Arts

My Guilty Pleasure
6:03 am
Mon August 13, 2012

You'd Have To Be Psycho To Not Pass This 'Test'

Carol Rifka Brunt is author of Tell the Wolves I'm Home.

There's this moment in Jon Ronson's book The Psychopath Test that caught me completely off guard. It comes a little less than halfway through, shortly after he's outlined the 20-point psychopath checklist. I'd read through the list and although most didn't really apply to me there were a handful that gave me pause: "Item 3: ... proneness to boredom," "Item 13: Lack of realistic long-term goals," "Item 15: Irresponsibility."

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Crime In The City
2:28 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Sleuthing Through The Shadows In Sunny Honolulu

For author Victoria Kneubuhl, the lost world of old Hawaii casts a long shadow. But through her writing, she says, readers can see that world again.
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Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 3:23 am

Honolulu, on the lush, green island of Oahu, is paradise for surfers and sunbathers — but author Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl sets her mysteries in a darker, more sinister version of the tourist mecca.

"I think that juxtaposition between things that are horrible and terrible happening in a beautiful setting adds a lot of tension and depth to things," she tells NPR's Renee Montagne.

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Author Interviews
4:51 am
Sun August 12, 2012

This Election Season, Vote 'Sneaky Pie For President'

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Best-selling author Rita Mae Brown, pictured here in 1993, is know for her "Sister" Jane and Mrs. Murphy mystery series.
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Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 9:34 am

There are many election-related books you could choose to help you endure the final months of the presidential race, from desk-pounding policy proposals to thick, shelf-crushing biographies.

Or, you could turn to Sneaky Pie.

Now, full disclosure, Sneaky Pie is a cat, and she's usually solving mysteries as the main character in Rita Mae Brown's bestselling Mrs. Murphy series.

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'Weekend Edition's' Taste Of Summer
4:51 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Summer Wine: Look For Light, Bright And Affordable

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Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 8:40 am

Before the summer slips away, we raise a glass to hot August nights — and their perfect wine pairings. A good summer wine will be "light, bright and affordable," Leslie Sbrocco, author of The Simple and Savvy Wine Guide, tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer.

Whether you're on the beach, on the go or at the grill, Sbrocco offers recommendations for affordable reds and whites under $25.

When You're On The Go ...

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Americandy: Sweet Land Of Liberty
4:51 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Chukar Cherries Offers A Year-Round Taste Of Summer

Chukar Cherries uses 250,000 pounds of cherries annually in its candies and other treats. The company dries them all over just a few weeks each summer.
Melisa Goh NPR

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 11:01 pm

Over the course of just a few sun-soaked weeks every summer, Chukar Cherries in central Washington state dries 250,000 pounds of fresh cherries.

"It's almost like going into your mom's kitchen and she's just taken a cherry pie out of the oven," says co-owner J.T. Montgomery. "A little bit like that."

Not surprisingly, the dried fruit goes into lots of Chukar Cherries' products, including the company's most popular: chewy, semi-dried cherries, rolled in oval nuggets of chocolate.

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