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423: Chimps Who Cook: At Jane Goodall’s Congo Sanctuary, Chimps are Cooking Up Dinner

Friday, July 31, 2015

Along with man's ability to use tools and language, cooking has long been accepted as a defining skill that separates mankind from the animal kingdom. This week we explore the Congo, where chimps prefer cooked to raw food, understand the cooking process, and are willing to wait to eat a cooked meal. We'll taste low sodium chicken broth, and we'll speak with food writer Adam Gopnik about food from the past. Then we'll head into the test kitchen to uncover the secrets to making spicy Peri Peri Chicken. And of course, we'll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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BackStory

Untrammeled: Americans and the Wilderness [rebroadcast] [Full Episode]

Friday, July 31, 2015

Like millions of Americans this summer, BackStory is quitting the city and heading into the wild. In this episode, Brian, Ed, and Peter return to Americans’ fascination with wild places, and how we impact even the most remote corners of our country. The Guys explore how early European arrivals actually created wilderness out of a landscape long shaped by human intervention. They also find out how the city of San Francisco controlled the remote Hetch Hetchy valley, hundreds of miles away. Plus, they ask how our ideas about wild places have changed over time. Is there any wilderness left in the twenty-first century?

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422: The Truth about Gluten: Media Hype or Good Science?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Is gluten responsible for leaky gut, inflammation, and brain disease? Or is the call for everyone to eat a gluten-free diet nothing more than the latest food scare? This week we talk to two experts, one on each side of the debate, to find out the truth about gluten in the modern diet. Gadget Guru Lisa McManus reviews laundry stain removers, and we’ll taste wine with expert Stephen Meuse. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to uncover the secrets to making the best smoky potato salad. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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A Friendship Out of Fallout

Friday, July 24, 2015

Brian Balogh speaks with Shigeko Sasamori, a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing, and Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of the man who ordered that strike, about the friendship that grew as both of them worked on a project to bring survivors’ stories to the U.S. This segment comes from our show on Reconciliation. You can listen to the whole episode here: http://bit.ly/1DBYRjL

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421: Chiang Mai at Home: Thai Cooking Lesson with Andy Ricker

Friday, July 17, 2015

What flavors define Thai cuisine? This week chef and restaurant owner Andy Ricker shares the secrets to making authentic Thai food that is sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and fragrant all at once. We’ll find out what’s hot and what’s not in the world of kitchen gadgets, and we’ll speak with food writer Adam Gopnik about London's recent transformation into a culinary capitol. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make the ultimate smoked bourbon chicken. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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BackStory

Chasing the Brass Ring

Friday, July 17, 2015

Psychiatrist Robert Waldinger tells host Brian Balogh about a longitudinal study at Harvard that was meant to track professional success, but starting turning up data of a different sort: on happiness and well-being.

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406: Rachael Ray Speaks Out on Fame, Pajamas, Hard Work and Her Cabin in The Woods

Friday, July 10, 2015

This week, we speak to Rachael Ray to find out why she still has a crush on Tom Jones and how she fended off an attacker in New York with pepper spray. We’ll find out what’s hot and what’s not in the world of kitchen gadgets, and we’ll speak with food writer Adam Gopnik about simple recipes for college students. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make perfect soft cooked eggs every time. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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406: Rachael Ray Speaks Out on Fame, Pajamas, Hard Work and Her Cabin in The Woods

Friday, July 10, 2015

This week, we speak to Rachael Ray to find out why she still has a crush on Tom Jones and how she fended off an attacker in New York with pepper spray. We’ll find out what’s hot and what’s not in the world of kitchen gadgets, and we’ll speak with food writer Adam Gopnik about simple recipes for college students. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make perfect soft cooked eggs every time. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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BackStory

The Sleeve Makes the Man

Friday, July 10, 2015

Ed speaks with Megan Kate Nelson about the proliferation of so-called “empty sleeve” narratives in poems, stories, songs, and artworks that glorified amputee veterans returning home after the Civil War.

