Thomas Edison's talking dolls were reportedly pretty robust, but their miniature phonographs were another story. Collection of Robin and Joan Rolfs/Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park hide caption

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Author Barry Estabrook says pigs can be taught to play computer games and recognize themselves in a mirror. W. W. Norton & Company hide caption

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A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson is May's Morning Edition book club selection. We'll talk with Atkinson on June 16. Read along with us, and send us your questions and comments about the book. (Book guide by Veronica Erb/NPR) Emily Jan/NPR hide caption

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In her 2008 work Reclining Odalisque, Moroccan photographer Lalla Essaydi shows a woman covered in calligraphy. Los Angeles County Museum of Art hide caption

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In his new memoir, It's A Long Story, Willie Nelson writes about his early career as a DJ in Fort Worth. He can still recite what he'd say on the air. David McClister/Courtesy of Little, Brown and Company hide caption

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Ruth Rendell won countless awards for her work, including the Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award and the Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement. Jerry Bauer hide caption

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