2:23am

Mon February 25, 2013
The Salt

The Microwave Miracle Of Cooking In Mugs

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 3:50 pm

Washington Post Food and Travel Editor Joe Yonan whips up some macaroni and cheese in an NPR mug.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Lunchtime is around the corner, and your tummy is rumbling. If you've got a microwave, a mug and a few basic ingredients, you can cook up a meal right in the office.

Morning Edition's David Greene recently started microwaving scrambled eggs in a mug for those early mornings on hosting duties. It led him to wonder about the other possibilities of this culinary art.

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1:33am

Mon February 25, 2013
Monkey See

The Oscars Broadcast, Zooming Way Past Cheeky To Land Squarely On Crass

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 3:36 pm

Adele performs the theme song to "Skyfall."
Kevin Winter Getty Images

If you like Argo (which won Best Picture), the movie Chicago (which made a couple of appearances) and jokes about women (which just kept coming), you probably had a substantially better night than the average viewer, who was subjected to Seth MacFarlane's delivery of one of the worst hosting performances in Oscar history.

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5:02pm

Sun February 24, 2013
Religion

Catholic Church At Crossroads: Demographics, Social Issues Pose Challenges

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 1:42 pm

Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first pope to retire since 1415.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

When Pope Benedict XVI said he was stepping down, he broke a tradition that had been in place since 1415. The pope, who gave his final blessing Sunday, leaves the Catholic Church in the midst of changing social views and demographic shifts among its followers.

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4:40pm

Sun February 24, 2013
Sports

Jimmie Johnson Wins Second Daytona 500; Danica Patrick Makes Historic Leads

Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 11:59 pm

Jimmie Johnson celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

A big first for Danica Patrick, but an even bigger second for Jimmie Johnson.

Patrick made history out front at the Daytona 500, only to see five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson reclaim his spot at the top in the end.

Johnson won his second Daytona 500 with a late push on Sunday, grabbing the spotlight from Patrick as she faded on the final lap. Patrick became the first woman in history to lead laps in "The Great American Race" and was running third on the last lap, but slipped to eighth in the late push for position.

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4:23pm

Sun February 24, 2013
Music Interviews

Turning A Glacier Into A Tuba: Ice Music From Norway

Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 8:52 pm

Ice musician Terje Isungset plays the ice blocks at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Scott Suchman
  • Terje Isungset (ice) with Mari Kvien Brunvoll (vocals)
  • "A Glimpse of Light" by Terje Isungset

For Terje Isungset, the cold weather in Washington, D.C., this week is no problem. The Norwegian musician was in town to perform as part of the Kennedy Center's "Nordic Cool" series, and he needed low temperatures to keep his instruments in good shape.

He has chimes, drums, a marimba and a "tube-ice" (like a tuba). They're all carved out of shimmering ice, harvested from the frozen lakes of Ottawa, Canada, and shipped to the Kennedy Center for an hour of melting music.

It's worth the effort, Isungset says, to get the perfect sound.

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3:59pm

Sun February 24, 2013
NPR Story

Jimmie Johnson wins Daytona 500

Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 4:41 pm

Jimmie Johnson has won the Daytona 500, one day after crash during a race there injured fans. Danica Patrick, who was hoping to make history, finished eighth. Jacki Lyden gets the latest from NPR's Mike Pesca.

2:48pm

Sun February 24, 2013
Author Interviews

Historical Fiction Gets Personal in 'Philida'

Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 4:44 pm

Random House

André Brink is one of the most well-known anti-apartheid writers in South Africa. His latest novel Philida, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, is set in 1832 in the South African Cape, just two years before emancipation.

The title character lodges a complaint against her master, Francois Brink, who is also the father of her four children. He'd promised her freedom, but then backs out and marries a wealthy white woman.

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2:19pm

Sun February 24, 2013
Music Interviews

In 'Fulton Blues,' Corey Harris Resurrects Memories Of Southern Neighborhood

Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 8:53 pm

Corey Harris' new album is titled Fulton Blues.
Courtesy of the artist

A new album by bluesman Corey Harris pays tribute to one Southern neighborhood with a particularly haunted past.

Fulton Blues is named for a district in Richmond, Va., that was once home to a large number of the city's middle class African-American families. But by the 1960s, Fulton had fallen on hard times. Its scenic views of the James River and easy access to downtown made it a target for "urban renewal," as it was euphemistically called in the Virginia Statehouse. The residents of Fulton were evicted and the neighborhood was razed.

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12:25pm

Sun February 24, 2013
Europe

Irish Women Emerge From Shadows Of 'National Shame'

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 11:45 am

Candles burn outside grounds of Leinster House, placed by relatives of victims of the Catholic-run work houses known as the Magdalene Laundries in Dublin, Ireland, on Feb. 19.
Peter Morrison AP

In post-independence Ireland, thousands of women found themselves incarcerated in church-run laundries. For the first time, the state has apologized for their treatment.

These women were a diverse group: former prostitutes, unwed mothers, orphans, homeless women, convicts and industrial school transfers put in the care of the Catholic Church.

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11:04am

Sun February 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Auction Halted Of Banksy Mural Removed In London

Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 1:18 pm

A man inspects a plastic cover placed over an artwork attributed to Banksy in London. The stencilled image depicts a poor child making Union Jack flags on a sewing machine and is located on the wall of a Poundland discount shop in the Wood Green area of north London.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Last week we told you about the uproar surrounding the auction of a piece of art by mysterious graffiti artist Banksy that disappeared from its home on a wall in north London.

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