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.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: Halftime Shows And Love Stories

Feb 8, 2013

When it's early-mid February, the mind naturally turns to those fundamentals of the good life: love and football.

This week, we start out with a chat about the very unusual Super Bowl, which was marked by an unexpected 34-minute blackout as well as a big show from Beyonce. Of course, Stephen will fill you in on the results of Chicken Bowl, and he will lament what's happened to his great holiday celebration since it moved from Wisconsin out here to the east coast to the world of — and I am quoting here — "crumpet-munching lightweights." (No offense, lightweights who like crumpets!) As for the game itself, if you want to read another perspective on the blackout and the terrible commentary that resulted, try this one.

We'll also cover the ads, including this very lovable one that I still insist ends in hugging. (I apologize, by the way, for forgetting that it was Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy who tweeted this wonderful, hilarious response to the "God Made A Farmer" ad. That is pithy, quality comedy, Brandon McCarthy.)

After that, we turn to Valentine's Day, a holiday none of us fully embrace but all of us are stuck with anyway, because that's how Valentine's Day works. Stephen threatens to weep over this song, and almost does. (You can read more of his Valentine's Day music thoughts at the All Songs Considered blog.) We talk about some of the TV couples we think actually capture something real about romantic love, and Glen discusses several comics relevant to the cause, including this one, this one, and this one.

We close the show, as always, with what's making us happy this week. Stephen is happy about this long-awaited album. Trey is happy about this short film, as well as about the much-discussed House Of Cards. Glen is happy about a film-watching experience that's almost certainly going to surprise you at least a little. I am made happy this week by a few things, including this video, and this book, and especially this audiobook.

Please keep in touch with us — you can find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter: me, Trey, Glen, Stephen, Jess, and our producer emeritus and music director Mike.

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