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With A Zap, Scientists Create Low-Fat Chocolate

Jun 25, 2016

Physicists say they've discovered how to zap the fat out of chocolate.

The researchers, led by Rongjia Tao of Temple University, were able to remove up to 20 percent of fat by running liquid milk chocolate through an electrified sieve. And they say the chocolate tastes good, too.

Back in the 1990s, the Portland Trail Blazers were one of the most dominant teams in the NBA. They went to the finals twice (and might have won it all if hadn't been for that pesky Michael Jordan fellow.) Since we're in Portland this week, we've invited Terry Porter, one of the stars of the Trailblazers, to answer three questions about other people who've blazed their own trails.

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Radio Chipstone

Walking into Mrs. M-----'s Cabinet at the Milwaukee Art Museum is more like walking into a home than an traditional museum space. Located in the Constance and Dudley Godfrey American Wing, Mrs. M----'s Cabinet is an interactive exhibit which invites viewers to create a narrative through objects collected by Mrs. M----, a character who "exists somewhere between fact and fiction."

#NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers from our newsroom share the pieces that have kept them reading, using the #NPRreads hashtag. Each weekend, we highlight some of the best stories.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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On Thursday night, the votes poured in: After months of debate, the United Kingdom officially voted to leave the European Union in a referendum nicknamed "Brexit."

I like the cold drop. The hard plunge. The fast and reckless descent into alienness that can only be pulled off by a world-builder who inhabits their make-believe universe so completely that a first page entry, mise en scene, reads as natural and as jarring as waking up in someone else's body, upon a shore so distant and strange that no map for it yet exists.

An Emotional Ending

Jun 24, 2016

We're closing this show like any good TV show or movie — with "An Emotional Ending." Every answer in this round contains a word that is also a feeling or emotion. If we said, "It's an app where avians are flung across the screen at piggies," you'd answer, "Angry Birds."

Heard On Jeff Goldblum, Maika Monroe, 'Weird Al' Yankovic: 10 Out Of 10 Goldblums

This Is Our Administrative Assistant Day!

Jun 24, 2016

Actor Jeff Goldblum is a busy guy. From hunting down dinosaurs in Jurassic Park to fighting aliens in Independence Day, he has done it all. But, as he tells host Ophira Eisenberg, these days he is learning the ropes of a completely new role-- father to his one-year-old son, Charlie Ocean, who was born, believe it or not, on July 4th.

OMG VIP

Jun 24, 2016

We've mashed up the names of famous people with common text messaging abbreviations. If we said, "You'll be 'Laughing Out Loud' when you hang out with this rapper and 'N-C-I-S Los Angeles' actor," you'd answer, "L-O-L-L Cool J."

Heard On Jeff Goldblum, Maika Monroe, 'Weird Al' Yankovic: 10 Out Of 10 Goldblums

Starmen

Jun 24, 2016

When legendary song parody artist "Weird Al" Yankovic joined the IFC show Comedy Bang! Bang!, he hadn't had a regular day job in 20 years. "[Getting a W-2] is gonna be so much fun! I can't wait!" he told host Ophira Eisenberg. Following Reggie Watts and Kid Cudi as band leader on the comedy talk show hosted by comedian Scott Aukerman is a tall order. Said Yankovic, "I try to emulate, as much as I can, what they did and bring my own thing to it."

This, That, Or The Other?

Jun 24, 2016

Strut your stuff! For this Los Angeles themed edition of This, That, or The Other, contestants must guess which of three categories things belong to: Yoga Poses, Hair Styles, or Dance Moves.

Heard On Jeff Goldblum, Maika Monroe, 'Weird Al' Yankovic: 10 Out Of 10 Goldblums

Sightseething

Jun 24, 2016

From the La Brea Tar Pits to the Venice Boardwalk, Los Angeles is full of disappointing tourist attractions. And, according to the Internet, so is the rest of the world! Identify famous destinations based on some one-star Internet reviews.

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