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Homemade Bitters Put The Local Bite Back Into Cocktails

From Prohibition until just a few years ago, almost every bartender in the country relied on just one brand of bitters. But now some are rediscovering old recipes for these bittersweet infusions.
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Searching For Clues In A Dangerous Nairobi

A dead body and a hotel bombing trigger the plot of Black Star Nairobi, the latest crime novel from Kenyan-American author Mukoma Wa Ngugi. Detectives Ishmael Fofona and David Odhiambo search for the perps during the upheaval around the Kenyan elections in December 2007.
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'Slightly Altered' Past: A Comedy Cocktail From Derek Waters

Waters created Drunk History after hearing a friend sloshily recount the story of Otis Redding's death. Now, the popular series has been picked up by Comedy Central, where viewers can see famous actors lip-sync drunken narrators' laughably wrong versions of historical events.
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Actor Cory Monteith, Who Played Finn Hudson On 'Glee,' Found Dead

He shot to fame with his portrayal of the popular high school quarterback on the hit musical TV show. Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room. He was 31.
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Crazy For Cronuts: Picking Apart The Tasty Trend

The cronut, a croissant-doughnut hybrid, has skyrocketed ever since Dominique Ansel started selling it at his New York City bakery this spring. Patrons line up for hours, and scalpers have jacked up the price exponentially.
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Royal Baby Speculation Rages

Whether it's a boy or a girl, Kate Middleton and Prince William's baby, due to be born Saturday, will become third living heir to the British throne. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks to Daily Mail columnist Robert Hardman about the royal baby.
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A Summery Spread That's As Cool As A Cucumber

It's summertime and cucumbers are abundant. If you don't feel like making pickles, why not try Benedictine? This blend of cream cheese, cucumber juice and onion is a Kentucky classic, dating back a century to a Louisville tearoom.
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Not My Job: A 'Gilligan's Island' Quiz For Novelist Gillian Flynn

We ask the author of the mystery novel Gone Girl three questions about the classic TV series.
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Guillermo Del Toro, On Monsters And Meaning

The director talks to NPR's Audie Cornish about Japanese cinema, growing up watching kaiju films like Godzilla in Mexico, and his new action epic, Pacific Rim.
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A New Day, A Last Day, For One Man At 'Fruitvale Station'

An indie drama chronicles the real-life story of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, shot by San Francisco transit police in a New Year's Eve incident that shocked the nation. The film doesn't offer any shatteringly new observations on the case itself — though the story is plenty shattering enough on its own. (Recommended)

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