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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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Dinaw Mengestu Embraces The Vastness Of Love And War

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 5:12pm

Meg Wolitzer says All Our Names, told in the alternating voices of two lovers, is a subtle masterpiece. It tackles huge themes — relationships, violence, identity, racism — but never overreaches.

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An Interview With A Hypothetical Super-Independent Athlete Baby

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:57pm

We traveled into the imaginary future to find out what it might be like to talk to the kinds of babies that some sports commentators argue don't need their fathers to have parental leave.

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In The 1870s And '80s, Being A Pedestrian Was Anything But

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:02pm

Huge crowds packed arenas to watch the world's best pedestrians walk in circles for six days at a time. And trainers encouraged the athletes to drink champagne — at the time considered a stimulant.

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HBO Fills Sunday Night Lineup With Entertaining Power Struggles

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 2:19pm

This week, HBO airs the season premieres of two returning series — Game of Thrones and Veep -- and launches a new series called Silicon Valley. Fresh Air's TV critic has seen them all.

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Embarrassing Stains? This Housekeeping Guide Gets That Life Is Messy

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 2:06pm

Jerry Seinfeld joked that if you have bloodstains on your clothes, you have bigger problems than the laundry. But Jolie Kerr helps with all the stains in a new book, My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag.

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Jack White, Ray LaMontagne, Teebs, Lyla Foy, More

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:03pm

This version of a previously published podcast has been corrected to fix a factual error. 

This week on All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton offer up a brand new song by Jack White. The screaming instrumental track "High Ball Stepper" is the first taste of White's second solo album, Lazaretto, which will be out on June 10.

The energy stays high from there. Bob shares "Call Me," by the Alabama-based soul band St. Paul & The Broken Bones. The group, whose album, Half The City, came out in February, played a live set over the weekend that knocked Bob's socks off. And Robin announces that the off-beat Canadian pop singer Chad VanGaalen has finally won him over with his fifth album, Shrink Dust, out in April. The bold, loopy song "Where Are You" is a good indication of what VanGaalen has up his sleeve.

Also on the show, folkie Ray LaMontagne gets psychedelic on "Lavender" and up-and-coming talent Lyla Foy gets sweet on "Honeymoon." There's also whole-hearted Americana made by Swedes — First Aid Kit's "My Silver Lining — and textured percussion from Southern California native Teebs.

Finally, last week's question of the week — "Does the death of an instrument break your heart?" — prompted one listener to share a tragic tale about a guitar, a synthesizer and a snowstorm. Get your hankies ready.

Inflatable Suit Launches Stylist To Stardom

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:51am

June Ambrose is known for styling some of the biggest celebrities, from Jay Z to Mary J. Blige. She talks about getting her big break by creating the looks for Missy Elliot's "The Rain" music video.

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How 'Soul Train' Shaped A Generation

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:51am

For millions of people in the 1970s, the week was not complete without Soul Train. Writer Nelson George captures the legacy of the show and its creator in his new book The Hippest Trip in America.

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Hello, Goodbye

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 8:49am

We love to say hello to our final round contestants, but we have to say goodbye to those who can't think up famous salutations and valedictions from film and TV. Think quick before "You're fired!"

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Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Trivia

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 8:49am

He's known for stand-up comedy, as well as a particular sleepwalking episode, but asked for a game on...Catholicism? Holy moly! We quiz him on the Bible and more in this VIP challenge.

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Our Delicious Bodies

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 8:49am

Cannibalism is gross, but admittedly, ladyfinger cakes are delicious. Try not to get too hungry as you think up various foods, all of which have a human body part in their name.

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Blurred Rhymes

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 8:49am

Robin Thicke's song "Blurred Lines" asks, "What rhymes with hug me?" He should've asked guest musician Julian Velard, whose reworked lyrics answer the question with some blurred rhymes of their own.

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Insert Coin Here

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 8:49am

Video game characters lead dangerous lives, so they could use our advice on how to stay out of trouble. Identify classic video games based on some helpful tips — before the ghosts get you!

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What's In A Name? Another Name

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 8:49am

What do Martin Luther and Martin Luther King Jr. have in common? A name, obviously. In this game, identify famous people whose full names are found within the names of other celebrities.

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Random Questions With: Mike Birbiglia

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 8:49am

Get to know the comedian behind Sleepwalk With Me in this game, in which we ask him about everything from bad first date etiquette, to a question as old as time: deep dish pizza, or thin crust?

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