Wed March 12, 2014
The Salt

Water-To-Wine Machine Sound Too Good To Be True? It Is

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 2:01 pm

Philip James, Chairman of CustomVine, and Kevin Boyer, President and CEO of CustomVine, film a video to promote The Miracle Machine, which turns water into wine with the use of an app.
Courtesy of The Miracle Machine

Think a machine that can turn water into wine is too good to be true? Well, it turns out, it is.

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Fri March 7, 2014
The Salt

Why We Should Quit Tossing Fish Heads And Eat 'Em Up Instead. Yum!

The head of a cabezon fish prepared by the author.
Alastair Bland for NPR

About a decade ago, I backpacked the coastal desert of Baja California, Mexico, feasting daily on snapper and corvina that I caught and grilled whole over driftwood beach fires.

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Fri March 7, 2014

The Soul Of The World's Most Expensive Violin

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 9:39 am

Anne Akiko Meyers, with her recently acquired Guarneri violin, at NPR's Studio 1.
Jim Tuttle NPR

The Vieuxtemps Guarneri is a violin that is older than the United States of America — 273 years old, to be exact. It recently became the most expensive violin in the world, selling for an estimated $16 million. Its new owner anonymously donated the historic instrument to violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, on loan for the rest of her life.

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Thu March 6, 2014
The Salt

Moo-d Music: Do Cows Really Prefer Slow Jams?

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 1:46 pm

The Ingenues, an all-girl band and vaudeville act, serenade the cows in the University of Wisconsin, Madison's dairy barn in 1930. The show was apparently part of an experiment to see whether the soothing strains of music boosted the cows' milk production.
Angus B. McVicar/Wisconsin Historical Society

When it's time to buckle down and focus, plenty of office workers will put on headphones to help them drown out distractions and be more productive. But can music also help dairy cows get down to business?

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Wed March 5, 2014
Music Interviews

The Legend Of Linda Perhacs, 'A Most Unlikely Rock Star'

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 9:54 am

Linda Perhacs' second album, The Soul of All Natural Things, comes 44 years after an inauspicious debut that bloomed into a cult favorite.
Courtesy of the artist