On his newest album, Hi-Fly, Sachal Vasandani pays tribute to jazz pioneers such as George Gershwin and Jon Hendricks, and also showcases some of his own music. A self-described "nice Indian kid from Chicago," Vasandani says his parents helped instill in him a love for jazz, but that they've always broadened his horizons, too.
An Urban County Council panel has been told that those EPA-mandated improvements to the city's sewer system will result in a doubling, or even tripling of customer sewer bills over the next decade. The Lexington Herald Leader reports that estimates range anywhere from $540 million to $814 million to fix the city's overwhelmed storm-water and sewer systems.
Thousands of votes poured in from NPR Music listeners in our poll for the best music of the year (so far). In the end, The Decemberists' album The King Is Dead was the clear winner, followed by Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues, Adele's 21 and Bon Iver's Bon Iver. Radiohead's The King of Limbs rounded out the Top 5.
The U.N. General Assembly voted unanimously to keep Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for another five-year term.
The AP reports:
The 192-member assembly gave the 67-year-old South Korean diplomat another five years at the helm of the U.N. by voice vote. They applauded loudly as assembly president Joseph Deiss banged his gavel and proclaimed Ban's appointment to a new term starting Jan. 1.
One poor emperor penguin took a wrong turn and ended up in New Zealand instead of Antarctica — a 2,000-mile detour. How exceptional is it for a penguin to get this lost? The last time people in New Zealand saw a penguin on their beaches was 1967.
Conservation experts say the bird is a juvenile, about 10 months old and 32in (80cm) tall. Emperor penguins are the tallest and largest of all penguin species, growing up to 4ft (122cm) high and weighing more than 75lb (34kg).
I adore this recipe from The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook (Sasquatch Books 2009). There, the authors suggest using pork, chicken, beef or shrimp). All are delicious, but just to see how it would turn out, I tried using extra-firm tofu. It's great, so that's what I've included here. If you decide to use meat (and I recommend you do, sometime, if you're a meat eater), freeze it for 30 minutes or so and then cut it into 1/8-inch-thick slices.
Makes 2 servings (to double, stir-fry in 2 batches for best results)
Time now for our home-viewing segment — movie critic Bob Mondello's recommendations for film buffs who like to pop their own popcorn and pop in a DVD. This week, he's touting Cedar Rapids, a comedy that was just in theaters a few weeks ago.
To be completely honest, I would find it hard to do without noodles. If I had to go gluten-free, noodles would almost certainly be the deal breaker. Giving up bread would be hard, and beer, even harder. But going without noodles? That would really sink my battleship. So, out of fellow-feeling for my gluten-free friends, who endure what I sometimes think of as a permanent Lent, I have been giving some thought to a life without wheat that is still not a life without noodles.