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Don't Sing It: San Francisco Giants Will 'Never Be Royals' October 20, 2014 With the World Series starts Tuesday: the Giants vs. the Kansas City Royals. Supporting their Giants, San Francisco radio stations banned the Lorde song, "Royals." NPR
'A Strange Situation' Indeed: Leech Spends Weeks In Woman's Nose October 13, 2014 Mr. Curly. That's the name Daniela Liverani gave the 3-inch leech that doctors found living in her nostril last week. With that tone of creepiness established, we can now provide more details. NPR
For This Job, You Need A Creepy Voice And A Fabulous Scream September 21, 2014 Halloween may seem like it's a long ways away, but haunted houses around the country are already getting ready, and they are looking for aspiring actors who can make the hair on your neck stand up. NPR
Adding Color To 'The Great White Way' September 21, 2014 NPR's Michel Martin asks a panel of award-winning playwrights how diverse artists are challenging Broadway's landscape, and whether it matters. NPR
Look, Mom, I Finally Made It To Broadway! September 18, 2014 NPR's Michel Martin will sit down with a panel of award-winning playwrights to ask about diversity in theater. Follow here or join us on Twitter on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, using #NPRMichel. NPR
Kids, Pants, Booze, Music: Trouble In River City And Always September 15, 2014 There's nothing new about the feeling that the culture is in constant decline or the ease of exploiting that feeling just ask the fictional protagonist of a classic American musical. NPR
Surprise! Kids Love Unboxing Videos Too September 13, 2014 The viral video trend of "unboxing" has reached the toddler demographic. One popular YouTube user has garnered millions of views on videos of opening Disney toys and other kitschy merchandise. NPR
Police Peg Preschool Pumpkin Pilferers September 14, 2014 NPR's Lynn Neary ponders the plunder of a preschool pumpkin patch. NPR
Misty Copeland On Broadening 'Beauty' And Being Black In Ballet September 9, 2014 In her new children's book, Firebird, Copeland seeks to inspire other young African-American dancers. "It's hard to be the one that stands out," she says. NPR
The Kid Who Crowdfunded His College Education In 1987 September 6, 2014 Long before Kickstarter and GoFundMe, an enterprising young student found a way to get strangers to underwrite his tuition bills. The secret to his success? He only asked for a very, very small favor. NPR
From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation August 26, 2014 While fans were watching him portray Walt in Breaking Bad's final episodes, Cranston was already reinventing himself playing Lyndon B. Johnson in the play All the Way. Originally broadcast March 27. NPR
From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation August 26, 2014 While fans were watching him portray Walt in Breaking Bad's final episodes, Cranston was already reinventing himself playing Lyndon B. Johnson in the play All the Way. Originally broadcast March 27. NPR
Weekend Host Accepts Ice-Bucket Challenge August 23, 2014 People are dumping buckets of ice water over their heads all across the country to raise money for research on ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease). NPR's Scott Simon accepts the challenge. NPR
Magazine Editor Sets Out To Join The Global Family Tree August 23, 2014 Esquire editor A.J. Jacobs is known for reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica in order to become the world's smartest person. Now he attempts to prove he is related to everyone. NPR
Couple Runs A Ring Around Australia August 17, 2014 Janette Murray-Wakelin and Alan Murray spent 2013 running around the perimeter of Australia. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with the Murrays about the epic trip that took them more than 10,000 miles. NPR
Robin Williams: A Supreme Talent Who Was Always On August 12, 2014 Williams was a dervish of comedy tossing off one-liners, biting asides and sidesplitting routines in a blizzard of accents, attitudes and goodhearted energy. He died Monday at 63. NPR
Art From Death: Taxidermy As A Creative Hobby August 9, 2014 From DIY stuffing kits to workshops and homemade skull jewelry, this old craft is getting a revival from the hands of artists, designers and newcomers determined to make stuffing the dead trendy. NPR
