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Teaching 'The Art of Kissing'
Cover for 'The Art of Kissing'

Michael Christian actually wrote a book on a subject most would think you would have to learn by doing. The author of The Art of Kissing toured college campuses and gave tutorials on this ancient craft. He shares a few pointers with NPR's Alex Chadwick on how to kiss better.

» Study: Majority Kisses to the Right


Recording Captures Couple's Tender Moment
Debora Brakarz and Michael Wolmetz

Eavesdrop on young sweethearts in a quiet place in the middle of New York's Grand Central Terminal. The conversation between Debora Brakarz and Michael Wolmetz, featured on Weekend Edition Saturday, is part of an oral history project. Hear an extended version plus other tales of love from the StoryCorps recording booth.
February 14, 2004

Common Literary Elements of Silly Love Songs

Day to Day technology maven Xeni Jardin reports on how a University of Pennsylvania writing instructor is teaching her students the common literary elements found in simple pop songs from the '70s and '80s, classic love poems, and sonnets.
February 13, 2004

The Seven Deadly Sins: Lust
The Seven Deadly Sins. Image: Melody Kokoszka

Michael Christian actually wrote a book on a subject most would think you would have to learn by doing. The author of The Art of Kissing toured college campuses and gave tutorials on this ancient craft. He shares a few pointers with NPR's Alex Chadwick on how to kiss better.
February 13, 2003

Aphrodisiacs: The History of Food & Love

With Valentine's Day in mind, essayist Bonny Wolf takes a humorous look at some foods that have been historically credited with enhancing sexual appetites.
February 8, 2004

'Candy: The Sweet History'
'Candy: The Sweet History' Book Cover. Courtesy Collectors Press, 2003

Nowadays, most of us regard candy as a guilty pleasure, but during the Great Depression, sugary confections were marketed as healthy and inexpensive meals. That's just one of the interesting tidbits author Beth Kimmerle shares in her new book, Candy: The Sweet History.

» Commentary: A Candy-Obsessed Life

October 31, 2003

The Language of Love

Poet Nikki Giovanni is known for her ability to express feelings of love through the written word. She talks about her art with NPR's Tavis Smiley.

» The Lost Art of Love Letters

Feb. 14, 2003

The Musically Inspiring 'Romeo and Juliet'
'West Side Story' album cover.

Romeo and Juliet's love story has inspired composers throughout the ages. Commentator Miles Hoffman takes NPR's Bob Edwards on a romantic journey through the music influenced by Shakespeare's tragic couple.
February 14, 2003

An African-American Take on Love

Commentator Michael Eric Dyson and NPR's Tavis Smiley look at the expressions of romantic love in the African-American community.
February 13, 2003

Say it with Flowers: Behind the Business of Love

What's the busiest time of year for florists? How important is Valentine's Day for the flower business? Does the price of roses really drop after Feb. 14? The Motley Fool brothers stop and smell the roses with 1-800-Flowers CEO and Chairman Jim McCann.
February 7, 2003

Romance Novel Cover Stories
'The Look of Love' book cover. Courtesy Princeton Architectural Press

Their titles promised tales of love, but it was their enticing cover illustrations that sold the paperbacks. Morning Edition explores how the covers of romance novels have changed along with readers' tastes over the decades.

» The Popularity of Romance Novels

February 14, 2002

Creating a Higher Chocolate Consciousness
A variety of cacao pods. Credit: Ten Speed Press

Is there something godlike about chocolate? The Aztecs thought so. Today, chocolate is often considered common and consumed worldwide. But chocolate connoisseurs are trying to elevate the cacao bean back to its former elite status.

» Taste-Testing Tips for Chocolate Lovers

June 25, 2002




   
   
   
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Commentary

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Be Mine
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Funny Valentine
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'Why We Love'
A new book examines the chemistry of romantic attraction.