S. space program. In Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America, Jacobsen looks into whether the operation was a moral outrage or if it helped America win the Cold War.

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"Saint Joan"

Director Eric Tucker and Andrus Nichols talk about the acclaimed Bedlam production of George Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan,” at the Lynn Redgrave Theater off-Broadway. Andrus Nichols plays Joan in the play, which is based on the life and trials of Joan of Arc. 

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Please Explain: Genius

This week’s Please Explain is all about genius. Dean Keith Simonton, professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, talks about what exceptional intelligence is and how it can influence creativity, leadership and achievement. And we’ll find out how genius and intelligence are measured.

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Recipe: Melissa Clark's Bone in Rib Steak for Two

1 bone-in rib steak, 1 1/2 inches thick
1 garlic clove, halved
1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
Large pinch chili powder
Coarse kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

1. Heat a heavy ovenproof skillet (preferably cast iron) over high heat for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your broiler.

2. Pat steak dry with paper towels, then vigorously rub cut side of garlic all over steak, particularly the bone. Season generously all over with brown sugar, chile powder, salt and pepper.

3. Place steak in hot pan and carefully, using a potholder, transfer pan to broiler. Cook meat until done to taste, about 5 to 7 minutes for medium rare (you do not need to turn it). Transfer steak to a cutting board, and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

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Recipe: Melissa Clark's Crisp Roasted Potatoes for Two

Crisp Roasted Potatoes for Two

3/4 pound very small Yukon gold or other yellow-fleshed potatoes
Coarse kosher salt
2 tablespoons olive oil, lard, or duck fat
2 sprigs rosemary
3 cloves garlic, smashed
Cracked black pepper

1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Place potatoes in a small pot and cover completely with generously salted water. Bring water to a boil and cook potatoes until fork tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and allow potatoes to rest until cool enough to touch. Using the palms of your hands, carefully smash potatoes until flat but still in one piece.

2. Place potatoes on a small rimmed baking sheet or pan. Drizzle with duck fat and add rosemary and garlic to pan. Generously salt and pepper potatoes. Gently toss potatoes until evenly coated with the duck fat.

3. Roast potatoes for 20 minutes. Flip them, then roast an additional 8 to 10 minutes. Serve warm.

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Guest Picks: Eric Tucker

Eric Tucker was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about directing and performing in Bedlam Theatre's unusual production of George Bernard Shaw's play, Saint Joan. He also told us what he's been reading and listening to recently.

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