Mon June 29, 2015
Author Interviews

Mat Johnson On 'Loving Day' And Life As A 'Black Boy' Who Looks White

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Sun June 28, 2015
Sunday Puzzle

Where There's A Will There's A Way To Solve This Puzzle

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 9:40 am


On-air challenge: For every word provided (all starting with the letter "W"), give a proverb or saying that contains that word.

Last week's challenge: Take the phrase "I am a monarch." Rearrange the 11 letters to name a world leader who was not a monarch, but who ruled with similar authority. Who is it?

Answer: Chairman Mao.

Winner: David Slobodin of Asheville, North Carolina.

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Sun June 28, 2015
The Salt

Do Try This At Home: Hacking Ribs — In The Pressure Cooker

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 11:59 am

To make baby back ribs in an hour, instead of the usual three to four hours, you'll need a pressure cooker.
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This summer, NPR is getting crafty in the kitchen. As part of Weekend Edition's Do Try This At Home series, chefs are sharing their cleverest hacks and tips — taking expensive, exhausting or intimidating recipes and tweaking them to work in any home kitchen.

This week: Making delicious, fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs in only about an hour — with a surprising piece of kitchen equipment.

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Sun June 28, 2015
Movie Interviews

From 'My Adidas' To FUBU, Fashion And Hip-Hop Have Always Matched Beats

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 9:40 am

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Sun June 28, 2015

Like Seinfeld, 'Festival' Is About Nothing... And Everything

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Milan Kundera has made a career of writing about insignificance.

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Sun June 28, 2015
Author Interviews

Raised By 5 Different Families, 7 Siblings Are Reunited In 'Bastards'

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 10:44 am

Courtest W.W. Norton & Company

Mary Anna King grew up in a housing project in southern New Jersey, with her older brother Jacob and struggling parents.

"When you're struggling financially and you're living in poverty ... it takes twice as much effort to do anything," she tells NPR's Eric Westervelt.

Her parents went on to have five more kids, all girls, and despite her mother's best efforts to keep the family together, all five girls were ultimately given up for adoption.

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Sat June 27, 2015
Around the Nation

What Right Do Muralists Have To The Buildings They Paint On?

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 1:52 pm

A Philadelphia mural entitled You Go Girl by Jetsonorama and Ursula Rucker. This is just one of many murals that the city's Mural Arts Program helped to create.
Steve Weinik Courtesy of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

It took artist Katherine Craig about a year to create her nine-story mural on 2937 E. Grand Blvd. in Detroit. Most people who drive around the city have seen it — one side of the Albert Kahn-designed building is covered in a blanket of electric blue, and a flowing waterfall of multicolored paint splatters descend from the roof line. It stands in stark contrast to the rest of the landscape of low buildings and muted Midwestern colors.

It's called "The Illuminated Mural" and it's become emblematic of Detroit's North End neighborhood.

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Sat June 27, 2015
Author Interviews

How To Win The Money Game: A Former NBA Star Shares Financial Advice

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 7:38 pm

Adonal Foyle (center) plays for the Orlando Magic against the Milwaukee Bucks in 2007.
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According to Sports Illustrated, more than half of all NBA players are broke within five years of retirement. Most of the players come into professional sports totally unequipped to handle their own windfalls like cars, houses and fancy clothes.

Former NBA star Adonal Foyle is trying to help.

He offers financial advice for current and future professional athletes in his book Winning the Money Game: Lessons Learned from the Financial Fouls of Pro Athletes.

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Sat June 27, 2015
Book News & Features

Marvel's Half-Black, Half-Latino Spider-Man Is Going Mainstream

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 6:36 pm

Marvel has put half-African-American, half-Latino teen Miles Morales in the Spider-Man suit.
Courtesy of Marvel

Step aside, Peter Parker: There's a new Spider-Man joining the Marvel Universe.

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Sat June 27, 2015
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Not My Job: Astronaut Sunita Williams Gets Quizzed On Storage Space

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 11:45 am


Astronaut Sunita Williams, known as Sunny around the Johnson Space Center, has spent a total of 322 days in space. She holds the record for total cumulative spacewalk time (50 hours and 40 minutes) conducted by a female astronaut.

So since Williams is such an expert on outer space, we're going to quiz her on storage space. She'll answer three questions about the fascinating world of rental storage units.

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