Brian Castner commanded two Explosive Ordnance Disposal units in Iraq, where his team disabled roadside IEDs and investigated the aftermath of roadside car bombings. He returned home a completely different man, which he details in his memoir, The Long Walk.
The Latin funk group began as a side band by some members of the Grammy-winning Latin ensemble Grupo Fantasma. They wanted to test new sounds but quickly learned they had something bigger to offer. Now, Brownout is getting lots of fans and glowing reviews. Their newest album is Oozy. Member Greg Gonzales talks with guest host Maria Hinojosa.
All summer long, fellow NPR program Weekends on All Things Considered is asking directors, actors and producers what movie they could watch over and over again. To Kill A Mockingbird is an all-time favorite for Whoopi Goldberg, the actor, comedian and talk show host.
In his new book Electrified Sheep, Alex Boese explores a colorful side of science, filled with bizarre experiments and eccentric scientists, like the surgeon who decided to operate on himself, and Benjamin Franklin, who gave mouth-to-beak resuscitation to a bird.
Written 50 years ago this summer, it's just been dubbed the second-most recorded pop song ever. It's been covered by everyone from Frank Sinatra to Amy Winehouse to the Yale Whiffenpoofs. What song is it? Here's a hint: It's Brazilian and it's about a girl.
We're asking people this summer what's on their nightstand. Author Paul Theroux, probably best known for his travel writing, gives us his summer reading pick: Rough Stone Rolling, by Richard Lyman Bushman.
Twenty years ago, a dozen basketball players were dispatched to Barcelona to represent the United States in the Olympics. The team was something the world of sports had never seen before, and probably never will again. Guest host David Greene talks with Jack McCallum about his new book on the players, Dream Team.
Saltwater taffy makes sense in a beach town. Snow cones and popsicles also seem like great summer treats. So commentator Bonny Wolf is wondering why the mainstay of so many beach and summer resort towns is the doughnut shop.
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