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A Failed Revolution And A Failed Marriage In 'Dark At The Crossing'

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 7:16am

Elliot Ackerman's new novel Dark at the Crossing follows an Iraqi man who tries to cross into Syria to fight Bashar al-Assad, but gets caught up with a charismatic Syrian exile and his troubled wife.

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PHOTOS: A Drone's View Of The World

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 6:00am

The website 'dronestagram' is a goldmine of riveting images (think Instagram for drone pics). We picked some of the most captivating shots from the past year.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Zorik Olangi )

Trump's Inauguration Sets Up Uncertain Future For Conservative Movement

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 3:28pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Sam Tanenhaus, author of The Death of Conservatism, about what Donald Trump's inauguration means for the future of the conservative movement.

Novelist Zadie Smith On Historical Nostalgia And The Nature Of Talent

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 12:31pm

Smith's latest book, Swing Time, tells the story of two girls who dream of being dancers, but only one has the talent to do so. Originally broadcast Nov. 21, 2016.

Unexpected Heroines Of An Indian Box Office Hit: Female Wrestlers

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 10:32am

'Dangal" is a Disney film that tells the story of India's Phogat wrestling family. It's broken the record for ticket sales for a Hindi language film. And it's in theaters in the U.S. too.

(Image credit: Aamir Khan Productions)

Just Say No

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

Our finalists finally put their foot down in this game where every answer ends with the word "NO." If we asked, "What artist married John Lennon?" the answer would be "Yoko Ono."

Easy Degrees

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

In this game we play a clip of a famous person accepting an honorary degree, and contestants buzz in to guess who else has joined the exclusive club.

Stuff By The Ocean

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

Jonathan Coulton takes us all the way back to the summer of 2016 with a parody of "Cake By The Ocean," where each clue is about something you'd find--you guessed it--by the ocean.

Mystery Guest

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

This episode's mystery guest, Alan Drazen, joins us from the Philadelphia area. Alan created something "very, very cool." Can you figure out what he invented before Ophira and Jonathan do?

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.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Dr. Nicole Garneau)

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.

(Image credit: Thierry Valletoux /Strand Releasing)

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