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Fish Sauce: An Ancient Roman Condiment Rises Again

We usually associate fish sauce with Southeast Asian cooking. But it turns out the briny condiment also has deep roots in Europe, dating back to the Roman Empire. What caused its decline? Historians say it boils down to taxes, and pirates.

Not My Job: What Does John Lithgow Know About Flops?

Since actor John Lithgow has been so successful onstage, we're going to ask him three questions about total failures. He'll take a quiz on three of the most terrible products ever brought to market.
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In The Tower: Kerry James Marshall

A new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art features the work of Kerry James Marshall, whose paintings reflect on American history through the lens of the African-American experience.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Lean & Hungry Theater's Julius Caesar

Lean & Hungry Theater presents William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m., in partnership with WAMU 88.5 at Artisphere.


Forget The Lottery; You Have Better Odds Of Winning This Picasso

Man With Opera Hat is being raffled off to raise money for Tyre, an ancient Phoenician city in Lebanon. At $135, tickets don't come cheap, but your chances of winning are much better than the megalotteries a lot of people enter, and it's still the closest many will come to owning one of Pablo Picasso's works.

In Emotionally Charged 'Blue,' Sex Is Graphic, But Not Gratuitous

Blue Is the Warmest Color, a coming-of-age movie about the love affair between two young women, has been criticized as pornographic and exploitive. But critic David Edelstein says the film artfully captures the intensity of sexual discovery — and dependency. (Recommended)

'Shop-And-Get-Frisked' When You Spend $350 At Barneys

A young black man is suing high-end retailer Barneys, saying he was arrested after buying a $350 belt. Host Michel Martin checks in with the Barbershop guys for a fresh cut on that story and the rest of the week's news.

How To 'Eat Good' In The 'Hood'

Eating healthy can be a challenge, especially if you're on a tight budget. Host Michel Martin asks health guru and rapper Stic, of the rap duo Dead Prez, for his suggestions on eating well while on a so-called "hood" budget.

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.