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They Told Us So: Fantagraphics Turns 40

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 6:00am

Fantagraphics is the publisher that brought literary respectability to comics. Their mammoth 40th anniversary volume, We Told You So, tends towards self-congratulation — but deservedly so.

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'The Man In The High Castle' Returns To Amazon For Season 2

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 3:30pm

The show imagines what it would be like if the axis countries had won World War II, and America was divided between Germany and Japan. The show's heroes struggle against totalitarianism.

'Soup For Syria': Chefs Share Recipes To Raise Funds For Refugees

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 3:30pm

A charity cookbook featuring soup recipes from Alice Waters, Anthony Bourdain and others, famous and not, has raised $300,000 so far for displaced Syrians. Why soup? It's a universal comfort food.

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'Longform' Podcast Names Best Magazine Articles Of 2016

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 3:30pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Max Linsky, editor of the podcast and website, "Longform," about three of the best magazine articles of 2016 and why they're worth a read.

What Do 'Jackie' And 'Neruda' Have In Common? Chilean Filmmaker Pablo Larraín

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 3:30pm

One film shows Jackie Kennedy as a new widow; the other follows poet Pablo Neruda into exile. But don't call them biopics; Larraín says, "You can't [capture] someone's life in ... 120 minutes."

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The Season Of Gifting: The Rise Of 'Gift' As A Verb

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 3:30pm

NPR explores the not exactly new but increasingly common use of the word "gift" as a verb.

Dash To Victory

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:24am

What's that French phrase for a two-person meeting where you put your heads together? If you said "tete-a-tete," then you'll enjoy this final round where every answer contains at least two hyphens.

Jumbled Plots

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:24am

In this game, titles of recent movies are anagrammed to make new titles.

We Are Families

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:24am

This music game is fun for the whole family! Jonathan Coulton sings a parody of the Sister Sledge song "We Are Family" rewritten to be about real and fictional famous families.

Meet The Expert: Jason Porath

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:24am

Inspired by the stories in Porath's book, we wrote a game to showcase a few of those larger-than-life women. Porath led the game, played by a member of the Ask Me Another audience.

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Bond Villain, Fashion Designer, Or Pro Golfer?

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:24am

In this installment of This, That or the Other, it's the age-old question--who is Beckett Fogg? A James Bond villain, fashion designer, or pro golfer?

Noah's Lark

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:24am

In this game, contestants add a letter to a common name, title, or phrase to turn one of the original words into an animal.

Tim Gunn: Make It Smirk!

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:24am

Project Runway fashion guru Tim Gunn reveals he would choose "Project Runway Juniors" over the original any day of the week, and shares his optimism towards the current state of the fashion industry.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Rogue One' And 'La La Land'

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 9:50am

It's a big week for movies, with the latest hotly anticipated Star Wars entry and a splashy musical starring Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, and a lamppost.

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When Mr. Coffee Was The Must-Have Christmas Gift For Java Snobs

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 6:00am

Few coffee aficionados are putting a Mr. Coffee machine on their wish list. But 40 years ago, it would've been at the top. The appliance revolutionized the quality and speed of home brewing.

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'Hidden Figures' No More: Meet The Black Women Who Helped Send America To Space

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 3:29am

A new film tells the stories of three women who made incalculable contributions to the space program: engineer Mary Jackson, mathematician Katherine Johnson and NASA supervisor Dorothy Vaughan.

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'Rogue One': The Force Will Be With Those Who Love Battle Scenes

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 4:27pm

Rogue One is a movie that's part of the Star Wars firmament. But it's not a Star Wars movie — it's a Star Wars story. NPR movie critic Bob Mondello explains why.

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U.S. Files Lawsuit Against ISIS Aimed At Recovering Looted Artifacts

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 4:19pm

U.S. government filed a federal case Thursday aimed at recovering antifacts looted by ISIS. It centers around an ISIS leader believed to be involved in mistreatment of American hostage Kayla Mueller.

Is Author Philip Roth's Book Collection What Newark Public Library Needs?

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 4:19pm

Acclaimed author Philip Roth has chosen to donate his personal book collection to the struggling Newark Public Library. But some question whether books are what make a library relevant in 2016.

'Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine'

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 4:19pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to historical gastronomist Sarah Lohman about her new book, Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine.

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