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Tell Us About Your Favorite Romances — It's The NPR Books Summer Of Love!

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 6:03am

This year our famous summer reader poll is all about romance. Whether you like contemporary, historical, suspense or inspirational, we want to hear about your favorite Happily Ever Afters!

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At 96, Poet And Beat Publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti Isn't Done Yet

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 2:47am

The publisher of Allen Ginsberg's iconic poem "Howl" has three books coming out this year and is also working on a novel. Looking back, he says, "Everything was better than it is when you're old."

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Melted

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:27pm

In this final round, contestants must guess the correct movie titles upon hearing their opposite wording. For example: 'Melted' would be the opposite of the movie Frozen.

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Fields Of This

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:27pm

They Might Be Giants join Jonathan Coulton in ruining the Sting song 'Fields of Gold' by singing about other elements on the periodic table.

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Dial-A-Giant

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:27pm

The legendary alt-rock duo talks about keeping up with modern times and leads a game where all the answers are wrong.

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Best Piece Of Trivia You Learned This Week: Psychopath Edition

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:27pm

True or false — psychopaths are insusceptible to contagious yawning. Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton get down to the scary truth.

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Egalitarian Nerds Maps

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:27pm

"Egalitarian Nerds Maps" is an anagram of the phrase "Presidential Anagrams." Our first president — "He's a Towering Gong," anagrammatically speaking.

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Hey, I'm Walkin' Here!

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:27pm

In this game, contestants summon their inner Ratso Rizzo as they answer questions while invoking his infamous line, "Hey, I'm walkin' here!"

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New U.S. Poet Laureate Hopes To Invite All Communities To Express Themselves

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 4:47pm

NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Juan Felipe Herrera, the new U.S. poet laureate. He discusses his upbringing in California as the son of migrant workers.

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Book Review: 'The Black Snow,' Paul Lynch

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 3:44pm

NPR's Alan Cheuse reviews Paul Lynch's second novel, The Black Snow.

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'Charlie's Country:' A Worn Landscape That's Both Sad And Majestic

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 2:16pm

NPR's Bob Mondello reviews Charlie's Country. It's about an aboriginal hunter who yearns for a life in Australia, like the one his parents had.

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It's All In Your Head: Director Pete Docter Gets Emotional In 'Inside Out'

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 1:16pm

The new film illustrates the inner workings of an 11-year-old's mind. Her emotions — Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Joy — are the stars, voiced by the likes of Amy Poehler and Louis Black.

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For Comedian Kumail Nanjiani, Getting Personal Is Complicated

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 12:50pm

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Nanjiani moved to the U.S. for college. "I have a very conflicted relationship to where I'm from ..." he says. "It's still a struggle to negotiate some of it."

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The Truth About 'Mike's Place'

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 9:03am

Mike's Place is a real-life beach bar in Tel Aviv that could be Israel's answer to Cheers. But it's no sitcom: A new graphic novel recounts the 2003 suicide bombing left owners and patrons in shock.

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Mama's Still Alive Today: 'Meursault' Investigates A Literary Murder

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 6:03am

In The Stranger, Albert Camus' antihero Meursault famouly killed a nameless Arab; Algerian writer Kamel Daoud's new novel reworks Camus from the point of view of the murdered man's brother.

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Juan Felipe Herrera Named U.S. Poet Laureate

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 11:08pm

Already California's poet laureate, the prolific Chicano writer bears an enduring fascination for his native state — and a passion for teaching that's likely to shape his time in the new role.

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Napoleon In New Jersey: Gym, Tan, Conquer?

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 3:23pm

Historian Munro Price's new Napoleon: End of Glory imagines what might have happened had the French emperor followed through with a planned flight to America after his final defeat at Waterloo.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour Small Batch: 'Sense8'

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 12:58pm

Glen Weldon and Audie Cornish sit down to chat about the new Netflix series Sense8.

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As American As Iced Tea: A Brief, Sometimes Boozy History

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 12:57pm

At least as early as Colonial times, Americans were drinking iced tea, though early alcohol-laden recipes had more in common with the cocktail from Long Island than the stuff sold by Lipton.

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India's 1947 Partition And The 'Deadly Legacy' That Persists To This Day

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 12:49pm

In his new book, Midnight's Furies, Nisid Hajari describes the riots and massacres that ensued after Pakistan was established as a separate state, and how those tensions are still playing out.

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