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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.

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

NPR | May 21, 2015

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.

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'Sophie Stark' Finds It Hard To Learn How To Be Human

NPR | May 19, 2015 6:40 a.m.

Anna North's new novel is narrated by friends and family after the death of troubled filmmaker Sophie. Critic Michael Schaub calls it "a bold and graceful novel, executed with incredible artistry."


First Listen: The Vaccines, 'English Graffiti'

NPR | May 20, 2015 12:36 p.m.

The band jettisons post-punk thrash in favor of a Top 40 pop sound that recalls the mid-'80s.

NW Life | local | Oregon Historical Photo Of The Week

Oregon Historical Photo: John Day, Oregon

OPB | May 18, 2015 midnight

The Chinese in late 1800s America were highly discriminated against. Two Chinese men, herbal doctor Ing "Doc" Hay and businessman Lung On, managed to make themselves indispensable to white and Chinese societies in the central Oregon town of John Day.


B.B. King On Life, Plantation Living And His 'Droopy-Drawers' Sound

NPR | May 18, 2015 7:09 a.m.

"I'm never any better than my last concert or the last time I played," B.B. King told Fresh Air.


After 42 Years, Juilliard String Quartet Cellist To Step Down

NPR | May 21, 2015 7 a.m.

Joel Krosnick, a member of the quartet since 1974, says he "will miss every single note."

Entertainment | Arts

'Mad Men' Ends, Singing A Familiar Song

NPR | May 18, 2015 11:48 a.m.

The multiple-Emmy-winning drama series ended on Sunday night with a finale that saw change in some corners and a total lack of change in others.