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Born To Run And Fail

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:50am

A rewritten Bruce Springsteen classic--growled to perfection by They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh--recounts candidates who ran for President, and lost. "Champs like us, Joey we were born to run!"

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Measure For Measure

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:50am

Go the distance for this final round, where all the answers contain some form of measurement. For example, the nickname for London's Metropolitan Police Service is "Scotland Yard."

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Pair It Down

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:50am

Why are Doc Holliday and Dr. Martens a paradox? Because they're a "pair of 'Docs.'" Every answer is a word that begins with the letters p-a-r-a, followed by the word that two clues have in common.

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Color Me Badd

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:50am

The geniuses at Crayola always crank out crazy crayon names, from "Mac & Cheese" to "Inchworm." Can you deduce real crayon names from ones we made up?

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Get Them To The E.R.

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:50am

All the answers are celebrity names that end in the letters "e-r." What Community star would throw down the gauntlet in a rap battle against his alter ego Childish Gambino? Hint: Not Danny Glover.

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Law And Order: Special Fairy Tale Victims Unit

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:50am

In the enchanted forest, fairy tale villains are interrogated by the elite Fairy Tales Victims Unit. These are their stories. Can you solve whodunit from these fabled motives?

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The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi On Representation, Identity And The King Of Pop

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:50am

The Daily Show correspondent recalls the impact American brunch had on his Indo-Muslim upbringing, and the benefits of resembling Michael Jackson as a teenager.

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Voyage Through An Adventurous Alternate Universe With 'Basilisk'

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:03am

Voyage of the Basilisk is the latest book in Marie Brennan's Memoirs of Lady Trent series; critic Genevieve Valentine says if you love dragons like Lady Trent does, now's the time to get acquainted.

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American Archetypes On A Bloody Funny Path In 'The Harder They Come'

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 6:03am

In his latest novel, T.C. Boyle is at play in his usual fields: California, baby boomer angst, fathers and sons. But critic Jason Sheehan says it's a gory, absurdist, expertly paced frolic.

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After Nazi Plunder, A Quest To Bring The 'Woman In Gold' Home

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 3:03am

The new movie Woman In Gold tells the true story of Maria Altmann, who fought her way to the Supreme Court to force the Austrian government to give back a painting of her aunt, Adele Bloch-Bauer.

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In Bhutto's 'Crescent Moon,' Pakistan 'Demands A Sacrifice From Its People'

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 3:00am

Fatima Bhutto is a member of the one of the most famous families in Pakistan. Her novel, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, is about Pakistan's remote tribal regions, where loyalties are very divided.

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Centenarian Poet Was A Fearless Guide To 'The Country Of Old Age'

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 3:32pm

Poet and author Margaret Howe Freydburg died last week at 107; she wrote and published well past her 100th birthday. Her friend Nancy Slonim Aronie has an appreciation of a remarkable woman.

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Artist Goes Outside The Lines With Coloring Books For Grown-Ups

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 3:32pm

When Johanna Basford first told her publisher she wanted to draw books for adults — well, she says, "You can imagine how quiet they were." Today, both of her books have become sell-out successes.

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New Frank Sinatra Documentary Charts His Professional Ups And Downs

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:50pm

Alex Gibney intersperses recently unearthed concert footage from 1971 with vintage and newly recorded interviews to make Sinatra: All or Nothing At All. It's illuminating and by no means a puff piece.

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From 'Banana' To 'Cucumber,' New Series Spans The Spectrum Of Sex

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:50pm

Cucumber tells the adventures of a middle-aged gay man; Banana is a series of short stories. Russell T. Davies, who made Queer As Folk, says the titles came from a scientific institute in Switzerland.

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A Filmmaker's Surreal Vision On The Page In 'Where The Bird Sings Best'

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 6:03am

The multitalented filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky turns to fiction (sort of) with Where the Bird Sings Best, a semi-autobiographical novel that critic Juan Vidal calls "brilliant, mad, unpredictable."

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Jon Ronson Has Nothing To Be Ashamed Of. But What About The Rest Of Us?

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 6:03am

Ronson's new So You've Been Publicly Shamed looks at the ways social media shaming affects both the targets and those doing the shaming. Critic Eric Weiner calls it sharp-eyed and often hilarious.

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Scott Simon: 'We Don't Fully Grow Up' Until We Lose Our Parents

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 2:52am

"There are some lessons that only grief and responsibility can teach us," says Weekend Edition host Scott Simon. His new memoir, Unforgettable, is about the life and death of his mother.

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The Revival Of Lamb Ham: A Colonial Tradition Renewed

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 1:52pm

British colonialists brought lamb ham to America, where a sugar-cured, smoked variety became popular. Easier-to-cure pork ham eventually took its place, but now two Virginians are bringing it back.

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The Ups And Downs Of 'Younger' Life

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:08pm

Sutton Foster stars in a new comedy about a woman who learns that there are a lot of ways to be hassled over your age.

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