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.

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"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.

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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.

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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.


Grammy Awards: Winners, Losers & Wardrobe Risks

Feb 11, 2013
Originally published on February 19, 2013 8:10 am



The Grammys were last night. Millions tuned in to see who won and who didn't and, of course, the most important thing, who wore what. This year, CBS sent out a memo outlining the expected dress code banning - and, forgive me, but I'm quoting here, "bare, fleshy under-curves of the buttocks and butt crack and puffy, bare-skinned exposure," among other things.

While most attendees adhered to those rules, a few still pushed the envelope. Here is a clip of Jennifer Lopez and artist Pitbull talking about her high split dress that barely made the cut.


JENNIFER LOPEZ: So, as you can see, I read the memo.

PITBULL: No, mama. You are (foreign language spoken). You look beautiful. You look gorgeous and you inspired the memo. That's the difference.

LOPEZ: Yikes. Maybe.

MARTIN: Fashion wasn't the only excitement. Justin Timberlake made his much-anticipated comeback. He performed his new single, "Suit and Tie," for the Grammy audience. One of the biggest surprises of the night came when rapper Jay-Z joined him on stage.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: Get out that (unintelligible).


JAY-Z: (Singing) All black at the white show. White shoes at the black show. Yeah. (Unintelligible) show. (Unintelligible) best of the best.

TIMBERLAKE: (Singing) Yeah.

JAY-Z: (Singing) (Unintelligible).

MARTIN: Now, to the winners. Among them were the groups, Fun and Mumford and Sons, singer Frank Ocean took home the Grammys for Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Rap Sung Collaboration. Last year, the singer made big waves, both for his innovative style and for disclosing that he had had an intimate relationship with a man. It was considered a groundbreaking moment for hip-hop, but his live performance of the song, "Forrest Gump," underwhelmed. In social media chatter, some said he was actually off tune.


FRANK OCEAN: (Singing) I know you wouldn't hurt a beetle, but you're so buff and so strong. I'm nervous, Forrest. Forrest Gump, my fingertips and my lips will burn from the cigarettes. Forrest Gump, you read my mind, boy.

MARTIN: Singer Miguel also took home the Grammy for Best R&B Song. We hope you heard Miguel on this program previously, so let's congratulate him and here's a clip of him performing his Grammy-winning song, "Adorn."


MIGUEL: (Singing) Baby, these lips can't wait to taste your skin. Baby, no one else, and these eyes - they can't wait to see your...

MARTIN: And we'll leave you with more music from Miguel.


MIGUEL: (Singing) These lips can't wait to taste your skin. Baby, no, no. And these eyes can't wait to see your grin.

MARTIN: Coming up, it's almost February 14th and love is in the air, or not.

STEVEN PETROW: To those people who still - even being romantic - just give up.

MARTIN: From first dates to true love to escaping the friend zone, we're talking about how to mind your manners in the love department. Your Valentine's Day etiquette questions with our etiquette experts. That's coming up next on TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin.


MIGUEL: (Singing) Baby, these fists will always protect you. Lady, and this mind will never neglect you. Yeah, baby. And if they trying to break us down, don't let that affect us. No, baby. You just got to let my love - let my love - let my love adorn you. Let it just adorn you.


MARTIN: Has a focus on girls' achievement pushed boys to the back of the class? On most standardized tests, on average, boys scored just as well if not better than girls, but they're far less likely than girls to take advanced classes and get good grades. So what's going on? We'll ask our roundtable of parents and someone who's been writing about this for years. That's next time on TELL ME MORE.

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