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Art & Design
12:30 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

'The Will To Adorn': What We Wear And What It Says About Us

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 1:57 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. When you looked in the closet this morning, what did you pick out, and why? The power suit, the blouse that fits just right, the jeans and the boots? Even if you wear a uniform or overalls, we all make decisions about what we look like and why. Hair says a lot. So do accessories. But any message is also open to misinterpretation. What we hope to say doesn't always come across that way.

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The Salt
12:03 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Sandwich Monday: Zombie Burger

The menu at Zombie Burger is printed on the other side of a post-zombie-apocalypse newspaper.
NPR

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 12:57 pm

It's a testament to the food at Zombie Burger that it's named the place after a species best known for eating human brains — and yet, still trusts that you'll keep your appetite.

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Music Interviews
11:40 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Macy Gray: 'I Still See My Voice As Odd'

Macy Gray says being an artist means not having any limits or constraints.
Courtesy of the artist

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Monkey See
7:02 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Illusions Of Grandeur: Why Don Draper Will Never Get To California

Jon Hamm as Don Draper on Mad Men.
Jaimie Trueblood AMC

What makes Don Draper dashing is the suit, especially. And the hat, the jaw, the hair, the voice, the way he fixes his attention on a woman. But what makes Don Draper seductive as a person and not just a sexual partner is that he is perpetually a whisper away from being a better man. If he were just dashing, he would be harmless; it's that he's seductive that makes him dangerous. It's how close he seems to becoming better that makes him toxic.

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The Two-Way
5:43 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Book News: The FBI Monitored Mexican Writer Carlos Fuentes

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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New In Paperback
5:03 am
Mon June 24, 2013

June 24-30: A Runaway, A Francophile, An Ex-Wife And Rabies

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 2:31 pm

* Some of the language in the summaries above has been provided by publishers.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Code Switch
12:57 am
Mon June 24, 2013

An Ever-Changing L.A. Links Walter Mosley To His Midcentury P.I.

Little Green opens in 1967 and follows Easy Rawlins' search for a young man who disappeared after visiting the Sunset Strip, seen here in 1966.
HF AP

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 9:02 am

Walter Mosley fooled us: We thought he'd killed off Easy Rawlins, the protagonist of his much-loved series. But it turned out Mosley just needed a break from the work — a long break. Six years later, in May, he came back with Little Green, possibly the best Easy Rawlins to date. Like the rest of the books in the series, it's strongly influenced by Los Angeles, the city that helped shape Mosley himself.

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Author Interviews
3:02 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

A Mother Rescues Her Daughter From War-Torn Syria

Louise Monaghan was previously a senior travel consultant. She's currently a full-time mother.
Courtesy St. Martin's Press

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 4:51 pm

Louise Monaghan's journey to Syria to rescue her kidnapped daughter begins years ago at a club in Cyprus. It was there she met a Syrian man named Mostafa, whom she would marry.

"I was smitten from the first second," she tells NPR's Jacki Lyden. "I felt he was what I needed. He made me feel safe."

But Monaghan was not safe. Mostafa was verbally abusive and beat her. They married, and the couple had a daughter named May. When they divorced, Mostafa was given visitation rights, but he wanted more.

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Author Interviews
5:37 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Outspoken Punter Muses On Life, The Universe, And 'Sparkleponies'

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 11:55 am

Most NFL punters spend the majority of their time focusing on one thing: kicking the ball, and kicking it well. But Chris Kluwe — the most successful punter the Minnesota Vikings ever had and now signed to Oakland — has a few other things on his mind. Like bad drivers, and the proper degree of pressure for a handshake. And more substantive issues, like gay marriage.

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Sunday Puzzle
5:37 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Keep Calm As A Clam

NPR Graphic

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 10:27 am

On-air challenge: Every answer is a two-word phrase in which both words start with C and are anagrams of each other. For example, "tranquil sea creature" would be "calm clam."

Last week's challenge from listener Eric Timar of Falls Church, Va.: Write down these five words: "mate," "peck," "miss," "pot" and "blunder." There is something very unusual they have in common. What is it? And, can you name one other word with the same property?

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Three Books...
4:01 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Feast For The Eyes: 3 Cookbooks Just For Looking

I'm a cookbook reviewer, which means that every night I try recipes from far-flung cuisines or idiosyncratic food bloggers or test-kitchen perfectionists. I've always made a point of steering readers towards practical, thoughtful cookbooks that they'll use every week and hand down to their kids. But privately, there are some cookbooks I never cook from at all: frivolous books full of whimsical sugar art, devoid of nutritional value, and really, best eaten with your eyes.

