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: Justin Timberlake, LL Cool J And The Presidency

Feb 15, 2013

This week's show was taped while Stephen and I were still recovering from live-blogging the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, so that was still fresh in our minds. Trey and Glen saw the show as well, so we spend some time this week talking about the awards, the performances, and whether we learned anything. You will experience my new way of tormenting Stephen, and perhaps you'll want to join in! We talk about Adele's dress, Grammy fashions, a song that really scares Glen, and too-short tributes to Dick Clark and Dave Brubeck. And we share our favorite post-Grammys tweet, as well. (If you're interested in all this music and you happen to have Spotify, you can check out our Grammys PCHH playlist.)

In honor of both President's Day and the launch of Netflix's House Of Cards (which we probably will cover in more depth once we get through the Oscars and our preparation for them), we talk this week about presidents in pop culture — and specifically, the fact that you don't see as many movies and TV shows about presidents as you might think you would.

And as always, we close with what's making us happy this week. Stephen is riveted this week by a long and fascinating magazine article (which got an important addendum later). Trey is happy about a portrait series that's been featured on NPR. Glen is happy about a new Postal Service single and two interviews from Marc Maron's show. I find myself surprisingly happy about a TV show I'd largely given up on — and impressed with the person who brought it back for me.

We really do appreciate it when you find us on Facebook, because that's where we know to find you for open questions, ideas for shows, and opportunities for everyone who listens to the show to talk to each other. We don't post a lot of stuff that will show up on your timeline; it's mostly show stuff and an occasional piece of content from one of us at NPR, and in return, you can come ask questions, tell us what you want to hear more about, and get an occasional piece of intel about what we've got planned. (That's where we first posted information about the live show, and the next one we do one — we hope — it will probably show up there first.) If you're not a Facebook type — or even if you are — you can follow us on Twitter: me, Trey,Glen, Stephen, Jess, and our producer emeritus and music director Mike.

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