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Sounds Intriguing: The World's Most Interesting Noises

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 3:48pm

As an acoustic engineer, Trevor Cox has spent most of his career getting rid of bizarre, unwanted sounds. But in The Sound Book, Cox turns up the volume on those sonic oddities. The book explores weird echoes and unexpected noises from around the globe — including "whisper galleries" and a chirping pyramid.

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Sandwich Monday: Subway's Fritos Chicken Enchilada Sub

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 3:34pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the new Fritos-laced offering from Subway. It's the latest creation in the Sandwich Efficiency Movement, in which side dishes become part of the main dish.

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'Dancing Fish,' 'Ammonites' And A Literary Life Well-Lived

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 3:00pm

For 44 years, British author Penelope Lively has been publishing children's books, short stories and novels. Her latest book, Dancing Fish and Ammonites, is subtitled, "A Memoir," but critic Ellah Allfrey says it is "more a collection of thoughts, a scattering of advice and a reading list to treasure."

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The Science Of Munchies: Why The Scent Of A Burger Gives Us A High

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 2:39pm

Skipping a meal triggers the munchies in a similar way that marijuana does, a study in mice finds. And it works, at least in rodents, by boosting the sense of smell. Receptors in the brain that get activated when the animals are stoned also light up after they've been fasting.

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An Interview With The Bag On Shia LaBeouf's Head

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 11:31am

We enter an alternate reality to interview the most famous bag in show business today.

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For Military Couples, It's A Long Recovery 'When We Get Home'

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 10:00am

Kayla Williams and Brian McGough met in Iraq, in 2003, when they were serving in the 101st Airborne Division. Williams' new memoir Plenty of Time When We Get Home, describes their homecoming, after McGough sustained physical and cognitive injuries during an IED explosion.

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'Life' Photographer Showed Africa Through A New Lens

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 2:24am

In the years after World War II, Eliot Elisofon traveled from Capetown to Cairo in a mobile photography studio. The pictures he took for Life magazine helped reshape Americans' understanding of the continent. Susan Stamberg takes a look at an exhibit of Elisofon's photos, currently on display at the Museum of African Art in DC.

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Romance Novels Sweep Readers Off Their Feet With Predictability

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 5:33pm

At $1.4 billion, romance is by far the biggest sector of the publishing industry. Harper's editor Jesse Barron looked into the business of romance and its peculiarities for this month's issue. He says the key is copying the elements that made other authors successful — down to the cover model's pose.

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With Fearlessness And A 'Code Name,' Iraqi Helped Navy SEALs

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 4:04pm

Interpreter "Johnny Walker" accompanied the U.S. military on countless missions in his war-torn home country of Iraq. His memoir, Code Name: Johnny Walker, details his experiences with the SEALs and his family's long path to U.S. citizenship.

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Art Laboe And His 'Devil Music' Made Radio Magic

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 3:00pm

Laboe, a radio icon in Los Angeles, built a broadcasting career as one of the first DJs to play rock 'n' roll and to take requests live on the air. At 88 years old, he's still drawing listeners in, six nights a week, playing the "Oldies But Goodies" that made him famous.

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When Deborah Met Jimmy: Scoring An Interview With The President

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 3:00pm

Emmy Award-winning journalist Deborah Norville's big break came when she was a senior at the University of Georgia, working as a part-time reporter for a local news station in Atlanta. Norville's live TV interview with then-President Jimmy Carter set off her successful career.

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Beatlemania! When The Fab Four Rocked The Lunchroom

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 9:56am

Soon after they arrived on U.S. shores, The Beatles infiltrated just about every part of American pop culture — including lunchboxes. Fans have been known to shell out more than $1,000 for an authentic 1960s lunchbox featuring the band.

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Why Confounding Coincidences Happen Every Day

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 7:00am

David Hand, an emeritus professor of mathematics at Imperial College in London, believes that miracles and rare events actually aren't so uncommon. Hand speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about his new book, The Improbability Principle.

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Break Loose, Break Loose, Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 7:00am

Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase in which the first word has a long-A vowel sound (as in "break"), and the second word has a long-U vowel sound (as in "loose").

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Seed Librarians, Stone Carvers And Sheepherders Along The Hudson

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 7:00am

British graphic designer Nick Hudson bicycled 500 miles along the Hudson River valley, striking up conversations with local artists and craftspeople as he went. Those stories — from maple syrup producers, sculptors, boat restorers and more — have been collected in a new book, Conversations on the Hudson.

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From Muse To Outcast, A Woman Comes Of Age In 'Widow Basquiat'

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 6:00am

In her unconventional memoir, Jennifer Clement writes about the famous artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and his relationship with Suzanne Mallouk — from Mallouk's perspective. Rebecca Walker says it's harrowing, beautiful and utterly riveting.

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People, Language And Controversy In The Headlines

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 4:00pm

Writer and comedian Hari Kondabolu speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about India being excluded from the Olympics, a controversial Coke commercial, and comments from Sen. Pat Roberts from Kansas during the confirmation hearings for surgeon general nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy.

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Lessons On Addiction And Escaping The 'Death Grip From Satan'

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 4:00pm

In order to understand and to mourn the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Slate senior editor Emily Bazelon recommends reading The Night of the Gun by David Carr.

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In 'Poetry,' The Story Of An African-American Military Family

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 4:00pm

Many of Marilyn Nelson's most famous poetry collections are for children. Her latest work, How I Discovered Poetry, is a memoir about her own childhood, which was spent traveling around the country in the 1950s as the daughter of an Air Force pilot.

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Broken Age's Adventure Started Long Before Pressing Start

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 12:42pm

The new game Broken Age is an intentional throwback to the old-school adventure genre. But the story of how the game was made is just as interesting as the one it tells.

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