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'Chappelle's Show' Co-Creator Moves Into The Limelight With '3 Mics'

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 12:15pm

After working mostly as a behind-the-scenes guy on Chappelle's Show and Inside Amy Schumer, Neal Brennan is now stepping out as a performer. Originally broadcast Feb. 22, 2017.

AHA!

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:26am

In this final round, every answer contains the letters A-H-A in consecutive order, somewhere in the answer.

Wisdom Of The Crowd

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:26am

Jelly Joseph from Tank and the Bangas has to determine whose wisdom she trusts more: a recent live audience we polled or, the wisdom of puzzle guru Art Chung.

(Image credit: Mike Katzif/NPR)

What & Where Did I Eat?

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:26am

In this game, contestants help Ophira remember what she ate and where she ate it. The trick is, wherever she goes, she only eats foods that rhyme with her geographic location.

This, That, Or The Other

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:26am

Is "Me And My Hormones" an old ABC Afterschool Special, a song from the "High School Musical" trilogy, or a tagline used to advertise men's grooming products?

Don't Quit Your Day Job

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:26am

Guess the celebrities from listening to their attempts to carry a tune, some more successful than others.

Parents Just Don't Understand

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:26am

Contestants must guess movies based on a real description of their risque content.

Tank And The Bangas: Tiny Desks And Disney Musicals

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:26am

Tiny Desk Contest winners Tank and the Bangas tell us why they almost didn't apply for the NPR music competition. Plus, they throw down on Disney tunes, and play a few of their own!

(Image credit: Mike Katzif/NPR)

Remembering 'Jesus' Son,' From Denis Johnson

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:53am

On the occasion of the death of writer Denis Johnson, we share a 2007 reflection on Johnson's book Jesus' Son, from novelist Nathan Englander.

(Image credit: Cindy Johnson/Courtesy of Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

'The End Of Eddy' Tells Of Growing Up Poor And Gay In Working-Class France

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:32am

Édouard Louis' autobiographical novel is the story of a young man coming of age in a downtrodden French village. Critic John Powers calls it a "bulletin from the enraged heart of Le Pen country."

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Trying To Wring Entertainment Out Of A Quagmire In 'War Machine'

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 9:08am

War Machine, a Netflix production based on a book about the drawn-out U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, suffers from a one-note Brad Pitt performance and a frustrating lack of focus.

(Image credit: Francois Duhamel/Netflix)

Youthful Protest Gets Serious In 'Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower'

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 9:07am

Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower tells the story of the Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong in 2014. Led by then-teenager Joshua Wong, it ended with a pizza party, but provoked plenty of response.

(Image credit: Netflix)

Denis Johnson, Author Of 'Jesus' Son' And 'Tree Of Smoke,' Dies At 67

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 8:56am

The National Book Award-winning novelist was perhaps best known for Jesus' Son, a book of interwoven stories focused on the lives of addicts. A spokesman for his publisher tells NPR he died Thursday.

(Image credit: Cindy Johnson/ Courtesy of Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Alien: Covenant' And 'Veep'

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 8:22am

Alien fan Chris Klimek joins us to talk about the newest entry in the decades-old franchise, and we check in with the fast-talking, faster-swearing people of HBO's Veep.

(Image credit: Mark Rogers/Twentieth Century Fox)

Larissa MacFarquhar: How Far Would You Go To Help Others?

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 8:11am

Larissa MacFarquhar writes about extreme altruists, people who make great sacrifices to help others. She says most of us aren't prepared or willing to do that — which is why we don't give more.

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Peter Singer: How Can We Be More Effective Altruists?

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 8:11am

Philosopher Peter Singer's work focuses on "effective altruism" — how to do the most good to make the world a better place. He argues effective giving involves balancing empathy with reason.

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Cheryl Steed: Can Altruism Be Learned?

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 8:10am

At the prison where Cheryl Steed works, certain inmates are chosen to be caregivers for elderly inmates. The program has made her wonder — can altruism be learned?

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Abigail Marsh: Are We Wired To Be Altruistic?

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 8:10am

When Abigail Marsh was 19, a complete stranger risked his life to save her from a car accident. Today, she studies what motivates us to help others — and why some of us are "extraordinary" altruists.

(Image credit: Marla Aufmuth/TED)

A Return To Visit Old Friends In 'Buena Vista Social Club: Adios'

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 7:52am

Buena Vista Social Club: Adios catches up with the musicians who came to prominence with a 1997 album and a 1999 documentary. It's not an entirely satisfying sequel, but you can sure dance to it.

(Image credit: Dragan Tasic/Broad Green Pictures)

Yo-Ho-Hum: Johnny Depp Returns For More 'Pirates'

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 7:40am

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is almost definitely the best fourth sequel ever made to a movie based on a 50-year-old theme park ride.

(Image credit: Peter Mountain/Walt Disney Pictures)

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