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Movies I've Seen A Million Times
4:18 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

The Movie Matthew Morrison Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Actor Jeff Cohen in a scene from The Goonies.
WARNER BROS/Kobal Collection

The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

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Simon Says
6:57 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Bidding Farewell To Tony Soprano

James Gandolfini played Tony Soprano in the hit TV series The Sopranos. Gandolfini died of cardiac arrest in Italy this week at age 51.
Barry Wetcher HBO

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 6:44 pm

Anthony Soprano, a waste-management consultant from Essex County, N.J., died this week.

Tony Soprano was — according to reports that aired for six years on HBO — head of the DiMeo crime family, which allegedly ran illicit drugs, untaxed alcohol, illegal sports betting and other criminal enterprises from the back of an adult entertainment venue called the Bada Bing club on Route 17 in Lodi.

Mr. Soprano denied his involvement in organized crime. He said it was a "vicious stereotype" that slurs waste-removal professionals who promote a green, healthy environment.

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Author Interviews
6:28 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Surviving Summer Camp In James Patterson's 'Middle School'

Matthew Ragen iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 7:18 pm

Grown-ups, if you've read a thriller recently, there's a good chance it was written by James Patterson. One in 5 adult thriller hardcovers sold these days carries his name on the cover.

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Food
6:28 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Don't Buy That Picnic Salad; Find It Near The Blanket

Nova Kim gathers wild greens for a picnic salad near her home in Fairlee, Vt.
Herb Swanson

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 6:52 am

For one Vermont couple, "local" doesn't mean heading to the farmers market. It means finding a natural salad bar at your picnic spot — or maybe even in your backyard.

Nova Kim and Les Hook live on a lush farm between a large lake and the Connecticut River near the Vermont-New Hampshire border. Over the decades, they've become skilled gatherers of edible wild foods, which they sell to high-end restaurants. But on this drizzly day, they're in their own kitchen, making dressing for a picnic green salad.

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Books News & Features
5:03 am
Sat June 22, 2013

'New Strange' Stories Hold A Chilling Mirror To Life

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 5:22 pm

If you want a chilly comedown from summer's heat, you can't do much better than the work of Robert Aickman (1914-1981), a master of "strange stories" whose books, long out of print, are now being republished by the small U.K. press Tartarus.

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Movie Interviews
3:44 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Coppola And Watson On Teens, Fame And 'Bling'

Emma Watson, who shot to global fame as the level-headed, resourceful Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, admits there's a certain irony in her playing a teenager who burgles the homes of celebrities.
Merrick Morton A24

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 5:30 pm

Sofia Coppola is no stranger to filmic explorations of fame, privilege and self-loathing in the modern age. In her newest movie, The Bling Ring, she considers the case of a gang of well-off L.A. teenagers whose obsession with celebrity took them to some unexpected places — including the homes of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, where they stole millions of dollars' worth of jewelry and clothes and shoes.

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Movies
3:03 am
Sat June 22, 2013

'Me' Too: For Gru, Another Shot At Global Domination

He's still a would-be world-conquerer by day, but Gru (left, with minions) has been settling into his role as an adoptive dad by night. His new responsibilities make him a likely recruit for the Anti-Villain League, which asks him to ... well, we shouldn't give too much away.
Universal

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 11:07 am

There will be hits and misses at movie houses this summer, but it's a decent bet Despicable Me 2 will end up in the that-went-well column.

The star, a would-be world-dominating supervillain named Gru, is a hulking, blustering figure with an appetite for mayhem — and a surprising soft spot. He'll boast that he's about to pull off "the crime of the century," then sit down to read his little girls — he's recently, reluctantly, adopted three of them, and they're adorable — a bedtime story.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:11 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Not My Job: Booker T. Jones Takes A Quiz On Funyuns

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 10:34 am

Booker T. Jones — leader of the soul band Booker T. & the M.G.'s — made it big in 1962 with the song "Green Onions." But since "Green Onions" sounds suspiciously natural for the United States, we've decided to quiz him on Funyuns instead: three questions about the crunchy, onion-flavored snack food.

Monkey See
4:29 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

The Kendama: Can A Wooden Toy Be A Viral Sensation?

