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12:50pm

Thu November 7, 2013
Author Interviews

Roy Choi's Tacos Channel LA And The Immigrant Experience

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 2:24 pm

Chef Roy Choi was named Food and Wine Magazine's Best New Chef in 2010.
Bobby Fisher Courtesy of Harper Collins

Roy Choi is a chef who's celebrated for food that isn't fancy. He's one of the founders of the food truck movement, where instead of hot dogs or ice cream, more unusual, gourmet dishes are prepared and sold. His Kogi trucks specialize in tacos filled with Korean barbecue.

Choi was born in South Korea in 1970 and moved to Los Angeles with his parents at the age of 2. His parents owned a Korean restaurant near Anaheim for a few years when he was a child. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that his mother had some serious cooking talent.

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12:04pm

Thu November 7, 2013
Book Reviews

'Self-Help Messiah' Dale Carnegie Gets A Second Life In Print

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 12:50 pm

Courtesy of Other Press

"Make the other person feel important." "Let the other fellow feel that the idea is his." "Make people like you." Those are some of the peppy commands that have sent generations of Americans out into the world, determined to win friends and influence people — oh, and make big bucks.

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12:39pm

Wed November 6, 2013
The Fresh Air Interview

Vince Giordano: The Fresh Air Interview

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 2:42 pm

Boardwalk Empire features music by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.
Abbot Genser HBO

If you love jazz and pop from the 1920s and '30s, you might already love the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, set in Atlantic City during Prohibition. The music played throughout the show is performed by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, and a second album of music from the series was recently released.

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12:10pm

Tue November 5, 2013
Author Interviews

Sales Take Center Stage: To Boost Morale, Companies Burst Into Song

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 6:47 am

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Steve Young learned about industrial musicals when he started coming across compilations, like this one, in used record stores. (You definitely want to click to enlarge this.)
Courtesy of Blast Books

Why would someone write a sentimental ballad about a bathroom? For the same reason someone would write a rousing song about tractors: So the song could be used in what's called an industrial musical.

These musicals were like Broadway shows, but they were written and performed for corporate sales meetings and conventions from the 1950s to the 1980s. The lyrics were all about the products being sold and how to sell them. Some of them were lavish and costly, even though they'd be performed only once.

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12:56pm

Mon November 4, 2013
Book Reviews

Female Friendship Puts 'New' Angle On Italian Classism And Machismo

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 6:46 am

The Story Of A New Name Book Cover

Some writers you read and move on, but every now and then you read one whose work knocks you back against the wall. This happened to me with the great Italian novelist Elena Ferrante.

I first encountered her through her scalding 2002 novel, The Days Of Abandonment, whose narrator, Olga, may be the scariest jilted wife since Medea. What makes Olga scary is not what she does, but what she thinks and feels, and her ferocious precision in describing everything from lousy sexual encounters to her not-altogether-maternal feelings about her children.

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