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The jazz musician Charles Mingus was a celebrated band leader and one of the most important composers of his generation. But at the same time he was recording The Greatest Jazz Concert Ever with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, he was working on another masterpiece of sorts. He figured out how to get his cat, Nightlife, to poop in a toilet — and…
 
Amy Schumer, who stars as a romantic train wreck in the new Judd Apatow film Trainwreck, is at the top of her game in real life. The third season of Inside Amy Schumer premieres April 21st on Comedy Central. The show just won a Peabody Award. And a screening of the new season's first episode at the Tribeca Film Festival showed there's nothing Schum…
 
The Sporkful debates burrito construction and the LA/SF rivalry with MaxFun's Jesse Thorn and Good Food's Evan Kleiman. Plus Matt Yglesias compares Chipotle burritos to iPhones. Subscribe to The Sporkful. Phone: off. Email: off. Brain: off. Podcasts: on. Road Trip with WNYC: Beach Day Edition is perfect for: smiling, soaking, sunning.…
 
Comedian Eugene Mirman offers Soundcheck a list of his favorite funny songs—whether they were intended to be funny or not. Subscribe to Soundcheck. Phone: off. Email: off. Brain: off. Podcasts: on. Road Trip with WNYC: Beach Day Edition is perfect for: smiling, soaking, sunning.Par WNYC Studios
 
Joan Rivers guest-hosts the Leonard Lopate Show and talks to Deon Cole, Billy Eichner, and Reza Farahan about comedy and life. Subscribe to The Leonard Lopate Show. Phone: off. Email: off. Brain: off. Podcasts: on. Road Trip with WNYC: Beach Day Edition is perfect for: smiling, soaking, sunning.Par WNYC Studios
 
It's been over eighty years since audiences first watched The Wizard of Oz. Meet the original man behind the curtain, L Frank Baum, and trace the history of his greatest creation. Subscribe to Studio 360. Phone: off. Email: off. Brain: off. Podcasts: on. Road Trip with WNYC: Beach Day Edition is perfect for: smiling, soaking, sunning.…
 
Radiolab tells the story of a family literally saved by movies. Ron and Cornelia Suskind had two healthy young sons, promising careers, and a brand new home when their youngest son Owen started to disappear. But the Suskind family finds an unlikely way to access their silent son's world. Subscribe to Radiolab. Road Trip with WNYC: Home Movie Editio…
 
Snap Judgement tells stories about what it's like to find yourself on someone else's wavelength. Road Trip with WNYC: Home Movie Edition features a few good stories about family. Perfect for: tuning out snoring bunk-mates, masking nature sounds outside the tent, keeping dad from telling you that one story for the hundredth time, killing time while …
 
The New Yorker cartoonist and author talks to Alec Baldwin about mothers, man-pants, and birds. Subscribe to Here's The Thing. Road Trip with WNYC: Home Movie Edition features a few good stories about family. Perfect for: tuning out snoring bunk-mates, masking nature sounds outside the tent, keeping dad from telling you that one story for the hundr…
 
Studio 360 talks to film critic David Gilmour about his decision to let his son Jesse drop out of school and watch movies all day. Subscribe to Studio 360. Road Trip with WNYC: Home Movie Edition features a few good stories about family. Perfect for: tuning out snoring bunk-mates, masking nature sounds outside the tent, keeping dad from telling you…
 
Note To Self talks to someone who makes a strong case for listening to—and valuing—your voicemail. "Voicemail is a default archive of your life. You would miss it if it were gone." Subscribe to Note To Self. Home Movie Edition features a few good stories about family. Perfect for: tuning out snoring bunk-mates, masking nature sounds outside the ten…
 
This Movie Date podcast has a little something for everyone, especially those who love quirky girls, or hate crazy dads. To wit: The story of six brothers who are locked in their lower east side Manhattan apartment by their father for their entire lives, with only a collection of movies to connect them to the outside world. Subscribe to Movie Date.…
 
Freakonomics Radio host Stephen Dubner's childhood home goes from sacred to profane...and back again. Subscribe to Freakonomics Radio. Home Movie Edition features a few good stories about family. Perfect for: tuning out snoring bunk-mates, masking nature sounds outside the tent, keeping dad from telling you that one story for the hundredth time, ki…
 
It costs $50,000 to have Billy Idol appear at a private event, but in 2012, a 25-year-old working at a Seattle mall convinced the rock star and his band to play his birthday party for free. Michael Henrichsen tells Sideshow how he enlisted a boatload of B-listers, friends, and family to help make his '80s dream come true. Subscribe to Sideshow. Hom…
 
The Sporkful follows a pair of young lovers on a quest for the perfect Buffalo wing. But will the universe deliver a happy ending for their hearts and bellies? Subscribe to The Sporkful. Road Trip with WNYC: Home Movie Edition features a few good stories about family. Perfect for: tuning out snoring bunk-mates, masking nature sounds outside the ten…
 
Al Madrigal has been The Daily Show's "Senior Latino Correspondent" for years. In his funny new documentary, Half Like Me, he travels across the United States and Mexico to explore his ambivalence with that ethnic identity. Sideshow explores what it means that Madrigal can't really pronounce his own name—and that he doesn't really care. Subscribe t…
 
What does it mean to pursue something that everyone else think is nuts? And what does it take to succeed? You’ll hear about three radical thinkers whose lives didn’t proceed in a perfectly straight line. In each case, their work was ridiculed or ignored—but ultimately, they triumphed. Subscribe to Freakonomics Radio.…
 
Ken Jeong met his wife while they were both practicing medicine at the same hospital in Los Angeles. But after he married, he quit medicine to pursue acting full-time. Then, a year later, his wife was diagnosed with aggressive stage III breast cancer. They had twins who were a year old. And Ken had just gotten an offer to play an Asian mobster in a…
 
