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For A British Man, Fighting ISIS Was Simply The Right Thing To Do

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Macer Gifford — an alias he uses to protect his family — left his job as a financial trader in London to fight ISIS in Syria. He lost much of what he had, but says he never regretted his decision.

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This Weekend, 'Caminar' Navigates Horrors With Poetry

Sunday, June 21, 2015

In this installment of our Weekend Reads series, author Meg Medina selects Skila Brown's novel in poems Caminar, which follows a young boy who survives the slaughter of his village in Guatemala.

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After Years Of Blackouts, A Writer Remembers What She 'Drank To Forget'

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sarah Hepola's memoir Blackout is filled with stories that are both funny and tragic — about how she'd drink to excess, and then try to piece it all together the following day.

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'Lester, You Changed Our Lives': Channeling Bangs In 'How To Be a Rock Critic'

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Husband-wife team Erik Jensen and Jessica Blank talk about their play based on the life and writings of legendary rock scribe Lester Bangs.

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From Civilian To Spy: How An Average Guy Helped Bust A Russian Agent

Saturday, June 20, 2015

You'd think spying on the Russians would require some training, but Naveed Jamali had none. "Probably some Magnum P.I. episodes and a few movies here and there," he says. "That was about it."

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Son Lux, The Perennial One-Man Band, On Teaming Up

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Lott discusses the long journey to Bones, his fourth studio album and first with a permanent band.

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Survival Is Insufficient: 'Station Eleven' Preserves Art After The Apocalypse

Saturday, June 20, 2015

In Emily St. John Mandel's novel, Station Eleven, a Shakespearean troupe clings to scraps of civilization after a deadly pandemic. Mandel and NPR's Scott Simon talk about art at the end of the world.

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All In The Family: Father-Son Pairings In Jazz

Friday, June 19, 2015

In honor of Father's Day, Christian McBride, host of NPR's Jazz Night In America, stops by for a conversation about jazz families — starting with saxophonist Joshua Redman and his father, Dewey.

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Q&A: Shigeru Miyamoto On The Origins Of Nintendo's Famous Characters

Friday, June 19, 2015

Shigeru Miyamoto created many of Nintendo's iconic video game franchises. In an NPR interview, he spoke about how his famous characters came to be and how his life experiences inspire his creations.

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'I'm So Proud To Have You As A Daughter'

Friday, June 19, 2015

An immigrant from Haiti talks with his high-IQ daughter about his love for her, and why he works so hard to provide for her education.

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'Sadness Is Like A Superhero': Amy Poehler On Pixar's 'Inside Out'

Friday, June 19, 2015

The movie, directed by Pete Docter, follows the five emotions inside an 11-year-old's head. Poehler plays Joy, but she says Sadness' strength is she knows how to talk about loss.

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The Victims: 9 Were Slain At Charleston's Emanuel AME Church

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Pastors, parishioners, a coach, a librarian, a graduate: Authorities identify the nine people who were shot and killed during a Bible study at a Charleston, S.C., church on Wednesday night.

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From Dating Exhaustion To ... Flo Rida? Aziz Ansari Surveys 'Modern Romance'

Monday, June 15, 2015

The comic teamed up with a sociologist to write an overview of dating and relationships. His book explains online dating's paradox of choice and how we're all like a song by hip-hop artist Flo Rida.

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'You Couldn't Make This Stuff Up': Inside The Lives Of The 'China Rich'

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Kevin Kwan's novel China Rich Girlfriend is inspired by real, young Asian billionaires who live in the lap of luxury, spending fortunes on outfits and sports cars. "It's all ripe for parody," he says.

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'Man With The Golden Arm' Donates Blood That Has Saved 2 Million Babies

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Australian James Harrison, 78, has been donating blood for the past 60 years. His plasma contains a rare antibody for a vaccine that protects pregnant women and babies with incompatible blood types.

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The Hills Are Alive: Maria Schneider Lets Memory Guide The Music

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The jazz artist's latest album gets its tone not from her current life in New York, but from a childhood spent surrounded by Minnesota farmland.

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In Massachusetts Lab, Scientists Grow An Artificial Rat Limb

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The regenerated forelimb, made from living rat cells, may be the first step toward creating functional, bioartificial limbs. The scientists were thrilled to see the muscle fibers twitch.

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Shooting Barbs At The Stars: Kathy Griffin On Comedy And Intolerance

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The comedian says she doesn't hold back in her biting humor, but she does try to evolve with the times. She isn't calling herself an "F-word hag" these days — but she will joke about Caitlyn Jenner.

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Charlie Hunter: One Less String Attached

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Hunter's custom eight-string guitar now has seven, but it still produces a big, fat sound. Let The Bells Ring On features two jazz innovators: trombonist Curtis Fowlkes and drummer Bobby Previte.

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'Seven Good Years' Between The Birth Of A Son, Death Of A Father

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Israeli writer Etgar Keret wrote his first piece of nonfiction the day his son was born. Later, when his father became terminally ill, he decided to publish his essays as a "living tombstone."

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