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Do You Know This Justice? Massachusetts High Court Wants You To Help ID Him

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 1:05pm

There's a portrait of a mystery man hanging in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He may have been a judge between 1780 and 1820. Maybe. Officials are appealing to the public for any insights.

(Image credit: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court via AP)

Our Nation's Capital

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 12:51pm

In the final round of our D.C. show, each answer contains the word "nation."

Winter Sports Science

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 12:51pm

As a former downhill ski instructor and retired astronaut, Chris Hadfield is uniquely qualified for this game about winter sports.

SMITHS-sonian

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 12:51pm

We've rewritten songs by artists with "Smith" in their name to be about notable objects in the Smithsonian's collection— can you guess the object?

Podcast Or Fraud-cast?

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 12:51pm

Guess whether the shows described in this game are real or fake podcasts— or, as we like to call them, future podcasts.

Chris Hadfield: Ground Control To Major Trivia

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 12:51pm

We blast off to D.C. with astronaut Chris Hadfield! He talks about the challenges of spending five months in space, gives tips on playing space guitar, and plays a game about winter sports.

The Tourists' Guide To Washington D.C.

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 12:51pm

During our Washington road show, a group of AMA producers interviewed tourists at famous memorials and monuments. Based on clips from those interviews, our contestants try to guess the landmark.

Paradigm Shift

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 12:51pm

We've changed one letter in a movie or TV title, and imagined what the new plot might be. Based on our new synopsis, can you guess what our version would be called?

Pass The Fortune Cookies, Hold The Ganglia: Feasting On Star Trek's Discovery

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:02am

If you're looking to throw a space-themed dinner party this weekend, the season finale of Star Trek: Discovery on Sunday is a good place to go for intergalactic inspiration.

(Image credit: Kristen Hartke/for NPR)

Jedidah Isler: What Role Do Supermassive Black Holes Play In The Cosmos?

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 8:26am

Scientists believe at the center of every galaxy is a supermassive black hole. Jedidah Isler describes how gamma ray telescopes have expanded our knowledge of this mysterious aspect of space.

(Image credit: Ryan Lash/TED)

Natasha Hurley-Walker: How Do Radio Telescopes Reveal The Universe We Can't See?

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 8:26am

Natasha Hurley-Walker explains how a new radio telescope helps us "see" without light. She says these telescopes can tell us about millions of galaxies — and maybe even the beginning of time.

(Image credit: Natasha Hurley Walker)

Sara Seager: How Close Are We To Finding Life On Another Planet?

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 8:26am

In our galaxy alone, there are hundreds of billions of planets. And Sara Seager is looking for the perfect one, a "Goldilocks" planet— neither too hot nor too cold— that could support life.

(Image credit: Bret Hartman/TED)

Allan Adams: Can Gravitational Waves Tell Us How The Universe Began?

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 8:26am

In 2015, scientists first detected gravitational waves— ripples in space caused by massive disturbances. Allan Adams says this discovery helps answer some of our biggest questions about the universe.

(Image credit: Bret Hartman/TED)

How To Watch The 2018 Winter Olympics

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 5:45pm

It's time to take stock of your technology: Do you have a digital TV antenna? How about a cable or satellite subscription? We also have a use for your virtual reality headset.

(Image credit: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

'Atlanta Monster' Podcast Hopes To 'Close The Door' On 1970s Child Murders

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 5:28pm

The true crime series re-examines the killings of 28 young black males. "It was the largest task force ever assembled ... it ended up getting the nation's attention," co-creator Donald Albright says.

(Image credit: Garry Gardiner/AP)

We Have Met The Anomie, And It Is Us: 'Golden Exits'

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 4:01pm

Young, directionless Brooklynites have their lives (slightly) complicated by the arrival of a beautiful young woman (Emily Browning) in Alex Ross Perry's "precociously fretful" new film.

(Image credit: Sony Pictures)

'Fifty Shades Freed' Is Out Of Tricks As It Ties Up Loose Ends

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 4:00pm

'Fifty Shades Freed' is not a good movie. Not because it couldn't be one, but because it's artless, boring and not even particularly sexy.

(Image credit: Doane Gregory/Universal Pictures)

Reviewed: This Year's 5 Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Short Films

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 4:00pm

This year's nominees include a sobering and deeply personal drama about the impact of an infamous lynching and a light farce that probes the divide between psychiatrist and patient.

(Image credit: Kevin Wilson Jr)

Reviewed: This Year's 5 Oscar-Nominated Animated Short Films

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 4:00pm

A plague of frogs, a sentient lost-and-found, a poignant father-son story, a mordant Roald Dahl fairy tale and Kobe Bryant's ode to basketball are up for the animated short film Oscar this year.

(Image credit: Believe Entertainment Group )

A Debut Author Imagines Herself Into Other Lives In 'Asymmetry'

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 3:28pm

Lisa Halliday's new novel is made of stories that seem to have little to do with each other — partly autobiographical, and partly about lives and cultures that are far from her own.

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