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Week of July 12, 2015

whole hog at Wilbur's Barbecue

Barbecue

July 12, 2015

Supersized slabs of juicy ribs cooked over a wood fire until the meat slides right off the bone. Food doesn't get more American than barbecue. It's part of our roots. And it's tangled up in our racial history. In this hour, we celebrate barbecue and explore its secret history.

  1. Barbecue: America's National Folk Food

    John T. Edge is the Director of the Southern Foodways Alliance and a James Beard Award-winning writer. He says we're living in a Golden Age of barbecue and he talks about barbecue's troubled racial history.

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  2. The Queen of Barbecue

    Helen Turrner is the "Queen of Barbecue," the owner and pitmaster of Helen's Bar-B-Q in Brownsville, Tennessee. She's one of the few women pitmasters.

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  3. Barbecue and Racism

    Historian Andrew Warnes is the author of "Savage Barbecue: Race, Culture, and the Invention of America's First Food." He talks about the undercurrents of racism in the history of barbecue.

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  4. KC BBQ

    Doug Worgul works for Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que in Olathe, Kansas. He's also a writer and the author of a barbecue novel called, "Thin Blue Smoke." He explains what makes Kansas City style barbecue different from other styles.

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  5. Man Alive!: Struck by Barbecue

    How's this for a novel premise? Owen Lerner is a pediatric psychiatrist. One day, he's struck by lightning. He survives but he has a new obsession -- with barbecue. That's the premise behind Mary Kay Zuravleff's novel, "Man Alive!" She talks about its inspiration and the book's themes.

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Future Faces (Updated)

July 12, 2015

There's more to your face than what you see in the mirror. There's a mathematics to your face that can be used to identify you. There's a complex web of muscles and nerves and bone. In this hour, surgeons, artists, models, and software experts decode the face and speculate about its future.

  1. The NSA Wants Your Faceprint - Do You Know Why?

    Did you hear the news about the NSA collecting thousands of photos of faces every day, as part of a facial recognition effort? The New York Times' Natasha Singer gives us an update on the state of facial recognition.

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  2. Artist Uses Makeup To Fool Surveillance Cameras

    So if you want to protect your privacy when you’re online or on the street, what do you do? Photographer Adam Harvey is developing a DIY solution...

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  3. Former Model Tells The Story Of Her Face

    One future that most of face is seeing someone in the mirror we don’t quite recognize. Here’s Donna McNeil’s story about facing aging.

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  4. Meet The Surgeon Behind The World's First Complete Facial Transplant

    There’s an emerging option for people with severe facial disfigurements. The first facial transplant happened in France in 2006. Since then about 30 people have undergone the grueling surgery. In 2012, Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez led a team at the University of Maryland Medical Center that attempted the most extensive face transplant yet.

    You can also listen to the extended interview with Dr. Rodriguez.

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  5. Photographer Faces His Future

    Phil Toledano was worried about the future.  So he decided to look it in the face.  He took a DNA test and hired a special effects makeup artist to help him become different versions of his future self.  Then he staged photos.  They're the subject of a new book, MAYBE, and a new film. 

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