Arts & Life


Tue January 22, 2013
The Salt

The Inaugural Food Scene In 12 Bites

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 7:32 am

The restaurant Equinox served a Sunday brunch on Jan. 20 featuring courses inspired by President Obama and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s favorite foods, including this salad of citrus cured arctic char with watermelon radish, mache leaves and lobster vinaigrette.
Daniel M.N. Turner Daniel M.N. Turner / NPR

Uptown and downtown in D.C. this weekend, some 600,000 people or so celebrated President Obama's second inauguration. And they were hungry.

Reflecting the president's message of diversity, city chefs and caterers turned out everything from highbrow brunches featuring smoked salmon and eggs Benedict to a luau, complete with leis and a spit-roasted pig. And there were plenty of hot dogs and chicken and waffles to be found between the balls.

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Tue January 22, 2013
Tina Brown's Must-Reads

Tina Brown's Must-Reads: Hidden Lives

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 8:06 am

Longtime CIA agent and counterintelligence agent Jeanne Vertefeuille, pictured at center, was instrumental in uncovering undercover agents, or moles, within the organization in the 1980s and '90s.
Central Intelligence Agency

Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of Newsweek and The Daily Beast, occasionally joins Morning Edition to talk about what she's been reading for a feature we call "Word of Mouth." This month, she recommends a trio of stories on people who've led hidden and often extraordinary lives — a businesswoman and technological giant who started life in Chinese re-education camps, a billionaire investor and education reformer whose personal experiences are too big for a series of ghostwriters, and a CIA agent whose job was to find a story among piles of forgotten documents.

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Mon January 21, 2013
The Salt

The 'Ace Of Cakes' Next Challenge: The Inaugural Ball Cake

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 6:41 am

Elena Fox from Charm City Cakes works on a layer of the official cake for the Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball.
Courtesy of Charm City Cakes

How do you get picked to bake the inaugural cake? Is there a long application process that involves standardized tests, or is it more like the Publishers Clearing House, where someone surprises you at your door with a camera crew?

Duff Goldman says he's still not sure how it happened.

"They called us out of the blue," he says. "I got a text message from my office manager saying, 'Hey, we're making the official inaugural cake.' "

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Mon January 21, 2013
Series: Losing Ground

Single Parenthood: A Major Factor In Poverty

Angel Castro's son, Aaron, 3, watches a movie while Castro feeds his sister, Alexis, 17 months, at their Englewood, CO apartment. Castro, 28, a single mother relying heavily on public assistance, quit her part-time job after losing childcare for the two
Joe Mahoney The iNews Network

Angel Castro’s days teeter between determination and desperation. She is 28, impoverished, scarred from a chaotic childhood and adolescence, raising two young children alone.

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Mon January 21, 2013
Arts & Life

Aretha Franklin Was Already Famous, But Her Hat-Maker Wasn't

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 10:54 am

At the Jan. 20, 2009, inauguration of President Obama, Aretha Franklin's hat nearly stole the show. Her chapeau became a sensation, and made its creator, 36-year-old Luke Song, famous overnight.
Ron Edmonds AP

After the first Obama inauguration, everybody talked about three things: the historic moment, the Arctic weather — and Aretha Franklin's hat.

If it is possible for a piece of millinery to steal the thunder of one of the most-watched moments in recent memory, the Queen of Soul's hat managed to do it. Her gray felt cloche was topped with a giant, matching bow, outlined in rhinestones that flashed in the chill sunlight as she sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee."

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