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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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Oct 18, 2011 — Holiday baking is a great tradition. So is the mockery of hilariously decorated, professionally made cakes. A new book gloriously brings the two together.
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Jul 4, 2010 — This July Fourth weekend the United States has a new constitution — a cake constitution. Lawyer-turned-baker Warren Brown's new cookbook is a culinary tour, full of delectable cakes for every state in the country.
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Nov 25, 2009 — If you're the kind of person who's always believed that a book can teach you to do anything, this year's crop of cookbooks will prove you right. Cooks lacking confidence will find comfort in detailed instructions and comprehensive how-tos.
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Nov 24, 2009 — Rose Levy Beranbaum's recipe for Sicilian Pistachio Cake with Golden Neoclassic Buttercream from Rose's Heavenly Cakes.
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Nov 24, 2009 — Karen DeMasco and Mindy Fox's recipe for Gingerbread Cupcakes with Candied Ginger from The Craft of Baking: Cakes, Cookies, and Other Sweets with Ideas for Inventing Your Own.
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Nov 24, 2009 — Karen DeMasco and Mindy Fox's recipe for Crisp Honey Grahams from The Craft of Baking
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Nov 19, 2009 — Rose Levy Beranbaum's recipe for Chocolate Tweed Angel Food Cake from Rose's Heavenly Cakes.
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Oct 26, 2009All Things Considered producer Melissa Gray describes her adventures in baking — and the staff's adventures in eating — in All Cakes Considered. Gray brings a new cake into the office every Monday. She says she loves to see the staff's childish joy at seeing her latest confection.
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Jul 12, 2009 — Nearly 10 years ago, Sarah Magid became obsessed with all things sweet: cakes, cookies, candy. Her book, Organic and Chic is intended as a healthy and organic take on junk food.
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Nov 19, 2005 — In Jacqueline Ogburn's tale, the ghost of a baker comes back to haunt her own shop until the new owners leave. Children's author Daniel Pinkwater talks about the book with Scott Simon.
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