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Real Chefs Grind It With A Mortar And Pestle

With mixers, blenders and food processors found in most kitchens, the primitive mortar and pestle may seem out of place. But the Stone Age tool can't be beat when it comes to creating tasty salsas, pestos and curries, chefs say.
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The Unsung Overdub Star In 'Sound Of Music'

In last week's interview with actor Christopher Plummer, host Scott Simon jokingly asked if he still sings "Edelweiss" once in a while. Several listeners wrote to point out that Plummer's singing was over-dubbed by Bill Lee. In an outtake from the interview edited for time, Plummer explains why the moviemakers decided to insert the voice of another singer.
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A Refugee's Multilayered Experience In 'Ru'

Kim Thuy based her award-winning novel Ru on her own experiences as a refugee from war-torn Vietnam. She says the word "ru" has a poetic double meaning: In archaic French, it means a rill or stream, but in Vietnamese, it means a lullaby to soothe a child.
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'Dallas' Villain Larry Hagman Dies At 81

Hagman played J.R. Ewing on television's long-running, prime-time soap opera Dallas. His family said in a statement that he died Friday afternoon of complications from a battle with cancer.
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A Boy, A Boat, A Tiger: Reflecting On 'Life Of Pi'

Ang Lee's meticulously controlled style makes a perfect fit for Life of Pi, a passionately overcontrolled adaptation of a wondrous adventure story with a surprisingly harsh sting in its tail.
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What Happened To 'Baby Jane'? She's Turning 50

On its 50th anniversary, Robert Aldrich's classic horror film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? has just been released on Blu-ray. Though it's far from a musical, classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz says its musical elements are crucial to the film.
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Annual ZooLights Display Begins This Weekend

The National Zoo will be lit up by more than 500,000 lights for the holiday season, as the ZooLights display begins this weekend.

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Cartoonist On Sikh Superhero Who Fights Prejudice

The shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh temple this summer put the small religious community under the spotlight. One Sikh cartoonist says a Sikh superhero could help raise awareness. But after getting hateful responses, he's thinking even bigger. Cartoonist Vishavjit Singh talks with guest host Celeste Headlee about his plans.
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Perry Hall Students To Paint Love Mural In Wake Of Shooting

Students who witnessed a shooting in the school cafeteria on the first day of school in Baltimore County this year are installing a "love mural" to help the school community heal. 

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A Readable Feast: Poems To Feed 'The Hungry Ear'

According to poet Kevin Young, the best poems are like the best meals — they're made from scratch. Young has edited a new collection of poems that celebrate the pleasures of food, from "butter disappearing into whipped sweet potatoes" to oysters that taste like "starlight."

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