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Was going to post this at facebook, and realized...nobody's there. Well, [livejournal.com profile] lyahdan is not there. Not many people who have CSA boxes are logged in at the minute. And the problem with FB is if people are not reading write then, then will not find your older posts.

ANYWAY....The Kitchen Window
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Has Mr. O'Keefe inspired anyone else to contribute to their local public radio station, whether NPR or another "independent"? (Sorry, much as I love my NPR, PRI and APM, the real independent stations are those such as Pacifica/KPFA Berkeley, but I digress...)

Anywho, am I the only one who is inspired to contribute to NPR, not just because the Republicans are trying to pull the rug out from under them,

but because a foolishly loose-lipped but honest admin stated the fucking truth that much of the Tea Party is pushed/backed/fronted by people who are racist idiots?

The urge to donate reminds me of the routine played out on the old Mary Tyler Moore show (1970's).

Mary discovered she is paid about $400 less a month than her predecessor--because she is a woman and not head of a household. Side plot: she's also been given the additional job of co-hosting a morning show with the obnoxious Ted Baxter.
At the end of the episode, she loses her tempter on the air, and tells Ted to just shut up.

In the office with Mr. Grant, she expects to be demoted or fired.
Lou Grant: Mary, I didn't think I was going to have to say this, but...you get the raise.
Mary: I...get the $400?! You'll pay me as much as you paid Frank?
Ted: Wait a minute Lou! She just told me to shut up! On the air! How can you give her $400 more a month?!
Lou: I'm sorry Ted, but my hands are tied. I'm not allowed to give her any more.
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This post is not to disagree or disparage many of the views I've seen posted on LJ and Facebook. Just wanted to see the light fall on the table from another angle.

I listen to the Barbershop segment on NPR, Michel Martin's daily show "Tell Me More". The Barbershop is the weekly segment where she offers the guys their turn to discuss the week's news. Lineup is always male of course, and mostly non-white--but don't ever assume the political, social or economic line up make up of the gentlemen each week. The dust ups are wonderful and witty.

This week, it was generally agreed that this is intrusive, and recognized on both political spectrums as an extreme privacy violation. But it was also noted by Arsalan Iftihkar that he's gone through many similar searches since 2001; this is not a new procedure for many Americans who have middle-eastern surnames, or who simply aren't white.

There was a wry summary of panel view: yeah, this is wrong--and this is the way it's been, America, and welcome to the party--didn't you know?
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NPR's Kitchen Window: 4 Oyster Stews

I'm a newcomer to the oyster, but a happy convert. Still won't eat the things raw, which I know is heresy--but I discovered them in a cioppino. (Yes, another form of sacrilege, but I'll be a happy culinary pagan, thank you.) Never realized how tasty they were, cooked.

At the link above you'll find 4 recipes, and pictures that would make Pavlov proud of you.

And if one of you could give me the lyrics to what I can only call "The Oyster Song From Mad Sal's", I shall be a happy girl.
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More than a boob

Note: NPR story does have triggers on cancer, terminal illness.
This article will strike many as either too down or too sweet or cute. I don't normally go for stories of the "gosh she's ill, but look at her happy attitude, not bothering anyone" ilk. But I think this story keeps the reality in balance, and let's Linda's attitude speak for her. And yeah, some tears. But some surprising giggles (Do read the text article for more.)

Pasties!!

Sep. 29th, 2009 03:16 pm
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Now, everybody sit down.
Piroshkis, empanadas...and Cornish Pasties

Recipes and kibitzing at NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113207915

This goes out with a salute to [livejournal.com profile] serendipity17
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NPR interview (Melissa Block) with E.L. Doctorow on his new book Homer & Langley. The subject of the book is interesting--but I what caught my attention were two comments by the author (I'm paraphrasing a bit):

"I couldn't have done this book without getting that first line. Once I had that, it was a way of breaking into the story and into that house." (The line: "I'm Homer, the blind brother") "...You can find the entire book in that first line."

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Interviewer: "He [the narrating character Homer] had a poignant line--you had a very poignant line." ["What could be more terrible than being turned into a mythic joke?"]

E.L.D.: "Yeah, I really felt bad when he said that...It's a really a kind of loss of identity the author has. And when Homer said that, I really felt sad."
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Do yourself a favor and listen to this brief bit of natter from NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, from 1 Aug 2009. Click on opening panel round.

Arkham couldn't top this.
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Mint and Paprika: Turkish flavor

NPR's Kitchen window. Four recipes. Yes, lamb and yogurt, of course.
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" Pianist Andras Schiff has immersed himself in Beethoven in a big way. He's performed all 32 of Beethoven's piano sonatas, in chronological order, in 20 cities around the world over the past few years. His Beethoven odyssey ends this month with concerts in Los Angeles; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and New York."

Yesterday's 8 minute NPR interview, but..

Also on the page are links to other interviews with Schiff--and audio files of some of the sonatas. If you scroll down, you will find files of the final three sonatas (from the 30 March 2009 interview).

And from Oct 2008, #29, "Hammerklavier" and a 4 minute interview.
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True Mom Confessions

An NPR article about the website.
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...I get the mosquitos.

From NPR, text and audio article that has everything we need: mosquitos, debates about the necessity of funded research (see comments), music theory and romantic duets.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99133147

The video makes me want to reach for a joystick. From the 1980's.
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Happy 400th Birthday John Milton on NPR

2 selections from Paradise Lost, read by Anton Lesser
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NPR's Take Five Series: Gypsy Jazz

The 'Take Five' weekly Jazz sampler--5 songs with a theme or bond.
This week: Manouche or Gypsy jazz of Reihardt and Grapelli.

and some bitchin' links to other gypsy jazz programs or articles.
Grapelli on McPartland's 'Piano Jazz'? Fuckin' WhooHoo!
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NPR from last week and today....because I finally have time.
Having returned from journeys to Confusion and Deep Doo Doo.

Just a dime... )

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For [livejournal.com profile] masterfiddler, [livejournal.com profile] laviolista, [livejournal.com profile] groblek: Cat Scanning Strads and Guarnieris, or Hot Rodding a Violin. With a blog on violin Envy by Senior Producer Ned Wharton.

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45 minutes with Janis Ian on Folk Alley.

Read more... )
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http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=96258175&ps=bb2

Rhapsodies and contemplation of this dirty little gem, and recipes--including a lasagna with "Walnut Cream".

Yeah, and S17's head just snapped up.
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OK, he's just bored. See, if kids have no recreation, they just turn to vandalism.

Otto the Octopus at NPR

Maybe Zendo instead of chess.
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"I think it's realistic to have hope. One can be a perverse idealist and say the easiest thing: 'I despair. The world's no good.' That's a perverse idealist. It's practical to hope, because the hope is for us to survive as a human species. That's very realistic."

Here is a great NPR page, that includes a LOT of audio that Studs did for various public radio programs. Included is his appearance on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me earlier in this decade. On this episode, he makes reference to what might be his epitaph:

"Curiosity didn't kill this cat"

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