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State of Wonder: May 23, 2015

OPB | May 23, 2015

Sit down! Stay a while! We never talk anymore! Except this week, we do. Long chats with Philip Glass, Dan Vidmar of Shy Girls, and two shakers in the maker movement.

A Long, Winding Trajectory Leads To Art Of Ballistics

OPB | May 21, 2015

In this artist feature, Watts and Reynaud tell the story of how a problem with Reynaud’s passport helped launch Art of Ballistics.

The Science Of 'Collected Fiction' Is Pure Magic

NPR | May 20, 2015

Finnish sci-fi author Hannu Rajaniemi's new collection spans everything from haunted spacesuits to the HMV logo. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says her only criticism is that not every story is perfect.

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What's On Your Road Trip Playlist?

NPR | May 22, 2015 1:43 p.m.

Hear our playlist of songs listeners say are essential for a long drive, then suggest your own.

Arts | Entertainment

Terry Gross To Marc Maron: 'Life Is Harder Than Radio'

NPR | May 22, 2015 1:25 p.m.

The WTF host asks the Fresh Air host about her childhood, her start in radio and her record-strewn apartment. Gross says Maron's "no bulls***" style made her feel comfortable opening up.


#NPRReads: Social Concern And The Drought In California

NPR | May 22, 2015 9:21 a.m.

Also this week, a profile of plus-sized model Tess Holliday, algorithms in plain(ish) English, and suicide clusters in Palo Alto, Calif.

Books | Arts

Beyond The Best-Sellers: Nancy Pearl Recommends Under-The-Radar Reads

NPR | May 22, 2015 8:11 a.m.

NPR's go-to books guru has sent host Steve Inskeep a stack of books — titles she thinks deserve more attention than they've been getting. Here are her fiction picks, to kick off your summer reading.


In 'The Seeds Of Time,' One Man's Quest To Save Our Food Supply

NPR | May 21, 2015 2:33 p.m.

Sandy McLeod's documentary is a portrait of Cary Fowler, an agriculturalist who is building a biological archive to maintain crop diversity.