Ben Crystal

Ben Crystal is the co-author of Shakespeare's Words (Penguin 2002) and The Shakespeare Miscellany (Penguin 2005) and the author of Shakespeare on Toast-- Getting a Taste for the Bard (Icon, 2008). More

Ben Crystal is an actor and writer. He co-wrote Shakespeare's Words (Penguin 2002) and The Shakespeare Miscellany (Penguin 2005) with his father, David Crystal, and his first solo book, Shakespeare on Toast--Getting a Taste for the Bard (Icon, 2008), attempts to make Shakespeare's works accessible without dumbing them down, and was shortlisted for the 2010 Educational Writer of the Year Award. He regularly gives talks about the Bard and runs workshops on performing Shakespeare around the world. His latest book Sorry, I'm British! was published by Oneworld in 2010. He lives in London and online at www.bencrystal.com

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Adventures in Legal Weed

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What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

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Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

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Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

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Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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