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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 …

PHOTOS: Harlem Wizards charity basketball game

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hundreds of people filled the Concord High School gymnasium Tuesday night for a Harlem Wizards fundraiser event. The event, hosted by Laconia and Concord firefighters, raised money to help pay for the cancer treatment of Steph Riley, wife …

Jennifer Lawrence: Privacy loss takes heavy toll

Monday, November 17, 2014

Jennifer Lawrence said she knew being a movie star would bring with it a certain loss of privacy. What she didn’t know, she said, was the deep emotional and even physical toll it would take. “I knew the …

Review: Hugh Jackman stars in wistful ‘The River’

Monday, November 17, 2014

Those who find they haven’t really a taste for Jez Butterworth’s latest, enigmatic play will find a diversion to keep them happy – a cooking demonstration by Hugh Jackman. The talented star of the wistful and haunted The …

Melissa Etheridge changes everything

Sunday, November 16, 2014

In the past year, Melissa Etheridge changed everything. She got married (to Nurse Jackie co-creator Linda Wallem), left her management team, left her record label and founded a new one, and released the steamy, soulful This is M.E. …

‘Beautiful You’ feels phoned-in

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Chuck Palahniuk is something of a devilish demigod in gross-out social satire. Over the years, his signature attention to minutiae and his generous hand with carnal humor in books such as Fight Club and Choke have broadened his …

Review: Richard Ford brings back Frank Bascombe

Sunday, November 16, 2014

When the final novel in the Frank Bascombe trilogy was published in 2007, its author made it plain that a fourth book about the introspective sportswriter-turned-real estate broker wasn’t even a remote possibility. But now, seven years later …

Healing words in ‘Small Victories’

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fans of author Anne Lamott know reading her work is like finding a favorite sweater from the depths of the closet on the first crisp fall day: warm, comforting, familiar and easy. Her new book, Small Victories: Spotting …

Bob Hope’s lasting legacy of more than laughs

Sunday, November 16, 2014

While today he may be thought of with misgivings, if at all, Bob Hope reigned for much of the last century as America’s wisecracking avatar of comedy. By the time he died in 2003 at age 100, Hope …

Preston & Childs return with ‘Blue Labyrinth’

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A family secret more than 100 years old comes back to haunt FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast in Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s latest thriller, Blue Labyrinth. A knock on Pendergast’s door propels the story when it’s opened …

Hockney biographer publishes second, final volume

Sunday, November 16, 2014

More than halfway through the second volume of his vivid, intimate biography of British artist David Hockney, Christopher Simon Sykes describes the moment in the 1980s when Hockney discovers the creative possibilities of the photocopy machine. A natural …