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A Comedian And An Angry Kid Find An Unexpected Connection On Twitter

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 4:15am

When you're yelling on the Internet, it's hard to remember that there's a real person on the receiving end. But comedian Chris Gethard recently connected with a kid who sent him a foul-mouthed tweet.

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Pack Your Bags

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:33pm

In this hour, Ask Me Another gets in the car for a road trips favorites edition.

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On The Road

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:33pm

Who needs a map when you can put your geography skills to the test with some terrestrial-themed trivia? Then sing along with Jonathan Coulton as he takes a turn with a John Mayer classic.

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Stuck in the Backseat

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:33pm

Are we there yet? Wrap up with a set of games that'll get you through those final hours of a cross-country drive. Plus, indie band Lake Street Dive reveals how they pass the time on the tour bus.

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Dining Like Darwin: When Scientists Swallow Their Subjects

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:44am

Some scientists carry on the tradition of eating the animals or plants they study: leeches, tadpoles, 30,000-year-old bison. Darwin did it first, but why do it at all? Call it all-consuming curiosity.

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Gertrude Bell Was 'A Woman' Worth Knowing

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 9:03am

Explorer and activist Bell is best remembered today for helping create the modern state of Iraq. A smartly-edited new collection of her writings presents a fascinating (if not always smooth) portrait.

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Unfolding The History Of Napkin Art

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 6:03am

The simple napkin has a surprisingly complex history. The masterful table centerpieces of the Renaissance were rich in status and meaning.

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Pizza As Autobiography In 'Slice Harvester'

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 6:03am

Colin Atrophy Hagendorf decided to review a plain slice of pizza from every joint in Manhattan — a project that evolved into a two-fisted memoir of his own life and struggles with substance abuse.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour Small Batch: Fantastic Four

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 1:07pm

Glen Weldon and Chris Klimek discuss the latest attempt to turn the Marvel Comics super-team into a blockbuster film franchise.

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Confronting Mortality In An Unsettling, Inspiring 'Tour Of Bones'

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:37pm

Before her death in 2014, author Denise Inge took a spiritual journey to bone houses throughout Europe. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the resulting book, The Tour of Bones, is "strange and chaotic."

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Music Journalist Chronicles The 'Wild Obsessive Hunt' For Rare 78 RPM Records

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 11:42am

In Do Not Sell At Any Price, Amanda Petrusich details the extreme measures collectors take in pursuit of rare 78s. "You can still find quite a few of them around at junk shops," she says.

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Donald Trump's Policy Positions Lack Specifics ... So Far

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:52am

The billionaire businessman and GOP presidential frontrunner wants to "Make America Great Again!" But much of how he plans to do that is still a mystery.

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Dense, Fantastical 'Prodigies' Rewards The Patient Reader

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 9:03am

Angélica Gorodischer's episodic, lyrical new novel follows (in a meandering sort of way) the magically-tinged lives of a motley cast of boarders in a house that once belonged to a famous German poet.

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'The Water Knife' Previews A Future Drought Scenario

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 8:06am

A new novel, The Water Knife, doesn't take the easy way out but, instead, asks questions about the mutations of human institutions under the pressure of global warming, says commentator Adam Frank.

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'Hominids' Is A Deeply Human Collection Of Speculative Fiction

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 6:03am

Nalo Hopkinson's new collection mixes up her Afro-Caribbean influences with classic literature and historical fantasy. Critic Jason Heller says her stories dazzle with a hard-won sense of hope.

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The Kindness Of Strangers Connects A Poet To Her Own Grief

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 3:55am

Poet Elizabeth Alexander's new book is a memoir of her life with her husband, who died three years ago. During her book tour, readers began giving her keepsakes that helped her work through her grief.

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'Sense8' Is Getting A Second Season — Now What?

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 1:09pm

The elaborate, idiosyncratic Netflix series, created by the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski, has at least one more season to spin its world-spanning story. Where should it go next?

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Movies To Make You Forget The Heat: A Summer Watchlist

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 12:36pm

Chances are, it's hot out wherever you are. NPR film critic Bob Mondello talks about movies that will help you chill out on a summer day.

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The Art Of Drinking Absinthe, The Liquor Of Aesthetes

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 12:24pm

Absinthe was a favorite of artists like Picasso and Van Gogh. Perhaps that explains why a complex ritual rose around drinking it, spawning some of the most beautiful alcohol paraphernalia around.

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Coffee Dates And Dropped Cue Cards: Ted Danson's Path To 'Cheers'

Sun, 08/09/2015 - 4:14pm

The actor says he got his big break because of a college crush. When she went on an audition, he tagged along, inadvertently starting a career in cologne ads, soap operas — and hit TV shows.

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