The Salt
12:46 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Move Over Chickens, Here's Something Duckier For The Backyard

Daniel Paduano's Pekin ducks search the grass for slugs, snails and insects, which make up a big part of their diet.
courtesy of Daniel Paduano

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 4:26 pm

When we did our egg taste test back in April, comparing chicken, quail, duck and goose, I confessed to how partial I've become to duck eggs. Ever since I tasted them at Abounding Harvest Mountain Farm in Los Gatos, Calif., in March, I've been extolling their custardy texture and flavor to anyone who will listen.

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12:44 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

'Hill Street Blues' Created Two Eras For TV Drama: Before And After

Among Hill Street Blues' many innovations, says David Bianculli, was focusing on a large ensemble cast instead of one or two central stars. Pictured here: Veronica Hamel as Joyce Davenport, Daniel J. Travanti as Capt. Frank Furillo and Robert Prosky as Sgt. Stan Jablonski.
David Sutton NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 2:49 pm

It's very easy, and not at all inaccurate, to divide dramatic series television into two eras: before Hill Street Blues — which has just been released on DVD in its entirety for the first time -- and after. Before NBC televised Hill Street in 1981, most continuing drama series were presented as stand-alone, interchangeable hours starring the same characters. Every week, TV detectives Joe Mannix or Theo Kojak or Tony Baretta would investigate a crime, catch the villains and wait for next week to do it again.

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Author Interviews
12:44 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle'

Poker players take part in the 2004 World Series of Poker Tournament in Las Vegas.
Frazer Harrison Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 1:37 pm

When the World Series of Poker began in 1970, it was a pretty modest affair — seven veterans of the game competing for just the honor, no prize money. Today, more than 6,000 players pay the $10,000 entrance fee for the No-Limit Texas Hold 'em Tournament. ESPN televises the final table, and last year the winner took home more than $8 million in prize money.

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12:25 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

South Africa's 'Born-Frees' Look Beyond Mandela's Party

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 12:40 pm



I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Let's turn now to South Africa, where elections are being held today. Twenty years ago, the country went to the polls for the first democratic elections after the end of apartheid.

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All Songs Considered
10:55 am
Wed May 7, 2014

The Black Keys 'Turn Blue': The All Songs Interview

Patrick Carney (left) and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 9:54 pm

  • Listen To The Black Keys On All Songs

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The Two-Way
10:43 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Brunei's Shariah Law Spurs Boycott Of Beverly Hills Hotel

People protest outside the Beverly Hills Hotel, which is owned by the Sultan of Brunei, over the country's Shariah law penal code in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Monday.
Jonathan Alcorn Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 4:20 pm

The Beverly Hills City Council voted Tuesday night to ask the government of Brunei to divest itself of the famed Beverly Hills Hotel.

At issue: Shariah, or Islamic, law. Last week, Brunei, a tiny oil-rich kingdom in southeast Asia, adopted Shariah as part of its penal code. The law, which will be introduced in phases, makes abortion, adultery and gay relationships punishable by flogging and stoning.

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Pop Culture
10:11 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Pomade, The New Old Grooming Product for Manly Men

Getty Images Getty Images/Cultura RF

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 4:56 pm

"Hot towel!"

With a nod, the requested towel is tossed to a waiting barber. He gingerly places it on the temples and neck of his customer, already bowed in position. Hot shaving cream is applied to the customer's neck, then deftly whisked off by Javi Olmedo, a tall, tattooed barber clad in black.

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Shots - Health News
9:41 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Employers Eye Moving Sickest Workers To Insurance Exchanges

Would he be happier with a health plan bought on the exchange? His boss probably would be.

Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 12:40 pm

Can corporations shift workers with high medical costs from the company health plan into online insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act? Some employers are considering it, say benefits consultants.

"It's all over the marketplace," said Todd Yates, a managing partner at Hill, Chesson & Woody, a North Carolina benefits consulting firm. "Employers are inquiring about it, and brokers and consultants are advocating for it."

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Monkey See
9:19 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Once More Into The Jaws Of The TV Dinosaur Known As Upfrontasaurus

Look, this is a dinosaur, okay? It could be any dinosaur. It has sunglasses on. We're not in scientific reality. Don't ask specific dinosaur questions.

