The Salt
1:06 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Estonia's Fake Chocolate: Born Of Necessity, Reborn In Nostalgia

courtesy Kalev

Some of the world's most interesting food products have been born out of the innovation that comes with deprivation. Take chicory, for example. It's a trendy New Orleans coffee blend you can buy anywhere now, but it was first used during the Civil War when those caffeinated beans were scarce.

And when chocolate became scarce in Estonia and other Baltic states during a supply crisis in the 1970s, an enterprising company stepped into the breach with a substitute chocolate bar.

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The Exchange
1:04 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

New Hampshire's Immigration Story: What We've Learned

J. Stephen Conn via Flickr Creative Commons

We conclude our series on New Hampshire’s Immigration Story.  Over the past year, we’ve examined our immigrant past -- from that first encounter between Native Americans and Europeans to how newcomers shape our communities today… their contributions, their struggles, and the conflicts that come up.  We’ll look at what we’ve learned…and how our immigration story is still being written.


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Drawing Winners
12:33 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

And the Winner Is...

The winner of a pair of two tickets to see Crosby, Stills and Nash is:

Kathleen Vigil, Bedford, NH

Thanks to all who have supported NHPR during the Merry Month of May!

The Two-Way
12:31 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Massive Arrests Follow Student Protests Across Canada

Montreal police and protesters face off on Wednesday during a demonstration against student tuition hikes.
Andre Tremblay AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 1:30 pm

Protests in Montreal and Quebec resulted in the arrest of almost 700 people overnight.

The Toronto Star reports that the demonstrators protested tuition fee increases and they've been ongoing for about three months. But, yesterday, police rounded up hundreds of protesters — 518 in Montreal alone.

The Star reports:

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Drawing Winners
12:26 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

And the Winner Is...

The winners of the Notchland Inn vacation and White Mountains Value pass are:

Sustaining members Bradley & Kate Engel, Milford NH

Thanks to all who have supported NHPR during the Merry Month of May!

13.7: Cosmos And Culture
12:25 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Can Children Know, At Age 2, They Were Born The 'Wrong Sex'?


Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 10:23 am

Kathryn's Dad thought she was going through a tomboy phase. Kathryn's Mom suspected it might be something more. From the age of two onwards, Kathryn herself was utterly certain: "I am a boy," the child insisted.

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Krulwich Wonders...
12:11 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Do Plants Smell Other Plants? This One Does, Then Strangles What It Smells

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 3:35 pm

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Monkey See
12:03 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Cannes Diary: Audacious 'Motors,' But Not Much Of A 'Road' Trip

James Gandolfini is a hard-partying hit man in Killing Them Softly, which critic Raj Ranade says is "a tight, melancholy mob thriller."
Melinda Sue Gordon Metropolitan Filmexport

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 4:07 pm

The movies at the Cannes Film Festival are really bringing the house down — no, actually, that was the thunderstorm.

Having to cope with the elements, of course, makes the press corps think they're Werner Herzog hacking through the jungle with a machete. "Oh, you waited in line for the Resnais for an hour in the rain? I waited an hour and a half for the Kiarostami — and I didn't even have any snacks."

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Music Interviews
12:02 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

How Wes Anderson Soundtracks His Movies

Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman star in Wes Anderson's latest film, Moonrise Kingdom.
Courtesy of Focus Features

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 4:28 pm

If you see the new Wes Anderson movie Moonrise Kingdom, you'll hear background music from composers Benjamin Britten and Alexandre Desplat, as well as several songs from Hank Williams.

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11:53 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Transgender Athlete Competes For Olympic Spot

Keelin Godsey competes as a woman but lives as a man, says reporter Pablo Torre.
Al Tielemans Sports Illustrated

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 11:41 pm

A central question of gender and sports is facing officials as they prepare for London's Summer Olympics: In a system that segregates athletic competition by sex for reasons of fairness, where do transgender athletes fit?

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