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7:39 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Tracking The World's Famous Most Unread Books

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 12:12 pm

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TAMARA KEITH, HOST:

We've all done it - bought an important timely book with great intentions of tearing through it. But then reality sets in. We find ourselves less and less motivated to make it to the end. Author and mathematician Jordan Ellenberg wanted to quantify this phenomenon and has come up with a way to measure when exactly a reader gives up. He's with us from his office at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Welcome.

JORDAN ELLENBERG: Hi. Thanks for having me.

KEITH: So you call your index the Hawking Index. Why is that?

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Sports
7:39 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Rio's Statue Is Restored, But Brazil Team's Redemption Still Ahead

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 12:12 pm

Restoration work on Rio's famed "Christ the Redeemer" statue is now complete. But can Brazil get redemption after not making it to the World Cup finals?

Movie Interviews
7:38 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Ellar Coltrane Speaks Of Growing Up On Screen In 'Boyhood'

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 12:12 pm

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TAMARA KEITH, HOST:

The film "Boyhood," which opened last night in LA and New York, was shot over 12 years. The result is a time lapse of childhood. No special effects, just the sometimes dramatic changes that can take place from year to year - both physically and emotionally. We are joined now by Ellar Coltrane who plays Mason, Jr. - the boy of "Boyhood" - the main character who we see grow up on screen. And let's get something out of the way. This is not a documentary, right?

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Author Interviews
7:38 am
Sat July 12, 2014

'Angels' Find Pre-Civil War Home In Idyllic Interracial Enclave

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 12:12 pm

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Music Interviews
7:38 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Jack Antonoff Takes A Break From fun. To Release 'Desire'

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 12:12 pm

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TAMARA KEITH, HOST:

You may or may not recognize the name. But I'm pretty confident you already know our next guest - Jack Antonoff. Two summers ago, if you had a radio or a phone or just went outside anywhere where speakers exist, you heard Jack Antonoff. He was playing an extra distorted guitar for a band called Fun.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WE ARE YOUNG")

FUN: (Singing) Tonight we are young. So let's set the world on fire, we can burn brighter than the sun.

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Music Interviews
7:38 am
Sat July 12, 2014

'Weird Al' Yankovic On Parody In The Age Of YouTube

"Weird Al" Yankovic's latest album, Mandatory Fun, comes out July 15.
Robert Trachtenberg Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 12:12 pm

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Afghanistan
7:38 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Kerry Struggles To Resolve Election Crisis In Afghanistan

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 12:12 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Kabul to try to resolve an election dispute threatening to derail the country's democratic process. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Kabul correspondent Sean Carberry.

Middle East
7:38 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Conflict Continues In Gaza Strip, With No Cease-Fire In Sight

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 12:12 pm

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TAMARA KEITH, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Tamara Keith in for Scott Simon. The conflict continues between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip. Israeli air strikes have killed more than 120 Palestinians since Tuesday morning. In Israel, nearly a dozen Israelis have been seriously injured by rocket fire from Gaza. There is no cease-fire in sight, but there may be some indications of a slowdown. NPR's Emily Harris joins us from Gaza City. Hi, Emily.

EMILY HARRIS, BYLINE: Good morning.

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Politics
7:38 am
Sat July 12, 2014

What Could $100 Million Buy You — Besides Campaign Ads In Kentucky?

Campaign spending in the Kentucky Senate race between GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes could reach $100 million.
LM Otero AP

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 12:14 am

For the amount of money that's expected to be spent in the Kentucky race for U.S. Senate this year, you could buy a bottle of the state's own Maker's Mark whiskey for nearly every man, woman and child in the state.

Some observers say the election could end up as the most expensive Senate race in history, with spending topping $100 million. And why wouldn't it be? It's at the heart of the battle for control of the U.S. Senate.

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Around the Nation
7:38 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Governors Talk Infrastructure At Annual Meeting

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 12:12 pm

The National Governors Association held its annual summer meeting in Nashville, Tenn. this week, and the collapsing highway trust fund was the centerpiece issue.

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