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Salad Ties And Breadsticks: Star Chef Started At The Olive Garden

Stephanie Izard is the chef behind Chicago's award-winning Girl and the Goat restaurant — and the first woman to win on Bravo's Top Chef. But her food career began in the land of unlimited salad.
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Movies Explore The Intersection Of Religion And Violence

There has been a spate of religious movies and documentaries from Killing Jesus to Going Clear. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Rev. Gary Hall of the National Cathedral in Washington.
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'So That Happened:' Confessions Of A Duck-Man

Actor Jon Cryer's new memoir details his life in show business, including, of course, co-star Charlie Sheen's meltdown. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Cryer's a smart guy who's often been overlooked.
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Just 'Between You & Me,' Here Are Some Handy Grammar Tips

Mary Norris has been a copy editor at The New Yorker since 1978. She dispenses some of the collected grammatical wisdom of those decades in a new book, Between You & Me (and it is "me," not "I").
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Mantel Takes Up Betrayal, Beheadings In 'Bodies'

Hilary Mantel is the first woman to win the Man Booker Prize twice, first for her 2009 novel, Wolf Hall, and also for its 2012 sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. She discusses the books with Terry Gross.
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The PBS Version Of 'Wolf Hall' Unfolds Like A Real-Life House Of Cards

The show, based on Hilary Mantel's acclaimed novel, stars Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's chief minister. Critic John Powers says it's darkly lit, finely acted and thoroughly compelling.
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You'll Get No Alcoholic Kick From Champagne-Flavored Jelly Beans

Some 16 billion jelly beans are consumed every year in the U.S. alone, and every year new flavors hit the market. But the origins of the popular confection are "lost in the mists of time."
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The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same As 'Mad Men' Winds Down

AMC's award-winning drama Mad Men returns for its final season Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says these last seven installments explore how little people change, even in tumultuous times.
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Mourning The Matzo: Iconic N.Y. Factory To Leave Former Jewish Hub

It's the end of an era: After nearly a century, the Streit's matzo factory is leaving Manhattan's Lower East Side. This Passover will be its last there. Streit's plans to move to a new factory.
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BuzzFeed Writer's Stolen Phone Sparks Chinese Viral Sensation

BuzzFeed writer Matt Stopera tells NPR's Melissa Block about his trip to China to meet "Brother Orange" — the man who bought Stopera's stolen iPhone and started a sensation on Chinese Twitter.

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