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Does Bacon Really Make Everything Better? Here's The Math

A number-crunching project that sifted through hundreds of thousands of recipes and user reviews finds something pork lovers have long known: Bacon does seem to take many dishes up a notch. But it's not the only "miracle" ingredient when it comes to boosting your food's flavor.

Almonds For Skinny Snackers? Yes, They Help Curb Your Appetite

The nuts are calorie dense and rich in fat, but munching on them seems to help curb appetites, fresh research shows. Why? The protein, unsaturated fat composition and fiber in almonds all very likely play a role.
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Inaugural Middleburg Film Festival Kicks Off This Week

A new film festival in Middleburg, Va., kicks off this week, with organizers putting the spotlight on 25 hand-picked feature-length narratives and documentaries.


For 'Blue,' The Palme d'Or Was Only The Beginning

Blue Is the Warmest Color won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Now the French drama is arriving in U.S. theaters amid controversy over its explicit sex scenes — and public difficulties between the director and his stars.

'12 Years A Slave' Was A Film That 'No One Was Making'

Director Steve McQueen tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that he wanted to help fill a "huge hole in the canon of cinema." And actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, whose parents are from Nigeria, says he grew up feeling "a sense of unity amongst African people and people of African heritage."

Historian Says '12 Years' Is A Story The Nation Must Remember

Yale historian David Blight says Americans like to think of themselves as "the country that freed the slaves," but prefer not to dwell on the sobering history that came first. He says the new film 12 Years a Slave is a rare, effective depiction of slavery in the United States.
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New Play Explores Twist On Classic Story of Little Red Riding Hood

Stephen Spotswood's newest play, In the Forest, She Grew Fangs, isn't just a spin on "Little Red Riding Hood," it's a haunting take on bullying.

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Photographer Documents D.C.'s Haunting Memorials To Street Violence

Photographer Lloyd Wolf travels to murder sites across the District to document street memorials set up to honor murder victims.

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Homegrown Halloween Spectacle Sparks Scandal In Silver Spring

Some of Donna Kerr's neighbors love her annual Halloween yard display; others say it has become a real nightmare.
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‘Ghosts of Georgetown’ Chases Three Centuries Of Ghosts

We'll take a spirit-rich stroll through Georgetown with the author of a new book about the neighborhood's alleged apparitions.