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Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
11:03 am
Fri November 1, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of October 31, 2013

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 12:24 pm

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt, is an epic 771-page tale of love, loss and art. It debuts at No. 1.

NPR Bestseller List
11:03 am
Fri November 1, 2013

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of October 31, 2013

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

Parallels
10:44 am
Fri November 1, 2013

London Wants To Be A Center Of Islamic Finance. Why?

London's Shard building was built with Islamic financing.
Karen Prinsloo EPA /Landov

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 12:56 pm

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced this week that he wanted London to become "one of the great capitals of Islamic finance anywhere in the world."

Cameron said Britain will issue sukuk, or Islamic bonds, valued at $320 million as early as next year.

But what does all that mean? We take a look:

What are Islamic bonds?

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All Songs Considered
10:38 am
Fri November 1, 2013

The Good Listener: How Long Is The Perfect Concert?

We're giving The Decemberists 10 minutes with this crowd.
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Originally published on Sun November 3, 2013 10:21 am

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the 500 pounds of generic Circus Peanuts we intend to melt down for home insulation is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, a request for a unifying theory of concert length.

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Remembrances
10:34 am
Fri November 1, 2013

The Story Behind The Stunts: Remembering Hollywood's Hal Needham

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 2:54 pm

Hollywood stuntman Hal Needham — one of the most famous practitioners of his dangerous craft — died of cancer on Oct. 25 at age 82. We'll listen back to a conversation with Needham from Feb. 7, 2011, when he had just published a memoir, called Stuntman!: My Car-Crashing, Plane-Jumping, Bone-Breaking, Death-Defying Hollywood Life.

Hal Needham spent most of the 1950s and '60s falling off horses, wrecking stagecoach wagons and falling from really, really high places.

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Interviews
10:34 am
Fri November 1, 2013

From Kids' Books To Erotica, Tomi Ungerer's 'Far Out' Life

Tomi Ungerer has published more than 140 books.
Sam Norval Corner of the Cave Media

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 2:54 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on July 1, 2013. Far Out Isn't Far Enough has just been released on DVD.

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The Protojournalist
10:13 am
Fri November 1, 2013

How It Sounds: To Be A Barista

Lisa McNally

For six years, Lisa McNally, 33, has worked as a Starbucks barista in Columbus, Ohio. These are the sounds of Lisa's job.

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What does your job sound like? Please send a recording of four sounds that tell the story of your job — at this moment in time — to protojournalist@npr.org. Please include your name, age and where you live. You may be contacted for an interview.

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A Blog Supreme
10:09 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Frank Wess, Basie Woodwind Specialist, Dies

Frank Wess appears at a tribute concert in 2007.
Hiroyuki Ito Getty Images

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The Two-Way
9:59 am
Fri November 1, 2013

VIDEO: 'Mouse Vs. Cookie,' A Little Guy's Tale Of Triumph

Can he get that cracker up on to the shelf and safely away?
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Is the boss getting on your nerves?

Did somebody leave behind an empty coffee pot again?

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It's All Politics
9:45 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Top Pollster Sees Evidence Of Political 'Shock Wave'

Demonstrators march toward the U.S. Capitol on Saturday to demand that Congress investigate the National Security Agency's mass surveillance programs.
Fang Zhe Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 11:41 am

Here's an email that caught my eye Thursday. It's from Republican Bill McInturff, one of the best pollsters around and not someone known to hyperbolize. He was discussing the results of this month's NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey, which he conducts with Democrat Peter Hart.

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The Two-Way
9:12 am
Fri November 1, 2013

It Wasn't Crack Toronto's Mayor Was Smoking, Lawyer Suggests

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford as he faced reporters questions Thursday.
Mark Blinch Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 11:16 am

An already dramatic story took another dramatic turn Friday when Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's lawyer challenged police to release a video that news outlets have said shows the mayor smoking what appears to have been crack cocaine.

What's more, attorney Dennis Morris suggested in an interview with CBC News that if Ford was caught on video smoking anything, it might have been marijuana or tobacco.

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TED Radio Hour
8:34 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Success

Is success objective or subjective?
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"There is real danger of a disconnect between what's on your business card and who you are deep inside, and it's not a disconnect that the world is ready to be patient with." — Alain de Botton

Success has become synonymous with financial wealth, influence and status. But can we define success in another way — one that welcomes a broader range of accomplishment? It may not be as obvious as you think. In this hour, TED speakers share ideas for what makes us successful.

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TED Radio Hour
8:34 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Can You Smile Your Way To Success?

James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 8:15 am

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Success.

About Ron Gutman's TEDTalk

Smile! It just might make you a success. Ron Gutman says your smile can be a predictor of how long you'll live — and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being.

About Ron Gutman

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TED Radio Hour
8:34 am
Fri November 1, 2013

What's A Kinder Way To Frame Success?

James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 1:51 pm

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Success.

About Alain De Botton's TEDTalk

Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure — and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.

About Alain De Botton

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TED Radio Hour
8:34 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Are People With 'Dirty Jobs' The Most Successful?

Robert Leslie TED

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 1:51 pm

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Success.

About Mike Rowe's Talk

Follow your passion? It won't make you successful, says Mike Rowe. He believes blue collar workers, the people who make life possible for the rest of us, are unjustifiably degraded in society today — and might be the most successful people.

About Mike Rowe

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TED Radio Hour
8:34 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Is Having Grit The Key To Success?

Ryan Lash TED

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 1:43 pm

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Success.

About Angela Duckworth's TEDTalk

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh-graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.