The traditional Kendama is making a splash with kids.
Norasit Kaewsai iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 5:11 pm

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Faith Matters
12:03 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Funeral Director Reflects On Life Full Of 'Sad, Good' Times

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, we head to the barbershop for the guys' take on the week's news. But first it's time for Faith Matters. That's the part of the program where we talk about issues of spirituality and religion. And traditions of faith play a big role in rituals surrounding death.

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The Salt
11:29 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Mastering A Sea Monster: From Greece, A Lesson In Grilling Octopus

For octopus flesh to be tender enough to grill, it must be dried in the sun at least one full day.
Joanna Kakissis for NPR

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 1:09 pm

The Greeks have been eating octopus since ancient times, and it's still on the menu of the country's many psarotavernes, or fish taverns.

On the islands, where the catch is often fresh, octopus is grilled over charcoal, seasoned with fresh lemon and served with ouzo. Friends and families often share this special summer meze during a hot day at the beach.

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The Salt
10:32 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Farm Free Or Die! Maine Towns Rebel Against Food Rules

Dan Brown pets "Sprocket," his family's 4-year-old, sole milking cow, before hosing her down at his farm in Blue Hill, Maine. Brown has become the poster child for Maine's food sovereignty movement.
John Clarke Russ Bangor Daily News

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 3:18 pm

New Englanders have never been shy about revolting against what they see as unfair food regulations. Remember that whole Boston Tea Party thing?

So perhaps it's not so surprising that in Maine, towns have been staging another revolution: They've declared independence from state and federal regulations on locally produced foods.

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Ask Me Another
8:03 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Owen King: It Runs In The Family

Owen King
Danielle Lurie

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 10:01 am

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TED Radio Hour
7:27 am
Fri June 21, 2013

How Much Can Children Teach Themselves?

Sugata Mitra at the TED conference in 2013.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 3:11 pm

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Unstoppable Learning.

About Sugata Mitra's TED Talk

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Code Switch
5:44 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Jeah! We Mapped Out The 4 Basic Aspects Of Being A 'Bro'

Alyson Hurt NPR

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 6:45 pm

What up, bro? What's good, brah?

This is the chant of the bro, an equally parodied and celebrated genus of young men. (They've been designated "bros" mostly because, well, they say "bro" a whole lot.)

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Critics' Lists: Summer 2013
1:05 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Nancy Pearl Scours The Shelves For Books You Might Have Missed

Andrew Bannecker

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 2:06 pm

If you'd like your summer reading to take you beyond the beaten path, librarian Nancy Pearl is here to help. NPR's go-to books guru joins us regularly to reveal "under the radar" reads — books she thinks deserve more attention than they've been getting. Pearl talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about some of the titles she picked out for the summer reading season.

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Movie Reviews
11:00 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

For Pixar's 'Monsters,' A Sophomore Slump

For Billy Crystal's Mike, the big green eyeball of Monsters University, scaring hardly comes naturally.
Pixar

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 10:27 am

It's a big month for origin stories: first the Man of Steel, now the Eye of Green and the Abominable Furball of Blue — aka Mike and Sully, top scarers at Monsters, Inc. How did they become the best of the best, you ask? You didn't ask? Well, Pixar's got the answer anyway: They trained at Monsters U.

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Movie Reviews
10:11 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

'World War Z': When Going Viral Isn't Such A Good Thing

Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) puts his past as a U.N. investigator to work again when he and his family — not to mention the rest of the planet — are threatened by a zombie apocalypse.
Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 9:09 am

World War Z is clearly out to make a buck — and needs to, since with its well-publicized overruns, rewrites and production delays, it looks to have cost gazillions in screenwriter salaries alone — but for its first hour or so, you'd never guess this sprawling contagion epic had anything on its mind but action storytelling.

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The Two-Way
4:20 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Gandolfini Suffered Cardiac Arrest On Family Trip, Reports Say

James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano and Edie Falco as his wife, Carmella, in a scene from The Sopranos. Gandolfini died of cardiac arrest in Italy, according to reports citing a doctor at the hospital where was admitted.
Barry Wetcher HBO

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 4:45 pm

Actor James Gandolfini died of cardiac arrest, The Los Angeles Times reports, citing the doctor in charge of the emergency department at the hospital in Rome where the Sopranos star was admitted.

Dr. Claudio Modini told the Times that Gandolfini, 51, was already in cardiac arrest when he arrived at Policlinico Umberto I Hospital Wednesday night.

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