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'Epic Pale Whale Fail': Oswalt's Contribution To 'Moby Dick'

Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt appeared at three Los Angeles library branches Saturday to read aloud from Herman Melville's Moby Dick and discuss its complexities with audience members. Host Arun Rath talks to Oswalt about his obsession with the white whale.

When AM Radio Was More Than Talk And Static

Dick Biondi, a radio DJ since the 1950s, has worked for 28 stations and has been fired 25 times, and may have been the first person to play the Beatles on the radio in the U.S. Host Scott Simon asks Biondi about those days, and what keeps him in radio at age 81.

No Schmear Job: A Brief History Of Bagels And Lox

The origin of the bagel "is somewhat mysterious," says a writer who recently explored the topic. What is unquestionable is that bagel met and married lox in New York. But as in so many modern unions, both partners came to the marriage with plenty of baggage.

A Road Trip Sparks An Unlikely Friendship In 'Norvelt To Nowhere'

Young Jack hits the road with his cranky, elderly teacher Miss Volker (and a couple of cranky, elderly cars) in From Norvelt to Nowhere, the new young adult novel from Jack Gantos. The sequel to 2011's Newbery-winning Dead End in Norvelt is set in 1962, in the shadow of the Cuban missile crisis.

Not My Job: Comedian Jeff Garlin Gets Quizzed On The IgNobels

Every year, the Journal of Improbable Research gives out its IgNobel Prizes, for groundbreaking scientific research into important but neglected areas of knowledge. We'll ask Garlin about three of those winners.

Stuart Blumberg Really Wants To Talk About Sex

The director, who also co-wrote the 2010 indie hit The Kids Are All Right, joins NPR's Audie Cornish to chat about his film Thanks for Sharing, a romantic comedy that follows three men (and one woman) through stories of sex addiction and recovery.

All Across Brazil, The Art Scene Is Shifting

Not only are Brazilian artists now getting big play in major museums around the world, but something new is happening inside Brazil: There's a burgeoning appetite for art.

Hiroshi Yamauchi, Nintendo's Visionary President, Dies

Yamauchi re-imagined Nintendo from a playing-card company to a pioneer in the video game industry. He helped launch games that marked adolescence in the '80s and '90s.

Gandolfini Is So Vivid In 'Enough Said,' You Forget He's Gone

The late actor stars opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the new comedy about a divorced TV archivist who falls in love with a divorced masseuse. David Edelstein praises Louis-Dreyfus' farcical timing, as well Gandolfini's ability to change his rhythm and demeanor.
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"Miss Manners Minds Your Business:" Etiquette In The Workplace

Whether you're a cubicle dweller or occupy a corner office, proper protocol in the office has changed drastically in recent years. Enter Miss Manners, aka Judith Martin, who takes on everything from email etiquette to office dress codes in a new book.