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Iconic Literary Road Trips, Mapped In Time For Summer

The website Atlas Obscura has mapped out a dozen famous road trips in American literature, from Mark Twain's stagecoach journey to F. Scott Fitzgerald's drive from Connecticut to Montgomery, Ala.

An Unlikely Pair Form A Wily Duo In 'Crooked Heart'

An orphan boy becomes friends with the scheming woman who takes him in in Lissa Evans' new novel, Crooked Heart. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with her about her WWII-era novel.

Put An Herb In It: Lebanon's Fresh Approach To Beer And Cocktails

Herbs like za'atar and sumac have long been stars of Lebanese cuisine. Now they're moving out of the kitchen and into beers and cocktails, infusing them with a patriotic taste.

Retracing Ralph Waldo Emerson's Steps In A Now 'Unchanged Eden'

A century and a half ago, the poet and philosopher headed to New York's Adirondack Mountains with some notable pals. Today, we follow his journey with a new crew, the help of a painting and a book.
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Fairfax County Finds That A Boost Of Creativity Goes A Long Way For The Aging

Creative Aging programs have taken hold throughout the D.C. region. At one senior center in Virginia, a piano man finds energy in music, and a lady has brought a lot of friends into the program.


'Fresh Air' Remembers 'Billy Bathgate' Author E. L. Doctorow

Doctorow, who died Tuesday at the age of 84, was the author of dozens of novels, many of which combined fictional characters and real people in a historical context. Originally broadcast in 1989.

A Holocaust Survivor Searches For Her Past In Christian Petzold's 'Phoenix'

A concentration camp survivor seeks a reunion with the husband who may have betrayed her in a new film set in post-war Berlin. Critic David Edelstein calls Phoenix a "morbidly romantic drama."

Rediscovering The Thrill Of George Balanchine's New York City Ballet

Lloyd Schwartz discusses the timeless appeal of the late choreographer George Balanchine. "[He] was our Shakespeare. ... watching a Balanchine ballet is like watching music come alive," he says.

'Fresh Air' Remembers Broadcast News Pioneer Marlene Sanders

Reporter and newscaster Sanders died Tuesday at the age of 84. In 1964, she made broadcast history when she was the first woman to anchor a network evening newscast. Originally broadcast in 1988.

Too Good To Be True: TV Reporter Was In On Magicians' Photobomb

Both Sky News and journalist Ashish Joshi have confirmed that the report never aired on the channel, deflating some of the buzz about a magical stunt.