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Jeff Flake Has Taken On Trump And The GOP. But Will It Matter?

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:09am

The GOP has "given into the politics of anger—the belief that riling up the base can make up for failed attempts to broaden the electorate," the senator says. "These are the spasms of a dying party."

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Barbara Cook, Tony Award-Winning Actress And Singer, Dies At 89

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:34am

Cook became famous for her parts in Leonard Bernstein's Candide and Meredith Willson's The Music Man. Then, when Broadway roles became scarce, she reinvented herself as a concert and cabaret artist.

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New Biography Of Lincoln's Secretary Of War Reveals A Resilient Man, Haunted By Grief

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 5:00am

NPR's Ron Elving reviews a massive new tome on the life of Edwin Stanton, certainly one of the most contentious and controversial figures in Abraham Lincoln's cabinet of rivals.

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Funk Band Behind 'Amen Break' Drum Riff Receives Long Overdue Notoriety

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 3:16pm

The Amen break is a drum riff that's been sampled in more than 2,000 songs by artists as diverse as N.W.A. and David Bowie. It was created some 50 years ago by a funk and soul band called The Winstons, and they've finally started getting some recognition.

'Wonder Woman' Continues Hot Streak In Mediocre Summer For Hollywood

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 3:16pm

Wonder Woman continues to make progress at the box office in a summer dotted with hits and misses. While most movies stay in theaters for two weeks, Wonder Woman is still playing in more than 1,000 theaters after 10 weeks.

Hang 20: Abbie Girl Takes Top Pooch In World Dog Surfing Championship

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 3:04pm

The dogs are scored by a group of three judges. "Number one is stay on the board and number two is looking happy," one judge explained.

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Can Buddhist Practices Help Us Overcome The Biological Pull Of Dissatisfaction?

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:49pm

Science journalist and author Robert Wright says that Buddhist enlightenment might help counteract our natural tendency towards unhappiness. His new book is Why Buddhism is True.

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'Game Of Thrones' Season 7, Episode 4: 'Enough With The Clever Plans'

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 4:30am

In the Game of Thrones episode "The Spoils of War," someone goes home, someone goes spelunking, and many many many someones go to an impromptu barbecue.

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Nursing Mom Makes The Breast Of It After Museum Tells Her To Cover Up

Sun, 08/06/2017 - 1:52pm

A visitor to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London says she was chided for public breastfeeding. As she pointed out on Twitter, the museum seemed fine with other bosoms — ones made of marble.

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A Podcast Reopens Old Wounds In 'Are You Sleeping'

Sun, 08/06/2017 - 9:00am

Kathleen Barber's debut novel is an on-trend mashup of murder, social media and Serial-style true-crime podcasting, but though well paced, it suffers from thin characters and a lack of context.

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'Happiness' Explores The Complex Push And Pull Of Human Relationships

Sun, 08/06/2017 - 6:00am

Heather Harpham's memoir centers on her baby daughter's struggle with a dangerous illness — but broadens out to include her family and her own fraught relationship with the baby's reluctant father.

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Poetry Of Failure Comes To Life At Chicago's 'Baudelaire In A Box'

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 5:42pm

This weekend in Chicago, a small theater troupe with a big resume will present all of the poems in Charles Baudelaire's "Les Fleurs du Mal" — sung by more than 50 performers from around the world.

'Ants Among Elephants' Examines Family And Caste In India

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 5:42pm

"Ants Among Elephants" is the memoir of an Indian woman, born a so-called untouchable, who is a New York City subway conductor. NPR's Stacey Vanek Smith speaks with author Sujatha Gidla.

Not My Job: Jeffrey Tambor Gets Quizzed On The Timber Industry

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 10:51am

Tambor's memoir, Are You Anybody?, is about his life as an actor. We'll make him play a game called "TAMBOOOOOOOORRRRR!" ... which has absolutely nothing to do with acting.

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George Lopez Reflects On 'The Wall,' A Lifetime Of Comedy And Jokes About Trump

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 9:57am

After nearly 40 years in comedy, George Lopez reflects on jokes in the time of President Trump and how that will factor into the comedian's new HBO special.

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The Stories All Start The Same Way In 'The First Line'

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 7:11am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with David LaBounty, co-founder of the literary quarterly The First Line. LaBounty gives readers the first line of a short story, and they continue from there.

Take A Pilgrimage To America's Sport Sanctuaries In 'The Arena'

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 7:11am

Rafi Kohan traveled all over the country to research stadiums for his new book. He learned the secrets of ground crews and ticket scalpers and explored the economics of tax-funded stadiums.

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'New People' Author Danzy Senna Loves The Troublesome Characters

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 7:11am

Author Danzy Senna's new novel follows a young, interracial couple — Khalil and Maria — whose seemingly charmed life falls apart after Maria becomes infatuated with a mysterious poet.

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'After On' Sees The End Of The World In A Dating App

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 6:00am

Silicon valley entrepreneur and novelist Rob Reid takes on artificial intelligence — and how it might end the world — in his weird, funny new techno-philosophical thriller After On.

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Begins And Ends With ME

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 11:46am

It's all about ME this final round, where every answer begins with the letter M and ends with the letter E.




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