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When it comes to America's approach to food, poet Maya Angelou says too much rushing around -- and too many rules -- are enough to crush good cooking. Eating good food, she says, should be a time to enlighten the spirit.

Talking with Morning Edition guest host Don Gonyea about the food of her childhood in Stamps, Ark., Angelou says her family always ate vegetables from her grandmother's garden.

If there's one kind of book that you'd think might be safe from the digital revolution it's the cookbook.

It's hard to imagine how the Web could replicate a cookbook's well-organized recipes or enticing illustrations -- and, of course, a book doesn't freeze or short out after a cooking accident. And cookbooks make the perfect gift for the foodie on anyone's list, which is why they're a mainstay of publishing at this time of year.

On the whole, far less attention is paid to women's team sports than to women's individual sports. The most recognized female stars are invariably tennis players, swimmers, skiers –– whereas most popular male heroes are team players.

After all, these guys are on our teams. They're playing for us. Women's teams have never enjoyed that sense of the possessive.

Richard Holbrooke, an American diplomat who covered many of the globe's trouble spots in a career spanning nearly a half-century, died Monday. The U.S. special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan suffered a tear in his aorta and collapsed on Friday while at the State Department. He had been hospitalized since. He was 69.

If you know Anthony Mackie, you probably know him as "the black guy from The Hurt Locker" -- the tightly wound sergeant butting heads with a rule-breaking bomb tech. Since then, he's landed roles in a slew of films; some are still in post-production, but one -- Night Catches Us -- is playing in art-house theaters now.

There was a time, not so long ago, when chain bookstores had a pretty bad reputation. Barnes & Noble and Borders were seen as predators eager to destroy local booksellers -- and neighborhood bookstores were weathering threats from all sides. Megastores like Costco started selling bestsellers and encroaching on local shops. Then came a little company called Amazon, and the rise of online book buying. The indies were struggling to make ends meet, and many had to close their doors.

Update at 9:15 a.m. ET: We've added some material from Morning Edition's report to this post, as well as an audio clip at the end and a little background on the current proposal.

One sticking point in the ongoing debate over taxes in Washington is the question of estate taxes.

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house ... harried hosts were bracing themselves for an onslaught of in-laws and out-of-town relatives. But chef Nigella Lawson insists that entertaining doesn't have to be stressful, and has some simple solutions for holiday hosts.

Lawson's most recent cookbook, Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home, is filled with inventive recipes. She talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about the secrets behind some quick appetizers, drinks and desserts that are sure to please the guests.

Bud Norton was a restless young man in the 1940s, when he was growing up in Kansas. And he often made his life into an adventure. As he tells his nephew, Tim Locher, "I ran away about once a week."

Norton's escapes never lasted long. "They'd always find me on the schoolground playing basketball," he says, "or I'd come home after dark, and my mom always left the back door open."

In one episode, Norton had some company when he ran away -- he and some other boys had decided that they should visit the West Coast.

While most military personnel see no problem serving with openly gay comrades, some military chaplains are bristling. Many of the 3,000 chaplains are evangelical and believe repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy may affect how they do their jobs.

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