Tue April 1, 2014

Dance Music Legend Frankie Knuckles Dies At 59

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 8:45 am

Frankie Knuckles in 2007.
Getty Images

Frankie Knuckles, a legend in the world of dance music and one of the inventors of house music, a steady, beat-driven style played in nightclubs all over the world, died unexpectedly at his Chicago home on Monday. He was 59.

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Mon March 31, 2014


Sat March 29, 2014
marc on the blue

'Big Joe' Williams Belted The Blues With A Gritty Intensity

“Big Joe” Williams pounded out the Blues, usually on a nine string guitar of his own design. Despite a very raw, unpolished and proto-Punk sound, he seldom failed to win over an audience.

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Tue March 25, 2014
The Salt

Can You Open A Bottle Of Wine With A Shoe? Yes, But It Ain't Pretty

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 3:31 pm

My attempt at opening a wine bottle with a tennis shoe.
Maggie Starbard/NPR

There's a rumor swirling around on the Internet: If you have a bottle of wine, but no corkscrew with which to open it, then a shoe will do the trick nicely.


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Mon March 24, 2014
The Salt

Gastrodiplomacy: Cooking Up A Tasty Lesson On War And Peace

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 2:45 pm

Here's one way to get students talking about global affairs: Teach it through food.

It's often said that the closest interaction many Americans have with other countries' cultures is through food. That kind of culinary diplomacy is particularly common in Washington, D.C., where immigrants from all over the world have cooked up a diverse food scene.

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