Mark Kurlansky

Author of "The Food of a Younger Land", "Cod", and "Salt"

Mark Kurlansky appears in the following:

Unwrapping the History of Paper

Friday, June 10, 2016

We're talking about the history and social importance of paper on today's Please Explain!

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Paper: A Technology Without an Expiration Date?

Monday, May 16, 2016

Even in our digital world, paper still plays an important and surprising role. 

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The World Is Your Oyster, or Ramen, Or Empanada

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mark Kurlansky and his daughter Talia share their tradition of cooking international recipes from around the world.

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Travel the World in Your Kitchen

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mark Kurlansky and his daughter Talia share their tradition of cooking international recipes from around the world.

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Recipe: Mark and Talia Kurlansky's Haitian Blanc Manger Mamiche

Monday, August 18, 2014

An old French recipe adopted by wealthy Haitians nationwide.

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Recipe: Mark and Talia Kurlansky Haitian Griyo de Porc

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pork used to be the most common meat in Haiti. This recipe is adapted from the traditional one that calls for "Creole pig."


Recipe: Mark and Talia Kurlansky's Haitian Grilled Octopus

Monday, August 18, 2014

Talia's tips for this recipe: This octopus dish was thoroughly delicious. However, for it to be edible you have to make the octopus tender. You simply boil a pot of hot water and plac...


Behind The Supremes; How 'Dancing In The Street' Got People Moving

Friday, July 04, 2014

Soundcheck takes a look back 50 years, to the summer of 1964 -- a year also known as "The Freedom Summer."

First: For a time, the most successful American performers of the 1960s, The Supremes rivaled even The Beatles in terms of red-hot commercial appeal. Biographer Mark Ribowsky shares some stories behind classics like “Where Did Our Love Go” -- and shows how the concept of “blacks singing white” was essential to the evolution of modern music.

Then: Writer Mark Kurlansky delves into Martha and the Vandellas' hit song “Dancing in the Street,” and the new meaning it took on during the Civil Rights movement.


'Dancing In The Street' Explained

Friday, July 04, 2014

The Martha and the Vandellas song “Dancing in the Street” was originally supposed to be a summer dance hit. But then the 1960’s happened — and “Dancing in the Street” took on a whole ...

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Dancing in the Street, Activist Song

Friday, July 12, 2013

Mark Kurlansky tells how the song “Dancing in the Street” became an anthem for a changing America. It was released in the summer of 1964—the time of the Mississippi Freedom Summer, the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, the beginning of the Vietnam War, the passage of the Civil Rights Act, and the lead-up to a dramatic election. Kurlansky’s book Ready for a Brand New Beat explains how “Dancing in the Street” became an activist anthem.

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Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'; Dancing In The Streets; Amy Grant Sings the Gospel of 'Mercy'

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

In this episode: Rapper and hip hop mogul Jay-Z just released his 12th studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. Jeff Rosenthal, hip hop writer and one half of the hip hop sketch comedy group It’s The Real, tells us his thoughts about the record.

Plus: The Martha and the Vandellas song “Dancing in the Street” was originally supposed to be a summer dance hit. But then the 1960’s happened — and the song took on a whole new meaning. We discuss the song with author Mark Kurlansky, whose new book is called Ready for a Brand New Beat: How “Dancing in the Street” Became the Anthem for a Changing America.

And: Contemporary Christian musician Amy Grant recently released a new album called How Mercy Looks From Here. We talk with the Grammy winning artist about incorporating her faith into her music, going to Bonnaroo, and her gay fans — and we hear some of her new songs live in our studio. 

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Please Explain: Salt

Friday, January 14, 2011

Salt is found on most dining tables and in most kitchens—but this ubiquitous household item has a long and curious history. It’s a flavor enhancer, an ice melter, has been used as a currency, and has shaped civilization. Mark Kurlansky, author of  Salt: A World History, and Dr. Sonia Angell, Director, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Control, New York City Health Department, explain what salt is, where it comes from, and discusses its influence on history and on our health.

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The Eastern Stars

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mark Kurlansky describes what makes the Dominican Republic sugar mill town of San Pedro a source of some of the best Dominican players in the Major Leagues—Manny Alexander, Sammy Sosa, Tony Fernandez. In The Eastern Stars: How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Marcoris, he tells ...

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The Oyster's Return

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mark Kurlansky, the author of The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell, and Jeffrey Levinton, distinguished professor of ecology and evolution at SUNY Stony Brook, talk about the history of oysters in New York Harbor, and plans to reintroduce them.

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The Food of a Younger Land

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Federal Writers' Project in the 1930’s was part of FDR’s efforts under the New Deal to provide work for authors and artists. Under the program a number of writers were dispatched all across America to chonricle of lifestyles and traditions of local people, including cuisine. Mark Kurlansky looks at ...

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Mark Kurlansky on What America Eats

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

During the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt decided that even unemployed writers needed to be put to work. So as part of the New Deal he created the Federal Writers Proj...



Friday, April 04, 2008

As the Metropolitan Opera revives the Philip Glass opera "Satyagraha." Helen Tworkov, founder of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, is coordinating The Satya Graha Forum, a series of events exploring the on-going influence of Gandhi’s concept of active non-violence to achieve social change. She is ...

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