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Your Choice In Utensils Can Change How Food Tastes

Cutlery, dishes and other inedible accoutrements to a meal can alter our perceptions of taste, according to researchers. And it might be more about our brains than our tongues.
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Steamy Novel An 'Education' In Youth, Love And Mistakes

Susan Choi departs from research-heavy books to write about people and relationships — and winds up writing about love and sex. My Education looks at a graduate student who doesn't learn what she anticipated.
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Preserving The Season's Fruits With A Canning Evangelist

Kevin West, author and blogger, takes NPR's Lynn Neary to a farmers market to choose the summer's best produce for canning. "You take this experience ... and you put it in the jar. And six months from now we will re-experience that moment," West says.
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Richard Russo Gives E-Publishing A Try

The author admits he was once weary of e-book publishing, but when he found himself writing a novella — too short for a book, too long for a magazine — he decided to test it out. He says he's happy with the experience, both economically and artistically.
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The Movie Paul Feig Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Writer-director Paul Feig could watch the James Bond film Casino Royale a million times. "Daniel Craig really embodies Ian Fleming's James Bond," he says.
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Not My Job: Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee Gets Cursy

If you were a track and field fan in the 1980s and '90s, three names rose above all the others — and they all belonged to one woman. We've invited Kersee to answer three questions about curses from around the world.
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Bullock And McCarthy, Packing 'Heat' (And Laughs) In Boston

Director Paul Feig and writer Katie Dippold have found a perfect pair of leads for their cop comedy. Critic Bob Mondello says Oscar winner Sandra Bullock and Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy turn out to have enviable comic chemistry.
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Bikini Baristas And Sexist Sausages: Food Marketing Gone Wrong

In over-caffeinated Washington state, police have raided a chain of coffee stands where the scantily clad baristas were allegedly serving up way more than espressos. Meanwhile, in Germany, a plan to serve up "his and her" bratwurst proves sexist and ham-headed.
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Culture Clash Between Africans And African-Americans?

It's a special Africa-themed Barbershop this week. Host Michel Martin checks in with the guys to get their take on President Obama's visit, the culture clash between Africans and African-Americans, and the life of Nelson Mandela.
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For Carole King, Songwriting Is A 'Natural' Talent

Carole King wrote songs for others before becoming a performer and writing for herself. In her memoir, A Natural Woman, she details the stories behind some of her most famous songs and her relationships with songwriters like James Taylor, Gerry Goffin and Paul Simon.

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