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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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Hogwarts Hops The Pond: Rowling Reveals U.S. Version Of Wizards' School

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 12:01pm

In a series of tweets with fans, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling confirmed that Americans have their own version of the legendary school of witchcraft and wizardry.

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'Louisa Meets Bear' Is More Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 9:18am

Lisa Gornick's new novel-slash-story collection turns around the long and stormy relationship between the title characters. Critic Michael Schaub says the book "may not be comforting, but it's true."

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Coping With Calamity In Shimmering 'Cathedral'

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 6:03am

The aging characters in Kate Walbert's new novel are learning to go with the flow as waters rise and life takes strange turns. Critic Heller McAlpin praises Walbert's ability to capture women's lives.

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If Jimmy Fallon Gets His Way, 'Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada'

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 2:54am

The Tonight Show host's new children's book was inspired by his daughters. He tells NPR about his efforts to trick his first daughter into saying "dada" and his family's struggle to conceive.

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This Year, Women (And Girls) Rule The Big Screen

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 3:55pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello notes that this year's most popular movies are surprisingly woman-centric. That's more than any other time in at least three decades.

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This 'Book Of Numbers' Speaks A Human Language

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 3:38pm

Writer Joshua Cohen says his new novel (about a journalist and a tech mogul both also named Joshua Cohen) aims to reclaim the Internet. "It's made of our humanity," he tells NPR's Robert Siegel.

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Georgia's Giant Clay Pots Hold An 8,000-Year-Old Secret To Great Wine

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 1:14pm

Making ancient Georgian wine is pretty uncomplicated: Toss grapes into a huge, egg-shaped pot, bury it, walk away. What comes out is an orange wine with a deep tannin flavor prized around the world.

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