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Diane Orson

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Download Faith Middleton's Couscous Recipe Kit 2010 as a PDF file by clicking here.

Faith Middleton's Couscous Recipe Kit 2010 features eight recipes, including:

Just in time for Yankee Magazine’s 75th anniversary.  A brand-new collection of more than 150 easy and delicious recipes from New England’s finest cooks, just for your kitchen!

Go Mad With Dumbo Gets Mad

Feb 10, 2011

On the Needle Drop this week, we're serving up new tracks from Fleet Foxes and Vivian Girls; plus, a review of the new Cloud Nothings album.

We'll also be looking into new releases from Braids, John Vanderslice, and Dumbo Gets Mad.

Singularity 101

Feb 8, 2011
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It could be all the coffee I drank this morning, but I think I have an observation that combines the concept of singularity -- the moment at which artificial intelligence or scientifically modified human intelligence becomes smarter than anything that has ever lived on earth -- with the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl victory.  

Finally a book that combines the fresh, exuberant flavors of great Italian food with the ease and comfort of a slow cooker. Michele Scicolone, a best-selling author and an authority on Italian cooking, shows how good ingredients and simple techniques can lift the usual “crockpot” fare into the dimension of fine food.

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Today we'll be analyzing the commercials from last night's Super Bowl. Why? Because, as one writer for Salon.com put it, "We all accept the Super Bowl as less of a game than a pop culture nexus point -- a place where the American self-image asserts itself with familiar rituals ... while cautiously acknowledging the present and looking to the future. The Super Bowl's expansive and awkward mix of performers, images, products and messages is a spectacle of its own."

The Great Hartford Fire Department

Feb 5, 2011

In 1783, many Connecticut residents gathered around the State House on Main Street in Hartford, CT to celebrate the end of the Revolutionary War with a huge bonfire. To everyone’s surprise, some of the burning embers set fire to the roof of the State House.  Although the building survived it was so badly damaged that a new one had to be built leading to the erection of the structure we know as the Old State House today.  

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Movies are usually beautiful lies. If you want to learn about history, read a history book. The most a movie can do is kind of light you up, in a vague way, about its historical subject. You watch "Gandhi," maybe you get why Gandhi was such a big deal.

American Chinatown

Feb 4, 2011
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There's a kind of madness overtaking us.

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Billings Forge is reshaping Hartford’s Frog Hollow neighborhood through the arts, historic preservation, farm to table food, and affordable housing.

New Music and an Interview With VIMTV

Feb 2, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we scope new tracks from Dumbo Gets Mad and Times New Viking. We also sample new LPs from Deerhoof and Destroyer. The guys from Velocities In Music stop by for a little interview, too!

Whether they're served cold, pan-fried until crunchy, or simmered in soup, noodles are a major part of Asia's cuisine. Each country has its own signature dish, from China's Pork Lo Mein to Thailand's Pad Thai to Japan's Yaki-Soba, and the noodles themselves might be made from wheat, rice, or even mung beans. All these dishes have one thing in common, though: They're uniformly delicious. And now, thanks to noted Asian cooking expert Helen Chen, they're a snap to prepare at home. 

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