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Just Because

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 9:53am

What famous spy likes his martinis shaken, not stirred? Every answer for this final round is the name of a person or fictional character with the initials JB.

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Welcome To Night Vale: Tales From the Cryptids

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 9:53am

The cult podcast's creators, Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink, talk about its origin and taking it to the stage. Then host Cecil Baldwin leads a game about supernatural creatures and myths.

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Please Fill In This Form In Triplicate Before You Read 'Utopia Of Rules'

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 9:16am

In The Utopia of Rules, David Graeber argues that we live in an "age of total bureaucratization." Reviewer Tomas Hachard says in places the book is almost as serpentine as modern bureaucracy.

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It's All Charm and Wolves In 'The Turnip Princess'

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 6:03am

Once upon a time, a historian went hunting for fairy tales. He found hundreds, but his collection was long thought lost. But now they've been found, and several are reprinted in The Turnip Princess.

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A Detroit Opera Celebrates Frida Kahlo's Life And Cooking

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 5:34pm

The Michigan Opera Theater is mounting a production in March of Frida. The city's Mexican restaurants are getting involved by honoring the Mexican artist's recipes and cooking with special menus.

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The Good, The Bad And The Hot: Movies To Warm Winter's Bite

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 3:19pm

As much of the country shivers in the grip of a nasty winter, NPR movie critic Bob Mondello ponders cinematic heat — the movies that smolder, swelter and sizzle no matter what the mercury says.

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The Good, The Bad And The Hot: Movies To Warm Winter's Bite

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 3:19pm

As much of the country shivers in the grip of a nasty winter, NPR movie critic Bob Mondello ponders cinematic heat — the movies that smolder, swelter and sizzle no matter what the mercury says.

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Acclaimed Documentary Filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky Dies At 58

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 2:01pm

Sinofsky and his longtime co-director, Joe Berlinger, are perhaps best known for Paradise Lost, a trilogy of films about three teenagers convicted of killing three little boys in West Memphis, Ark.

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Not Just Eating Bugs For Money! A Story Of 'Survivor' And Strategy

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:50am

What's the actual appeal of Survivor for people who have been watching it for almost 15 years, through what will soon be 30 seasons? Believe it or not: strategy.

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Produce Pride: Showing The Love With Vegetable Tattoos

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:07am

Vegetable tattoos, both temporary and permanent, can make for beautiful body art. Some enthusiasts are hoping to use them to encourage healthy, seasonal eating.

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'Darker Shade' Paints A Fantasy World Rich In Depth And Color

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 9:03am

V.E. Schwab devotes a chunk of her new novel to developing a compelling vision of an alternate, magical London. But reviewer Tasha Robinson says it's the multilayered characters that make the book.

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The 1970s, Warts (And More Warts) In 'Inner City Romance'

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 6:03am

Underground cartoonist Guy Colwell's dyspeptic chronicle of the 1970s captures a decade when idealism was out of style. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says Colwell's style is uneven but at times beautiful.

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'Parks And Recreation' Sets Off Into The Future

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:03pm

The finale of Parks And Recreation carried the people of Pawnee beyond the things they could have imagined when the show began.

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Amid Declining Ratings, Cable Networks Speed Up Reruns To Make Room For Ads

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 3:16pm

If you've been noticing that cable reruns of your favorite sitcom sound a little strange, you might be on to something. We'll look at the trend of compressing shows to make room for, of course, more commercials.

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Amid Declining Ratings, Cable Networks Speed Up Reruns To Make Room For Ads

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 3:16pm

If you've been noticing that cable reruns of your favorite sitcom sound a little strange, you might be on to something. We'll look at the trend of compressing shows to make room for, of course, more commercials.

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After His Brother's Suicide, Writer Seeks Comfort In 'All The Wrong Places'

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:27pm

In his new memoir, Philip Connors writes about "living in the shadow of a suicide." Wracked by guilt and haunted by what-ifs, Connors investigated his brother's death and learned a terrible secret.

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Fair Warning: Watch One 'Foyle's War' Episode, And You'll Want To Watch Them All

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:27pm

The British series is set during and after World War II. Detective Foyle tackles crimes connected to the war — murder and spying, black markets and profiteering. It's "terrifically entertaining."

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After His Brother's Suicide, Writer Seeks Comfort In 'All The Wrong Places'

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:27pm

In his new memoir, Philip Connors writes about "living in the shadow of a suicide." Wracked by guilt and haunted by "what ifs," Connors investigated his brother's death and learned a terrible secret.

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Fair Warning: Watch One 'Foyle's War' Episode, And You'll Want To Watch Them All

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:27pm

The British series is set during and after World War II. Detective Foyle tackles crimes connected to the war — murder and spying, black markets and profiteering. It's "terrifically entertaining."

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'Lucky Alan' Thumbs Its Nose At Convention

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 6:03am

Jonathan Lethem's darkly comic sensibilities are on full display in his slim new story collection, Lucky Alan. Reviewer Michael Schaub says it isn't Lethem's best — but it's still a solid read.

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