Arts & Life

2:18pm

Tue May 1, 2012
Author Interviews

'Blown Covers': Not Ready For The Newsstand

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:50 am

Abrams Books

This week's cover of the New Yorker magazine is a witty drawing by artist Chris Ware of a playground full of young children and their watchful parents. One woman wheels her son in a stroller, only to see that all the other parents are men. The image is called "Mother's Day."

But for all the memorable New Yorker covers out there, an equally large number of covers didn't make it to the newsstand. They were not quite on the money — or were sometimes a little too coarsely on the money.

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12:22pm

Tue May 1, 2012
Monkey See

DVD Picks: 'Pillow Talk'

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 8:44 am

Pillow Talk stars Doris Day (above) and Rock Hudson as a pair of strangers who butt heads and fall in love on a shared telephone line.
Universal Pictures

Time for another home-viewing recommendation from film critic Bob Mondello. This week, Bob's listening in on Rock Hudson and Doris Day as they make a bit of Pillow Talk.

What happens when the Girl Next Door meets Mr. Beefcake? It's instant chemistry, albeit of the explosive sort — think Mentos and Diet Coke.

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11:24am

Tue May 1, 2012
The Salt

What Will Make the Food Desert Bloom?

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 8:44 am

Symbols like these are designed to help shoppers make healthier choices
Dan Charles NPR

There's a battle for better health going on in poor neighborhoods across the country, and part of that battle involves getting people living in so-called food deserts access to healthy food.

But as many activists have learned, it takes a combination of access, innovation, and education to change peoples' habits for the better.

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8:43am

Tue May 1, 2012
The Salt

Eternal Yogurt: The Starter That Lives Forever

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 11:06 am

To make yogurt with an heirloom starter, add freeze-dried starter or a spoonful of yogurt to fresh milk.
Bill Hogan MCT/Landov

If you make your own yogurt, there's a chance your yogurt could outlive you.

That's because some bacteria that grow and feed on the sugar in milk – the process that ferments milk into yogurt — can procreate indefinitely in new generations of yogurt.

But not all yogurts have these immortal powers. The typical store-bought yogurt only carries a few strains of bacteria that have been isolated by scientists. Those bacteria on their own can't regenerate very long — maybe just for a generation or two.

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2:54pm

Mon April 30, 2012

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