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Simon Says
8:17 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Might Bad Handwriting Lead To 'Lend Me Your Beers'?

If the 325 lines from Thomas Kyd's play The Spanish Tragedy become accepted as William Shakespeare's work, it will be the first time new work has been added to Shakespeare's canon since Edward III was acknowledged as his in the 1990s.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 6:35 am

William Shakespeare was a singular genius who sometimes made that hard to see — or at least read.

The New York Times reports this week that modern computer analysis has persuaded scholars that 325 lines in the 1602 edition of Thomas Kyd's play The Spanish Tragedy were truly authored by Shakespeare.

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Author Interviews
8:15 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

'18 In America': Coast To Coast With Golf Clubs In Hand

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 6:35 am

When Dylan Dethier graduated from high school a few years ago, he didn't go on to the local college, join the Army or hitchhike cross-country. He hit golf courses, on a trip across America to play a round of golf in each of the Lower 48 states.

He played the posh course at Pebble Beach, yes; but mostly public courses across the country, including one in hard-hit Flint, Mich., another in North Dakota and one in a corner of Alabama. Over the course of a year he slept with an ax under his car seat, lost his virtue, and looked at America from green to shining green.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:15 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Mother Falcon: Tiny Desk Concert

Mother Falcon performs a Tiny Desk Concert in July 2013.
Hayley Bartels NPR

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 10:53 am

When it comes to Tiny Desk Concerts, we're suckers for milestones at NPR Music: We're gearing up to acknowledge No. 300, for example, and are constantly taking note of the first time a musician trots out a particular rare instrument or does something else no one has done in front of us before.

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Planet Money
8:14 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Episode 480: The Charity That Just Gives People Money

Bernard Omondi got $1,000 from GiveDirectly.
Jacob Goldstein NPR

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 6:22 pm

GiveDirectly is a charity that just gives money to poor people. The people who get the money can spend it on whatever they want. They never have to pay it back.

On today's show, we hear from someone who got money from GiveDirectly, from one of the founder's of the group, and from a few other people in the charity world.

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The Picture Show
8:14 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

A Serengeti Safari From The Safety Of Your Desk

Cubs of the Simba East pride: too young to kill but old enough to crave meat. Adult females, and sometimes males, do the hunting. Zebras and wildebeests rank high as chosen prey in the rainy season.
Michael Nichols National Geographic

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 2:52 pm

We don't often write about multimedia presentations — but if you haven't already seen it, you really should check out National Geographic's immersive project about the Serengeti lions.

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This Is NPR
8:14 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

The Curious Listener: Balance Of The Species

Katie Burk NPR

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 11:52 am

If we've learned one thing this summer it is that NPR listeners sure love their dogs. But what about our feline friends? Aren't they equally deserving of the limelight?

One Curious Listener thinks so. And he wrote us to say that he hasn't heard enough positive cat stories on NPR.

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Planet Money
8:13 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

4 Reasons Subprime Loans Are Back (For Cars)

Rates may vary.
David Zalubowski AP

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 5:22 pm

"I wasn't even looking for a new car," Katrece Poole told me. But two years ago, a local car dealership running a direct-mail ad campaign sent her a letter saying they were making loans to lots of buyers. So she went down to the dealership, filled out the paperwork, and got approved — despite the fact that her car had been repossessed in 2005 because she missed payments.

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Alt.Latino
8:13 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Play It Again: Latin Bands Reinterpret The Classics

Las Cafeteras' members embrace Son Jarocho — the traditional music of Veracruz, Mexico — and use it to create political protest songs.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 9:45 am

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NPR Story
8:12 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Cloud-based TV Startup May Pose Threat To Basic Cable

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 2:56 pm

An Internet-based company called Aereo is disrupting the way people watch television, and networks are not happy.

Aereo provides its subscribers with a tiny, TV antenna to pick up broadcast signals from network stations, and streams television content to their wireless devices.

Aereo is already in New York, Boston, and Atlanta, and it is coming to Utah on Monday. Houston, Dallas, and Detroit will also pick up Aereo in a couple of weeks.   

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NPR Story
8:12 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Chef Kathy Gunst's No-Cook Cooking

Kathy Gunst's "Tomato Vegetable Gazpacho." (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 2:56 pm

With the heat and humidity of summer, the kitchen is the last place most people want to be.

And that’s a shame, according to Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst, because this time of year is also the time when fresh vegetables and fruit are most abundant.

Her suggestion? No-cook cooking — using the bounty of summer to make salads and cold soups, spice up leftovers and create yummy desserts.

She shares seven recipes:

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