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Podcast Extra: Juan Gabriel And The Tricky Conversation About Sexual Identity

Many remembrances of Mexican vocalist Juan Gabriel suggest that he overcame homophobia in Mexico to achieve super-stardom. The reality is a bit more complicated.
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Not My Job: Pitcher Bill 'Spaceman' Lee Gets Quizzed On Kevin Spacey

Lee played for the Boston Red Sox in the 1970s and the Montreal Expos in the early 1980s. Known for his outspoken nature and unconventional left-handed pitch, he ended up with the nickname "Spaceman."
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#NPRreads: A Distraction For Labor Day Weekend, And Thoughts About Work

A fascinating true-crime case and the shame of being well-rested: two of the stories recommended by NPR staff, using the #NPRreads hashtag.
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Better Sit Down For This One: An Exciting Book About The History Of Chairs

OK, fine ... this new chair anthology might not keep you on the edge of your seat, but it does reveal some very interesting ideas about trends in design, culture and social values.
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We Got Your Letters: Listeners Puzzled By Tom Wolfe's Words On Evolution

NPR's Scott Simon's interview last week with author Tom Wolfe prompted an unusual number of responses from listeners regarding the author's questioning of some aspects of the theory of evolution.
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Former Journalist Sabaa Tahir Writes Dystopian Fantasies Inspired By The News

Tahir got the idea for her series An Ember in the Ashes in 2007, after she was asked to edit a haunting news story at The Washington Post.
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Ray Liotta On 'Goodfellas,' Acting And His Return To TV

"My career has been up and down, and I like it much better being up," Liotta says. He plays a corrupt NYC police lieutenant on the NBC series Shades of Blue. Originally broadcast Jan. 12, 2016.
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'Narcos' Actor Wagner Moura On Shedding The Weight Of Pablo Escobar

The Brazilian actor gained 40 pounds for his role as the notorious drug kingpin. He says getting back in shape "wasn't only about losing weight, but getting rid of that character."
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'The Curse Of Cash' Makes Case For A World Without Paper Money

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Kenneth Rogoff about his latest book, The Curse of Cash, in which he argues advanced economies should slowly phase out most paper currency.
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Robin Ha's New Cookbook Mixes Korean Cuisine With Comics

Korean-American artist Robin Ha's first cookbook is filled with recipes she learned from her mother. And appropriately, it's a comic book. Ha talks and cooks with NPR's Ari Shapiro.

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