A Buddhist monk sprinkles holy water on Red Shirt leaders as they parade through Baan Suksomboon in northeastern Thailand's Udon Thani province. Baan Suksomboon is Thailand's 255th Red Village to declare its support for opposition candidate Yingluck Shinawatra. Thaksin Shinawatra, pictured on the campaign poster, jokingly calls his sister his "clone."
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Yingluck gestures to her supporters during an election campaign at Rajamangala stadium in Bangkok on Friday.
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Thai music blasts from a sound truck, as villagers in red shirts dance, listen to speeches, and eat sticky rice and spicy local cuisine at a local Buddhist temple. The residents of Baan Suksomboon, in northeast Udon Thani province, are here to declare that this is a "Red Village," organized in support of opposition candidate Yingluck Shinawatra. Several polls show her with a substantial lead.
But the faces on the campaign posters here are not Yingluck Shinawatra's. They belong to Thaksin Shinawatra, her older brother, who was ousted as prime minister in 2006.
On-Air Challenge: You are given a series of sentences, each of which is missing three words. The word in the first blank is five letters long. Drop the last letter to get a four-letter word for the second blank. Drop the last letter to get a three-letter answer for the third blank. For example, given the sentence, "While I was filming at the Egyptian pyramids, a ____ with a rider on it ____ into view of my ____," the words would be "camel," "came" and "cam."
Samuel F. B. Morse, <em>Gallery of the Louvre</em>, 1831–1833, oil on canvas. <a href="http://www.npr.org/assets/img/2011/06/28/painting_archive.jpg">Click here to enlarge</a>.
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Author David McCullough won Pulitzer Prizes in 1993 and 2002 for his presidential biographies <em>Truman</em> and <em>John Adams</em>, respectively.
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Beginning on Sunday, June 3, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., will exhibit Samuel Morse's painting Gallery of the Louvre. The American better known for inventing the telegraph and the communication code that bears his name, painted the large work — it's 6 feet tall and 9 feet wide — starting in 1831, while living in Paris.
David McCullough writes about Morse and his painting in his new book, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris. McCullough says Morse created the painting in order to show Europe's great works of art to Americans.
Attorney Kevin Costanza and drummer Poncho Sanchez examine one of Brando's patented conga-tuning devices.
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Actor Marlon Brando was an Afro-Cuban drumming enthusiast, as well as an inventor whose lost prototypes became the stuff of urban legend.
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In a nondescript storage facility in West Los Angeles sits a little-known bit of Hollywood history. It concerns the late legendary actor Marlon Brando, but it's not about any of his stage or screen roles.
Behind its roll-up door sits a collection of items from the very public life of Brando — the actor. Among them are a marked-up script for the film Mutiny on the Bounty and a large box of letters from Frank Sinatra and other admirers. There is also a peak into the life of Brando the inventor.
Jesse Kramer, 24, writes made-to-order rhymes for customers of his website, Rap Rebirth.
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If your flow has lost its get-up-and-go, you may need to call Jesse Kramer.
The 24-year-old runs a website called Rap Rebirth, where, for a fee, he offers custom rap lyrics in any style you chose — anywhere from a verse to an entire album. Kramer tells Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz that a wide range of artists use his services.