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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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A Portrait Of The Boy Band As Grown Men: Backstreet Boys' New Documentary

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Nick Carter and A.J. McLean discuss how life has changed for themselves and their bandmates in 20 years of making music together.

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Family Struggles With Father's Wish To Die

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Robert Schwimmer was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013 and wants to hasten death if he finds himself in agonizing pain. His family stands ready to help, but have legal and spiritual concerns.

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A Crossroads At The End Of College: Introducing 'The Howard Project'

Sunday, February 01, 2015

NPR's Weekend Edition will spend a few months following four seniors from Howard University in Washington, D.C., to tap into the challenges and preoccupations of soon-to-be college graduates.

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Talking With Hey Rosetta!, A Great Big Band From Newfoundland

Sunday, February 01, 2015

The orchestral seven-piece hails from a sprawling Canadian island not known for its indie rock. Rachel Martin speaks with singer Tim Baker about how the band has nonetheless made a name for itself.

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Be More Awesome — With Help From Kid President

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Kid President (aka 11-year-old Robby Novak) is an Internet sensation whose sunny, personality-driven YouTube videos have garnered over 75 million views. Now, he's written a book on how to be awesome.

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Impressions From The Ice: A Poet Returns From Antarctica

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Jynne Dilling Martin spent six weeks living on the bottom of the world and watching scientists work. The experience inspired many of the poems in her new collection, We Mammals in Hospitable Times.

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Diana Krall: Liner Notes From A 'Wallflower'

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Krall's new album is a collection of songs she first heard on vinyl, from The Mamas & the Papas to the Eagles. She discusses getting know the originals and sharing music with her twin sons.

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A Former Child Soldier Finds Escape, Heaven Through His Music

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Starved, brainwashed and beaten, Emmanual Jal was a child soldier who escaped Sudan's war. Now he's an actor, musician and activist. But he says he still gets nightmares.

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African-American NASCAR Driver Raced Like 'A Great Artist'

Friday, January 30, 2015

Wendell Scott becomes the first African-American NASCAR driver to be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday. Although Scott faced racism during his career, his son says he would never stop racing.

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