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A Mystery Novel Is The Mystery At The Heart Of 'Blockbuster!'

Sun, 06/26/2016 - 6:00am

Lucy Sussex's new book is a history of 1886's runaway bestseller: The Mystery of a Hansom Cab. Why was it such a hit? Who was involved with it? And why was author Fergus Hume left without a dime?

Bill Cunningham, Iconic 'New York Times' Photographer, Dies At 87

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 6:34pm

Cunningham worked at the Times for almost 40 years, capturing the fashion trends of the day with a timeless eye.

With A Zap, Scientists Create Low-Fat Chocolate

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 11:29am

Scientists say they've figured out how to reduce the fat in milk chocolate by running it through an electric field. The result is healthier, but is it tastier?

Not My Job: We Ask NBA Star Terry Porter About Trail Blazers

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 11:11am

In the 1990s, the Portland Trail Blazers were one of the most dominant teams in the NBA. We've invited one of the team's stars to answer three questions about people who've blazed their own trails.

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Veep' Actor Tony Hale; Sobriety And Sex; 'What A Fish Knows'

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 8:00am

Hale talks about playing "anxious characters" on Arrested Development and Veep. Sarah Hepola had to rethink her sex life after she quit drinking. Jonathan Balcombe discusses the inner lives of fish.

A Grisly, Humorous Dissection Of Morality In 'Anatomy Theatre'

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 7:32am

It was once thought that evil resided inside the body. So murderers were dissected to find it. That macabre practice is the subject of a dark but funny new opera, "Anatomy Theatre."

Beautifully Alien 'Ninefox Gambit' Mixes Math And Magic

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 6:00am

Yoon Ha Lee's new novel is hard to sum up — in an alien world so dissimilar to ours its technology seems like magic, reality is a consensus that requires intense, rigid belief to function.

An Emotional Ending

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:36pm

Every answer in this final round contains a word that is also a feeling or emotion. If we said, "It's an app where avians are flung across the screen at piggies," you'd answer, "Angry Birds."

This Is Our Administrative Assistant Day!

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:36pm

Jeff Goldblum and Maika Monroe from Independence Day: Resurgence discuss the challenges of acting with CGI aliens. Plus, they play a game based on an infamous speech from Independence Day.


Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:36pm

We've mashed up the names of famous people with common text messaging abbreviations.


Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:36pm

"Weird Al" teams up with house musician Jonathan Coulton to sing our version of David Bowie's "Starman" about popular movies in which aliens land on Earth.

This, That, Or The Other?

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:36pm

Strut your stuff! For this Los Angeles themed edition of This, That, or The Other, contestants must guess which of three categories things belong to: Yoga Poses, Hair Styles, or Dance Moves.


Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:36pm

Identify famous destinations based on some one-star Internet reviews.

'Swiss Army Man' Directors Explain The Symbolism Behind A Farting Corpse

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:33pm

The directors of Swiss Army Man — Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert — talk to NPR's Kelly McEvers about what inspired them to make a movie about a flatulent corpse, and the deeper meaning behind it.

'Swiss Army Man' Leaps From Realism To Fantasy

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:33pm

Swiss Army Man is an absurdist movie comedy in which a shipwrecked Paul Dano befriends a surprisingly talkative corpse, played by Daniel Radcliffe.

Michael Herr, Whose Vietnam War Reporting Became Iconic, Dies At 76

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 2:44pm

Herr's book Dispatches redefined the genre of war reporting. "I was there to watch," he wrote. "I went to cover the war and the war covered me; an old story, unless of course you've never heard it."

Obama Names LGBT Landmark As National Monument

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 11:19am

The Stonewall National Monument in New York City will be the first addition to the national park system specifically highlighting the history of the LGBT community.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Finding Dory' And Great Voice Acting

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 9:10am

This week's show finds us swimming around in Pixar's latest, and then we talk about the finer points of the voice acting we love the most. Plus: what's making us happy this week.

How Are Health Workers Putting An End To Guinea Worms?

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 8:43am

Professor Richard Thaler returns to the show to talk about how a nudge has essentially eradicated guinea worm disease in Africa.

How Can A Nudge Save A Life?

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 8:43am

We have the treatments to end health problems like infant diarrhea. Sendhil Mullainathan says the "last mile" nudge is to encourage people to use them.




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