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In California, the 2004 Paid Family Leave Act provides new mothers six partially paid weeks of bonding time with their children.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In Armenia, saying “let’s eat,” translates to “let’s eat bread.” That’s because bread is the foundation of every meal.

from Good Food

The fall and winter holidays are approaching, so you might find yourself wondering what to bring to parties. Writer Thalassa Skinner suggests reviving the art of the cheese board.

Pro tips on creating the perfect holiday cheese board

The fall and winter holidays are approaching, so you might find yourself wondering what to bring to parties. Writer Thalassa Skinner suggests reviving the art of the cheese board.

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Lynda Barry and Chris Ware discuss the culture of comics, and their new books,   Making Comics   and   Rusty Brown  .

Lynda Barry and Chris Ware: Making Comics and Rusty Brown

Lynda Barry and Chris Ware discuss the culture of comics, and their new books,  Making Comics  and  Rusty Brown .

from Bookworm

One of the best known Oaxacan restaurants is Guelaguetza in Koreatown. Fernando Lopez opened it in 1994.

Guelaguetza co-owner on Oaxaca’s family-focused traditions and making mole

One of the best known Oaxacan restaurants is Guelaguetza in Koreatown. Fernando Lopez opened it in 1994.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Writer Nick Neely walked 650 miles from July to November 2016, starting in San Diego and ending in San Francisco. He followed the route that   Gaspar de Portolá created in 1769.

Writer retraces a Spanish explorer’s journey from San Diego to San Francisco

Writer Nick Neely walked 650 miles from July to November 2016, starting in San Diego and ending in San Francisco. He followed the route that Gaspar de Portolá created in 1769.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In 1994, Fernando Lopez and Maria Monterrubio opened the doors of a humble restaurant on 8th St. in LA’s Koreatown. There were four items on the menu at Guelaguetza at the time.

Telling the story of Guelaguetza, 25 years in the making

In 1994, Fernando Lopez and Maria Monterrubio opened the doors of a humble restaurant on 8th St. in LA’s Koreatown. There were four items on the menu at Guelaguetza at the time.

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Stanford grad and LA Times columnist Joel Stein goes to the best parties, and rubs shoulders with Moby, Rob Reiner, and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Writer Joel Stein wants Ivy League-educated, TED talk-loving elites to take back America

Stanford grad and LA Times columnist Joel Stein goes to the best parties, and rubs shoulders with Moby, Rob Reiner, and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

John Freeman and Robin Coste Lewis discuss  Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on California .

John Freeman and Robin Coste Lewis Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on California

John Freeman and Robin Coste Lewis discuss  Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on California .

from Bookworm

In the new novel “A Door in the Earth,” journalist-turned-author Amy Waldman takes an unspearing look at the do-gooder narrative.

‘A Door in the Earth’ looks at the downside of American idealism

In the new novel “A Door in the Earth,” journalist-turned-author Amy Waldman takes an unspearing look at the do-gooder narrative.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In 1970, Julia Child made a surprising admission on her show, “The French Chef.” She said didn’t understand how the Italians assemble lasagna.

America’s love affair with lasagna

In 1970, Julia Child made a surprising admission on her show, “The French Chef.” She said didn’t understand how the Italians assemble lasagna.

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Two years before the housing market collapsed in 2008, Donald Trump said, “I sort of hope that happens because then, people like me would go in and buy.” Well, people like him did.

How a small group of men made millions while the rest of us lost our homes

Two years before the housing market collapsed in 2008, Donald Trump said, “I sort of hope that happens because then, people like me would go in and buy.” Well, people like him did.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Journalist Kate Pickert was 35 when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer.

Breast cancer: Lots of attention, little understanding

Journalist Kate Pickert was 35 when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In tribute, from the archives, a conversation with Harold Bloom (1930-2019) in his apartment to talk about his book, The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the King…

Harold Bloom: The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible

In tribute, from the archives, a conversation with Harold Bloom (1930-2019) in his apartment to talk about his book, The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the King…

from Bookworm

Before social media gave us targeted ads and we could have curated boxes of things shipped right to our doors, we had to be wooed by a jingle or snappy commercial.

‘I can’t believe I ate the whole thing’ and other stories from the golden years of advertising

Before social media gave us targeted ads and we could have curated boxes of things shipped right to our doors, we had to be wooed by a jingle or snappy commercial.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Jonathan Van Ness is the grooming expert on Netflix’s “   Queer Eye   ,” a podcast host, gymnastics and figure skating    superfan   , and now an author.

‘Queer Eye’ star Jonathan Van Ness on sexual abuse and self-worth

Jonathan Van Ness is the grooming expert on Netflix’s “ Queer Eye ,” a podcast host, gymnastics and figure skating superfan , and now an author.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Chef Josef Centeno says one thing’s for sure about Tex-Mex: it’s inauthentic.

Blending cultures and honoring immigrants through Tex-Mex cuisine

Chef Josef Centeno says one thing’s for sure about Tex-Mex: it’s inauthentic.

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Ivan Orkin  is the chef and restaurateur behind  Ivan Ramen    in New York.

An outsider perspective on Japanese home cooking

Ivan Orkin is the chef and restaurateur behind Ivan Ramen  in New York.

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Benjamin Moser’s Sontag: Her Life and Work is interested in the writing and ideas of Susan Sontag.

Benjamin Moser: Sontag: Her Life and Work

Benjamin Moser’s Sontag: Her Life and Work is interested in the writing and ideas of Susan Sontag.

from Bookworm

For some pizza obsessives, an ideal pie might involve a wood-fired oven and an ultra-thin crust.

Crispy, chewy, and cheesy—pan pizza is having a moment

For some pizza obsessives, an ideal pie might involve a wood-fired oven and an ultra-thin crust.

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