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Halloween Sweet Talk (2005)


Happy National Candy Corn Day!

On this occasion we offer the Top 5 classic Halloween Candy stories from NPR’s archive, curated by Janel Kinlaw.  We kick off with Halloween Sweet Talk with Candyfreak author Steve Almond, which aired on Morning Edition in 2005. Further down the playlist, watch out for this 1987 advice from NY Times columnist Marian Burros “Let them stuff their little faces all Halloween eve …  and that’s it. ” Happy listening! (munch munch)


·         Ode to Candy Corn by Bonny Wolf, Weekend Edition 10/28/2007

·         Halloween Sweet Talk with Candyfreak Almond, interview with Candyfreak author Steve Almond, Morning Edition 10/28/2005

·         Top Cities for Trick Or Treating 2010, interview with Richard Florida, Weekend Edition, 10/31/2010

·         Throw Out All Leftover Halloween Candy, Susan Stamberg interviews Marian Burros, Weekend Edition, 11/1/1987

·         Dentist Buys Kids’ Halloween Candy, interview with Dr. Stephen Berger, All Things Considered, 11/1/1988

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From Bullseye with Jesse Thorn from NPR:

Nick Offerman is a man accustomed to being recognized. As Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, he sports one of the most revered moustaches in recent television history.

It would be easy to conflate Offerman with Swanson. They’re both masculine, moustachioed men with a penchant for carpentry, but Offerman is quick to distinguish himself from his civil servant counterpart. He credits the writers of the show for giving Swanson possession of larger-than-life quirks, such as the ability to ingest mountains of bacon or guzzle moonshine by the jug. Offerman, however, has a much more relatable story to tell.

He grew up in small town Illinois and studied theatre in college before performing in several Chicago-based theatre and improv companies. He joins us to talk about his rural roots, why woodworking has remained an important part of his life (and not an affectation), and the public perception of Ron Swanson as the personification of manliness.

Nick Offerman’s new book of essays is Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living. You can also catch him on the sixth season of Parks and Recreation, airing now.

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