Michele Vargas

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How Texas Changed, And Changed The Nation, Since JFK

Texas wasn't exactly a backwater in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, but it wasn't the economic and political powerhouse that it has become today.<p>Over the past 50 years, three of the nation's presidents have hailed from Texas.<p>"For the past few decades, Texas …

A 'Marriage', A Divorce, A Dying Dog And Essays Done Right

Pity the poor essay collection. Unlike its close, more creative neighbor — the short story collection — or its snooty relation, The Novel, the humble essay collection is the wallflower of the literary world. And, when an essay collection is composed — as Ann Patchett's new volume partly is — of …

Fresh Air Weekend: Bruce Dern, Booker Ervin And 'Hyperbole And A Half'

<i>Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This</b> …

Fresh Air Remembers 'Golden Notebook' Author Doris Lessing

Novelist and essayist Doris Lessing died Sunday at the age of 94.<p>Lessing won the Nobel Prize in 2007. She lived in England most of her life, but she grew up in southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.<p>Lessing often addressed racism and colonialism in her writing, including in a series of novels about a …

Writers Especially Concerned About NSA Actions

While polls show many Americans are uneasy with government actions revealed by NSA leaker Edward Snowden, one profession in particular seems to be alarmed. A new survey of professional writers finds them much more concerned than the general public. An organization of writers says that a large …

How Writer Doris Lessing Didn't Want To Be Remembered

In the course of a long and eventful life, author Doris Lessing was many things.<p>She was a mother — and a self-described "house mother" for a procession of starving artists, writers and political refugees. She was a refugee herself, from bourgeois respectability in 1940s Rhodesia. She was a …

MAVEN Lifts Off On Nearly Half-Billion-Mile Trip To Mars

NASA's MAVEN explorer blasted off Monday on the first leg of its 440-million-mile journey to Mars, where scientists hope it will answer an ancient question: why the red planet went from warm and wet to cold and dry in a matter of just a billion years.<p>The robot orbiter, called the Mars Atmosphere …

What Makes A Health Plan Obamacare-Compliant?

Many people have been notified by their insurers that their health plans are being cancelled to meet benchmarks in the Affordable Care Act requiring coverage of a broader range of treatments. Robert Siegel talks to Karen Pollitz, senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation, about what makes …

Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds

Could the microbes that inhabit our guts help explain that old idea of "gut feelings?" There's growing evidence that gut bacteria really might influence our minds.<p>"I'm always by profession a skeptic," says Dr. Emeran Mayer, a professor of medicine and psychiatry at the University of California, Los …

Kennedy Assassination Becomes Part Of Popular Culture

This week, we'll be hearing about presidential legacies — both involving anniversaries. On Tuesday, 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln gave the speech he is most known for — honoring the soldiers who fought at Gettysburg. Also this week, on Friday, marks the 50th anniversary of the …

Authors Tell Untold Story Of Sioux Warrior Red Cloud

A new biography chronicles the extraordinary life of the Sioux warrior Red Cloud. In the 1860's, when settlers were encroaching on Sioux territory, he led — and won — a two-year war against the U.S. Renee Montagne talks with authors Bob Drury and Tom Clavin about the book, <i>The Heart of Everything</i> …

6 Tips for Eating on a Very Tight Budget

(Image credit: Steve Lovegrove/Shutterstock)<p>Marisa Miller, a former chef and mother of two, once lived a life filled with food and the security of a …

A Thanksgiving Dinner Party: Turkey, Tips, and Aperitifs

It is Sunday morning and I am in the kitchen, slightly out of breath, still in my pajamas, wielding a massive serrated knife. I am breaking down turkey bones for stock, and I sound like a lumberjack. The Frenchman comes in to investigate. He finds me, arms extended over the sink, clutching a wing …

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Orange Cream Cheese Icing

<i>Every other Friday,</i> <i>Yossy Arefi from Apt. 2B Baking Co.</i> <i>shares dessert projects that demand a little extra time and effort. Because your weekends should always be sweet.</i><p><i>Today: Cinnamon rolls like you have never seen them before: with pumpkin, cream cheese, and more cream cheese.</i><p>Chilly weekend …

9 Savory Pies for Anytime

We're going to keep this short and sweet, because you've got pies to eat. Make that short and savory. For those of you who are new around these parts, we've got a bit of a pie obsession going on. Whether they're individual or for a hungry hoard, pies are perfectly suitable for any meal, any time of …

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Open Thread: What's Your Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish?

In case our Thanksgiving Survival Guide didn't tip you off, we're deep into Thanksgiving mode here at SE, and with the holiday comes a lot of capital-F Feelings. Specifically, feelings about which side dish is the best. Here's a sampling of the responses I got when I casually threw the question out …

10 Easy Cranberry Sauce Recipes for Thanksgiving

Gallery10 Easy Cranberry Sauce Recipes for Thanksgiving<p>When it comes to Thanksgiving, there are the canned cranberry sauce vigilantes, and to them, we respectfully leave the gelatinous cylinders. These recipes are for those who prefer their relish tangy and homemade, smacking with the flavor of …

How to make a Thanksgiving centerpiece (and eat it afterwards)

For the Thanksgiving dinner I'm sharing with you this week, I wanted a really lush centerpiece, one that celebrated the beauty of the fall harvest …

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