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Pie-Making 101: How I Overcame My Fear Of Crumbling Crust

At the Culinary Institute of America, chef George Higgins teaches his students a foolproof method for making a flaky pie crust. It starts with 3 parts flour, 2 parts fat and 1 part liquid.
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Philly Author's 'Confession': I Lived These Stories

Author Solomon Jones says death can seem angelic at first — especially to the lost, addicted kids in his book The Last Confession. He says many of his stories come from his own experiences as a homeless drug addict on the streets of Philadelphia.
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The Complex 'Tapestry' of Michelle Obama's Ancestry

New York Times' reporter Rachel Swarns traces the first lady's family tree in her new book, American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial ancestors of Michelle Obama.
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Luke Skywalker's Boyhood Home, Fans Do Fix

When Star Wars fans saw Luke Skywalker's boyhood home was rapidly decaying in the Tunisian desert, they jumped into hyperspace — OK, the Internet — to save it.
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'There Is No Austerity In Fashion,' Or In Paris

France seems a peaceful island in the debt storm that rages in Europe. As NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports, there have been no cutbacks to speak of, and people, especially in the glittering city of Paris, continue to enjoy the good life.
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Lost In 'The City Dark': Documenting Missing Stars

Peabody-winning filmmaker Ian Cheney tackles a rather intangible subject in his latest film: light pollution. Host David Greene speaks with Cheney about The City Dark and what people lose when they can no longer see the stars.
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'Hitless Wonder': On Tour With A Band Of Also-Rans

Most people have never heard of Watershed, but the Columbus, Ohio, rock band has been doggedly touring and recording for a quarter-century. A new memoir by founding member Joe Oestreich profiles a life on the road, powered more by passion than optimism.
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Mixing It Up On The Baseball Diamond

Every answer is the name of a Major League Baseball team. Given anagrams of their names, each with one letter added, name the teams. Example: "dress" would be "Reds."
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America's Affection For Hometown Confections

If you're gaga for a Nut Goodie, we know just where you're coming from. In fact, the candy you love can say a lot about where you grew up. Americans rally around their regional treats, maybe because they take us back to a simpler, sweeter time.

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