M/cloudy
34°
M/cloudy
Hi 50° | Lo 33°

Do, See, Taste

In Serial podcast, a lesson on looking past first judgments

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Serial podcast is a narrative about a narrative. That narrative, told incrementally in weekly installments as part of a spinoff project from the team at the weekly public radio show This American Life, is about a murder trial centered on a group of teenagers in suburban Baltimore in 1999. That narrative, importantly, is about real people – a fact …

Riveting series looks forward, back

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Better flavor, higher price tag when it comes to local turkeys in New Hampshire

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Inside the bed of a Chevy pickup truck, 25 broad-breasted white turkeys gobbled loudly, their all-too-familiar fate a few hours away. The flock was part …

The Insiders: We’re tooting our own horn – but it’s for a fantastic cause

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

We’re not usually ones to toot our own horn, which is good because neither of us has a ton of musical ability and it would probably sound like some sort of sick animal. But we can’t help but …

At NEC’s downtown Concord location, an invitation to jam

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Open mic opportunities abound in Concord, but with clanking glasses, spilled food and happy chatter, the music can be relegated to background noise. And sometimes, that might be a good thing. But Larry Taylor, director of New England …

Comedian Morgan was in coma after crash

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan was in a coma for days with a traumatic brain injury after a highway crash in which his van was struck from behind by a Wal-Mart truck five months ago, according to his lawyer. Morgan, …

Television / Movies: Have ‘Daily Show’ vets surpassed ‘SNL’?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

As Foxcatcher hits theaters tomorrow, everyone is buzzing about Steve Carell’s big dramatic debut, not to mention his prosthetic nose (which is how you know this role has Oscar potential). He plays the real-life character of John du …

Even nut haters may like cookies with pine nuts

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Much as I love a good nut, I almost universally hate nuts in baked goods. Not in brownies. Not in chocolate chip cookies. Certainly not in banana bread or carrot cake. I’ve had this aversion since I was …

Sweet celebration

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

During college, I took a class on global populations and food (affectionately known as “pops and crops”). I’m sure it was a fine class, but really only one lesson has stuck with me in the 25 years since. …

McDonald’s won’t buy Simplot’s GMO potato

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.’s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company’s oldest business partners – McDonald’s – hasn’t. The Idaho Statesman reports that the fast-food giant says it doesn’t use genetically modified potatoes and has no plans to change …

Venezuela cooks world’s largest Christmas hallaca

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Venezuelans may be struggling with shortages of basic food items, but Christmas treats were in abundant supply Saturday. With some help from the Ministry of Nutrition, some cooks set a record for making the world’s biggest hallaca, Venezuela’s …

Ray Duckler: Families who adopt kindness are honored at the State House

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Joan Shaw, the guest speaker, draped her right arm around 11-year-old CC, her left around Cheyenne, 10. Trust, Shaw said from the podium, came slowly, as did love, affection and anything else the girls lost during early childhood. …

The Insiders: You can learn how the magic of the ‘Insider’ isn’t as cool as the magic of Andrew Pinard tonight

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Just like magic, the Insider appears in subscribers’ newspapers Tuesday and on newsstands Wednesday every week. We’d tell you how we do that, but a real magician never reveals his secrets (or the names of the circulation department employees who deliver the newspaper). If you want to test …