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The Star-Spangled Banner Verse You've Probably Never Heard

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 3:33pm

We only sing the first verse, but the national anthem actually has four. In the midst of the Civil War, poet Oliver Wendell Holmes penned yet another, which speaks to politically divisive times.

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'South Pole Station' Takes A Cool Look At A Hot Topic

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 6:00am

Ashley Shelby's debut novel — set among an appealing mix of nerds and oddballs at Antarctica's Amundsen-Scott research station — is a refreshing diversion from summer's heat.

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Disney Announces Changes To Pirates Of The Caribbean Ride

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:28pm

Disney announced it will be making some changes to its "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride. The most significant of those changes will be doing away with the "bride auction" that appears partway through the ride.

'Golden Hill' Recalls The Dark Alleys And Twisted Virtue Of 18th-Century NYC

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:50pm

Francis Spufford's latest novel is set in 1746 Lower Manhattan, a world of spies, thieves, card sharks and crooked bankers. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Golden Hill "intelligent and entertaining."

Despite A Strong Start, 'Modern Gods' Falls Short Of Its Promise

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:50pm

Critic Maureen Corrigan says Nick Laird's latest novel begins as a tale of two Irish sisters, but ultimately turns into "a lot of wild blather" about political and religious orthodoxies.

How The Story Of Beer Is The Story Of America

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:29pm

The Smithsonian's first brewing historian explores everything from immigration to urbanization through the lens of beer. And with the boom in microbrewing, she says beer's story has come full circle.

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Writer Elin Hilderbrand, 'Queen Of Summer,' Wears Her Crown Proudly

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:00am

Hilderbrand reigns over the summer book market with her breezy novels, mostly set in Nantucket. Even if you're in a drab office, she says, if you're reading one of her books, you're at the beach.

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Video: Japan's 'Purikura' Photo Booths Offer Snapchat-Like Filters

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:00am

In NPR's Elise Tries series, correspondent Elise Hu tries out new experiences in East Asia. In Tokyo, she checks out Japanese purikura photo booths, which produce selfies to decorate and print out.

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When She's Told Girls Can't Be Superheroes, 'Lucia La Luchadora' Grabs Her Mask

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 7:05am

After she realized there weren't enough girl superheroes in the world, Cynthia Leonor Garza created one. She talks with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about her new book, Lucia the Luchadora.

Rocky Mountains Treasure Hunt Turns Fatal

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 7:05am

A poem holds the clues to buried treasure in the Rockies. Millionaire Forrest Fenn is the guy who says he hid the box of gold and gems. Now the hunt may be off after two treasure hunters died.

Award-Winning Poet Aims To Push Boundaries Of Conversations On Motherhood

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 7:05am

Hollie McNish talks to NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about her new memoir and why "the wrong things are taboo in our society." (LANGUAGE WARNING: "God damn" is bleeped five times throughout the segment.)

Sunday Puzzle: Follow My Lead

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 7:05am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and this week's puzzle winner Karen Marshall of Shoreline, Wash., work through a tough word game, crafted by puzzle master Will Shortz.

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How Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood 'Off The Cliff'

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 6:00am

Becky Aikman's new book is a fierce, funny chronicle of the making of Thelma & Louise — the Hollywood forces arrayed against it, and the effect it had on the industry on both sides of the camera.

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How 'Fiddler On The Roof' (And Writing Its Sequel) Helped An Actress Find Closure

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 4:34pm

Alexandra Silber's father died when she was just 18 — the same age as Fiddler's Hodel when she leaves her dad at a train station. Silber's new novel, After Anatevka, tells the rest of Hodel's story.

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'These Kids Are Insane': Jimmy Awards Celebrate Outstanding Teen Performers

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:52am

Seventy-four high school singers, actors and dancers, selected from a pool of 50,000 students across America, recently came to New York City for a Broadway boot camp.

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The Charm Of 'Spoonbenders' Is No Cheap Trick

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:00am

Daryl Gregory's new novel spans decades in the life of the Amazing Telemachus Family — a con-man, card-sharping patriarch and his troublesome psychic children, whose powers haven't helped them any.

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'Healing Children': A Surgeon's Take On What Kids Need

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 4:00am

Dr. Kurt Newman has spent his career caring for children. In a new book, he argues that children are not just smaller adults, and the differences matter for their treatment.

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'Baby Driver' Follows Criminal Who Wants Out Of The Game

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:33pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with director Edgar Wright and Joe Loya, Wright's technical consultant, about the new movie, Baby Driver, which is about a getaway driver who wants out of the game.

Broadway Chanteuse Barbara Cook: 'My First Memories Are Of Singing'

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:18pm

After starring in Broadway shows like The Music Man and Candide, Cook struggled with addiction, then staged a successful second career as a cabaret singer. Originally broadcast June 27, 2016.

If And Only If

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:57am

What do mastiffs, bailiffs, and chiffon all have in common? The letters I-F-F, of course! For this final round, every answer will contain those letters in consecutive order.




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