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How Bad Can He Be? Only The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

Author Douglas Coupland tells NPR's Arun Rath that he's not exactly sure how the lead character of his new novel entered his mind. This story originally aired on Morning Edition on April 19.

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The Secret Behind Romero's Scary Zombies: 'I Made Them The Neighbors'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

"There's nothing scarier than the neighbors," says Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero. His latest zombie tale is a comic book set in New York City called The Empire of the Dead.

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Plane Crash Is A 'Powerful Tragedy' For The Netherlands

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

Dutch editor Willem Schouten tells NPR's Arun Rath that people in the Netherlands are saddened and outraged over the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine. Nearly 200 of victims were Dutch.

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A Nasty Weed May Have Helped Ancient Humans Keep Their Teeth

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

Archaeologists have found that for a period of about 7,000 years, people were eating a weed that may have helped them avoid cavities. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on July 16.)

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Gaza Evacuees Crowd Into Schools Remade As Shelters

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

While Israelis seek refuge from Hamas rockets in ubiquitous shelters, Palestinians crowd into schools to escape Israeli airstrikes. Conditions there grow dire as the conflict drags on.

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Alternative Latin Music Conference Celebrates Its Quinceñera

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd of NPR Music's Alt.Latino bring NPR's Arun Rath a stack of the best new music in the Latin music scene.

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'Humanitarian Truce' Quickly Collapses In Gaza; Fighting Resumes

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 7:26am

Israel sent more troops into Gaza on Sunday, stepping up tank fire and air strikes ahead of the short-lived cease-fire.

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James Garner, Of the 70s TV Show 'The Rockford Files,' Dies

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 7:18am

Actor James Garner, whose rugged but affable character made hits out of the TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, has died. He was 86.

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Take A Ride On The Plural Side

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 7:03am

Two clues will be given. The first answer will be a brand name that sounds like it's plural; change the first letter to spell a new word that answers the second clue.

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Kerry: Evidence Points Clearly To Rebels Shooting Down MH17

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 6:40am

The U.S. secretary of state says a mix of U.S. intelligence and social media reports "points a very clear finger at the separatists" having brought down the plane with a surface-to-air missile.

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Lose Yourself In The Wild Forests Of 'Those Who Wish Me Dead'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 6:03am

If you're looking for a cracking summer read, NPR's Madhulika Sikka says you absolutely must pick up Michael Koryta's thrill-a-minute new novel about a teenager on the run in the Montana woods.

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Recognizing The Illusion Of 'Homo Economicus'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 5:41am

Market theory does not fully explain the economic choices we make. Commentator Wim Hordijk says we must also look to behavioral economics and evolutionary psychology to understand the economy.

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A YouTube Video Is Doctor's Secret Weapon Against Back Pain

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 4:05am

Back pain is common. Nearly all of us have at least one episode in our lives, and two-thirds of us will have it repeatedly. Exercise, though it may seem counterintuitive, is often the best medicine.

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A Guitar Hero Draws His Own Sketches Of Spain

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 4:04am

Milos, the one-named superstar of classical guitar, says the story of the instrument's 20th-century journey is told in the work of two Spanish composers.

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An Elegant, Thoughtful Exploration Of Life In 'Two Italies'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 4:04am

Italian professor Joseph Luzzi's new memoir digs into the divisions in Italian society: north and south, poor and rich, and the question of his own complicated identity as an Italian American.

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Television Critics Give Big Awards To 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orange Is The New Black'

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 8:22pm

On Saturday night, the Television Critics Association hands out its 30th annual round of awards, and the big winners are from cable TV, broadcast TV, and even new spaces entirely.

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Community Groups Help Immigrants Settle Amid Political, Legal Turmoil

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 4:05pm

During the Central American civil wars of the 1970s and 1980s, U.S. aid groups were established to assist the large number of migrants. Now those same groups, like El Rescate in Los Angeles, are helping to assist the large number of unaccompanied Central American children illegally entering the U.S.

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At Crash Site In Ukraine, Rebels Restrict International Monitors

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 4:05pm

Separatist rebels at the site of the shot down Malaysia Airlines jet in Eastern Ukraine have been giving restricted access to international monitors Saturday. Corey Flintoff speaks with NPR's Kelly McEvers from Donetsk on the effort and the outcry over the slow pace of the body recovery and evidence gathering.

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As Superheroes Go Mainstream, Comic Cons Get Corporate

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 4:05pm

The business of pop culture conventions is exploding, with comic cons and other animation and pop culture gatherings taking place every weekend at cities around the country.

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With Malaysia Airlines Crash, A Loss For AIDS Research

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 4:05pm

A number of scientists and others members of the AIDS research community died in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with journalist and editor in chief of HIV Plus magazine Diane Anderson-Minshall about the loss.

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