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'The Equalizer' Pits Mallet Against Man And Man Against Corkscrew

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 8:40am

Denzel Washington is a former special ops agent thrust back into action in this film adaptation of the '80s television show that's entertaining enough until it goes off the rails.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Fall Books And Great Detectives

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 8:15am

On this week's show, we dive into some of the fall books we're looking forward to and revel in a chat about detective stories.

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Book News: A Prize In Memory Of Peace Picks Its Winners

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 6:32am

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize, honoring writers who use literature to further social justice, has recognized Bob Shacochis and Karima Bennoune. Also: Sub Pop has published some grunge-worthy haiku.

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One Sculptor's Answer To WWI Wounds: Plaster, Copper And Paint

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 5:27pm

World War I left many soldiers with disfiguring scars. For those whose faces were no longer recognizable, an American artist, Anna Coleman Ladd, sculpted masks to cover their injuries.

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'Lilting' Traces A Mother's Grief, In Imperfect Language

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 4:03pm

The drama Lilting follows a grieving mother and her son's left-behind love on a strange trajectory of flawed communication and shared emotion.

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'Two Faces' Of Reinvention And Deceptive Identity

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 4:03pm

The Two Faces of January stars Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac and Kirsten Dunst as three travelers grappling with matters of truth and perception.

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Innovation: A Mason Jar Radio With One Station Only

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 3:53pm

In a world full of choices, this radio gives you only one. And its creators call it The Public Radio, so it's not surprising they want you to pick a public radio station to program it.

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U.S. Poet Laureate Reads Fall Poem, 'Ancient Of Days'

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 3:28pm

With the changing of seasons, U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Wright joins Melissa Block to read a poem that conjures feelings of autumn.

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When It Comes To 'Gone With The Wind,' Do Kids Today Give A Damn?

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 3:28pm

Many young people haven't seen the 1939 film that their parents and grandparents considered a classic. NPR's Neda Ulaby explores whether the story of Rhett and Scarlett withstands the test of time.

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On The Cusp: 11-Year-Olds Around The World Share Their Wisdom

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 2:12pm

Age 11 is when you're most passionate and optimistic, says Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey. So she created a documentary looking at the world through the eyes' of 11-year-olds in 15 countries.

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A Bumpy Ride: Airplane Food Through The Decades

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:32am

The food on U.S. planes has gone from bad to nonexistent in coach class. But airplane meals have had ups and downs before. Now, airports and food delivery services are aiming to close the gap.

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Animal Instincts

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 9:12am

Redemption is nigh for returning contestants who have reached the final round. Whose instincts about names containing animals (Snoop Dogg) will lead to victory?

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Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 9:12am

Step up to the mound — every answer in this game is a word, phrase or proper noun that also contains a baseball term. Catch my drift?

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Worst. Vacation. Ever.

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 9:12am

The world's a lonely planet, so why not turn to the Internet to figure out which spots need company. Try to guess which famous landmarks are depicted in these less-than-positive TripAdvisor reviews.

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I Saw The Signs

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 9:12am

Signs, signs, everywhere signs! House musician Jonathan Coulton sings "The Sign" by evil Swedish pop wizards Ace of Base, with rewritten lyrics that hint to actual signs, signals and omens.

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Playground Nationals

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 9:12am

Don't you wish that the games you played as a kid were announced by professional sportscasters? In this game, try to figure out the playground classic as called from the skybox.

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John Cameron Mitchell: New Hollywood Film Buff

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 9:12am

Hedwig is about forging a singular identity from two different elements. We test Mitchell's encyclopedic knowledge of 'New Hollywood' films by mashing up titles of classic films that share a word.

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Random Questions With: John Cameron Mitchell

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 9:12am

The Tony Award-winner is best known for creating the story of a transgender punk-rock star in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. In this game, we remove the make-up and discover the man under the wig.

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This, That Or The Other VIII

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 9:12am

In this installment of an AMA classic, contestants must distinguish between indie bands, Dungeons & Dragons monsters and foreign films. (Not to be confused with foreign bands or indie films.)

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Book News: Amtrak Unveils Writers Picked For A Residency On The Rails

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 6:34am

The 24 writers chosen will set out on long-distance train rides — and write along the way. Also: Neil Gaiman tells a tale about Terry Pratchett, who isn't quite the kindly elf you might think he is.

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