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Thoughts Of Fall Butt Into Lazy Day Of Summer

For our look at summer poetry, we turn to Charlotte Boulay, a Philadelphia-based poet, with "The End of Summer." She offers a poem that, on its surface, is about an idyllic activity: taking a nap.
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Medical Examiner: 'Staying Alive Is Mostly Common Sense'

Forget what CSI told you about the job: it's less about solving crimes and more about accidents. Judy Melinek hopes to paint a more accurate picture of the profession in her new book, Working Stiff.
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On 'Wizard Wars,' Contestants Must Make Magic From The Mundane

SyFy's new show has up-and-coming magicians compete for cash by creating illusions out of ordinary objects. Angela Funovits is a mentalist, a dermatologist — and one of the show's expert "wizards."
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At Life's Last Threshold, Choir Brings Comfort

At a hospice in Nashville, volunteers sing hymns and lullabies to the dying. They're part of a national organization that uses music to soothe life's final passage.
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Race Change Surgery Is Reality In 'Your Face In Mine'

What if you could undergo racial reassignment surgery and switch races? That's the premise of a new novel, Your Face in Mine. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with author Jess Row.
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Chemical Dump Poisons A Texas Town In 'Friendswood'

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Rene Steinke about her new book, Friendswood. The novel follows four characters who must deal with the legacy of a toxic leak in their small Texas town.
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A Night At The Museum ... With Robots

For five nights at London's Tate Britain museum, four robots are roving through the halls controlled by people around the world.
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On The Track, The 'First Lady' Of Audi Calls The Shots

Leena Gade of Audi Sport oversees mechanics, engineers and drivers. In 2011, she became the first female race engineer to win the Le Mans.
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Lois Lowry Says 'The Giver' Was Inspired By Her Father's Memory Loss

Lowry's father didn't have Alzheimer's, but as he began to forget his past, the author says she began to imagine a book about eliminating painful memories. The Giver has just been adapted into a film.
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College Professor's Life Is Upended In 'Small Blessings'

The new novel Small Blessings follows the intertwined lives of academics and their family members in a small Southern college town. NPR's Scott Simon talks with auther Martha Woodruff.

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