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Tribute: Margot Adler

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Reporter Margot Adler’s mellifluous voice has been heard on National Public Radio for 35 years, where she covered everything from budget cuts in education to the arts to Occupy Wall Street. She died yesterday at the age of 68, after battling cancer for three-and-a-half years.In addition to being ...

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America's Test Kitchen Radio

310R: Junk Food Engineering: Why Food Companies Weaponize Sugar, Salt and Fat

Friday, July 25, 2014

This time on America’s Test Kitchen, we investigate junk food engineering with author Michael Moss to find out how food companies weaponize ingredients to create addiction. We’ll find out all about pepper mills from gadget guru Lisa McManus, and we’ll speak with food writer Adam Gopnik. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make the best Pepper-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Roast. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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A Primate Example

Thursday, July 24, 2014

(Episode 322) Brush up your British slang with Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,Lord of the Rings), who talks getting into the mind of Caesar the ape and reveals the origin of Gollum's creepy voice.

Warning: This episode contains language that might not be suitable for all audiences.

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Car Talk

#1429: Click and Clack Vs Electric Brakes

Saturday, July 19, 2014

This week on Car Talk, can Tom and Ray help Paul fix the electric brakes on his cattle trailer? Will the fact that they’ve never even heard of electric brakes stand in their way? Of course not! Elsewhere, Kate can’t get her mechanic to take her Acura’s brake problem seriously, and Alice and her husband can’t agree on whether to take the high road or the low road to go visit their daughter. Also,  Marian’s truck is having trouble adjusting to life in Cleveland; Army Captain Rob may have to go AWOL to get out of a Summer road-trip with his in-laws, and should Erin ease her husband’s descent into Minivan Land by letting him keep his BMW? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

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321: Mean Streets: Rags to Riches with Boston's Top Chef Barbara Lynch

Friday, July 18, 2014

This week, Boston’s own Barbara Lynch tells her story to America’s Test Kitchen—how she stole an MBTA bus at age 13, how she opened her first restaurant when she still owed the IRS $75,000, why she boxes for exercise, and what she said to the man who refused to believe that he had been served a duck. We’ll find out which seven kitchen gadgets you shouldn’t live without, and we’ll speak with food writer Adam Gopnik about the sudden popularity of juice bars. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make grilled pork tenderloin steaks. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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AMA Bonus: Gollum Leaves A Message For 'The Precious'

Friday, July 18, 2014

Here's a tease of the grand prize that actor Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the ApesLord of the Rings trilogy) gave our winner. 

The full episode with Andy Serkis drops July 24th, 2014.

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Radio Diaries

#17: The Gospel Ranger

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Outside the Appalachian mountains, his name was barely known. But Brother Claude Ely influenced some of the pioneers of rock & roll.

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The Really Hard Edition 2: Electric Boogaloo

Thursday, July 17, 2014

(Favorites Episode 006) Give your brain the ultimate workout as we revisit more of our toughest games to date — can you name famous commercial jingles when sung in Italian, or insert comic strips into your favorite novels?

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Car Talk

#1428: Death Valley Dinesh

Saturday, July 12, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Dinesh is planning to spend his Summer vacation walking across Death Valley. Yes, really. Dinesh is worried about his support cars surviving the 120 degree daytime temps. Can Tom and Ray stop questioning Dinesh’s sanity long enough to advise? Elsewhere, Deb threw her husband’s BMW into Park while it was still moving. Did she do more damage to the car, or her marriage? Also, Steve wins Fun Dad of the Week— but it came with a full spousal dopeslap  for driving across a stream that was deeper than expected; Mary is desperately trying to help her beloved mechanic Herman figure out why her Toyota won’t start; and, is it okay for Art History PhD’s to call themselves “Doctor”? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

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320: How (Not) To Start A Pizzeria: A Real-Life Survival Guide

Friday, July 11, 2014

This time on America’s Test Kitchen, we speak with Molly Wizenberg, author of Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage, who takes us behind the scenes during the two years that she and her husband were scrimping and scraping to open a gourmet pizza parlor in Seattle. We’ll be tasting dark chocolate, and we’ll investigate the top wine trends with expert Stephen Meuse. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make chocolate crinkle cookies. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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320: How (Not) To Start A Pizzeria: A Real-Life Survival Guide

Friday, July 11, 2014

This time on America’s Test Kitchen, we speak with Molly Wizenberg, author of Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage, who takes us behind the scenes during the two years that she and her husband were scrimping and scraping to open a gourmet pizza parlor in Seattle. We’ll be tasting dark chocolate, and we’ll investigate the top wine trends with expert Stephen Meuse. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make chocolate crinkle cookies. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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Live. Puzzle. Repeat.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

(Episode 321) Get your popcorn ready for a thrilling, action-packed hour, as our V.I.P., Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman, shares his formula for making an edgy, mind-blowing blockbuster film.

