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'Shining City' Is Packed With Timely Thrills

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tom Rosenstiel — head of the American Press Institute — has written a novel about a political fixer who gets the biggest job of his career: Sanitizing a controversial Supreme Court nominee.

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How Hermann Rorschach's 'Inkblots' Took On A Life Of Their Own

Friday, February 17, 2017

These days, you're more likely to come across the concept of a Rorschach test in a cultural context than a clinical one. In a new book, author Damion Searls traces the history of the famous inkblots.

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Couple Moves On From Silence About Time In Japanese Internment Camps

Friday, February 17, 2017

This weekend marks the 75th anniversary of Franklin Roosevelt's executive order that led to the internment of Japanese-Americans. We hear from two people who were interned when they were children.

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Winston Churchill Ponders Extraterrestrial Life In Newly Discovered Essay

Friday, February 17, 2017

Astrophysicist Mario Livio discusses a recently unearthed essay written by Winston Churchill in 1939. Churchill wrote about the possibility of space travel and life on other planets.

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When Reality Is More Intense Than Psychedelics: Strand Of Oaks On 'Hard Love'

Friday, February 17, 2017

Musician Timothy Showalter, a.k.a. Strand of Oaks, spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep about his new album and embracing life for what it is, even when things don't go so well.

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Zach Galifianakis Says 'Baskets' Isn't For Everyone, 'And That Was The Point'

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The comic plays a clown school dropout who finds work with a rodeo. He describes the show as "a weird mix" of drama and comedy. "It's an acquired taste," he says.

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Gay Journalist Leaves The Left Behind And Embraces A 'Brand New Conservative'

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Journalist Chadwick Moore says he's coming out. He's not coming out as gay — he did that a long time ago. Instead, Moore says he's abandoned the political left and has found a home on the right.

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Chef José Andrés To Close Restaurants For The 'Day Without Immigrants'

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The celebrity chef will shut five of his restaurants Thursday. It's part of a national boycott calling on immigrants not to go to work in response to President Trump's immigration policies.

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Transcript And Analysis: Trump And Netanyahu Hold Joint Press Conference

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Israeli prime minister met with President Trump on Wednesday. NPR journalists have annotated their remarks made during a midday news conference.

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'Respect' Wasn't A Feminist Anthem Until Aretha Franklin Made It One

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Today, Franklin's recording of "Respect" is definitive. But when she recorded it on Valentine's Day 1967, it was a radical gender-bending of Otis Redding's original.

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What Do You Want To Know About Pandemics? Submit A Question

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

We're running a series on the rise of killer viruses. If there's something you'd like to know, ask us. We'll answer reader queries in an upcoming story.

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'Game Of Thrones' Composer Ramin Djawadi On Melodies That Stick

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

While preparing to take the Game Of Thrones concert experience on the road this spring, Djawadi spoke with NPR's David Greene about his composing process. He says it all starts with a hum.

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'There Is No Good Card For This': What To Say When 'Condolences' Isn't Enough

Monday, February 13, 2017

Have you ever struggled with how to be there for a friend in pain? If so, you're not alone. Illustrator Emily McDowell says her new book is a "guide for how to show up ... after you've sent the card."

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What You Do When Your Small Pet Pig Grows Up

Sunday, February 12, 2017

What would you do if you wanted a small pet pig, but then it grew into a 650-pound pet pig? If you're Steve Jenkins, you name her Esther and build her an animal sanctuary.

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'Next Door' Neighbors Gradually Learn To Get Along In Post-Apartheid Cape Town

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Yewande Omotoso's new novel follows two South African widows in their 80s: Hortensia is black, Marion is white and both are set in their ways.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber Has 4 Musicals On Broadway — At The Same Time

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber hit a milestone this past week. He's the first since Rodgers and Hammerstein to have four musicals running simultaneously on Broadway.

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After Wowing Pharrell, Maggie Rogers Delivers Her Pop Thesis

Sunday, February 12, 2017

In 2016, a video of Pharrell Williams being floored by one of Rogers' demos went viral. She tells Lulu Garcia-Navarro how she arrived at a sound that marries acoustic folk to electronic production.

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DJ Betto Arcos Shares His Musical Finds From The Panama Jazz Festival

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The globetrotting world-music maven returns to weekends on All Things Considered with an armload of records.

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'Lincoln In The Bardo' Pictures An American Saint Of Sorrow

Saturday, February 11, 2017

George Saunders — acknowledged as a master of the short story — moves into novel form with Lincoln in the Bardo, a supernatural tale of President Lincoln grieving the death of his son Willie.

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After A Stroke At 33, A Writer Relies On Journals To Piece Together Her Own Story

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The stroke left Christine Hyung-Oak Lee unable remember things for more than 15 minutes. As she slowly got better, she was surprised to find that grief and recovery were inextricably linked.

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