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Bird Of A Feather: Rudresh Mahanthappa On Learning From Charlie Parker

Sunday, February 08, 2015

There are no Parker tunes on the sax player's latest album, Bird Calls, but it's a tribute nonetheless.

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Live-Blogging The Grammy Awards

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson get together for the seventh time to live blog the Grammy Awards.

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Obama's 'Body Man' Looks Back On His Presidential Education

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Reggie Love went from playing sports at Duke to working as Barack Obama's personal assistant. His new memoir, Power Forward, describes what he learned on the campaign trail and in the White House.

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What Do We Do 'In The Shadows?' Dishes, Mostly

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Jemaine Clement, famed Flight of the Conchords member, is now a vampire. He and co-star/director Taika Waititi play squabbling bloodsucker flatmates in the new mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows.

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JD McPherson: A Walk On The Psych Side Of Early Rock 'N' Roll

Sunday, February 08, 2015

JD McPherson discusses his latest album, Let the Good Times Roll, and how the sonic experimentation associated with 1960s rock was really birthed a decade earlier.

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'War Rugs' Reflect Afghanistan's Long History With Conflict

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Afghanistan has suffered through decades of war. The modern history of violence has seeped into the nation's ancient art of rug making — rugs now feature imagery of tanks, AK-47s and U.S. drones.

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We Went From Hunter-Gatherers To Space Explorers, But Are We Happier?

Saturday, February 07, 2015

In his book Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari packs the history of humanity into 400 pages. "In some areas we've done amazingly well," the historian says. "In other areas we've done amazingly bad."

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An Expansive View Of Vietnam In 'She Weeps Each Time You're Born'

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Poet and author Quan Barry — born in Vietnam but raised in America — says she wants her new novel to help get rid of some of the preconceptions Americans have about Vietnam as a quagmire.

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On A Majestic Debut, Emotions Hide In Plain Sight

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Natalie Prass writes intimate, confessional songs with a lush, orchestral sound. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with her about her debut album.

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'Alphabetical' Tells The Story Behind Every Letter, A To Z

Saturday, February 07, 2015

There are 26 letters in the English alphabet. But how did they get there, and why do they look the way they do? Michael Rosen looks for answers in his new book Alphabetical.

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For John Cameron Mitchell, Midlife Crisis Means Returning To 'Hedwig'

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Hedwig and the Angry Inch's hero is once again being played by the man who created every punk and glam-rock inch of her. "I feel like I'm doing this to find out what's next in my life," Mitchell says.

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Much To His Chagrin, On Broadway Larry David Has To 'Wait And Talk'

Friday, February 06, 2015

"I like to interject, and there's no interjections here," says the comedian behind Curb Your Enthusiasm. It's "very unnatural for an interrupter." David makes his Broadway debut in Fish in the Dark.

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On Board A City Bus, A Little Boy Finds The Route To Gratitude

Friday, February 06, 2015

In Last Stop on Market Street a little boy goes on a journey with his Nana. Along the way he meets many interesting passengers, and learns to recognize the blessings right in front of him.

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Stuck In Traffic? It's Likely To Be Worse In 30 Years, Report Says

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx talks about the challenges facing America's transportation system, and why he says the country needs to invest much more in it.

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Drift Away Into The Not-Quite-Dreamy Logic Of 'Get In Trouble'

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Kelly Link says the stories in her new collection Get in Trouble employ "night time logic." It's not quite dream logic, she tells NPR — nonsensical, but it has "a kind of emotional truth to it."

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From The Ivy League To 'The X-Files': David Duchovny's Big Break

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Before he became Fox Mulder, Duchovny was working on his Ph.D. in literature at Yale. He was going to be a poet — or maybe a novelist — or maybe a playwright ...

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To Save Two Colo. Cows, All It Took Was A Good Ice-Breaker

Sunday, February 01, 2015

This week, the Fountain, Colo., Fire Department repurposed some firefighting tools for a chillier job: Rescuing cows that had fallen through a half-foot of ice into the freezing water of a local pond.

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As America Grays, A Call For Dignity In Aging And Elder Care

Sunday, February 01, 2015

In The Age of Dignity, Ai-jen Poo says rather than viewing aging from a place of scarcity and fear, we should see getting older as an opportunity. And, she writes, we must fix our flawed care system.

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Are Danes Really That Happy? The Myth Of The Scandinavian Utopia

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Are the Nordic countries really the utopias they're cracked up to be? NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Michael Booth about his new book that attempts to answer that question.

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'Mormon Stories' Podcast Founder Contemplates Excommunication

Sunday, February 01, 2015

John Dehlin of the Mormon Stories podcast may soon be kicked out of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He says he found some parts of the church's history "deeply disturbing."

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