Arts & Culture

All Tech Considered
2:05 am
Wed September 4, 2013

For Biographers, The Past Is An Open (Electronic) Book

Digital ephemera can capture things that don't appear in official accounts of events — but the material's in danger of disappearing if it's in obsolete formats.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 12:00 pm

For centuries, biographers have relied on letters to bring historical figures to life, whether Gandhi or Catherine the Great. But as people switch from writing on paper to documenting their lives electronically, biographers are encountering new benefits — and new challenges.

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Kitchen Window
11:03 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Making A Case For Corn Off The Cob

Laura Weiss for NPR

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 6:38 pm

OK, people, I do not love corn on the cob. Yes, I know this tags me as vaguely un-American. And yes I know the summertime staple is a beloved culinary icon. And I'm also aware that corn on the cob fans often rhapsodize over the pairing of fresh, sweet corn and melted butter.

But when I'm offered an ear, I politely decline. That's the point at which family and friends look at me as if I'm slightly daft. "What? You don't want any?" No, sorry. Just pass me the potato salad, please.

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Thistle and Shamrock
4:03 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Thistle And Shamrock: New Summer Releases, Part 2

Iarla O'Lionaird
Courtesy of the artist

More of the latest traditional and contemporary recordings from rising talent in the Celtic roots music scene, along with new releases from our most popular artists.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The Salt
2:16 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Now A Test Can Tell If Your Pricey Cup Of Cat Poop Coffee Is Fake

A civet cat eats red coffee cherries at a farm in Bondowoso, Indonesia. Civets are actually more closely related to meerkats and mongooses than to cats.
Ulet Ifansasti Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 12:25 pm

From gross to gourmet. That pretty much sums up civet poop coffee.

The beans are literally harvested from the feces of the tree-dwelling civet cat in Indonesia. The idea is that a trip through the animal's digestive tract partially ferments the beans and imparts a much-sought-after flavor to the coffee.

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Arts & Culture
1:48 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Four Fall Arts Events Not to Miss

Fall events at the art museum and beyond
Credit Gary Denness/flickr

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Milwaukee Magazine's Tim McCormick about the fall arts scene.

Summer may be over, but there's plenty to do in the arts world this fall.

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