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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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America's Test Kitchen Radio

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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BackStory

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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America's Test Kitchen Radio

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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America's Test Kitchen Radio

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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America's Test Kitchen Radio

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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BackStory

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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Studio 360

Sideshow Podcast: The Legend of #Lakshmeme (LIVE)

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Lakshmi Singh wears the "I AM LAKSHMI SINGH" hat in the thrilling end to #Lakshmeme. She also discusses diversity in public radio and beats a piñata with her name on it to a pulp.
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America's Test Kitchen Radio

416: The Dorito Effect: The New Science of Creating Potent Flavor Chemicals to Market Bland Supermarket Foods

Friday, May 29, 2015

Everyone knows that Doritos are not naturally flavored, but what does natural mean anyways? This week author Mark Schatzker introduces us to laboratory food, and tells us how flavor technology has skyrocketed in a time where natural foods have never been more bland. We'll taste apricot preserves, and we’ll speak with food writer Adam Gopnik. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to uncover the secrets behind making the Ultimate Banana Bread. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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America's Test Kitchen Radio

416: The Dorito Effect: The New Science of Creating Potent Flavor Chemicals to Market Bland Supermarket Foods

Friday, May 29, 2015

Everyone knows that Doritos are not naturally flavored, but what does natural mean anyways? This week author Mark Schatzker introduces us to laboratory food, and tells us how flavor technology has skyrocketed in a time where natural foods have never been more bland. We'll taste apricot preserves, and we’ll speak with food writer Adam Gopnik. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to uncover the secrets behind making the Ultimate Banana Bread. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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BackStory

Web Extra: Ron Brown, PI, from "Keeping Tabs"

Friday, May 29, 2015

Private investigator Ron Brown tells hosts Brian Balogh and Ed Ayers some more of the ways he can track people - including finding where you are, through your cell phone. This is a web extra for the BackStory episode “Keeping Tabs: Personal Data Collection in America.” You can listen to the episode here: https://soundcloud.com/backstory/keeping-tabs-personal-data For more on the guests and stories featured in this episode, and for an array of resources on data collection and surveillance, check out BackStory’s website at: http://backstoryradio.org/shows/keeping-tabs/

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The Greene Space

Video: Studio 360's Sideshow - Lakshmi Wears the Hat

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sean Rameswaram talks to the NPR newscaster about her career, diversity in media – and gets her to don the hat that inspired the so-called #lakshmeme

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Fugitive Waves

22 – War and Separation: Life on the Homefront During World War II

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A portrait of life on the homefront during World War II featuring 4 women's stories, rare home recorded letters sent overseas to soldiers, archival audio, music and news broadcasts from the era.

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America's Test Kitchen Radio

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

Friday, May 22, 2015

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. Originally aired March 27-April 3, 2014. Available for rerun May 21-28, 2015.

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BackStory

Fastball

Friday, May 22, 2015

Is America’s national pastime too slow? Major League historian John Thorn and famously off-speed pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee toss around this old debate.

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America's Test Kitchen Radio

415: The Man Who Mistook Oysters for Chocolate: Exploring The Rare Medical Condition of Synesthesia

Friday, May 15, 2015

What if the London Underground tasted like soft-boiled eggs? That's true for James Wannerton, who tells us this week about Synesthesia, a neural condition he suffers from that associates flavors with words, places, people, and even ideas. We'll find out what's hot and what's not in the world of kitchen gadgets, and we’ll be tasting wine with expert Stephen Meuse. Then we'll head into the test kitchen to learn the best way to grill pork chops. And of course, we'll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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BackStory

Cops on Camera

Friday, May 15, 2015

Madison, Ala., Police Chief Larry Muncey considers the pros and cons of video technology in law enforcement, and the philosophy of community policing.

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America's Test Kitchen Radio

414: Sorting It Out: How Four British Mates Founded SORTED, YouTube’s Hottest Cooking Channel

Friday, May 08, 2015

Sorted Food is YouTube’s top cooking channel with over one million subscribers, a fridge cam, and a recipe for rainbow pancakes. What’s the secret to their success? This week, we speak to two of Sorted’s co-founders, Jamie Spafford and Mike Huttlestone, to find out. We’ll taste Brie cheese, and we’ll speak with food writer Adam Gopnik. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make easier French Fries at home. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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