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Bowtie-bedecked auctioneer Samuel Freeman was faced with the unusual task of convincing a crowd to buy something he admits he knows nothing about: the Tartufo Bianco d'Alba, or Alba White Truffle.

"I've never auctioned food before," Freeman says, "and I'd never even eaten a truffle until two days ago." Apparently that first taste won him over. "It was unbelievable."

At $458 per ounce once the bidding got underway, those truffles better knock your socks off.

How Misspellings Caught A Spy

Nov 19, 2016
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In February, country music superstar Trisha Yearwood came to play our quiz, and she mentioned we might want to talk to her husband, who we understand is something of a musician himself. Who can say no to Trisha Yearwood? So this week we welcome Garth Brooks to Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!

There are a lot of other Garths out there, so we'll quiz him on three other notable Garths. Click the audio link above to see how he does.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence was presumably seeking a quiet night out at the theater, enjoying one of Broadway's hottest tickets with a Friday night performance of Hamilton: An American Musical.

What he got instead was a welcome of boos and cheers from the crowd and a pointed plea from the diverse cast and crew afterwards about what they believe really makes America great.

Ex Fabula: Resilience

Nov 19, 2016
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Resilience: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. We often find our strength when facing certain defeat, or overwhelming odds. It’s resilience that says, “Keep fighting - I can beat this.” It’s no surprise, then, that Ex Fabula's archive is full of stories exemplifying the resilient spirit. We listen back to some audience favorites, featuring a spirit of toughness in the face of adversity.

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The recent Presidential Election indicates that our country may be more divided than anyone imagined. Many of us are struggling and looking for common ground. But, what happens when the struggle is internal?

In this week’s edition of Radio Chipstone, contributor Gianofer Fields speaks with a young woman named Astoria about her relation with the American Flag. Taking a cue from social media...it's complicated.

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Vice President-elect Mike Pence stepped out last night to see one of the hottest shows in New York, "Hamilton: An American Musical." Mr. Pence was greeted with equally loud cheering and booing when he walked into the theater.

Moonglow, Michael Chabon's new novel, is like a moonshot in search of life before it goes dark.

Mike, the narrator, goes to his grandfather on his deathbed, where strong painkillers crack open the stories the old man has kept under wraps for so long. The grandson can finally see his grandfather as a young man, an unheralded hero of the OSS in World War II, an engineer who dreamed of the stars, a pool hustler, a lover and an unabashed felon.

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