Syracuse Researchers Melt Rock, Grill A Steak Over Magma August 1, 2014 Researchers at the university built a furnace that can melt rock, then had a cookout. Chefs placed a ribeye on a grill over the 2,100-degree magma. Seconds later, a very charred, medium rare steak. NPR
Pushing A Brussels Sprout Up A Mountain For A Cause July 31, 2014 Stuart Kettell also has stalked a town on stilts and run in a human-sized hamster wheel to support cancer patients. His stunts have raised nearly $70,000. He's pushing this sprout with his nose. NPR
Meet HitchBOT, The Robotic Hitchhiking Wonder July 30, 2014 With a bucket for a body and foam noodles for limbs, hitchBOT is a story-telling, story-collecting, hitchhiking robot invented by two professors. And it's just embarked on a trip across Canada. NPR
Meet HitchBOT, The Robotic Hitchhiking Wonder July 30, 2014 With a bucket for a body and foam noodles for limbs, hitchBOT is a story-telling, story-collecting, hitchhiking robot invented by two professors. And it's just embarked on a trip across Canada. NPR
Why Are Theater Tickets Cheaper On The West End Than On Broadway? July 30, 2014 In London, a matinee ticket for Matilda costs about $60; in New York, it's $137. What's going on? The West End has weaker unions and subsidized theater, while Broadway has amenities. NPR
Dressing Up As A T-Rex Is All Part Of The Job July 26, 2014 Remember in Empire Strikes Back where Han Solo slices open the belly of a tauntaun so Luke can stay warm? That's not much different from how Eli Presser climbs into his T-Rex costume. NPR
At Some Venues, iPads Take The Place Of Opera Glasses July 27, 2014 An experiment at a new production of Carmen has many wondering how technology will affect operagoers' experience. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Kim Witman, director of the Wolf Trap Opera. NPR
Giant Toad Resembling Former President Attracts China's Censors July 25, 2014 The 72-foot-tall inflatable is installed on a Beijing Lake. A photo of it wearing large square glasses just like those worn by a former president went viral online. NPR
Sarah Palin Gets A Speeding Ticket, Says She 'Can't Drive 55' July 24, 2014 The former governor faces a fine for exceeding the limit in Wasila, Alaska. She joked that the Sammy Hagar song distracted her, adding, "I wasn't speeding; I was qualifying." NPR
Judge To Bulldog Thief: 'You Hid The Pup; The Jig Was Up' July 24, 2014 The judge composed a rhyme to let an Oregon man know he'd been found guilty of the crime: stealing a bulldog puppy from its owners at gunpoint. NPR
$500,000 Gets You A 170-Foot-Tall Ketchup Bottle In Illinois July 23, 2014 The condiment container towers above the former Brooks Old Original and Tangy Ketchup factory. The company moved out decades ago; now the space is for sale. It doesn't come with a giant side of fries. NPR
North Korea Is Not Pleased: Dance Video Features Kim Jong Un July 21, 2014 Citing a threat to the leader's dignity, North Korea reportedly asks China to block a video that inserts Kim Jong Un's image into bizarre situations, all set to a bouncy dance track. NPR
Sheriff Puts Inmates Back In Stripes As Orange Jumpsuits Gain Fame July 22, 2014 The Michigan sheriff worried that the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black has turned orange jumpsuits into a fashion statement. So, they're out. And black and white stripes are back in. NPR
By Trolley, Train, Show Boat Or Surrey, These Musicals Will Move You July 21, 2014 When we asked movie critic Bob Mondello to contribute to our Book Your Trip series, he immediately began humming show tunes. Spend six minutes listening to this story and you'll be singing along, too. NPR
This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest July 21, 2014 The French theater event has long been a pillar of the performing arts world. But talk of changes to festival workers' off-season benefits has cast a shadow over this year's celebration. NPR
With Humor, 'Dead And Breathing' Dives Into End-Of-Life Struggles July 19, 2014 Carolyn, 68, is ready to let go. Dying of cancer, she tries to get her nurse to assist in her suicide. Playwright Chisa Hutchinson drew on real-life inspirations for this dark comedy's characters. NPR
The Opposite Of Schadenfreude: Vicarious Embarrassment July 19, 2014 Guardian columnist Oliver Burkeman says he suffers from vicarious embarrassment, and can't watch cringe-inducing viral videos. He tells NPR's Scott Simon about what's known as fremdscham in German. NPR
