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'Test Kitchen': How To Buy The Safest Meat And Make The Juiciest Steaks

October 23, 2014 - 1:22pm

The Cook's Illustrated Meat Book gives tips on how to shop for, store, season and cook meat. Why shouldn't you pack your burgers too tight? Two America's Test Kitchen editors explain.

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'Season Of The Witch' Shines A (Black)Light On The Occult In Rock

October 23, 2014 - 10:03am

Rock 'n' roll rebellion is mainstream today, but Peter Bebergal's new book summons a more shadowed past, when artists like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin brought an occult mystique to the music.

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Accentuate The Positive

October 23, 2014 - 9:55am

What do Beyoncé, André the Giant, and a soufflé have in common? Why, the accents in their names, bien sûr! The answers in this final round will be words, names, or phrases containing an accent.

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Very Confused TV Guide

October 23, 2014 - 9:55am

Have you ever been perplexed by the on-screen guide descriptions of your favorite TV shows? Us too. We serve up descriptions of shows, whose titles have been taken perhaps a bit too literally.

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IQ Test

October 23, 2014 - 9:55am

These words, names, and phrases contain the letters "IQ" consecutively somewhere inside of them. Does this somewhat oblique game pique your interest?

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Presidential Keywords

October 23, 2014 - 9:55am

U.S. Presidents spend years in office, but their tenure is often remembered in the mind of the public by a singular moment or trait. Given a keyword, you tell us which President it describes.

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It's A Snap

October 23, 2014 - 9:55am

This game has attitude — each answer is a word or phrase containing the word "snap." But extra coordination is required: substitute an actual *snap* of your fingers where it appears in the answer.

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Lake Street Dive: I Love The '90s

October 23, 2014 - 9:55am

As children of the '90s, the band's members best a "Name That Tune" round of the era's radio hits by correcting Jonathan Coulton's slightly wrecked lyrics. Plus: a performance of "Bad Self Portraits."

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Lake Street Dive: My Beautiful Balloon

October 23, 2014 - 9:55am

The soul-pop quartet behind Bad Self Portraits reveals its extraordinary talent of covering pop songs using, yes, party balloons. Can you guess the titles of these squeaky melodies?

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Celebrity Wedding Announcements

October 23, 2014 - 9:55am

How do you make a celebrity marriage work? We think it's all in the name. Imagine nuptials between two celebs whose paired surnames create a phrase: Keith Urban plus John Legend = Urban-Legend!

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Book News: Joan Didion's Life, As Seen On Kickstarter

October 23, 2014 - 9:46am

The nephew of the iconic essayist and novelist hopes to produce a documentary on her life, and he's turned to crowd-funding to make it happen. Also: There's been much ado about the dictionary lately.

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#ColorFacts: A Weird Little Lesson, In Rainbow Order

October 23, 2014 - 7:03am

Where'd the term "red tape" come from? Why are the Simpsons yellow? And is there a rhyme for orange? We answer these pressing questions — and more — in a new look at your old friend Roy G. Biv.

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'Republic Of Imagination' Sings The Praises Of Literature

October 23, 2014 - 7:03am

The author of Reading Lolita in Tehran returns, this time with a paean to the importance of literature in a democratic society. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says Azar Nafisi may be preaching to the choir.

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Herbie Hancock: 'On A Path To Find My Own Answer'

October 23, 2014 - 6:31am

In a candid interview, the ever-innovative pianist traces the lines between Buddhist chants, Sly Stone and Miles Davis, while shedding new light on some hard facts about his past.

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Glow-In-The-Dark Treats To Light Up Your Halloween

October 22, 2014 - 3:21pm

Two entrepreneurs have developed new tricks to make food that's literally illuminating, using ingredients that are as natural and unprocessed as possible. It's just basic food chemistry, folks.

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Disappearing Religions Charted In 'Heirs To Forgotten Kingdoms'

October 22, 2014 - 1:31pm

When Gerard Russell was a diplomat in the Middle East, he met followers of ancient religions facing extinction. His new book includes the origins of the Yazidis, who are fleeing the Islamic State.

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Book News: Just Months In, A Publisher That Promised Innovation Ends Its Run

October 22, 2014 - 9:51am

Atavist Books launched with aims of upending the print-first publishing model. Now it's announcing its plans to close. Meanwhile, partnerships between public libraries and airports are taking off.

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Better Off Red: 'War Dogs' Puts Marines On Mars

October 22, 2014 - 7:03am

Greg Bear's latest space adventure goes from the Earth to Mars and back again with a grizzled group of "Skyrines" (Sky Marines, get it?) on the trail of a mysterious alien treasure.

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Among The Young And Privileged In North Korea

October 22, 2014 - 4:33am

American journalist Suki Kim spent six months teaching English at a North Korean University that serves the sons of the elite. She chronicles her experience in a new book, Without You, There Is No Us.

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Amazon Deal With Simon & Schuster Raises Questions For Other Publishers

October 21, 2014 - 4:27pm

Amazon has received a fair amount of bad press lately over its long-running dispute with the Hachette publishing house. So Monday's announcement of a deal with Simon & Schuster took some industry watchers by surprise.

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