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Why You Shouldn't Wrinkle Your Nose At Fermentation

It's delicious, it's nutritious and it's basically rotten. Fermentation is the hot culinary trend, and as Weekend Edition food commentator Bonny Wolf explains, the preservation process gives food a flavor unique to time and place.
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A Brand-New Word

Every answer is a well-known commercial name that spells a regular word or name backward. Identify the brands. For example, given "laundry detergent" and "work in a magazine office," the answer would be "tide" and "edit."
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National Poetry Month: Poet Nick Friedman Takes A Look Inside

Weekend Edition is celebrating poetry month by hearing from young poets about why poetry still matters. Today Nick Friedman shares some of his thoughts and some of his work.
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National Cherry Blossom's Stone Lantern To Get A New Home

The National Park Service is moving a historic lantern to a more prominent location at the Tidal Basin.

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Literary Journal 'The Intentional' Launches In D.C.

A new literary journal aimed at millennials is forgoing digital, and instead going back to the basics.

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The River Thames, A Not-So-Secret Treasure Trove

Frequently scavenged by "mudlarks" who roam its banks with metal detectors, the river has yielded Elizabethan coins, Roman statuettes and WWII munitions to those who are willing to dig. But not everyone approves of the mudlarks' method.
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Stories Of 'Outside The Wire' Give An Insider's View Of War

In some ways, Christine Dumaine Leche's writing class was just like any other — there were backpacks, rough drafts, class discussions. But her classroom was on an air base in Afghanistan, and her students were active soldiers. She's collected their work in a new book called Outside The Wire.
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The Extraordinary Lives Of Ordinary North Koreans

Amid a cascade of headline news from North Korea, often forgotten are the 24 million average citizens living under the most authoritarian regime in the world. Host Jacki Lyden speaks with Barbara Demick of the Los Angeles Times on the lives of ordinary North Koreans.
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Roger Ebert In Review: A 'Fresh Air' Survey

Fresh Air remembers film critic Roger Ebert, who died Thursday, with a roundup of interviews from our archive — one with Ebert alone, one with him and his late partner Gene Siskel, and two in which Ebert interviews iconic directors. Plus, critic-at-large John Powers discusses Ebert's 2011 memoir Life Itself.

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