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409: The Dead Pit: The True, Shocking Story of The U.S. Meat Animal Research Center

Friday, August 28, 2015

This week, we speak to New York Times reporter Michael Moss about the Dead Pit, a USDA livestock research facility in Nebraska that has caused the deaths of thousands of animals in the name of higher profits. We’ll taste vegetable broth, and we’ll discover Italian white wines with expert Stephen Meuse. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn the secrets to almost hands-free risotto. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions. Originally aired March 19-26, 2015. Available for rerun August 27-September 3, 2015

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Dress Doctors

Friday, August 28, 2015

Historian Linda Przybyszewski talks with Ed Ayers about professors of home economics in the first half of the 20th century, who taught their students to use principles of art and design in their wardrobes – and graded them on the outfits they wore to clas

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425: The New Soul Food: Lighter and Fresher but It Still Has Soul!

Friday, August 21, 2015

What defines modern soul food? This week we speak with Caroline Randall Williams, author of Soul Food Love, about her family's history and the soul food that shaped it across four generations, from the early days of tea services and layer cakes to the lighter dishes created in Caroline's own kitchen. 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. Then we'll head into the test kitchen and learn how to make the ultimate cuban braised shredded beef. And of course, we'll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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Burn Marks

Friday, August 21, 2015

Arson investigator John Lentini tells the Guys about his efforts to make sure arson investigations run on scientific fact, not romantic hunch.

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424: Poisoned Vines: France's Most Celebrated Vineyard is Attacked by Eco-Terrorism

Friday, August 14, 2015

In 2010, a father-son crime duo attempted to poison the vines of La Romanée-Conti, the vineyard that produces Burgundy’s finest and most expensive wines. This week we speak with Maximillian Potter, the author who chronicled this bizarre true crime story in his book Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story Of The Plot To Poison The World’s Greatest Wine. We’ll taste balsamic vinegar, and we’ll taste wine with expert Stephen Meuse. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn the best way to roast peppers on the grill. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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Earthrise: Behind the Lens

Friday, August 14, 2015

Brian talks with Major General William Anders, the astronaut on the Apollo 8 mission who turned his camera on the “earthrise,” and learns first-hand what it’s like to see the earth as a whole.

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405: Quack Diets? The Scientific Truth about Paleo, Gluten-Free, and Other Hot Diets

Friday, August 07, 2015

This week, we investigate the truth about fad diets, from blood types to Paleo. We’ll be tasting white chocolate, and we’ll discuss the age old rivalry of wine vs. beer with expert Stephen Meuse. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make the ultimate chocolate cupcakes with ganache filling. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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BONUS: The Battle of the Kegs

Friday, August 07, 2015

Have a hankering to cast the British out of Philadelphia? Get revved up with this rendition of Francis Hopkinson's classic ditty "The Battle of the Kegs" by Fake Natives.

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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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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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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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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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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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