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An Outsider In Buenos Aires Goes Incognito, For Love Of Tango

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 8:40am

Carolina de Robertis' new novel God of Tango centers on a 17-year-old widow, recently arrived from Italy with little besides a violin. It's Argentina, 1913 — and a magical new music fills the barrios.

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At Age 3 — Transitioning From Jack To Jackie

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 8:25am

What would you do if your 3-year-old son told you assuredly that he wanted to be a girl? An Oakland, Calif., couple told their child it was OK, and sad, sad boy became a joyful little girl.

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A Re-Opened Embassy In Havana Could Be A Boon For U.S. Businesses

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 8:07am

When the U.S. re-opens its embassy in Havana, it will increase its staff. That should mean more help for American businesses hoping to gain a foothold on the Communist island.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Loving Day'; Cable's Faux Newsmen; 'Dope' Director

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 8:03am

Mat Johnson discusses his book Loving Day. David Bianculli says cable comics keep news-makers honest. Rick Famuyiwa calls Dope a celebration of kids whose interests don't fit into pop-culture norms.

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Greek Official: 'Grexit' Would Cost Europe A Trillion Euros

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 7:30am

Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis says there's as much at stake for the rest of Europe as for Greece itself should they fail to reach an acceptable bailout deal.

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Remembering 'Britain's Schindler'

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:52am

Sir Nicholas Winton died Wednesday at age 106. He organized the escape of 669 mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia before WWII. NPR's Eric Westervelt speaks with an escapee, Alice Masters.

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Strontium Nitrate And Barium Nitrate, The Fuel In Fireworks

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:52am

How do they get the brilliant sparks of red, white and blue in fireworks displays? NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with Harry Gilliam, founder of Skylighter, a supplier for pyrotechnics in Round Hill, Va.

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Williams Survives, Nadal Falls At Wimbledon

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:52am

The world's tennis greats are facing off at Wimbledon. Howard Bryant of ESPN is there and tells NPR's Eric Westervelt what's been happening on the grass courts.

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Paper Finds One-Quarter Of Those Killed By Police Are Mentally Ill

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:52am

The Washington Post has a new database tracking the mental health information of people shot by police in the line of duty. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks to reporter Kimberly Kindy.

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In Search Of The Perfect Summer Blockbuster Movie

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:52am

The Fourth of July is not just about fireworks. It's also about going to the movies. NPR's Eric Westervelt speaks with Kofi Outlaw, editor at Screen Rant, about the movies out this weekend.

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A Rock Band And A Moon, United In Name

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:52am

Members of the classic rock band Styx visited NASA mission control for New Horizon, the space probe that discovered Pluto's smallest moon, Styx.

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A Little Chiltomate Raises The Underappreciated Turkey Thigh

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:52am

Elizabeth Wiley, chef-owner of two top Dayton, Ohio, restaurants, goes off-menu to cook beer-braised turkey thighs in her home kitchen.

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The White House Invites Tourists To Use Their Cameras

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:52am

Visitors to the White House will now have something besides their memory to rely on when recounting their visit. That's because a 40-year-ban on photography during public tours has been lifted.

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Fuel Is Crucial In The Battle Over Syria

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:52am

The battlefronts in Syria are complex and the power map inside the country is being redrawn. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks to correspondent Deborah Amos, who just returned from the region.

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Greeks Divided Ahead Of Eurozone Vote

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:52am

Greeks are preparing for Sunday's referendum, which the government insists is about whether to accept more austerity. Critics say it's about keeping the euro.

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Decades Of Politics And Partnership In Jimmy Carter's 'Full Life'

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:52am

Former president Jimmy Carter was one of the youngest ex-presidents ever when he left office in 1981. His new memoir, A Full Life, looks back at his years of public service, in and out of office.

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The Grateful Dead, 'Truckin' Into The Sunset

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:21am

The Grateful Dead play their final shows at Chicago's Soldier Field this July 4 weekend. NPR's Eric Westervelt reflects on how the Dead disrupted the musical and business norms of the industry.

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'Shadowshaper' Paints A Vibrant Picture

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:03am

Daniel José Older's new young adult novel follows a Brooklyn teenager who discovers her family has a dangerous magical heritage. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says it's full of music, flavor and color.

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Larry Campbell And Teresa Williams Step To The Mic, Together

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 4:47am

He's from New York City; she's from rural Tennessee. But the husband and wife, each known for backing up roots music's biggest stars, make it work on their new album.

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A Bird Of Courage And A Bash In Denmark: The July 4 You Didn't Know

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 4:46am

In the U.S., people often spend the Fourth of July grilling hot dogs and wearing their patriotic clothing. But there's more to this annual holiday than fireworks.

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