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3:03 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Berlin's 'Tropical Islands': Vacationing Inside A Dome

At Berlin's Tropical Islands, sandy beaches line the tropical sea, and a backdrop of a sky makes visitors forget they're inside a dome...almost.
Tam Eastley for NPR Berlin

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 10:43 am

Last year when I was on my way to Spreewald, I saw a sign on the side of the autobahn for Tropical Islands.

Ever since, I've been dying to go. When I bugged my friends to come with me and explained to them what it was, most would raise their eyebrow and give me an odd look.

But a few weeks ago, I finally went, and I just can't get the Tropical Islands out of my head.

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Kitchen Window
12:26 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Just A Pinch Of Thought Brightens Fruit Salad

T. Susan Chang for NPR

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 12:28 am

Around the time I was just old enough to know how to cook but still young enough to have some free time, I started throwing brunch parties. The menu was always the same. I would bake a braided challah or Belgian waffles or blueberry muffins or all three. (This was show-off food, since none of my other friends had yet developed an interest in baking.) I'd prepare some mimosas and strong coffee. And then, in a weak and chinless nod to better nutrition, I would make a fruit salad.

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Recipes
12:24 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Crunchy Coconut-Berry Salad

T. Susan Chang for NPR

This incredibly fast salad from The Sunset Cookbook by Sunset Books and Margo True (Oxmoor House 2010) plays on a sharp contrast of textures – ripe berries, crunchy jicama and brittle toasted coconut. You can find the fat slivers of sliced dried coconut (sometimes called "coconut flakes") at health food and natural foods stores. Otherwise, substitute shredded coconut, but take care as it will toast more quickly.

Serves 6

3/4 cup unsweetened sliced dried coconut

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons honey

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Recipes
12:24 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Citrus Salad With Rose Water

T. Susan Chang for NPR

This salad is loosely adapted from May Bsisu's The Arab Table: Recipes & Culinary Traditions (William Morrow 2005). Cutting out the fruit segments is a messy job, but not terribly difficult and well worth the trouble. Is it worth the trouble to blanch the pistachio nuts? Up to you. I like it because it gives you a lovely, brilliant green contrast to the sunset colors of the fruit. But they would probably taste just as good unblanched.

Makes 4 servings

2 tablespoons rose water

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

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Recipes
12:24 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Thai Melon Salad

T. Susan Chang for NPR

Raising the Salad Bar by Catherine Walthers (Lake Isle Press 2007) remains one of my favorite salad books years after its publication. This melon salad, which I just discovered, is embarrassingly, thoroughly addictive. Go for dry-roasted salted peanuts — the ones where the salt falls right off in your fingers in a powder. The saltiness just makes the melons taste more sweet. If you have three varieties of melon, use them. I only used watermelon and honeydew because that's what I had on hand, and they were phenomenal just like that.

Makes 2 servings

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The Record
12:03 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Clear Channel Will Be The First To Pay Royalties For Music On Its Air

Tim McGraw (left) and Scott Borchetta, CEO of Big Machine Label Group, at a press conference in Nashville last month announcing McGraw's signing to the label.
Royce DeGrie WireImage

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:40 pm

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Sweetness And Light
10:03 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

The Language of Baseball: In Is Out And Foul Is Fair

Pittsburgh Pirates fans reach for a foul ball hit into the stands by Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals in the seventh inning of a game in Pittsburgh.
Keith Srakocic AP

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 8:14 am

Baseball historians continue to poke around in the 19th century to better explain how the game was originated and developed, but I've always wondered if one of the prime movers wasn't a student of Shakespeare.

While I certainly don't know the terminology of all ball games, the popular ones I'm aware of — everything from basketball and football to golf and tennis — all use some variations of the words in and out when determining whether the ball is playable.

Only baseball is different.

"Fair is foul and foul is fair; Hover through the fog and filthy air."

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Planet Money
8:58 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Episode 378: How Spain Created A Banking Monster

A bunch of troubled little Spanish banks got together and became Bankia, a troubled big Spanish bank.
Pierre-Phillippe Marcou AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 11:08 am

On today's show, we take you backstage in Spain's banking mess, the latest front in the never ending financial crisis that is Europe.

It's the story of how a group of people tried to fix a problem, but wound up creating a banking monster.

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Shots - Health Blog
8:33 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Putting Fear In Your Ears: What Makes Music Sound Scary

Susan Backlinie swims as the great white shark rises toward her in publicity art for the 1975 film Jaws.
Universal/Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 3:24 pm

DUH-duh ... DUH-duh ... DUH-duh!

Like those ominous bars of music signaling the approaching shark in Jaws, some of the most recognizable film scores were designed to terrify us.

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Election 2012
8:02 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

As GOP Cashes In, Democrats Search For Billionaires

President Obama at a Democratic Party election fundraiser in Chicago on June 1.
Jason Reed Reuters/Landov

The big story of this year's election campaign is big money. Since the Supreme Court, through its Citizens United ruling, has made it easier for corporations, unions and rich individuals to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money, Republicans have seized the advantage.

Right now, an analysis by NPR finds that Republican allied groups are outspending their Democratic counterparts by 8 to 1.

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