The Boston Citgo sign, all 3,600 square LED feet of which has served as the backdrop to Red Sox games since 1965, is now officially a "pending landmark."

Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí spent much of the 1940s in the U.S., avoiding World War II and its aftermath. He was a well-known fixture on the art scene in Monterey, Calif. — and that's where the largest collection of Dalí's work on the West Coast is now open to the public.

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The middle of summer is when the surprises in publishing turn up. I'm talking about those quietly commanding books that publishers tend to put out now, because fall and winter are focused on big books by established authors. Which brings us to The Dream Life of Astronauts, by Patrick Ryan, a very funny and touching collection of nine short stories that take place in the 1960s and '70s around Cape Canaveral, Fla.

When the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union last month, the seaside town of Port Talbot in Wales eagerly went along with the move. Brexit was approved by some 57 percent of the town's residents.

Now some of them are wondering if they made the wrong decision.

The June 23 Brexit vote has raised questions about the fate of the troubled Port Talbot Works, Britain's largest surviving steel plant — a huge, steam-belching facility that has long been the town's biggest employer.

Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Cairo, completing the penultimate leg of its attempt to circumnavigate the globe using only the power of the sun.

The trip over the Mediterranean included a breathtaking flyover of the Pyramids. Check it out:

President Obama is challenging Americans to have an honest and open-hearted conversation about race and law enforcement. But even as he sits down at the White House with police and civil rights activists, Obama is mindful of the limits of that approach.

"I've seen how inadequate words can be in bringing about lasting change," the president said Tuesday at a memorial service for five law officers killed last week in Dallas. "I've seen how inadequate my own words have been."

Mice watching Orson Welles movies may help scientists explain human consciousness.

At least that's one premise of the Allen Brain Observatory, which launched Wednesday and lets anyone with an Internet connection study a mouse brain as it responds to visual information.

The FBI says it is giving up on the D.B. Cooper investigation, 45 years after the mysterious hijacker parachuted into the night with $200,000 in a briefcase, becoming an instant folk figure.

"Following one of the longest and most exhaustive investigations in our history," the FBI's Ayn Dietrich-Williams said in a statement, "the FBI redirected resources allocated to the D.B. Cooper case in order to focus on other investigative priorities."

This is the first in a series of essays concerning our collective future. The goal is to bring forth some of the main issues humanity faces today, as we move forward to uncertain times. In an effort to be as thorough as possible, we will consider two kinds of threats: those due to natural disasters and those that are man-made. The idea is to expose some of the dangers and possible mechanisms that have been proposed to deal with these issues. My intention is not to offer a detailed analysis for each threat — but to invite reflection and, hopefully, action.


5 Presidential Stories That Might Surprise You

Feb 17, 2013

You've probably heard the story of Washington crossing the Delaware or FDR hiding his wheelchair from the public eye; but do you know about Teddy Roosevelt's life-threatening expedition down the Amazon, or Grover Cleveland's secret surgery on a yacht? In honor of Presidents Day, NPR Books dove into the archives to find new ways of thinking about our nation's former leaders.

The Stinkin' Thinkin' Of Young Abe Lincoln
Long before he was a legendary leader, Abraham Lincoln was a deeply troubled young man. Noah Van Sciver's historical graphic novel reveals, in evocative and personal drawings, a particularly dark and conflicted time in our 16th president's life. With rough, expressive linework, Van Sciver adds a complex human to the heroic image we hold of Lincoln. (Monkey See post, Sept. 21, 2012)

A Yacht And A Mustache: How A President Hid His Tumor
In the summer of 1893, as America was entering an economic depression, President Grover Cleveland disappeared for four days to have secret surgery on a yacht. In The President Is a Sick Man, Matthew Algeo recounts how doctors went to extraordinary lengths to conceal the surgery and preserve Cleveland's mustache. (Morning Edition interview, July 6, 2011)

Tracing Roosevelt's Path Down The 'River Of Doubt'
In 1913, Teddy Roosevelt — a born winner — was on a losing streak. He had just suffered a humiliating election defeat and needed to get away; but what started as a pleasure trip turned into a struggle for survival. While surveying an uncharted river in the heart of the Amazon jungle, Roosevelt faced deadly rapids, disease, starvation and a murderer on his team of explorers. Candice Millard's The River of Doubt tells the story of his deadly adventure. (Morning Edition interview, Nov. 3, 2005)

Thomas Jefferson's Vegetable Garden: A Thing Of Beauty And Science
Thomas Jefferson was a statesman, a scholar, an architect, a university founder — and a prolific gardener. The plots of his hilltop plantation, Monticello, were a vast, beautiful science experiment with more than 300 varieties of 90 different plants. As author and head Monticello gardener Peter Hatch explains, no gardening detail was too small for Jefferson to note in the journal he kept for nearly 60 years. (All Things Considered story, May 10, 2012)

'Power': Robert Caro's Life Of Johnson Hits The '60s

Before he was president, Lyndon B. Johnson was a disastrous failure as a presidential candidate. His ill-fated decision to run in 1960 opens the latest volume of Robert A. Caro's The Years of Lyndon Johnson. Critic Michael Schaub calls Caro's work "the best presidential biography the country has ever seen." (NPR book review, May 2, 2012)

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