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Librarian Nancy Pearl Maps Out A Plan For Your Summer Reading

NPR's go-to books guru shares some "under the radar" reads. Several of her recommendations — including fiction, fantasy and nonfiction — will make you reconsider your definition of a map.

Then and Now Michel Camilo
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You and Me Michel Camilo
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Students in gym class at Richard Kluge Elementary in Milwaukee. Two years ago, the students had no gym, art, or music classes but that's changing as Milwaukee Public Schools re-hires teachers for these classes. Erin Toner /WUWM hide caption

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To Boost Attendance, Milwaukee Schools Revive Art, Music And Gym

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The WNBA Televises Its Pride With LGBT Campaign

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Galactic Diamonds Outer Bridge Ensemble
New Beginnings Outer Bridge Ensemble

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Some Mexico Fans Feel Unfairly Targeted For World Cup Chants

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A Flower Is Not A Flower Ryuichi Sakamoto
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Amore Ryuichi Sakamoto
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Chevrolet dealerships like this one might actually benefit from General Motors' recall of millions of cars — as long as customers don't have to wait too long for their repairs. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images hide caption

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As Carmakers Recall Vehicles, Dealers Might Make A Profit

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King of Pain The Police
Message In A Bottle Yaron Herman Trio
Tour Eiffel Kronos Quartet
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Raphael Bryce Dessner
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Dessner: St. Carolyn by the Sea; Greenwood: Suite from There Will Be Blood
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The Cassini spacecraft has been taking radar images of Titan for years now. This modified image of the Ligeia Mare, a sea on Titan's north pole, is a composite of some of those. NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASI/Cornell hide caption

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Scientists Observe Springtime Changes On One Of Saturn's Moons

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How Did The Meter Get Its Length?

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Kelvinator, Kelvinator Kaki King
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King Pizel Kaki King
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Dorothea Handron suffered an infection after a surgeon unknowingly pierced her bowel during a hernia operation. She became so ill that doctors placed her in a medically induced coma for six weeks. Jim R. Bounds/AP Images for Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Hospitals To Pay Big Fines For Infections, Avoidable Injuries

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Slugbug Mark Lettieri
Futurefun Mark Lettieri
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