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Darina Allen: A celebration of the humble spud

This week’s column is a celebration of the potato — the super versatile, super nutritious and super cool tuber often referred to as the humble spud. Somehow, despite its many virtues, the potato has m... read more

Ranking the 50 Greatest Dunks in NBA Slam Dunk Contest History

In another tribute to the little guys, it's time to hit Spud Webb. The 5'7" wonder participated ... Yet what impresses me is how humble Richardson was following the dunk. He had a little quiet celebra... read more

The Passing of Respected Broadcaster Alan Saunders

It is with sadness that Radio National announces that Alan Saunders, presenter of The Philosopher’s Zone passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 15, 2012. Alan Saunders hosted a highly unusual forum ... read more

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Shake Appeal: Summer Reading Edition

Shake Appeal is a column that highlights new garage and garage-adjacent releases. Evan Minsker is on vacation, so he asked a bunch of artists he likes to offer their summer reading recommendations: bo... read more

Jeremy Lin and the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

I loved seeing his teammates’ celebration, since Jeremy has obviously won their hearts with his courage and kindness. I did not love the belittling comments. Now, I’m always reticent to cry “racism,” ... read more

The 100 Most Entertaining Athletes of All Time

Brandi Chastain is best known for one celebration. After scoring the game-winning goal ... Despite standing only six feet tall, Allen Iverson became one of the greatest scorers in basketball history a... read more


That's what we have at work, a cluster, it's lovely here and that's our official title. We also get to sell... ... leave. The Beeb is very like a military operated unit, holidays are always referred t... read more

Plant spuds with NZ Gardener's expert advice

The United Nations declared 2008 International Year of the Potato and NZ Gardener has joined the crusade in support of the humble spud with expert growing advice in its October issue. "Potatoes can go ... read more

About Last Night

Both statements are true as far as they go: Boise is as green as Dublin, while Idaho’s chief cash crop is so esteemed around these parts that you can even buy a tuber-shaped candy bar called the Idaho ... read more

Norwich Arts Centre

John Hegley is best known for writing poems about dogs, glasses and potatoes but the bespectacled bard showed a far greater range as he entertained fans at Norwich Arts Centre with songs and poems old ... read more

Bishop and Goodes: the likely outcomes are so wrong

In both the case of Bronwyn Bishop and of Adam Goodes our passions have been aroused, and in both cases the likely outcomes are so wrong. How is it that Bishop could stay in her job while Goodes may n... read more

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