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'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story

1 hour 35 min ago

Yelena Akhtiorskaya's debut novel is about a family that emigrates from Odessa to the Russian enclave of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, N.Y. It's a funny tale full of insider knowledge and offbeat words.

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How To Name Your Sequel II: Not Just Roman Numerals Anymore

4 hours 3 min ago

In the middle of a summer of sequels — from The Expendables 3 to 22 Jump Street — it seemed the right moment to have Bob Mondello look at the art of (Son of, Bride of) sequel titling (Part Deux).

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Patriotic Language

5 hours 48 min ago

Why do we call them "French fries" even though they aren't French? When you're done pondering that question, you'll find that all answers in this final round contain nationalities.

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Fair-Weather Friends

5 hours 48 min ago

There's a trivia storm in the forecast: All the answers in this quiz are celebrities and characters whose names are weather-related. Which poet's travels were blocked by ice crystals? Robert Frost!

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Place That Band

5 hours 48 min ago

Geography rocks! Jonathan Coulton sings songs by classic rock bands named after cities, states, countries and continents, while rewriting the lyrics to hint at the locations.

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The Most Unusual Tea Shop In The World

5 hours 48 min ago

At the Ask Me Another tea shop, we don't sell chai, but we do have tea that encourages faith and devotion: "loyal-tea." That's because all answers in this game sound like "tea." Share a cup with us!

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How To Succeed At Trivia

5 hours 48 min ago

Is listening to our show the secret to succeeding at trivia games? And how! In this quiz, the answers are common phrases and titles that begin with "how," such as How I Met Your Mother.

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Andy Serkis: God Save The Queen's English

5 hours 48 min ago

Serkis serves as accidental ambassador for his country in this game, as he must get a contestant to guess the American English equivalents of British slang, like "collywobbles." (Plus: Star Wars!)

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Random Questions With: Andy Serkis

5 hours 48 min ago

The versatile actor is known for disappearing into his roles, like Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Gollum in The Lord of the Rings. In this game, we get to know Serkis, the human being.

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Thanks To Backpack's Revival, Lugging Stuff Is Fashionable Again

7 hours 26 min ago

This age of bold (or pragmatic) entrepreneurialism calls for a bag that bellows adventure. Before you dust off your grade-school book bag, consider these designer options.

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Book News: Amazon Exec Says Hachette Is Using Authors 'As Human Shields'

7 hours 43 min ago

Also: President Obama will give the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 21 artists, writers, academics and journalists; Katie Crouch on Sylvia Plath.

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Can I Get A Do-Over? Shadow Selves And Second Chances

8 hours 57 min ago

Get your comic fix this week with Bryan Lee O'Malley's Seconds and The Shadow Hero, by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew. Both books take up the idea of re-writing the past — but in very different ways.

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With Help From America's Test Kitchen, Why Buy When You Can DIY?

10 hours 3 sec ago

Morning Edition host Renee Montagne talks to America's Test Kitchen's Chris Kimball about foods that are easier than you'd guess to make at home. Fresh Nutella or kale chips, anyone?

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'A Hard Day's Night': A Pop Artifact That Still Crackles With Energy

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:56pm

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of A Hard Day's Night, a spectacular restoration is in theaters and on DVD. The black-and-white photography of the Beatles is gorgeous, and the movie isn't half bad.

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Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA, And Other Animal Behavior Explained

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:56pm

Veterinarian Vint Virga works with pets and zoo animals on behavior disorders. He talks about how house cats are more fulfilled when they forage for food, and how to show animals affection.

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Two Prominent Museum Directors Encourage 'New Ways Of Thinking'

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:24am

Host Michel Martin speaks with the directors of the National Museum of African Art and the National Museum of the American Indian. Both institutions are celebrating important anniversaries this year.

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Book News: Booker Prize, Now Open To U.S. Authors, Longlists 5 Americans

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 8:52am

Also: a new short story by Zadie Smith; mermaid mythology.

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'Rocket Girl' Is A Jetpack-Powered 21st Century Angel

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:03am

Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare's effervescent comic about a flight-suited future teenager is now out in a paperback collection. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky calls it "a high-spirited, often funny ride."

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Happy 30th Birthday, PG-13!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:45am

Up until 1984, the Motion Picture Association of America rated films G, PG, R or X. But that same year some gory scenes in PG-rated movies — including Indiana Jones and Gremlins — raised concerns.

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Book Review: 'Angels Make Their Hope Here'

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:47pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Angels Make Their Hope Here, by Breena Clarke.

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