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May 24, 2015 | NPR · The Nobel Prize winner who struggled with schizophrenia and was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the 2001 film, died with has wife in a taxi on the New Jersey Turnpike, officials say. He was 86.
 

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May 24, 2015 | NPR · Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis says a $1.76 billion payment due next month “will not be given and is not there to be given.”
 

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May 24, 2015 | NPR · One of Central America’s richest and most eccentric former politicians, Ricardo Martinelli, may soon face charges for stealing millions of dollars from the government during his five years in power.
 

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May 24, 2015 | NPR · Every answer is the name of a famous, one-named singer like Madonna or Beyoncé. Identify each one from its anagram, to which one extra letter is added. The singers are a mix of past and present.
 

Meera Bowman Johnson
May 24, 2015 | NPR · Johnson, the son of an African-American mother and an Irish-American father, has just written Loving Day, a funny, sometimes absurd look at what it means to grow up mixed heritage in the U.S.
 

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May 24, 2015 | NPR · Let’s say you’re not a millionaire but you’re still interested in buying affordable art from the comfort of your living room. There’s now a burgeoning business of selling mid-priced art online.
 

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May 24, 2015 | NPR · Experimental artist Holly Herndon, who mashes up collected sounds, dance music and pop, reflects on society’s relationship with technology on her new album, Platform.
 

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May 23, 2015 | NPR · The polymath pianist and composer has released three new albums — including a recording of his own Mass, whose writing was interrupted by a disastrous car accident.
 

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May 23, 2015 | NPR · A defense of the monumental, enduring, deceptively complex Swedish pop quartet, and the underlying emotion that has helped its hooks connect with fans for generations.
 

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