Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 4:33 pm
The last time NPR's Audie Cornish spoke with Jake Gyllenhaal it was in the fall of 2013. They met on the set of the film Nightcrawler, and at the time, the tabloids were talking about how much weight he'd lost for the role. Cornish remembers he was gaunt, his blue eyes were sunken in â€” and he didn't blink.
I never actually had my grandmother's strudel, but for years I was obsessed with it.
She died when I was 4, so I only know about it from my mom. But she tells me that my babina, or grandmother, would pull and coax a ball of dough on the back of her hands, until it stretched so thin that she could pull it over an entire pingpong table covered with a floured tablecloth.
A congressional race that sounds like the plot of a crime movie is playing out in Staten Island, N.Y. Republican Congressman Michael Grimm went undercover as 'Mikey Suits' when he was an FBI agent. Now Grimm is the one facing a 20-count federal indictment. But despite the charges, Grimm stands a decent chance of being reelected next week.
Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 3:59 pm
Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th U.S. president, doesn't get much respect. He's remembered, if at all, for losing the popular vote in 1876 but winning the presidency through Electoral College maneuvering. That gave rise to his nickname, "Rutherfraud."
But there's one place where Hayes stands as a historical heavyweight: in the tiny South American nation of Paraguay.
In fact, an industrial city on the banks of the Paraguay River is named Villa Hayes â€” Spanish for "Hayesville" â€” in his honor.