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Director John Sayles was on Talk Of The Nation today discussing his new film, Amigo, about the little-known Philippine-American War.

Since we cover sports around here, I'll let you know that today's All Things Considered features a report on the unfolding accusations of massive player payoffs in the University of Miami athletic program.

All Things Considered also features a review of a children's album paying tribute to another children's album, Songs Of Fox Hollow, released in 1974.

Not only am I not a mayonnaise enthusiast, I am something of a mayonnaise-phobic. So I tried to keep my eyes open while reading this piece by Doreen McCallister in which she explains how she sneaks mayonnaise into everything from cookies to ... macaroni and cheese.

We have a review of Wendy And The Lost Boys, a biography of Wendy Wasserstein, and author W. Ralph Eubanks recommends short stories from Eudora Welty as a useful companion piece for those bothered by the picture of 1960s Mississippi contained in The Help.

And if you're still looking for "smart, playful" books to help wrap up your summer, we've got a list of five.

If you like a little violin with your jazz, tonight at 9:00 Eastern, NPR Music will bring you a concert from violinist Jenny Scheinman from the Village Vanguard. If your tastes run more to classical, our sister blog Deceptive Cadence offers a rundown of shortlisted recordings for the British Gramophone Awards.

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