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Macy Gray: 'I Still See My Voice As Odd'

Multiplatinum-selling artist Macy Gray has one of the most distinctive voices in the music industry, and yet she's still in turmoil about it. She talks with host Michel Martin about her voice, creative process, and new tour with saxophonist David Murray.
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'Blair Witch' Director Hoping To Film At Abandoned Frederick Mall

The director of 1999's "Blair Witch Project" wants to come back to Maryland to film his next movie.


Book News: The FBI Monitored Mexican Writer Carlos Fuentes

Also: Lemony Snicket on storytelling; the best books coming out this week.

An Ever-Changing L.A. Links Walter Mosley To His Midcentury P.I.

Six years ago, the mystery writer sent Easy Rawlins off a cliff, seemingly killing him off; now, Easy's back on the streets his creator once called home. Mosley says other than Los Angeles, he and his detective hero don't have much in common, but NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates begs to differ.

A Mother Rescues Her Daughter From War-Torn Syria

When her abusive ex-husband kidnapped their daughter and returned to Syria, Louise Monaghan went after them. The story of how she escaped with her life and her daughter is the subject of her new book, Stolen.

Punter Kluwe Muses On Life, The Universe And 'Sparkleponies'

Oakland Raiders punter Chris Kluwe is known for his colorful opinions and his vocal support of gay marriage. His musings are now collected in a new book, Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football and Assorted Absurdities.

Keep Calm As A Clam

Every answer is a two-word phrase in which both words start with C and are anagrams of each other. For example, "tranquil sea creature" would be "calm clam."

'Arab Idol' Win Unites Palestinians In Jubilant Celebration

Palestinian Mohammad Assaf won the singing competition Saturday night, sending crowds of supporters into the streets in Gaza and the West Bank. "He shows that Palestine is not only a country of wars and battles," one fan said. "Palestine has talent, genius and nice singers."

Is This Dog Really That Ugly?

A big-headed, duck-footed, 4-year-old beagle-basset mix captured the title of World's Ugliest Dog, despite stiff competition from a gang of Chinese cresteds.

Coppola And Watson On Teens, Fame And 'Bling'

NPR's Scott Simon talks to writer-director Sofia Coppola and actress Emma Watson about their film The Bling Ring, in which a group of celebrity-mad teens rob the homes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and others. It's based on a true story.