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Birds, Bees And The Power Of Sex Appeal: The Ribald Lives Of Flowers

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 4:48pm

They're billboards for sexual favors, says ecologist Stephen Buchmann. But get your minds out of the dirt: We're talking pollination — and it's played a surprising role in global trade and history.

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Amid Devastation, Tig Notaro Searched For A Sense Of Humor

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 4:08pm

Days after the comedian was diagnosed with breast cancer, she performed at the Largo nightclub in Los Angeles. Her stand-up routine, which became an album titled Live, was an instant hit.

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The Waters Of 'Lagoon' Are Choppy But Enthralling

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 9:03am

Nnedi Okorafor's new book imagines an alien landing in the waters just off Lagos, Nigeria. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it chaotic and beautiful, though occasionally dizzyingly difficult to read.

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In Monroeville, Ala., The Shock And Disillusion Of 'Watchman'

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 6:43am

The critics have already weighed in on Go Set A Watchman. Now regular readers have had a chance to assess Harper Lee's new book. We hear reactions from Lee's home state of Alabama.

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Contriving Characters From Celebrity Culture For 'Lizzie Pepper'

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 6:43am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with author and celebrity ghostwriter Hilary Liftin about her new novel, Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper. Liftin describes the process of pulling fiction from the tabloids.

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Jesus In A Lowrider: El Rito's Santero Carves Saints In Modern Clothing

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 6:43am

Nicholas Herrera offers his own touch to the tradition of saint carving. The santero works out of his studio in a small New Mexico town — but his edgy work can be found in museums around the country.

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A Battle Royale To Keep McDonald's Out Of Historic Food Hub In Paris

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 6:43am

France is now McDonald's No. 2 market. But in a Paris neighborhood historically considered the soul of French gastronomy, residents are fighting tooth and nail to keep the fast-food giant out.

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Sleuthing With Offbeat Variations In 'Irrational Man' and 'Mr. Holmes'

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 3:39pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews two crime movies — Irrational Man and Mr. Holmes — that have different philosophies on logic.

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In Portrait Of A Boxer, Fuqua Takes The Action Outside The Ring

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 3:11pm

For the better part of a decade, Antoine Fuqua has been Hollywood's go-to guy for action-laden drama. But, even with a familiar setting, his latest film, Southpaw, isn't a typical action film.

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'I Really Like You': Amy Schumer Makes A Fine 'Trainwreck'

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 3:03pm

The comedy Trainwreck, written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, takes a few risks with the romantic comedy formula on which it ultimately relies. Plus: LeBron James!

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In 'Trainwreck', A Screwball Comedy Fades To Family-Values Formulaic

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 2:13pm

Amy Schumer plays a writer who dodges lovers' pleas for commitment in Trainwreck, directed by Judd Apatow. Critic David Edelstein says the film loses its "delightful momentum" when it gets serious.

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'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 2:13pm

One-third of the seafood Americans catch is sold abroad, but most of the seafood we eat is imported and often of lower quality. Author Paul Greenberg explains why. Originally broadcast July 1, 2014.

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Beyond Fat-Free And Frozen: The Myriad Ways The World Uses Yogurt

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 2:05pm

Across the globe, the culinary culture of yogurt is ancient, thriving and incredibly diverse. From camel's milk yogurt to yogurt vodka, fish marinades to baked goods, yogurt is a versatile superstar.

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#NPRreads: Climate Scientists In The Crosshairs And China's Economy

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 12:42pm

Also this week, income inequality and the 2016 election, and the little-known Cascadia subduction zone.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'BoJack Horseman' And People We're Pulling For

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 9:07am

This week's show brings an old pal home for a discussion of Netflix's favorite cartoon horse, as well as baseball, Lily Tomlin, graphic novels, other podcasts and more.

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Can Limited Resources Lead To Better Innovation?

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 8:30am

Navi Radjou has spent years studying "jugaad," also known as frugal innovation. While researching emerging markets, he realized that creativity might be the most precious renewable resource.

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Will Our Demand For Food Threaten Our Supply of Water?

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 8:30am

Ecologist Jon Foley says agriculture is the "most powerful force unleashed on this planet since the end of the ice age." He says we're using too much to irrigate and we have to rethink how we farm.

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How Did A Medical Miracle Turn Into A Global Threat?

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 8:30am

Antibiotics save lives, but we rely on them too much. Eventually, the drugs may stop working. Economist Ramanan Laxminarayan asks us to think twice before reaching for this double-edged resource.

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What Can A Small Town In England Teach Us About Resilience?

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 8:30am

Community organizer Rob Hopkins argues that individuals, towns and communities have a large role to play in lowering our dependence on fossil fuels.

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What's Disappearing From the Amazon — Even Faster Than Wildlife?

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 8:30am

The isolated tribes of the Amazon are getting dispersed or dying out. Ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin describes what we'll lose if their culture and collective wisdom vanish with them.

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