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Tea Tuesdays: The Scottish Spy Who Stole China's Tea Empire

In the mid-1800s, Britain was a global superpower with a big weakness for tea, all of which came from China. But a botanist with a talent for espionage helped Britain swipe the secrets of tea.

Museum Asks Visitors To Listen To New York's Buildings

Iconic architecture, long a subject for academics and designers, is being explored with sound in a new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York.

Shockwaves Of A Kidnapping Echo In 'Barefoot Dogs'

Alan Cheuse reviews Antonio Ruiz-Camacho's first book, a collection of interwoven short stories called, Barefoot Dogs. He's a Mexican-born writer who spent much of his career as a reporter.

New HBO Now Streaming Service Shows Consumer's Will Is King

HBO on Monday announced a new service presenting its shows online without a cable subscription. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says it also shows the power of consumers to bring change in a digital world.

'Test Kitchen': How To Make Vegetarian Dishes Pop With A Little Umami

Cooking with plant foods naturally high in compounds called glutamates can stimulate the same taste receptors that meat does. America's Test Kitchen explains in The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook.

Photos: From Grace Jones to Toni Morrison, Little Girl Dresses Up Like Black Heroines

Many African-American parents try to extend black history lessons beyond February. One family has turned an experimental photo shoot into an effort to bring this history to life for their daughter.

Architect Renzo Piano: The Future Of Europe's Cities Is In The Suburbs

In the 1960s and '70s, Piano was involved in the battle to revive decaying historic centers of cities. Now the Pritzker Prize-winning architect is fighting to save their often desolate outskirts.

Sam Simon, Co-Creator Of 'The Simpsons,' Dies At 59

Simon's previous experience as a writer and producer helped make the show a success. And the money Simon made from the animated sitcom allowed him to live much of his adult life as a philanthropist.

Forget Big Sky And Cowboys: 'Crow Fair' Is Set In An Unidealized Montana

"I think there's only one interesting story ... and that's struggle," says writer Thomas McGuane. Loners, outcasts and malcontents fill the pages of his new short story collection Crow Fair.

Straight To Audiobook: Authors Write Original Works Meant To Be Heard

Writer Philip Pullman says it's all part of the oral tradition: "Long before writing, people were telling each other stories," he says. Audiobook technology has come a long way since the early days.