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420: Prohibition Part Two: Cocktails and Politics in the Roaring Twenties

Friday, July 03, 2015

Would you believe that the modern American nightclub was born out of the era of outlawed alcohol? In part two of our prohibition series, we investigate this and other unintended consequences from banning liquor in the roaring twenties. We’ll taste Mexican lagers, and we’ll taste wine with expert Stephen Meuse. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn the best way to grill pork kebabs. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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BackStory

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

Friday, July 03, 2015

Historian David Blight narrates a reenactment of Frederick Douglass’ 1852 speech, “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro,” in which Douglass highlights the hypocrisy of celebrating liberty in a nation that allows slavery. Brian, Peter, and Ed discuss how slavery and its end changed the meaning of the Declaration and the holiday, as demonstrated by Frederick Douglass’ July 4th oration.

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Gig Alert: Miguel

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

See Miguel for NPR Music's event “First Listen Live” free tonight. 

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419: Prohibition Part One: Inside The 21 Club Speakeasy with Bogart, Bacall, and Hemingway

Friday, June 26, 2015

Countless households stashed illegal liquor during prohibition, but for the greatest thrill-seekers the real rush came from drinking at the local speakeasy. Today we explore part one of our prohibition series by taking a tour of the 21 Club in New York, and unlocking the secrets to the world's most famous speakeasy, its disappearing bar, and its well-hidden wine cellar. Gadget Guru Lisa McManus reviews grill brushes, and we’ll speak with food writer Adam Gopnik. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn a new way to grill thick-cut steaks. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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Live And Let Spy

Friday, June 26, 2015

Former Soviet spymaster Oleg Kalugin reminisces about his time recruiting Americans to spy for the USSR-- and how the U.S. eventually became his home.

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402: The Barefoot Contessa Speaks Out

Friday, June 19, 2015

This week, we speak to Ina Garten about working in the White House, starting the Barefoot Contessa retail store, and becoming a Food Network superstar. We’ll find out what’s hot and what’s not in the world of kitchen gadgets, and we’ll speak with food writer Adam Gopnik about slow food. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make the best British-style currant scones. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions. Originally aired January 8-15, 2015. Available for rerun June 18-25.

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BackStory

Smoking or Non?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Host Brian Balogh chats with legal historian Sarah Milov, about how both Big Tobacco and the anti-smoking lobby have breathed the language of civil rights. This segment comes from our show "Balancing Acts: Claiming Rights in America." You can listen to the whole show here: http://backstoryradio.org/shows/balancing-acts-2/

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418: Mexican Cooking Class with Rick Bayless: Big Flavors, Easy and Everyday

Friday, June 12, 2015

Is it possible to bring the big flavors of Mexico into the American home kitchen without using hard-to-find ingredients and specialty cookware? This week, Rick Bayless, chef and owner of Frontera Grill, and author of More Mexican Everyday, shows us how to make simple weeknight meals with flavors so rich, it will taste like you've been working on them for days. Gadget Guru Lisa McManus reviews grill spatulas, and we’ll be tasting wine with expert Stephen Meuse. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn a better way to grill tuna. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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BackStory

Muslims on the Mic

Friday, June 12, 2015

Scholar Su'ad Abdul Khabeer tells BackStory producer Kelly Jones about Islam’s impact on hip-hop - and how hip-hop opened doors between different Muslim communities. This story comes from the BackStory episode "Islam & the United States." http://backstoryradio.org/?p=17200

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417: Your Brain on Food: Lose Weight, Live Longer, Eat Chocolate, and Drink Coffee!

Friday, June 05, 2015

What if we thought of our dinner plates the same way we think of little white pills? This week we speak to author Gary Wenk, who makes the case that there is little difference between food and drugs, since everything we consume can have an effect on how we think and feel. We'll taste lemonade, and we’ll speak with food writer Adam Gopnik. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn the best way to roast potatoes. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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WEB EXTRA: Voices from the Dark

Friday, June 05, 2015

There are three major blackouts that New Yorkers still talk about- in 1965, 1977, and 2013. Producer Kelly Jones gathered stories from those who remembered the sudden change that came over the city that never sleeps when the lights went out.

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