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Longtime NPR radio host Diane Rehm discusses her memoir On My Own about her late husband's battle with Parkinson's disease, and her involvement in the right-to-die movement. Journalist Ellen McGirt and Richard Gray, director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, discuss what factors contribute to the lack of racial diversity in corporate America, and why black men and women make up less than 5% of the executives in the Fortune 100. Gail Lumet Buckley talks about uncovering the lives of former slaves, professionals and civil rights activists, including her mother, actress Lena Horne, when she investigated her family ancestry.
We're Jazzing Up Our Meals with Infusions. Join Us!
New York Times columnist Melissa Clark returns to talk about our infusions listener challenge! She gave us easy DIY recipes to brighten winter meals, including infused vinegar, preserved lemons and garlic hot sauce. Check out what our listeners have sent us so far and submit your own photos here. Check out Melissa Clark's latest infusion recipes: Preserved Lemons with Chiles and Star Anise Time: 10 minutes plus 1 month 8 lemons 1 cup kosher salt Juice of 3 to 4 lemons 1 to 2 star anise pods 6 dried chile de arbol or other dried rec chiles 1. Scrub lemons. Trim ends of the lemons, quarter lengthwise almost to the ends, but leaving quarters still attached at one end. Remove the seeds. Rub insides of lemons with salt, about 2 tablespoons per lemon. 2. Pack then into clean quart-sized jar, squishing lemons down to bottom. Add fresh lemon juice to cover lemons completely. Add anise pods and chiles. 3. Cover jar and leave out on counter for about a week, giving the jar a turn every day or so to help dissolve the salt. Let jar sit in fridge for another month or so, with an occasional turn and shake. Will keep refrigerated for at least a year. Israeli Couscous Salad with Apricots and Preserved Lemon Time: 15 minutes Serves 12 3 cups Israeli (aka pearl) couscous, whole-wheat or regular 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 2 tablespoons sherry or white wine vinegar 3/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt, more to taste 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 3/4 cup chopped dried apricots 3/4 cup torn fresh mint leaves 2/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh dill 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, more to taste 1/2 cup chopped scallion, white and light green parts 2 1/2 tablespoons chopped preserved lemon Fresh lemon juice, to taste Chopped pistachio nuts, for garnish (optional) 1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add couscous and cook until just tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain. 2. Meanwhile, in a small dry skillet, toast cumin seeds until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Lightly crush them in a mortar and a pestle (or use the flat side of a heavy knife and a cutting board). Add to a bowl with the warm couscous, vinegar, salt and pepper and toss well. When the couscous is cool, add remaining ingredients and mix well. Taste and add more salt, lemon juice, and/or oil if needed.
A Deep Dive into Dips and Snacks for Super Bowl Sunday
Are you ready for some snacking? Dan Pashman, host of WNYC's The Sporkful podcast gives us the lowdown on essential Super Bowl snacks - from the best tortilla chips for guacamole and salsa, to the art, science and etiquette of nachos. Also see: The Leonard Lopate Show's Compendium of Dips! Event: Dan Pashman returns to The Greene Space for a live taping of The Sporkful podcast on March 24. Ticket and show information can be found here.
Bottle Shock: Uncovering Counterfeiting and Crime in the Wine Industry
Christine Haughney, senior investigations editor at Zero Point Zero Productions, discusses her Food Republic series that dives into "Wine Crimes." From the $300,000 thefts of wine at Thomas Keller's The French Laundry in Napa Valley, to burgeoning criminal cells across Europe that are now manufacturing fake wines, to the story of Rudy Kurniawan, who was sentenced to ten years in prison for operating a massive counterfeiting scheme in the United States.
Harassment, Unconscious Bias and the Reality for Women Working in Tech
Trae Vassallo, an independent investor and strategic advisor to Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, joins Rachel Sklar, writer and co-founder of The Li.st, to discuss Vassallo's recent study on sexism in the tech industry called, "Elephant in the Valley." The survey reveals the experiences of women working at major tech companies such as Apple and Google and looks at the bias and sexual harassment professional women face on a daily basis. Event: The Li.st is presenting an event on income inequality in relationships featuring panelists and financial experts on Feb 10th at LMHQ (150 Broadway, 20th Floor).
The Irish Financial Crisis, as Told by an Introverted Banker and a Desperate Author
Irish author Paul Murray talks about his latest novel The Mark and the Void which has been hailed as a brilliant satire of the banking crisis in Ireland that coincided with the Great Recession of 2008.
How have climate change and globalization affected the spread of disease? Columbia University virologist and professor of epidemiology Dr. Stephen Morse joins us to discuss the Zika virus and global pandemics. He'll also tell us how Zika differs from SARS and Ebola.
Philip Glass on his Music, Career and the Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert
Composer Philip Glass talks about his long career in music, as well his role as artistic director of the 26th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert. This year's line-up features musicians including Gogol Bordello, Iggy Pop, FKA twigs and Sharon Jones. Event: The 26th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert will be held on February 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at Carnegie Hall. Tickets are available online through Carnegie Hall.
Diane Rehm on her Career, Widowhood, and Championing the Right to Die
Longtime NPR radio host Diane Rehm joins us to discuss her memoir On My Own about her late husband's battle with Parkinson's disease and how she rebuilt her life without him after 54 years of marriage. She writes about the practical challenges, emotional pain and her involvement in the right-to-die movement. Event: Diane Rehm will be signing copies of her book and she'll be joined in conversation by WNYC's Anna Sale, host of the Death, Sex & Money podcast, on February 3rd at 7 p.m. at Strand Books (828 Broadway at 12th Street).