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Colombia Advances In World Cup, A Decade After Infamous Murder

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 4:03pm

In 1994, star player Andres Escobar was killed just weeks after he scored an own goal in the Cup. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Colombian-American journalist and novelist John Rojas about the crime.

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Pitcher RA Dickey: It's OK To Be Different In 'Knuckleball Ned'

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 6:58am

Pitcher R.A. Dickey is a rare bird in major league baseball: a master of the knuckleball. Now he's also a children's author. NPR's Don Gonyea talks with him about his new book, Knuckleball Ned.

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The Missing Link

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 6:58am

For each set of three words, find a word that can precede each one to complete a familiar two-word phrase or name. The first word in each set will name an animal.

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Author Plumbs The Human Psyche Through 'Animal Madness'

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 6:58am

Laurel Braitman's new book was born out of a near-tragedy: her frantic dog almost leaped to its death from a third-story window. She talks to NPR's Don Gonyea about Animal Madness.

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Michel Faber's 'Crimson' Gave Teen A New Sense Of Possibility

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 6:03am

Author Carmen Maria Machado picked up The Crimson Petal and the White, a book about a prostitute in 19th-century London, because it looked illicit. It taught her about faith, sexuality and feminism.

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'Rogue Elephant' Asks: Is Democracy Right For India?

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 4:33am

Journalist Simon Denyer has been covering India's tumultuous political scene for most of the past decade. He tells NPR that Indian voters are tired of government corruption — but not of democracy.

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Sorry, Europe. 'Quebert Affair' Plot Thrills, But Prose Lacks Substance

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 4:05pm

The chilling murder mystery The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair may be a bestseller abroad, but critic Heller McAlpin tells those looking for literary depth not to get their hopes up.

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'Everything I Never Told You' Exposed In Biracial Family's Loss

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 3:59pm

In times of tragedy, our deepest insecurities can take over. In Celeste Ng's new novel, set in the Midwest in the late 1970s, the fear that bubbles up is related to race and identity.

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The Underground Rock Stars Of VidCon

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 6:49am

Producers, deal makers, and thousands of screaming fans turned out this week for VidCon, the largest conference for online video producers, which wraps up today.

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New York Streets Become A Recording Studio In 'Begin Again'

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 6:49am

A scorned lover and a hapless music producer record an album on the streets of New York in Begin Again, starring Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo. Director John Carney speaks with NPR's Scott Simon.

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Classical Dub-Step Violin Finds Its Audience

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 6:49am

America's Got Talent judges told the dancing hip-hop violinist Lindsey Stirling that her career had no hope, but she proved them wrong. She tells NPR's Scott Simon about her new album, Shatter Me.

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Life Is Tough, Says Joan Rivers, So 'You Better Laugh At Everything'

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 6:49am

The comic has made a career out of saying exactly what she thinks. She tells NPR's Scott Simon, "I'm the one who says, 'The emperor has no clothes.'" Her new book is Diary of a Mad Diva.

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Women Are Destroying Science Fiction! (That's OK; They Created It)

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 6:03am

This month, sci-fi and fantasy magazine Lightspeed features all female authors, as part of an ongoing conversation about what science fiction is, and whether women can write it. (Short answer: Yes!)

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A Modern Twist On Mexican Tradition Hits The Runway

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 4:14am

Handmade rebozos and huipiles are staples of traditional Mexican attire. Designer Carla Fernández re-imagines those garments for runways in Tokyo and Amsterdam.

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Princip Pulled 'The Trigger,' But Never Meant To Start A War

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 4:09am

Journalist Tim Butcher's new book traces the footsteps of Gavrilo Princip, the young Serbian revolutionary who famously sparked World War I by assassinating Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria.

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SCOTUS On Cellphones And The Privacy Of Poetry

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 5:12pm

To put a literary spin on the Supreme Court's recent decision to limit warrantless cellphone searches, author Craig Morgan Teicher turns to A.R. Ammons' book of poetry, Tape for the Turn of the Year.

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Not My Job: Scarlett Johansson Gets Quizzed On Captain Scarlet

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 5:08pm

Johansson may be the most famous Scarlet(t) nowadays, but back in the '60s, she would have had serious competition from "indestructible" Captain Scarlet, the star of a British science fiction TV show.

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Book Review: 'Warburg In Rome'

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 3:07pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Warburg in Rome, a new book from James Carroll.

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Memphis Preteen Works To Put The 'Bazam' Back In The Bow Tie

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 3:07pm

12-year-old Moziah Bridges is a bow tie aficionado and the CEO of his own company, Mo's Bows. He tells Audie Cornish that dressing well is a big part of growing up to be a man.

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After The Rapture, Who Are 'The Leftovers'?

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:58am

Tom Perrotta's 2011 novel examined the aftermath of an unexplained rapturelike event. A new HBO series inspired by The Leftovers begins Sunday. Originally broadcast Aug. 25, 2011.

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