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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.

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

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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.


To Sell Health Care To Young People, Obama Steps 'Between Two Ferns'

Mar 11, 2014
Originally published on March 11, 2014 6:51 pm




Long-time fans of the comedy website, "Funny or Die," know this already. But for the rest of you, this is the theme song of "Between Two Ferns." The Web series mimics a low-budget, cable-access interview program.


It's the brainchild of actor and comedian Zach Galifinakis. He plays an unprepared host who fumbles through awkward conversations with celebrities. But the guest of his latest episode, released today, was a little different.


ZACH GALIFINAKIS: My guest today is Barack Obama, President Barack Obama.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Good to be with you, Zach.

GALIFINAKIS: The first question: In 2013, you pardoned the turkey. What do you have planned for 2014?

SIEGEL: Yes, the host of "Between Two Ferns" is an imbecile, a very rude one.


GALIFINAKIS: Do you send Ambassador Rodman to North Korean on your behalf? I read somewhere that you'll be sending Hulk Hogan to Syria, or is that more of a job for Tonya Harding?

OBAMA: Zach, he's not our ambassador.

GALIFINAKIS: What should we do North IKEA?

BLOCK: But President Obama wasn't there to talk about North IKEA or other foreign policy questions for that matter.

SIEGEL: The president agreed to be a guest on "Between Two Ferns" to pitch Obamacare. His appearance on the online program is the latest attempt to reach a younger audience.


OBAMA: Have you heard of the Affordable Care Act?

GALIFINAKIS: Oh, yeah. I heard about that. That's the thing that doesn't work. Why would you get the guy that created the Zune to make your website?

OBAMA: works great now.

BLOCK: And the president kept pitching, but it came at a price.


OBAMA: The truth is is that they can get coverage all for what it costs to pay your cell phone bill.

GALIFINAKIS: Is this what they mean by drones?

BLOCK: The segment is six and a half minutes long, and the president came ready to play, quickly trading barbs with Zach Galifinakis.


GALIFINAKIS: I have to know, what is it like to the last black president?

OBAMA: Seriously? What's it like for this to be the last time you ever talk to a president?

GALIFINAKIS: It must kind of stink though that you can't run, you know, three times, you know?

OBAMA: Actually, I think it's a good idea. You know, if I ran a third time, it would be sort of like doing a third "Hangover" movie. Didn't really work out very well, did it?

SIEGEL: But whether it's your brand of humor or not, it seems that the stunt is paying off. It's already gotten more than 5 million views.

BLOCK: And the White House says the website "Funny or Die," which hosts the comedy show, was the number one source of referrals for people clicking over to the Affordable Care website this morning. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.