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Muppets, Beanies Or Mascots

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 9:23am

In this week's edition of This, That, or the Other, contestants must decide: is it a Muppet, a Beanie Baby or a college sports mascot?

Cereal Brawl

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 9:23am

This word game is about cereal...the breakfast, not the podcast. We'll describe a brand, and you guess the name with one letter changed.

Eugene Mirman: Burger On A Sesame Seed Pun

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 9:23am

AMA goes back to school at Haverford College with all-student contestants! Plus, comedian Eugene Mirman, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in comedy, plays Burger of the Day—AMA style.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Young Pope' And 'Hell Or High Water'

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 6:45am

On this week's show, HBO explores the Vatican, and two brothers get in a lot of trouble in one of 2016's best-reviewed films.

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Residents, Businesses And Charities Urge The Trumps To Get To Know D.C.

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 4:13am

Washington, D.C., is not just about government. It's a city with cultural and social scenes. The unofficial D.C. has been preparing for the Trump family's arrival.

Why Is It Important To Be Touched?

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:25pm

Neuroscientist David Linden thinks that of the five senses, touch is the most overlooked, and perhaps the most important for promoting psychological health.

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How Do Pheromones Really Work?

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:24pm

Pheromones are mysterious compounds that can make a mammal smell more sexy--but that's not true for humans. Zoologist Tristram Wyatt says human pheremones are hard to find.

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How Can Going Blind Give You Vision?

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:24pm

Isaac Lidsky lost his sight by age 25. Now, he says, losing his eyesight was a blessing — because it taught him that he is in control of his own reality.

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Are There More Than Five Basic Tastes?

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:24pm

Scientists have long believed we have just five tastes - salty, sweet, bitter, sour and umami (or savory). Geneticist Nicole Garneau argues we might be able to taste a sixth — fat.

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How Can We Hear The Stars?

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:24pm

When astronomer Wanda Diaz Merced lost her eyesight, she thought she'd never succeed in astronomy. Eventually, she discovered a way to hear the stars.

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In 'Staying Vertical,' A Writer Gets Drawn Into The Sexual Life Of A Small Village

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:00pm

The latest film by writer/director Alain Guiraudie (Stranger by the Lake) is a brutally frank meditation on polymorphous carnality in rural southern France.

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Running On Diesel Fumes: 'xXx: Return Of Xander Cage'

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:00pm

A 49-year-old Vin Diesel returns to the hugely unlikely franchise that he and director Rob Cohen launched in 2002. Because sometimes only an "extreme-sports/black-ops squad" can save the world.

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'The Red Turtle': An Animated Fable Of Humanity, Nature And The Nature Of Humanity

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:00pm

In this wordless film, a man stranded on a tropical island struggles against the forces of nature to leave — until those same forces provide a reason to stay.

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'The Founder': Michael Keaton Brings A Ruthless Ray Kroc To Life, With Relish

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:00pm

As the businessman who built a network of McDonald's franchises while nastily — and gleefully — disenfranchising his business partners, Keaton exudes a sleazy brio.

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Sundance Film Festival Kicks Off In Park City, Utah

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 3:27pm

The Sundance Film Festival begins Thursday night in Park City, Utah. Some of the themes that have emerged for this year's festival include climate change, Syria and coming-of-age films.

Hollywood Grapples With TV In The Age Of Trump

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 3:27pm

As Donald Trump's inauguration approaches, Hollywood faces the question of how this polarizing president might affect its work — and how to tell politically charged stories for a divided audience.

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'Martians Abroad' Is An Optimistic Glance Into Humanity's Future

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 6:00am

Carrie Vaughn — known for her Kitty Norville urban fantasies — ventures offworld with Martians Abroad, a high-school adventure that pays fun, thoughtful homage to Robert Heinlein's "juveniles."

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Why Being Bored Isn't Necessarily A Bad Thing

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:08am

In her book, How to Be Bored, Eva Hoffman says we should embrace those moments when we'd otherwise be looking for stimulation. Her book is part of a self-help series called The School Of Life.

Yale Repertory Marks 50 Years As A Theater Incubator

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:32pm

The theater — part of the Yale School of Drama — has given leading playwrights a place to refine their work. August Wilson said it was crucial to his development.

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In 'Homesick,' Ottessa Moshfegh Makes The Unlikable Understandable

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 11:56am

The characters in Ottessa Moshfegh's new collection are cold, unfiltered, frequently pathetic — all suffering from unease and nameless longing, made understandable by each perfectly-built story.

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