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On The Media

The Upside Of That Stupid NPR Tweet About Not Being Able to Find Diverse Sources

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

On July 2nd, NPR education blogger Anya Kamenetz landed in hot water for the following tweet: 

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AMA Bonus: Doug Liman On "Edge of Tomorrow" and Its Meaning

Monday, July 07, 2014

Director Doug Liman has strived to include a message in all of his films, whether it's an independent film like "Swingers," or a blockbuster like "Mr. & Mrs. Smith." In this bonus clip from our upcoming episode, host Ophira Eisenberg talks with Liman about how he's tried to convey deeper meanings in his films, the political story behind "The Bourne Identity," and the meaning behind his new film, "Edge of Tomorrow" — how one person can make a difference.

Hear the full episode with VIP Doug Liman starting Thursday, July 10th.

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Car Talk

#1427: The Beemer Smell

Saturday, July 05, 2014

This week on Car Talk, do BMW’s really have a unique aroma, and if so, how come Diane’s husband can smell it while she can’t? Is it only discernible to men on the verge of a mid-life crisis? Elsewhere, Ed’s having trouble shifting his car out of Park, and his solution may give his insurance company an ulcer; and, Tom and Ray try to stop Steven’s mirrors from twitching before he drives into a ditch. Also, how one student’s GPA plummeted after she listened to a single episode of Car Talk; and in an effort to improve inter-species communication, Tom and Ray translate mechanics’ grunts into English. All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

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225R: The World According to Ron Finley, The Guerrilla Gardener of South LA

Friday, July 04, 2014

This time on America’s Test Kitchen, we interview Ron Finley, the guerrilla gardener from South Los Angeles who fought city hall to turn empty lots into fruit and vegetable gardens. We’ll be tasting store-bought piecrust, and we’ll travel back in time to discover the origins of Chinese barbecue spareribs. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make grilled corn. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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225R: The World According to Ron Finley, The Guerrilla Gardener of South LA

Friday, July 04, 2014

This time on America’s Test Kitchen, we interview Ron Finley, the guerrilla gardener from South Los Angeles who fought city hall to turn empty lots into fruit and vegetable gardens. We’ll be tasting store-bought piecrust, and we’ll travel back in time to discover the origins of Chinese barbecue spareribs. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make grilled corn. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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A Little Impression Goes A Long Way (R)

Thursday, July 03, 2014

(Rebroadcast, Episode 302) As the saying goes, "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery," and this week's Very Important Puzzler, actor Justin Long has a knack for impressions.

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Car Talk

#1426: The Sleek Black Beauty

Saturday, June 28, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Tom recounts a day that will live in Magliozzi family infamy-when Ray sent his beloved 1965 AMC Ambassador, a.k.a., "The Sleek Black Beauty," to the crusher. Elsewhere, Ron's check engine light has been on for 75,000 miles, and he's beginning to think it might be time to figure out what's causing it; Ellen's looking for an intervention to help cure her fiancé of his non-stop shopping for performance add-ons for their Blazer; and, can Casey's career as a bagpipe maker help rid his car of garter snakes? And, from the Department of Gender Numismatics, why do women pay for things with change and men don't? All this and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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319: July 4th Beer Special! The Amazing History, Lore and Science of America's Favorite Drink

Friday, June 27, 2014

Tune in to the America's Test Kitchen 4th of July special. This year, it's all about American beer. We speak with historian, author, and self-proclaimed ranter Maureen Ogle about her book Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer. We'll be tasting barbecue sauce, and we'll taste test beer with expert Lauren Clark. Then we'll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make the best Memphis-style ribs at home.

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