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'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.

'Me' Too: For Gru, Another Shot At Global Domination

There will be hits and misses at movie houses this summer, but it's a decent bet Despicable Me 2 will end up in the that-went-well column. NPR's Elizabeth Blair looks at the appeal of the sequel's singularly villainous hero.

Not My Job: Booker T. Jones Takes A Quiz On Funyuns

Booker T. & the M.G.'s made it big in 1962 with the song "Green Onions." But since that sounds suspiciously natural for the United States, we'll ask him about Funyuns instead.

Ghost Island Looms Large Among Displaced Inupiat Eskimos

About 50 years ago, the native Alaskans were forced to leave their ancestral home on King Island, in the Bering Sea. Now, an Anchorage poet has crowdsourced enough money to bring a group of former King Islanders and their descendants back for a visit.

Paula Deen's Contract Is Toast After Quick-Fire Criticism

The Food Network will not renew the celebrity chef's contract at the end of the month, following backlash from a deposition for a discrimination lawsuit in which Deen admitted to using the N-word.
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Alice Smith

We speak with the singer-songwriter about her new album, "She," and coming into her own as a musician.


The Kendama: Can A Wooden Toy Be A Viral Sensation?

The kendama is a traditional wooden toy, but its appeal is spreading rapidly.

Mastering A Sea Monster: From Greece, A Lesson In Grilling Octopus

The Greeks have been eating octopus since ancient times, but there's an art to grilling these tentacled sea creatures. An octopus has to be dried in the sun for at least a day first. Otherwise, the flesh just steams and turns into "a rubbery mass."