Weekend Edition Sunday for November 17, 2013
Nov 17, 2013 — Every answer is a made-up, two-word phrase in which the vowel in the first word is a short "e" and the vowel in the second word is a long "o." For example: A place to meditate would be a "zen zone."
Nov 17, 2013 — Umami, that savory fifth taste, has become a sought-after flavor in the culinary scene, but the food additive that embodies it hasn't fared so well. Invented in 1908, vilified in the '70s, monosodium glutamate may be poised to ride the umami wave back to glory.
Nov 17, 2013 — Recumbent bikes are said to be much more comfortable to ride than traditional bikes, but they're also more expensive. One Wisconsin man hopes to make the low-riding bikes more affordable by building them out of conventional bike parts.
Nov 17, 2013 — Objecting to the pending execution of the man who shot him 35 years ago, Flynt tells NPR: "I just don't think that government should be in the business of killing people. And I think punishment by putting someone in a 3-by-6 cell is a lot greater than if you snuff out their life in a few seconds with a lethal injection."
Nov 17, 2013 — After 17 years as a priest, Thomas Groome decided that celibacy was "not life-giving" and left the priesthood to get married. He remains a devout Catholic and professor of theology and talks with host Rachel Martin about how having a family has enriched his faith.
Nov 17, 2013 — Author Dana Goodyear has spent a lot of time dining with foodies who champion bugs as a meal. And horses. And brains. Whales. Leaves. Weeds. Ash. Hay. Even plain dirt. Her new book documents the adventurous chefs and eaters who are redefining Americans' relationship with food.
Nov 17, 2013 — Iran, a notoriously closed society, was the setting for a high-fashion magazine shoot, published in California-based FSHN. It may have been the first such fashion shoot in Iran for an international magazine since 1969. Host Rachel Martin speaks to the photographer, Afra Pourdad.
Nov 17, 2013 — Singer-songwriter and pianist Anthony Strong, 29, waited until he could create something "authentic" before launching his solo career. Now, he's mining the classic jazz-pop tradition on his new album, Steppin' Out.
Nov 17, 2013 — The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter recently performed his very first Tiny Desk Concert. In a conversation with host Rachel Martin, he discusses how the experience reminded him of his days as an up-and-coming artist.
Nov 10, 2013 — The mystique of Mallomars dates back to iceboxes and seasonal scarcity. Despite advances in modern refrigeration, people still stock up on the s'more-like cookies to tide them through the summer.