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1:45 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Tracing The Origin Of The Campaign Promise To 'Tell It Like It Is'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has promised to "tell it like it is" during his presidential campaign.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 6:50 pm

"I tell it like it is." Chris Christie made this his campaign slogan. Donald Trump repeats it whenever he's challenged on something he has said. And Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich and Rick Santorum have said the same thing. It's the conventional pledge of candor, or what passes for it in American public life.

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The Salt
1:42 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

What Ever Happened To The Boozy Cake In 'To Kill A Mockingbird'?

A Lane cake is a layered sponge cake filled with a rich mixture of egg yolks, butter, sugar, raisins and whiskey and topped with boiled icing.
Nadia Chaudhury for NPR

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 8:45 am

To mark this week's release of Harper Lee's long-awaited second novel, Go Set a Watchman, why not try an old-fashioned cake from Alabama, featured prominently in Lee's classic first novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.

In it, Scout Finch's neighbor, Maudie Atkinson, is known for her Lane cakes and guards her recipe closely. She bakes one for Aunt Alexandra when she moves in with the Finch Family. Scout gets buzzed from the whiskey in it and comments, "Miss Maudie Atkinson baked a Lane cake so loaded with shinny it made me tight."

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Wed July 15, 2015

'ZeroZeroZero' Argues Cocaine Is Everywhere ... But Is It Really?

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 11:06 am

Our understanding of politics and history often bends toward simplicity — toward using particular figures, events or, in the case of books like Mark Kurlansky's Salt: A World History, elements that help us grasp a movement, time period or even the grand development of human civilization.

Roberto Saviano's ZeroZeroZero follows Salt's lead but switches up the white substance: The thesis of Saviano's sprawling, ultimately unwieldy book is that by understanding the global cocaine trade we can gain unparalleled knowledge of the world we live in.

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The Salt
6:58 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

The 'Immortal' Homemade Yogurt That Traveled 'Round The World

A recent batch of Veena Mehra's yogurt in Houston. She's been making yogurt the same way, with the same starter, for about 40 years.
Courtesy of Nishta Mehra

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 11:53 am

As Dan Charles reported on Monday, yogurt has a way of igniting passions. In his story of arson, the flames were literal.

Once you start looking, it's really not hard to find people — even entire countries — deeply attached to this nourishing and calming food.

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The Two-Way
6:57 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Smithsonian To Post Sign At Exhibition Featuring Bill Cosby-Owned Art

Quilts from the Bill and Camille Cosby collection hang at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., in this Nov. 6, 2014, photo.
Evan Vucci AP

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington will post a sign Wednesday telling visitors an exhibition that includes art owned by Bill Cosby and his wife, Camille, is "fundamentally about the artworks and the artists who created them, not Mr. Cosby," representatives for the Smithsonian Institution say.

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Around the Nation
5:32 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Residents Of Harper Lee's Hometown Celebrate 'Go Set A Watchman'

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 7:18 pm

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Books
4:31 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Stretch Your Summer Reading List Into Southern Territory

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 7:18 pm

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Middle East
4:31 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Smuggled Photos Document Thousands Of Detainee Deaths In Syria

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 3:04 pm

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Monkey See
3:57 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

'Sex And Drugs' And Boredom In The Golden Age

Denis Leary in FX's Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.
Patrick Harbron FX

The new FX comedy Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll* stars Denis Leary as the decaying former singer of a briefly scorching New York band whose speedy self-immolation was brought about by debauchery and betrayal. The band was called The Heathens, because they were heathens. The singer is named Johnny Rock, apparently because it was a rock band and "John" is a popular name.

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Shots - Health News
2:59 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

When Weed Is The Cure: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

Cover art from Stoned.
Current

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 11:25 am

A year and a half ago, Dr. David Casarett did not take medical marijuana very seriously. "When I first started this project, I really thought of medical marijuana as a joke," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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