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Play Ball! Comedian Amy Schumer Plays Not My Job

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 6:24pm

It's the first week of baseball season so we'll ask three questions about The House of David baseball team — one of the weirdest and most religious teams in the history of the game.

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From Stick Figures To Portraits, Bush Frees His Inner Rembrandt

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:59pm

Former President George W. Bush worked with many world leaders while in office. Now, he's unveiling 24 portraits he painted of some of them. The exhibit will be at his new presidential library.

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Your Tour Guide To The Glut Of Sunday TV

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:07pm

Is it possible there's too much good TV? Sunday nights are starting to look that way. Between Game of Thrones, Mad Men and many more, there's a lot to navigate. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans helps.

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Stay Classy, Norwich: 'Alan Partridge' Aims For American Success

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:07pm

British comic Steve Coogan's blowhard broadcaster character conquered movie screens at home — and now he's crossing the Atlantic. Critic Bob Mondello says he's got a good chance at breaking America.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Captain America' And The Pitiless March Of Time

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 12:17pm

On this week's show, Matt Thompson joins us for a chat about the new Captain America movie, whether the internet can be trusted with anyone's writing, and what's making us happy this week.

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Anthony Mackie Soars As Captain America's Falcon

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:13am

Anthony Mackie plays Falcon in the new film Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He talks about the cultural significance of the Falcon, and how it's "monumental" for his eclectic career.

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Can Money Buy You Happiness?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 8:28am

Social scientist Michael Norton researches how money can buy happiness — when you don't spend it on yourself. The key is social spending that benefits not just you, but other people.

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How Much Does Money Motivate Us?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 8:28am

Writer Daniel Pink explains why traditional rewards like money aren't always successful motivators.

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Does Money Make You Mean?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 8:28am

Social psychologist Paul Piff describes how wealth changes behavior and how almost anyone's behavior can change when they're made to feel rich.

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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.

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