About Angela Duckworth

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TED Radio Hour
8:34 am
Fri November 1, 2013

How Can Drive Make You A Success?

Robert Leslie TED

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 1:51 pm

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Success.

About Tony Robbin's TEDTalk

Tony Robbins makes it his business to know why we do the things we do. Robbins has shared his views with millions through his seminars and his best-selling books. In this talk, he discusses the "invisible forces" that motivate everyone's actions — and high-fives Al Gore in the front row.

About Tony Robbins

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Monkey See
8:32 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Making Toddlers Into Nerds

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It's been more than two and a half years since we last did a show packed with recommendations of pop culture (and other culture) for kids. We figured it was about time to do it again, for reasons we'll get into in the episode, so here we are.

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It's All Politics
8:01 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Senate Judicial Fights Become As Much About Obama As His Picks

On June 4, President Obama introduces his nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit: from right, Patricia Ann Millett, Cornelia T. L. Pillard and Robert L. Wilkins.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Senate judicial confirmation fights sure have changed over the past decade.

The battles of 2005, particularly the fights over three judges President George W. Bush nominated to federal appeals court positions, were very much about the ideology of the nominees.

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The Two-Way
8:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Legal Issues Settled, Dylan's Guitar May Sell For $500,000

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 11:11 am

Now that Bob Dylan's no longer talking about it not being the guitar he played when he famously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, a sunburst Fender Stratocaster is to be auctioned by Christie's on Dec. 6.

The pre-sale hype has it going for as much as $500,000.

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Shots - Health News
7:44 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Seeing In The Pitch-Dark Is All In Your Head

I think I can see something.
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Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 9:13 am

A few years ago, cognitive scientist Duje Tadin and his colleague Randolph Blake decided to test blindfolds for an experiment they were cooking up.

They wanted an industrial-strength blindfold to make sure volunteers for their work wouldn't be able to see a thing. "We basically got the best blindfold you can get." Tadin tells Shots. "It's made of black plastic, and it should block all light."

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It's All Politics
7:27 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Friday Political Mix: Democratic Jitters Over Obamacare's Woes

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough after anxious Senate Democrats met privately on Capitol Hill with Obama administration officials about Obamacare, Oct. 31, 2013.
J. Scott Applewhite - AP Photos J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 7:34 am

Good morning, fellow political junkies.

It's one month since the Affordable Care Act's health-exchange website went live and many Democrats would clearly love a do-over.

While that won't be forthcoming, they did get some handholding from Obama administration officials Thursday. But it will take more than that to quell the jitters as Democrats see what they had hoped would be a political asset in 2014, their signature healthcare legislation, threaten to become a liability.

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Parallels
7:23 am
Fri November 1, 2013

World Headlines: It's Asia's Turn To Be Outraged Over Spying

A view of the Australian embassy (center-right) and surrounding buildings in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Indonesian government summoned the Australian envoy in Jakarta over reports that his embassy was involved in U.S.-led surveillance operations.
Mast Irham EPA /LANDOV

Indonesia, Kompas

There's more fallout over disclosures that the U.S. spied on many of its allies — this time in Indonesia.

The Foreign Ministry on Friday summoned Greg Moriarty, the Australian ambassador to Indonesia, over allegations that Australian diplomatic posts, including the one in Jakarta, were used as part of the U.S. surveillance network.

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Alt.Latino
7:03 am
Fri November 1, 2013

A Sonic Altar: Celebrating The Day Of The Dead

A woman disguised as "Catrina" poses for a photo in Guadalajara, Mexico. La Catrina is the Mexican representation of death, created 100 years ago by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada.
Hector Guerrero AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 11:40 am

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The Record
7:03 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Holding Music History In Your Hands: Why Archives Matter

Ma Rainey Georgia Jazz Band posing for a studio group shot in the mid-1920s, with Thomas A. Dorsey at the piano.
JP Jazz Archive Redferns

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 6:23 pm

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The Two-Way
6:43 am
Fri November 1, 2013

U.S. Spying Efforts Sometimes 'Reached Too Far,' Kerry Says

Secretary of State John Kerry.
Fang Zhe Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 12:10 pm

Some of the electronic surveillance programs of the National Security Agency have been on "automatic pilot" in recent years and have inappropriately "reached too far," Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.

Kerry's comments are causing something of a stir.

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The Two-Way
6:27 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Book News: Medical Thriller Writer Michael Palmer Dies At 71

Michael Palmer poses at his home in Swampscott, Mass., in this 2002 photo.
Joel Page AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Feminist, Foodie, Filmmaker — Ephron Did It All, And Wrote About It, Too

Ilona Lieberman Knopf

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 5:21 pm

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The Two-Way
5:46 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Obama Aides Considered A Clinton-For-Biden Switch, Book Says

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Biden at a White House event in October 2011. A new book says President Obama's aides were then studying whether to replace Biden with the former first lady on the 2012 ticket.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 10:52 am

"President Obama's top aides secretly considered replacing Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. with Hillary Rodham Clinton on the 2012 ticket, undertaking extensive focus-group sessions and polling in late 2011 when Mr. Obama's re-election outlook appeared uncertain," The New York Times reports.

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Strange News
4:41 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Hallmark Under Fire For Dropping 'Gay' From Christmas Lyric

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 5:46 am

A Hallmark Christmas ornament has drawn criticism from people who accuse the greeting card company of political correctness and anti-gay bias. The ornament — a tiny sweater — is decorated with the words "Don we now our FUN apparel!" "Fun" replaces the word "gay" from the line in the Christmas song "Deck the Halls." Hallmark says it was trying to avoid misinterpretation and should never have made the change.

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