Yillah Natalie grew up studying ballet. But when her family couldn’t afford classes anymore, she had to quit. Later, Yillah was mesmerized by the belly dancer in the video for U2's 1991 hit "Mysterious Ways" — both with the way she moved and the power she seemed to possess. Twenty years later, Yillah is a professional belly dancer. Subscribe to Stu…
 
You pick up your phone to send an email. You see a notification for a text message. All of a sudden, you're on Instagram debating whether or not to like an old high school classmate's engagement picture, Pinterest-ing the photographer, and contemplating the ice cream options within range. Note To Self talks with two people who work in the digital m…
 
For almost six decades, Jack Kerouac’s classic novel has been a totem for anyone who crawls behind the wheel in search of adventure. Studio 360 wanted to find out whether the book still speaks to readers—and provoked a little marital tension in the process. Subscribe to Studio 360.Par WNYC Studios
 
A father writes in to Movie Date to ask for suggestions on what to show his 8-year-old daughter while on a road trip. Also, Jack Black’s new movie, “The D Train,” focuses on a man traveling from his small town to LA to get the BMOC to come back for the high school reunion. Finally, the Sofia Vergara/Reese Witherspoon film “Hot Pursuit” is about a c…
 
Will Knight covers artificial intelligence and robotics for MIT Technology Review. He traveled to Germany and got a taste for what it feels like to take your hands off the wheel, remove your feet from the pedals and let the car take over while zipping across Germany at 80 miles per hour. Subscribe to Money Talking.…
 
Studio 360 explains why William F. Cody was the most famous American in the world—a showman and spin artist who presented a new creation myth for America, bringing cowboys, Indians, settlers, and sharpshooters to audiences who had only read about the West in dime novels. Subscribe to Studio 360.Par WNYC Studios
 
Dan Pashman talks to the curator of the Moist Towelette Museum about the best way to use them and what makes an especially great one. Then Dan and his friend Mark Garrison debate cloth vs. paper napkins, whether napkin color affects meal enjoyment, and whether restaurants should be banned from using scented hand soap. Subscribe to The Sporkful.…
 
There's a neighborhood in Austin, Texas, where the refrigerators tell stories. The roofs are paved in solar panels. There are more electric cars per capita here in the Muëller community than in any residential neighborhood in America. It's a kind of paradise. And it could drive you nuts. Subscribe to Note to Self.…
 
The Replacements were famously hard-living and raucous during their mid-to-late 1980s heyday. Recently, another of Minnesota's favorite musical sons, Craig Finn of the Hold Steady, found himself sharing a stage with his childhood heroes. He walks Soundcheck through a playlist of his favorite tunes. Subscribe to Soundcheck.…
 
CLASSES & RESOURCES IN NYC GrowNYC’s Farm Beginnings — a comprehensive agricultural training program developed for new farmers by the people who run the Greenmarket. Designed for a people looking to start farm enterprises, including urban farmers looking to scale-up and second career farm entrepreneurs. Brooklyn Grange hosts a whole range of worksh…
 
New Yorkers' interest in where their food comes from and how it is raised has led to a robust farmers' market system, a growing interest in communty gardens and backyard enterprises like raising chickens and keeping bees, and a surprising number of urbanites who are ditching their pots of basil on their fire escape to become farmers. While there’s …
 
It’s the high season for cool, slushy drinks. Nina Planck, author of several Real Food cookbooks, says her fermented watermelon basil cooler illustrates one of her key principles: when she processes food, she does it in ways that enhance nutrition, flavor, and shelf life. Nina Planck / photo by Katherine Wolkoff Nina's recipe for fermented watermel…
 
SMOKED PICKLED POTATOES WITH ANCHOVY AIOLI RECIPEby David Leite, Leite's Culinaria Serves 4 to 6 INGREDIENTSFor the anchovy aioli 3 garlic cloves, minced1 tablespoon Kosher salt6 anchovy fillets, minced2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice2 large egg yolks, room temperature1 cup extra-virgin olive oil, or 1/2 cup olive oil and 1/2 cup grapeseed oil For the…
 
Cilantro could very well be the world’s most polarizing herb. Those who vehemently hate it may have the aversion coded in their genes, while others happily add it to everything from salsas to soups. But maybe there’s a middle ground to be found in the cilantro wars. Perhaps cilantro’s cousin culantro is the herb diplomat to please both parties. Cul…
 
The Bronx has a weight problem, and part of that stems from parents who simply don’t know how to cook. Chef and educator Tania Lopez knows about that situation firsthand. She grew up in the South Bronx and in Puerto Rico, and says that her parents rarely cooked for her as a child. “They were constantly working all the time and they didn’t have time…
 
Here’s a fun project for kids and apartment dwellers: Plant a radish seed in a pot, care for it, and then 25 to 30 days later, you should be able to harvest a fully grown vegetable. When it comes to farming, a month’s time is as close to instant gratification as you can get, said Edible Manhattan editor Gabrielle Langholtz. She’s the author of The …
 
This week, cookbook authors Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, known as the reality television duo “The Fabulous Beekman Boys,” charmingly flaunted two long-standing tenants of Last Chance Foods: Don’t sound like "Delicious Dish," and don’t antagonize the farmers. “If people haven’t had a sweet pea before, freshly picked, then they haven’t experi…
 
The cool weather this spring means that farmers markets may be looking surprisingly bare for late May. Parks and forests, however, are already bursting with life — and tasty, nutritious finds for knowledgeable foragers. One commonly foraged favorite is lambsquarters. The leafy green grows in sunny meadows, college campuses, and even between the sid…
 
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