Arts & Life


Thu May 28, 2015
The Salt

Cod Comeback: How The North Sea Fishery Bounced Back From The Brink

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 5:46 pm

Fish for sale in the fish market in Fraserburgh, Scotland.
Ari Shapiro/NPR

Cod love the icy cold waters of the North Sea — and British people love eating cod.

But a decade ago, it looked like people were eating the fish to the brink of collapse. Now the trend has turned around, and the cod are coming back.

We pick up this fish tale, which seems to be on its way to a happy ending, at an early morning fish auction in Fraserburgh, Scotland, where buyers and sellers are lined up alongside hundreds of boxes containing cod, hake, monkfish, sole and every other kind of fish you can imagine from the North Sea.

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Thu May 28, 2015
The Salt

Something's Spawning On Appalachia's Forest Farms

The Maslowskis love to cook, and with each mushroom harvest, they invent new recipes. One of their favorite dishes is Hungarian mushroom soup.
Courtesy of Susan Maslowski

Many farmers in Appalachia are cultivating food not in big open fields but deep in the forest — where ramps, hazelnuts and maple trees for syrup thrive.

But some would like to see the region producing even more forest-grown products — in particular, mushrooms — to meet growing demand at specialty food stores and restaurants that serve local ingredients.

The catch? Cultivating mushrooms is labor-intensive, and if you want to sell them to the public, you'll need to show proof that they're edible and safe.

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Thu May 28, 2015
The Salt

Why A Journalist Scammed The Media Into Spreading Bad Chocolate Science

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 4:17 pm

Eating a chocolate bar daily can help you lose weight? Sorry, that study was a sweet lie — part of an elaborate hoax to school the news media about proper nutrition science journalism.

Earlier this spring, headlines around the world trumpeted an exciting bit of news that seemed too good to be true: "Eating that bar of chocolate can HELP you lose weight," as Britain's Daily Mail put it.

From India to Australia and Texas to Germany, news organizations shared findings published in the International Archives of Medicine in late March.

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Thu May 28, 2015
Movie Interviews

David Oyelowo On Acting, His Royal Roots And The One Role He Won't Take

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 2:33 pm

David Oyelowo plays an American Army veteran living with his mother in HBO's Nightingale.

If actor David Oyelowo projects a regal air, it's one he comes by naturally. Born in England to Nigerian parents, Oyelowo's father had always told him that theirs was a royal family, a claim the actor initially discounted.

"I was like, 'Yeah, whatever,' " Oyelowo tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. But then the family moved back to Nigeria where they lived on a street named after his family and the actor realized that his father had not been joking.

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Thu May 28, 2015
The Two-Way

'Trigger Mortis': New Bond Novel Brings Back Pussy Galore

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 3:37 pm

A return to Pussy Galore's golden days: Honor Blackman, who played the character on screen in Goldfinger, poses with the original Bond, Sean Connery.
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What kind of birthday gift do you get a man who has everything? It's a well-worn riddle — and one that gets all the more difficult if the man in question happens to have died a half-century ago.

Luckily for Ian Fleming, today's 107-year-old birthday boy and the creator of James Bond, novelist Anthony Horowitz knows just the gift: a reunion with an old friend.

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