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May 30, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Scott Simon thinks most students stop listening to adults — including their commencement speakers — by age 11. So for this graduation season, he gives life advice to fifth graders.
 

May 27, 2015 | NPR · Ophira Eisenberg talks to this week’s VIP, Anna Chlumsky, who plays Chief of Staff Amy Brookheimer on HBO’s Veep.
 

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.
 

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May 23, 2015 | NPR · We’ve invited Aiken, the founder of Clay Nation, to answer three questions about the animation technique that gave us Gumby and Davey and Goliath.
 

May 21, 2015 | NPR · Also on the list of 6,500 new Scrabble words: aji (the pepper), coqui (the frog) and the more old-fashioned ixnay and zowee. Or you could just say yeesh — if you’ve got the right tiles.
 

May 17, 2015 | NPR · Every answer is the name of a country. For each word given, ignore the vowels. The consonants, in order from left to right, are the same consonants in the same order as in the country.
 

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May 16, 2015 | NPR · The life coach behind the Unleash the Power Within seminars has built his career around motivating people. We invited the go-getter to answer three questions about incredibly lazy people.
 

May 14, 2015 | NPR · Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner joins us in Santa Barbara, Calif., to talk screenwriting, life before success, and his secret past as a Jeopardy! champion.
 

May 10, 2015 | NPR · Every answer is the name of a well-known U.S. city. For every word given, ignore the vowels. The word’s consonants are the same consonants appearing in the same order as those in the city’s name.
 

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May 9, 2015 | NPR · Buscemi wasn’t always a famous actor. He was once just a young man taking the civil service test. If things had gone differently, he could have had a career in any number of exciting government jobs.
 

 

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May 30, 2015 | NPR · In April, Mohamed Soltan, 27, was sentenced to life in prison for his ties to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. He had been on a more than year-long hunger strike.
 

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May 30, 2015 | NPR · The photographer, who died this week, turned her lens on the marginal people of the world. One of her most acclaimed projects was her series of photos taken in the brothels of Mumbai.
 

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May 30, 2015 | NPR · Health officials in South Korea are coming under fire after cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, swelled from one to 13 inside of two weeks.
 

Arts & Life

May 30, 2015 | NPR · Bill Shirer brought stories of war in Europe into American homes. NPR’s Scott Simon talks with Ken Cuthbertson about his new book, A Complex Fate: William L. Shirer and the American Century.
 

May 30, 2015 | NPR · Dutch art detective Arthur Brand helped recover the pieces — including two bronze horses that used to stand outside the Reich Chancellery and which were thought to have been destroyed in the war.
 

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May 30, 2015 | NPR · When Will Hodgkinson was a kid, his father, a journalist, was hit with a bad case of food poisoning. Over the long recovery period, he rethought his life — and decided to join the Brahma Kumaris.
 

Music

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May 30, 2015 | NPR · Everything changes — except theme-park playlists, where REO Speedwagon, Journey and Supertramp have never gone out of style. Why is that, exactly?
 

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May 30, 2015 | NPR · As men went off to combat in World War II, a group of Southern college women took to the bandstand. Meet the Darlinettes — hear their music and stories from their leader and their drummer.
 

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May 30, 2015 | NPR · The drummer is an NEA Jazz Master who’s played with everybody, including Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett. But for his new live album, DeJohnette called in some hometown pals.
 

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