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2:27 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

For Comedian Kumail Nanjiani, Getting Personal Is Complicated

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Nanjiani moved to the U.S. for college and stayed to pursue his comedy career. He stars in the HBO series Silicon Valley, now ending its second season. The new season of his Comedy Central show, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, premieres June 30.
Jason Kempin Getty Images for One Kid One World

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 4:02 pm

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Mama's Still Alive Today: 'Meursault' Investigates A Literary Murder

Courtesy of Other Press

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 12:25 pm

Some ideas are so clever it's a wonder no one has thought of them before. Case in point: Algerian writer Kamel Daoud's The Meursault Investigation, a response to Albert Camus' The Stranger, written from the point of view of the brother of the nameless Arab murdered by Camus' antihero Meursault.

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Music News
2:03 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Nashville's Living History Museum Expands

Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium re-opens this week with a new look.
Steve Lowry Ryman Auditorium

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 8:01 am

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The Two-Way
12:08 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Juan Felipe Herrera Named U.S. Poet Laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2008 for his collection Half of the World in Light.
Courtesy of Blue Flower Arts

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 7:20 pm

Poetry readers, prepare yourselves for a passing of the laurels. The Library of Congress announced in the wee hours Wednesday that the next U.S. poet laureate will be California writer Juan Felipe Herrera. He will be the first Latino poet to be appointed to the position.

"This is a mega-honor for me," Herrera said in the announcement, "for my family and my parents who came up north before and after the Mexican Revolution of 1910 — the honor is bigger than me."

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Music News
5:14 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

The Man Before The Guitar: Remembering Les Paul At 100

Les Paul's career as a guitarist and innovator led him to play jazz, pop and country with other legendary musicians for decades.
Courtesy of the Les Paul Foundation

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 6:57 pm

Say the name "Les Paul" to anybody born after 1960, and they'll probably think you're talking about an electric guitar. But the musician and inventor, who was born 100 years ago Tuesday, was also an accomplished jazz guitarist. Paul was never happier than when playing for a live audience.

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The Salt
2:20 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

As American As Iced Tea: A Brief, Sometimes Boozy History

It makes sense that Americans would set aside a day to celebrate iced tea, if only unofficially: We popularized this summertime favorite.
GraphicaArtis/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 3:31 pm

You'd be forgiven for not knowing this, but Wednesday is National Iced Tea Day. And while it's only an unofficial food holiday, it makes sense that Americans would set aside a day to celebrate this favorite summertime sip: We popularized it.

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Author Interviews
2:14 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

India's 1947 Partition And The 'Deadly Legacy' That Persists To This Day

British Maj. T.J. Monaghan (left) and Pvt. H. Farabrother of the Inniskilling Regiment of Northern Ireland, walk through wreckage after riots destroyed parts of the Punjab suburb of Amritsar, India, in March 1947.
AP

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 3:49 pm

Mahatma Gandhi, who used passive resistance in the fight for Indian independence, is known worldwide as a symbol of peace. But Americans know much less about the violence that erupted when the British pulled out of India in 1947.

After Muslim leaders demanded their own state, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs attacked each other in riots and massacres. In his new book, Midnight's Furies, Nisid Hajari explores the partition that created Pakistan as a separate state, the violence surrounding the partition and why those tensions persist to this day.

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Monkey See
2:03 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour Small Batch: 'Sense8'

Daryl Hannah in Sense8.
Murray Close Netflix

In this Small Batch edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, I sat down with promising NPR up-and-comer Audie Cornish to discuss the new Netflix streaming science-fiction series, Sense8.

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The Two-Way
1:01 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Hogwarts Hops The Pond: Rowling Reveals U.S. Version Of Wizards' School

J.K. Rowling reads aloud during the Easter Egg Roll at the White House in 2010. We will neither confirm nor disconfirm the possibility that she was location-scouting for the American school.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 5:30 pm

For all the Harry Potter die-hards who fail to follow J.K. Rowling on Twitter, we offer both an admonition and an advisory.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Coping With Calamity In Shimmering 'Cathedral'

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 11:08 am

Back when I was losing sleep over various scenarios that could befall my aging parents, a friend would try to calm me with assurances that at most one of those things would happen, so they weren't worth worrying about in advance.

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