Blueprints Before High Tide: An Architect Explains The Perfect Sandcastle

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Famed architect Renzo Piano is best known for his massive skyscrapers and innovative designs. But the sandcastle enthusiast also has thoughts on how to plan a building that's a bit more ephemeral.

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A Study Of Gods And Human Nature In 'Tiberius'

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Under Tiberius is a new novel about deceit and crime. The main character is the man who came to be known as Jesus Christ. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Nick Tosches.

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Edison's 'Little Monsters' Restored To Their Original Freakishness

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Visitors at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park can hear newly-restored Edison talking dolls. They are the stuff of nightmares. This story originally aired May 5 on All Things Considered.

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France Refuses To Sell Two Warships To Russia

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The dispute follows Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The 1.6 billion euro helicopter carriers are sitting in French dockyards.

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An Immigrant's Experience, Recast As Noir, In 'Dragonfish'

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Author Vu Tran's debut novel reflects his own experiences escaping Vietnam as a child. He tells NPR he was drawn to crime fiction as a way to dig into the sometimes-untold stories of immigrants.

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MLB Trade Deadline, Deflategate Fallout: The Week In Sports

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NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about football's deflategate fallout, baseball's trade deadline and Scott's own childhood hero.

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Zimbabwe May Give Land Back To Some White Farmers

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White farmers were driven out of Zimbabwe 15 years ago. Now the government says some white farmers could get their land back. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Zimbabwean journalist Peta Thornycroft.

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Remembering Vic Firth, An Orchestral — And Entrepreneurial — Legend

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He was with the Boston Symphony for 50 years, and his name was also stamped on the sticks of drummers from Buddy Rich to Charlie Watts to Questlove. Firth died Sunday at age 85.

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With 'Faded Gloryville,' Lindi Ortega Explores The Rougher Edges Of Fame

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It's hard to believe a sound so country and Americana is coming out of Ontario — NPR's Scott Simon speaks with singer Lindi Ortega about her new album, Faded Gloryville.

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At The Purple Pie Place, Where The Crusts Are Just Sweet Enough

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Bobkat's Purple Pie Place is a fixture in Custer, S.D. From chicken pot pie to strawberry rhubarb, Trevor Yehlie and his family have been baking and serving pies at the local favorite since 2009.

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Black Lives Matter: Coming To A Museum Near You?

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How do you curate a museum exhibit about the protests in Ferguson, Mo.? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the director National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will open next fall.

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Kerry Aims To Repair Relations With Egypt

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Secretary of State John Kerry visits Egypt on Sunday as the two countries intensify ties, despite the concerns of human rights advocates.

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Some Kazakhs Celebrate The Loss Of the 2022 Winter Olympics

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Kazakhstan lost its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics to Beijing, but a number of Kazakhs who see this as an opportunity, not a loss.

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Boston's Ride, Or Thanks But No Thanks, Olympic Committee

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Boston has ended its bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Mayor Martin Walsh said the financial risk was just too great. But the episode did inspire NPR's Scott Simon to write a poem.

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Candidates Discuss Race And Cities At Urban League

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Five presidential candidates spoke at the National Urban League's annual conference on Friday. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Urban League President Marc Morial about what the candidates had to say.

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