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If Literature's Great Characters Could Text, They'd Charm Your Pantalets Off

Texts from Jane Eyre imagines a Mr. Rochester who worries over his "attic wife" and a super flirty Scarlett O'Hara: "did you know that pantalets are out this year[?] that's why I'm not wearing any :)"

Whether Green With Envy Or Tickled Pink, We Live In A Color-Coded World

Red means stop; green means go. You live in a red state or a blue state. Elizabeth Blair kicks off NPR's color series with a look at the way color organizes our lives — in ways we don't even realize.

A 3-Star General Explains 'Why We Lost' In Iraq, Afghanistan

In his new book, a former Army lieutenant general compares the war on terrorism to Alcoholics Anonymous: "Step one is admitting you have a problem."

James Earl Jones: From Stutterer To Janitor To Broadway Star

The 83-year-old was once a farm kid who didn't want to talk. Today, the unmistakable stage and screen actor (not to mention the voice of Darth Vader) still calls himself a "journeyman actor."

'The Black Horn': Blowing Past Classical Music's Color Barriers

Robert Lee Watt, the first black French horn player to join a major U.S. symphony, spent 37 years with the LA Philharmonic. He faced a lot of resistance along the way, as his new memoir recounts.

Remembering Hedy Lamarr: Actress, Weapons Systems Developer

Renaissance woman Hedy Lamarr was born on this day 100 years ago. Not only was she a major screen actress, she was also an inventor. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates speaks with Lamarr biographer Richard Rhodes.

Inhalable Chocolate? Ingestible Ideas From A Lab For The Senses

A real-life Willy Wonka invites scientists, designers, composers, artists and chefs to collaborate on novel foods and other cultural confections.

Richard III: Not Such A Bad Guy After All?

Archaeologist Mike Pitts' new book, Digging for Richard III, recounts the search for the king's skeleton — and sheds new light on a ruler who's often seen as one of history's great villains.

Imagining Lives That Might Have Happened In 'End Of Days'

German author Jenny Erpenbeck's new novel grapples with the classic question: What if? What if one choice, one event goes differently, and the whole course of your life changes?

McDonald's Enlists 'Mythbusters' Host To Explain Its Contents

Facing declining sales and rumors about quality, McDonalds has launched a social media campaign focused on the public's questions about its food. But is it a case of too much information?