Ken Jennings has made a career of being the know-it-all. But then he challenged a supercomputer, Watson — and lost. Jennings explains how it felt to have a computer beat him and crush his pride.
Nick Hanauer is a rich guy with several houses, but is he greedy? He argues that an increase in minimum wage would be good for everyone.
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett explains how his city sidestepped gluttony and collectively dropped one million pounds.
Christopher Ryan says that human beings are sexual omnivores and hopes that a better understanding of sexual fidelity may end discrimination, shame and unrealistic expectations.
This week, our friends Tanya Ballard Brown and Gene Demby join us to talk about Fox's hit show Empire and to follow up on a recent public discussion of the need for diverse radio voices.
Actress Diane Guerrero now stars on shows Jane the Virgin and Orange is the New Black. But when she was a teenager, her parents were deported. She tells Michel Martin how it shaped her life.
In Last Stop on Market Street a little boy goes on a journey with his Nana. Along the way he meets many interesting passengers, and learns to recognize the blessings right in front of him.
Robert Siegal talks to Bill Browder, an American financier who was expelled from post-Soviet Russia, and saw an attempt to claim his company devolve into a deadly bureaucratic and legal farce.
Audie Cornish talks to Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Fritz about Amy Pascal. The Sony co-chairman will stay at the company to launch a new production venture.
Director Marjane Satrapi is best-known for her graphic novel Persepolis. But her foray into the psyche of a regular Joe who ships toilets for a living and talks to pets goes a bit astray.
Asali Solomon's novel is about a girl growing up in West Philadelphia whose parents were black nationalists. "My parents taught us to revere Africa — people at school made fun of Africa," she says.
The New York Times bestselling author of The Interestings and Belzhar explains writing for teens and her failed attempt at journaling, plus emerges from an anagram challenge delightfully unscathed.
Did David Bowie really invent Connect Four? Or did our listener completely make this up? Find out in the latest edition of The Best Piece of Trivia You Learned This Week.
All of the answers in this round contain the name of a room, piece of furniture or item that is commonly found in a house. So don't forget your loofa for the bridal shower.
"Acting Associate Administrator for Administration for the Maritime Administration" is a fake government job, right? Well, try fitting these titles on a business card, because some are actually real.
A word that has no repeating letters is an "isogram," which itself is an isogram. Confused? If you're a Francophiles or a lycanthrope, you can guess the twelve-letter isograms we're looking for.
It's before 5pm somewhere: why drink a cocktail when you can enjoy a nice, cold mock-tail? In this musical game for the under-21 set, famous songs about boozy drinks have been rewritten as zero proof.
In this game, guess two rhyming movie titles from descriptions of their combined plots. It's really just an excuse for us to talk about White Men Can't Jump and Forrest Gump in the same sentence.
Tony the Tiger thinks everything is "grrrreat!" as long as it begins with the letters "g-r." Show your grrreatness in this game, where all answers are grrrroovy things that Tony would enjoy.
Ander Monson's new essay collection is a thoughtful, original celebration of libraries; more than just buildings full of books, they're a living exchange of ideas and a way for people to connect.