Next week, the broadcast networks — ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and the CW — will make their upfront presentations in New York. (There are some scattered cable ones too, like ESPN and TNT/TBS.) This is where they present their new shows, in the form of clips and sizzle reels, to advertisers. From a business perspective, it's really important in the same way that any sales pitch is really important: they sell ads, they make money, and when they get the advertising people excited, a show becomes a presumed frontrunner before it even premieres.

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Kitchen Window
8:50 am
Wed May 7, 2014

It's Time To Toast Farm-To-Table Cocktails

Peter Ogburn for NPR

It was inevitable. With virtually every restaurant working hand-in-garden glove with local farmers, farm-to-table cocktails had to be the next big thing. Since you'll be at the farmers market anyway, look at the seasonal produce as potential drink, as well as dinner, material.

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First Listen
7:57 am
Wed May 7, 2014

First Listen: Le Butcherettes: 'Cry Is For The Flies'

Teri "Gender Bender" Suaréz of the band Le Butcherettes. The group's new album is out May 15.
Kyle de Lotto

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 4:33 pm

The Mexican band Le Butcherettes has followed the trajectory of many brilliant artists of that country: Initially unable to succeed in the impenetrable but influential Mexican music scene, its members went abroad, found success, and are now beginning to find recognition back home.

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The Two-Way
7:51 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Book News: Putin Clamps Down On Cursing In Books, Movies

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ria Novosti Reuters/Landov

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:48 am
Wed May 7, 2014

At A Japanese Cafe You're By Yourself But Not Alone

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 8:47 am

At the Moomin Cafe in Tokyo, customers can be seated at a table opposite a giant stuffed animal. If eating alone makes you feel conspicuous, sitting with a giant stuffed animal my not be the solution.

Krulwich Wonders...
7:03 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Draw My Left! No, No, My Other Left! A Hidden Bias In Art History Revealed

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 9:48 am

Look at this guy.

He is half-smiley, half-frowny. I drew the mouth carefully to make it equal parts sad and happy.

But when you look at him — take him in whole — would you say he's having a good day or a bad day?

Most people would say: good day. He seems a little more smiley than not.

That's because, says science writer Sam Kean, when we look at somebody, the left side of that person's face is more emotionally powerful and "determines the overall emotional tenor."

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All Tech Considered
7:03 am
Wed May 7, 2014

A Foldable Bike Helmet You'll Just Happen To Have In Your Bag

The Morpher folds in half from a full-size bike helmet so that it can be stashed away in a laptop or shoulder bag --€” something urban bike-share cyclists might find especially appealing.
Courtesy of Morpher

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 8:18 am

In our "Weekly Innovation" blog series, we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Submit with this form.

This is a bike helmet made for people who think bike helmets are a pain to carry around.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Wed May 7, 2014

'Worn' To Be Wild: A Visual Feast Of Fashion

Worn cover image

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 8:04 am

Quick! What do you want in your fashion magazine? A) Taxidermy B) Tutus C) Advice on repairing your favorite Italian leather boots D) Gandhi E) All of the above.

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The Two-Way
7:02 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Thai Court Removes Prime Minister Yingluck From Office

Ousted Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra received roses from supporters in a Bangkok suburb on Wednesday.
Pornchai Kittiwongsakul AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 10:29 am

Saying Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had violated Thailand's constitution, the country's Constitutional Court ordered the caretaker leader to step down from office, along with nine ministers. She had held the post since the summer of 2011.

The court's ruling Wednesday stems from accusations that Yingluck abused her powers in 2011 by transferring the national security chief, who had been appointed by the opposition. The court's nine judges went on national television to broadcast their decision.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
6:44 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Chasing Life In An Inhospitable Universe

An illustration imagines what Kepler-186f may look like.
T. Pyle NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech

Let's face it, the evidence is hard on the case for life elsewhere in the universe. This, of course, doesn't mean that there is no life on another world. We couldn't ever make a statement like that. Science is better at finding things than at ruling things out. Or, as Carl Sagan used to say, "the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence."

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5:14 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Kidnapped Nigerian School Girl Escapes, Talks About Ordeal

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 8:47 am

Renee Montagne talks to Michelle Faul, the Nigeria bureau chief for The Associated Press, on the latest regarding the abductions of Nigerian schoolgirls by the Boko Haram terror group.