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Puerto Rico's Most-Loved And Most-Hated Band

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 6:36am

The bad boys of Puerto Rico have grown up. Step brothers Rene Perez Joglar and Eduardo Cabra of Calle 13 have a new album that takes a more thoughtful route to deliver their message.

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'In Paradise,' Matthiessen Considers Our Capacity For Cruelty

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 6:36am

At 86, Matthiessen has written what he says "may be his last word." In Paradise, a novel about a visit to a Nazi extermination camp, caps a career spanning six decades and 33 books.

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'Muse Of Painting' Came To Churchill's Rescue — And Bush's

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 6:36am

Portraits of world leaders painted by former President George W. Bush go on exhibit in Dallas on Saturday. He took up the hobby after he read Winston Churchill's essay, "Painting as Pastime."

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A Century Of History In The Life Of An Ordinary Indian

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 6:36am

Ayya's Accounts: A Ledger of Hope in Modern India chronicles the life of an ordinary man in extraordinary times. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Anand Pandian about his subject, his grandfather.

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Percussive Poems In 'Shorty Bon Bon' Pin The Stage To The Page

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 6:03am

Willie Perdomo's new collection is inspired by the salsa jam bands of '70s-era Puerto Rican New York. The poems are performance-page crossovers, rich in sound, slang and musical detail.

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Biographer Explains How John Updike 'Captured America'

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 4:40am

Adam Begley says Updike created an everyman in his Rabbit book series, and inhabited him fully, "allowing that everyman's senses to be totally open to the American experience."

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Play Ball! Comedian Amy Schumer Plays Not My Job

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 6:24pm

It's the first week of baseball season so we'll ask three questions about The House of David baseball team — one of the weirdest and most religious teams in the history of the game.

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From Stick Figures To Portraits, Bush Frees His Inner Rembrandt

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:59pm

Former President George W. Bush worked with many world leaders while in office. Now, he's unveiling 24 portraits he painted of some of them. The exhibit will be at his new presidential library.

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Your Tour Guide To The Glut Of Sunday TV

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:07pm

Is it possible there's too much good TV? Sunday nights are starting to look that way. Between Game of Thrones, Mad Men and many more, there's a lot to navigate. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans helps.

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Stay Classy, Norwich: 'Alan Partridge' Aims For American Success

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:07pm

British comic Steve Coogan's blowhard broadcaster character conquered movie screens at home — and now he's crossing the Atlantic. Critic Bob Mondello says he's got a good chance at breaking America.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Captain America' And The Pitiless March Of Time

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 12:17pm

On this week's show, Matt Thompson joins us for a chat about the new Captain America movie, whether the internet can be trusted with anyone's writing, and what's making us happy this week.

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Anthony Mackie Soars As Captain America's Falcon

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:13am

Anthony Mackie plays Falcon in the new film Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He talks about the cultural significance of the Falcon, and how it's "monumental" for his eclectic career.

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Can Money Buy You Happiness?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 8:28am

Social scientist Michael Norton researches how money can buy happiness — when you don't spend it on yourself. The key is social spending that benefits not just you, but other people.

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How Much Does Money Motivate Us?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 8:28am

Writer Daniel Pink explains why traditional rewards like money aren't always successful motivators.

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Does Money Make You Mean?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 8:28am

Social psychologist Paul Piff describes how wealth changes behavior and how almost anyone's behavior can change when they're made to feel rich.

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Could Your Language Affect Your Ability To Save Money?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 8:28am

Behavioral economist Keith Chen says languages that don't have a future tense strongly correlate with higher savings.

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Are We Wired To Be Bad With Money?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 8:28am

Psychologist Laurie Santos studies human irrationality by observing how primates make decisions — including some not-so-savvy money choices their human relatives often make.

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David Letterman's Meticulously Unchoreographed Exit

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 7:57am

When David Letterman announced his retirement Thursday, it came first not from a press release, but from the same kind of organic, weird, naturalistic charm that characterized the show.

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Book News: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 87, Hospitalized In Mexico

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 6:34am

Also: new books by Anne Tyler and Kazuo Ishiguro, and a lost volume by the historian Will Durant.

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Dave Letterman Signals He'll Soon Put Down The Microphone

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 6:21pm

NPR television correspondent Eric Deggans reports that David Letterman will announce his planned retirement from CBS on his show Thursday night. Letterman will leave the show and the network in 2015.

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