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U.S. Women Win World Cup Final 5-2, After Spectacular Start

In the first five minutes, Carli Lloyd scored two swift goals. Lauren Holiday brought the score up to 3, and then Lloyd scored from midfield for a hat trick. The team led 4-0 after just 15 minutes.

All Things Considered

In Crucial Referendum, Greeks Reject Bailout Proposal

Greeks voted Sunday in a referendum that could decide whether the country stays in the eurozone. NPR's Chris Arnold talks about the decisive vote against an austerity package from European leaders.

Kerry: Iran Faces 'Hard Choices' To Reach Nuclear Deal With West

The secretary of state, who has been in talks in Vienna for the past several days, says an agreement could be done "quickly" if Tehran is prepared to compromise.

Russian Supply Capsule Successfully Docks With Space Station

The Progress M-28M spacecraft delivered tons of food, water, oxygen, fuel and other supplies after previous attempts had ended in failure.

Greece Gives Thumbs-Down On Bailout Referendum

By a decisive margin, the people rejected a package of austerity measures from international creditors and handed their leaders a mandate to try to renegotiate the deal.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Greeks Begin Voting In Historic Resolution

Greeks vote Sunday on a referendum that the government says is about austerity. The opposition says it's a vote on staying in the Eurozone. NPR's Lynn Neary speaks to correspondent Joanna Kakissis.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Don't Blame The Sharks For 'Perfect Storm' Of Attacks In North Carolina

The state's beaches usually see one shark attack a summer, if any. This year, there have already been seven. But this uptick in attacks is likely not tied to shark populations so much as to our own.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Tunisia Seeks Its Way On A Winding, Bumpy Path

An attacker recently opened fire on Tunisian beach and killed 38 people. NPR's Alice Fordham, who went to cover the story, used to live in Tunisia. She reflects on how the country has changed.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.

Want A Taste Of Virtual Reality? Step One: Find Some Cardboard

Fancy headsets can cost between $200 and $500. But if you have a smartphone, some extra time and an empty pizza box, you can make your own.

‘Fanaticus’ Explores Why Sports Fans Get Unruly

July 4, 2015
Sports fans can get out of hand. Overpriced tickets, alcohol, and team success can contribute to rowdy, sometimes unruly fans. (Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images)

Put a group of people together. Make them overpay for tickets. Add booze. Then give them teams to root for. The result can be a disorderly collection of people — also known as fans. In her new book “Fanaticus,” ESPN producer Justine Gubar explores the phenomenon of fandom around the world.

Kids Books Feature Famous Figures As Children

July 3, 2015
Cover of "I Am Rosa Parks" by Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer is known for his political thrillers, but he also writes kids books about real-life people like Rosa Parks and Amelia Earhart.

Not Your Typical Summer Reading List

July 3, 2015
Reading a book at the beach. (simon_cocks/Flickr)

NPR Books editor Petra Mayer and Cleveland poet and bookstore owner R. A. Washington share their picks.

Are You There, America? It's Her, Judy Blume

July 2, 2015
In this file photo, Judy Blume attends LA Times Festival of Books, Saturday, April. 21, 2012, at the USC Campus in Los Angeles.  (AP)

Beloved children’s author Judy Blume is writing for adults again – on disaster. Judy Blume joins us.

How Boston 2024’s Revised Olympic Bid May Shape City Development

July 1, 2015

David Anderson, a project manager at a Boston architectural firm, discusses how Boston 2024’s new Olympic bid plans would impact the city’s architectural landscape.

New Memoir Tells Story Of Resilience, Love And Food

June 30, 2015
Jessica Fechtor

Jessica Fechtor’s new book reminds us how fragile life can be; how we’re all one moment away from potential catastrophe.

First Known Plane Hijacking Was A Flight To Freedom

June 29, 2015
The aircraft, identified as "HA-LIG," is parked on the tarmac of the Manching NATO Airbasw in Ingolstadt, W. Germany on Friday 13, July 1956. (www.freedomplane.com)

Nearly 60 years ago, a forced laborer in a Hungarian brick factory hatched a far-fetched plan to escape.

‘Great Men Die Twice’ Revisits The Writing Of Mark Kram

June 27, 2015
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Mark Kram was a legendary sports writer for Sports Illustrated in the 1960s and ’70s. His exit from S.I. caused problems for his son Mark Kram, Jr., who had the name first and also became a sports writer. Kram, Jr. edited the new collection of his father’s work titled “Great Men Die Twice” and joins Bill Littlefield.

A Poet Laureate's Life: Juan Felipe Herrera

June 23, 2015
This handout photo provided by the University of California-Riverside shows Juan Felipe Herrera. Herrera, the son of migrant farm workers in California, will be the next U.S. poet in chief. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday the appointment of Herrera as the nation's 21st poet laureate for 2015 through 2016, beginning in September. (AP)

We sit down with Juan Felipe Herrera, the newly minted – and first Latino – U.S. poet laureate.

‘You Can’t Make This Up’ Chronicles Al Michaels’ Half Century In Sports

June 20, 2015
There has only been one play-by-play commentator to broadcast all four major sports championships: Al Michaels. In over 40 years of bradcasting he has covered the Super Bowl, World Series, Stanley Cup Final, and NBA Finals. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Chances are, if you have watched a sporting event on television, you’ve heard Al Michaels’ voice. Michaels joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his career, his famous “Miracle on Ice” call, and his new memoir, “You Can’t Make This Up.”

Best Summer Books: 2015

June 19, 2015
A collection of our guests' picks for the best books of summer 2015. (Courtesy the Publishers)

“The Fall of the Princes,” “Eileen,” “Hold Still,” — we’re talking best summer reads of 2015.

Interim President Chosen At Boston Public Library

June 18, 2015
Interim president David Leonard says the Boston Public Library will move ahead on its planned improvement including the areas of collections management and security. (Charles Krupa/AP)

David Leonard has been picked to lead the 167-year old institution. He’s currently the library’s director of administration and technology.

Boston Public Library May Have Found Its Missing Prints, ‘But There’s A Lot Of Work To Be Done’

June 17, 2015
Laura Irmscher, the Boston Public Library's chief of collections strategy, displays Albrecht Dürer’s 1504 engraving "Adam and Eve.”  It's estimated that the engraving, one of the two pieces previously thought to be missing from the library, is worth $600,000. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

In the wake of the disappearance and ultimate recovery of two valuable Dürer and Rembrandt prints, Boston Public Library is stepping up its effort to digitize its vast collections.

In ‘Daddy, Stop Talking,’ Adam Carolla Takes On Parenting

June 17, 2015
Adam Carolla is a comedian, podcast host, actor and writer. His latest book is "Daddy Stop Talking!" (Kwaku Alston)

The comedian rants and riffs about his kids in “Daddy, Stop Talking! & Other Things My Kids Want But Won’t Be Getting.”

Zen And The Art Of The Free Throw

June 17, 2015
LeBron James (who now plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers) practices mindfulness in a screen grab before Game 3 of the 2013 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio, Texas. (SBNation / ABC News)

George Mumford, meditation master to the NBA’s stars – Kobe, Shaquille, Jordan – brings us his zen.

Alice And The True Story Behind A Popular Fantasy

June 16, 2015
A photographic portrait of Alice Liddell (~1860),  included in in the original edition of "Alice Adventures Underground." (Lewis Carroll / Creative Commons)

One-hundred-and-fifty-years after Alice fell down the rabbit hole, we look again at “Alice in Wonderland,” and the girl who inspired its author, Lewis Carroll.

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