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How Superman Explains America

Seventy-five years after he first appeared in comics, Superman continues to occupy a unique space in the American cultural imagination. But even though Superman's been a constant presence in comics, radio and television, his ethos has consistently shifted to suit the evolving needs of American audiences. Author Glen Weldon joins us to explore what Superman can teach us about the American psyche, from the days he spent fighting slot machines to the release of this summer's blockbuster flick, "Man of Steel."

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'Swiss Army Man' Directors Explain The Symbolism Behind A Farting Corpse

The directors of Swiss Army Man — Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert — talk to NPR's Kelly McEvers about what inspired them to make a movie about a flatulent corpse, and the deeper meaning behind it.
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Can Arnold Schwarzenegger Persuade China To Eat Less Meat?

Like the U.S., China is battling obesity and climate change. So it's urging citizens to eat less meat — and spreading the word with public service ads featuring Hollywood stars.
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The Man Who Argued Health Care For Obama Looks Back As He Steps Down

The day after Solicitor General Donald Verrilli announced he was stepping down, he sat down with NPR's Nina Totenberg to reflect on his five years as the government's chief advocate.
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Shock, Rage And Gallows Humor: A Brexit Backlash On Social Media

Young voters had overwhelmingly voted to remain in the European Union. Now there's a flood of anger from those who accuse older generations of choosing a future they don't want.

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