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July 25, 2014 | NPR · Allen doesn’t rehearse, and he isn’t a big talker. But Firth pooh-poohs claims that he doesn’t direct. He says Allen was a “very involved and meticulous director” while making Magic in the Moonlight.
 

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July 25, 2014 | WBUR · At his ramen shop in Cambridge, Mass., chef Tsuyoshi Nishioka wants customers to follow their dreams. His philosophy? If you can finish a bowl of his ramen, you can accomplish anything in life.
 

July 25, 2014 | NPR · Sayed Kashua is an Arab who writes novels in Hebrew and a sitcom in Arabic. A contradiction? Maybe. But his newest book is a good look at an often-overlooked segment of the Israeli population.
 

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · A husband and wife who are doctors have been working on fact boxes for drugs that, like nutrition labels for foods, would more concisely convey a medicine’s benefits and risks.
 

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · Despite being born blind and speaking a language that few on Earth understand, Australian singer-songwriter Gurrumul has become, as Rolling Stone puts it, the most important voice of his nation.
 

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · There has been record low turnout among voters in the 2014 primaries so far. Is it political dysfunction that’s made voters lose interest? And what might this mean for November’s general elections?
 

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July 24, 2014 | NPR · The magazine has helped depict and define American men since 1933. David Granger says male attitudes toward style — and women — have seen big shifts in the 17 years he’s been at Esquire‘s helm.
 

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July 24, 2014 | NPR · If no contract deal is reached by July 31, Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb has warned union workers to plan for a work stoppage the next day.
 

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July 24, 2014 | NPR · Joshua Wolf Shenk says it’s time to debunk the myth of the lone genius. His new book explores creative partnerships — and explains how Emily Dickinson wasn’t actually as much of a loner as we think.
 

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July 24, 2014 | NPR · Many kids and teenagers leave Central America to avoid climbing levels of gang violence, extortion and drug trafficking. Sometimes, it’s to find their families.
 

 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · It is the latest in a slew of missile tests conducted by North Korea in recent weeks in the lead up to the 61st anniversary of the signing of the an armistice that halted fighting in the Korean War.
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · The data recorder was recovered from the Air Algerie AH5017 debris field in southern Mali. Investigators are linking Thursday’s crash that killed 118 to bad weather.
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · The roundup: Twitter released a scorecard showing that its workforce is largely male and white. And what happens to our digital stuff after we log off for the last time?
 

Arts & Life

July 26, 2014 | NPR · Remember in Empire Strikes Back where Han Solo slices open the belly of a tauntaun so Luke can stay warm? That’s not much different from how Eli Presser climbs into his T-Rex costume.
 

July 26, 2014 | NPR · Newly-released love letters from President Warren Harding to his mistress make some wonder whether she was trying to influence foreign policy. NPR’s Scott Simon talks to historian Jim Robenalt.
 

July 26, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with Stephen L. Carter about his new novel, Back Channel. It’s a political thriller set during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · For Eric Deggans, Prince’s movie wasn’t just a spectacle. Sitting in a theater packed with kids his age, he saw Purple Rain as “a validation of the musical world I was already seeking out.”
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · With labor negotiations growing more strained, a lockout seems likely next week at the Metropolitan Opera. Management says payroll must be trimmed while unions want to curb production costs.
 

July 26, 2014 | NPR · Soul singer Bobby Patterson got his start in the 1960s, and he’s still singing. At 70 he’s put out a new album, “I Got More Soul.” NPR’s Scott Simon talks to Patterson about the album.
 

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