At Monty Python Reunion Show, The Circus Makes One Last Flight July 20, 2014 The British comedy troupe has reunited for what they say is the final time in Monty Python Live (Mostly). Fans around the world will watch the last show Sunday, either in London or via live stream. NPR
How Many Frequent Flyer Miles Can You Get With A $36M Charge? July 21, 2014 Last spring a man bought an ancient Chinese ceramic cup, sold by Sotheby's Hong Kong. The price: $36 million. But because of currency rules, he paid with his American Express card. NPR
Actress And Singer Elaine Stritch Has Died July 17, 2014 Elaine Stritch, whose talent led to a substantial career on Broadway and in cabarets, died today at age 89. She had been living in her native Michigan, where she moved last year from New York. NPR
Actress Elaine Stritch, 'Her Own Greatest Character,' Dies At 89 July 17, 2014 In a career that stretched back to the '40s, Stritch did it all: theater, TV, movies. Candid about just about everything, she said she didn't mind the word aging after all "it applies to everyone." NPR
In Stories Of Muslim Identity, Playwright Explores Fault Lines Of Faith July 10, 2014 Ayad Akhtar plumbs his past to grapple with what it means to be Muslim in America. While some accuse him of airing dirty laundry, Akhtar uses such questions not just for rupture but also for renewal. NPR
It's A Nice Day For A Flash Wedding July 6, 2014 In these pop-up weddings, locations are never booked, planning is minimal and fingers are crossed that you don't get asked to leave before you finish the ceremony. NPR
How 'Professor Godzilla' Learned To Roar June 29, 2014 Hendrix College's new president is an Ivy League economist who's better known for his obsession with a certain giant lizard. NPR
A Corvette 33 Years Lost And Found Without An Answer Why June 26, 2014 In a story that might have been found in a Hollywood script, a Detroit retiree has discovered his Corvette 33 years after he reported it stolen. Exactly where it's been all this time remains a mystery. NPR
Audra McDonald Racks Up The Tonys, This Time As Billie Holiday June 9, 2014 Audra McDonald just won her sixth Tony, the most wins by anyone to date. McDonald is a Broadway staple, and she earned her latest Tony playing Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. NPR
Hugh Jackman Jumps; Tony Viewers Say, 'What?' June 9, 2014 Sunday night's Tony Awards got off to a jumping start, but from there, they seemed to hit a few rough patches. NPR
2014 Tony Awards: Audra McDonald Nets A Record Sixth Win June 9, 2014 Audra McDonald walked off the stage Sunday night as the most decorated actress in the event's history. Other winners included Neil Patrick Harris and Bryan Cranston. NPR
While Broadway Sings Its Praise, The Wigmaker Remains Unsung June 8, 2014 Sunday night's Tony Awards will honor actors and actresses, but not those who create their elaborate coiffures. That's because the best in the business know how to stay out of the spotlight. NPR
McDonald, Cranston Big Winners At 68th Tony Awards June 9, 2014 Audra McDonald won a sixth Tony for portraying Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. Bryan Cranston won a best actor trophy for his Broadway debut in All the Way. NPR
Zoo: Keeper Accidentally Shot With Tranquilizer Was NOT In Gorilla Suit June 6, 2014 The Loro Parque Zoo in Tenerife, Spain, made headlines after a zookeeper was accidentally hit with a tranquilizer dart. He's doing fine, and the zoo wants to clarify: No gorilla suit was involved. NPR
1936 'Show Boat': A Multiracial, Musical Melodrama, Now Out On DVD June 5, 2014 With an unforgettable story and score, the 1927 musical tackled complex racial issues. Music critic Lloyd Schwartz says the 1936 film version of Show Boat is the best and it's now out on DVD. NPR
In Leap From Page To Stage, UK's Take On 'Catch-22' Gets It Right June 5, 2014 Catch-22 is widely considered a great novel; until now, it has been a disaster as a play. A new production of his play seems to have broken the curse: It's touring the UK and receiving strong reviews. NPR
Anika Noni Rose Breathes New Life Into Classic 'Raisin In The Sun' June 4, 2014 The latest Broadway revival of one family's quest for a better life has been nominated for five Tony Awards this year. Michel Martin speaks with actress Anika Noni Rose. NPR