The Salt
5:39 am
Sun June 21, 2015

Do Try This At Home: Hacking Chicken Sous Vide

To make Christina Tosi's Bird in a Bag, you'll need a chicken breast or boneless thigh, seasoning, buttermilk (or even bottled ranch dressing), a heavy-duty zip-top freezer bag and a straw.
Photo Illustration by Ryan Kellman and Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 2:28 pm

This summer, NPR is getting crafty in the kitchen. As part of Weekend Edition's Do Try This At Home series, top chefs are sharing their cleverest hacks and tips — taking expensive, exhausting or intimidating recipes and tweaking them to work in any home kitchen.

First up: making magically moist sous vide chicken without the fancy equipment.

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Music Interviews
5:31 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

'Lester, You Changed Our Lives': Channeling Bangs In 'How To Be a Rock Critic'

Erik Jensen portrays rock critic Lester Bangs in the new one-man play How to Be a Rock Critic.
Craig Schwartz

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 6:42 pm

In his 33 years on earth, rock critic Lester Bangs left behind tens of thousands of pages of writing. He died of a drug overdose in 1982 — but this month, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, Calif., Bangs and his ideas are coming to life on stage in the new one-man play How to Be a Rock Critic.

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Author Interviews
5:31 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

From Civilian To Spy: How An Average Guy Helped Bust A Russian Agent

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 1:28 pm

For years, Naveed Jamali gave secrets to the Russians, selling out his country for cash.

Or so the Russians thought. In fact, Jamali was working for the FBI by pretending to be a spy for the Russians: a real-life double agent.

Jamali chronicles his experiences in his new book, How To Catch A Russian Spy: The True Story of an American Civilian Turned Double Agent.

The story starts back when Jamali was a child. A well-dressed Russian man entered his parent's bookstore to buy some books.

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My Big Break
5:31 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

The Man Behind 'The Most Interesting Man' Is Interesting, Too

Jonathan Goldsmith plays "The Most Interesting Man in the World" in beer company Dos Equis' ad campaign.
Bobby Quillard Anderson Group Public Relations

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 1:42 pm

As part of a series called My Big Break, All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:54 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Not My Job: Mindy Kaling Gets Quizzed On Do-It-Yourself Projects

Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 11:05 am

Mindy Kaling started out as the youngest writer on the staff of NBC's The Office and ended up being a star, producer and director of the show. She went on to create her own sitcom, The Mindy Project and now, she's the voice of Disgust in the new Pixar movie, Inside Out.

Since Kaling was the star of The Mindy Project, we're going to ask her to play a game called "The Home Improvement Project" — three questions about do-it-yourself projects.

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8:16 am
Sat June 20, 2015

HBO's 'The Brink' Puts The Situation Room In Situation Comedy

The Brink imagines how the White House situation room —€” and the U.S. secretary of state, played by Tim Robbins —€” respond when Pakistan is taken over by a certifiably crazy general.
Merie W. Wallace HBO

Originally published on Sun June 21, 2015 4:04 pm

HBO's new comedy The Brink refers to a world on the brink of nuclear warfare — possibly one of the least-funny premises imaginable. But the two brothers who created the show cut their teeth on a particular kind of political scripted satire that had its heyday in the 1960s and '70s. Think Dr. Strangelove, M*A*S*H and Network and other films by Paddy Chayefsky.

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Monkey See
8:03 am
Sat June 20, 2015

In 'Not A Game,' The Story Of A Star Player And A Hard Fall

Courtesy Atria Books

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Book News & Features
7:03 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Summer Of Love: Meet Our Expert Panelists!

Mary McLain

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 1:20 pm

While our intern is diligently tallying up the 18,000 nominations that came in for the Summer of Love reader poll (sorry, Intern Laura!), we thought we'd take the time to introduce you to the expert panel that will help us wrestle this massive list down to 100 finalists.

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Author Interviews
5:52 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Survival Is Insufficient: 'Station Eleven' Preserves Art After The Apocalypse

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 10:40 am

Emily St. John Mandel's new novel, Station Eleven, opens with a vain actor — and is there really any other kind? — who dies of a heart attack onstage as he plays King Lear in Toronto. His co-stars can't remember if he had a family to notify. But soon, within minutes, the death of one man playing Lear disappears into the vast, mass death of a worldwide plague called the Georgia Flu.

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The Two-Way
4:34 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

After Verses Turn To Versus, Poet Emerges With Renowned Oxford Post

Simon Armitage frowns with dignity after being awarded the Commander of the British Empire medal at Buckingham Palace in 2010. Though he began the nomination process for the Oxford post as an underdog, he emerged from the ensuing drama with the professorship.
WPA Pool/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 5:47 pm

It's been a scuffle of candidate platforms, fickle endorsements and even a few dignified bouts of mud-slinging — and for once, the hubbub had nothing to do with American politics. In fact, it featured a cast of characters you might not have expected: those men and women of letters, the poets.

On Friday, British poet Simon Armitage won election as the newest Oxford professor of poetry. He edged out Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka and American poet A.E. Stallings.

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