James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' And 'Maverick' Dies At 86

Garner was known for wise-cracking, tough-guy characters who were not afraid to bend the rules. NPR's Arun Rath talks with biographer Jon Winokur about the actor's prolific career.

Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw?

NPR | July 23, 2014 2:44 p.m.

Dog owners don't doubt that their pooch has feelings. But scientists aren't so sure. An experiment found that dogs act upset, dare we say jealous, when their owners ignore them for a stuffed animal.

Don't Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes

NPR | July 22, 2014 2:47 p.m.

Researchers have stumbled on an ingenious idea: Use bubble wrap as a cheap test tube and petri dish. They've even run tests on blood that's sitting inside the poppable packaging. So how does it work?

Your Chance To Put The 'Portland' In IFC's Portlandia

OPB | July 22, 2014 10:54 a.m.

Calling all those retired people, both young and old: Portlandia is gearing up for season five and looking for local extras.

Fitness Trainer Shaun T: 'I Understand Why You Feel Weak'

NPR | July 21, 2014 11:43 a.m.

Shaun Thompson, the man behind hit fitness programs Insanity and Hip Hop Abs, says he got his big break after he gained the strength to leave an abusive relationship and pursue his dreams.

'Transformers' Inspires Chinese Farmer-Artists

NPR | July 20, 2014 9:08 a.m.

Some Chinese farmers have left their plows and taken to welding giant robot replicas for public spaces. The craze follows release of the new Transformers movie, China's biggest-ever box office hit.

James Garner, Of The '70s TV Show 'The Rockford Files,' Dies

NPR | July 20, 2014 8:53 a.m.

Actor James Garner, whose rugged but affable character made hits out of the TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, has died. He was 86.

In The World Of Global Gestures, The Fist Bump Stands Alone

NPR | July 19, 2014 4:08 a.m.

Obama does it. And increasingly, so do folks around the world. Why is the fist bump so popular? And do other cultures have similar gestures?

What Does It Take To Dive Into Dangerous Waters?

NPR | July 18, 2014 11:35 a.m.

In pitch-black, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, hallucinating, Diana Nyad kept swimming. She describes the journey of her historic 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida, at age 64.

Anthony Mackie: Marvel Brings Humanity To Its Characters

NPR | July 18, 2014 10:07 a.m.

Step aside Steve Rogers, the Falcon is the new Capt. America. Anthony Mackie plays Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and he talks to about the character's cultural significance.

Does Le Return Of LeBron Signal A Comeback For Cleveland?

NPR | July 18, 2014 10:07 a.m.

From LeBron James' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers to longtime NFL reporter Pam Oliver being sidelined from the sidelines, the Barbershop guys weigh in on the latest news.

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