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Horror Film Fans Beware: 'It Follows' Isn't The Fun Kind Of Scare

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 12:36pm

The film is about a teenage girl who sleeps with a boy and is suddenly under a curse. Critic David Edelstein says he didn't enjoy feeling "sick with dread," but the ending is unexpectedly moving.

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Making Pies For Pi Day: Think Inside The Circle

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 10:37am

As math lovers know, it's almost Pi Day. And what better way to celebrate than by rolling out the dough? An NPR editor known for her experimental baking shares some of her favorite recipes.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Cultural Anniversaries And Great Things For Kids

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 9:20am

On this week's show, live from NPR HQ, we talk with Guy Raz about anniversaries and kid things, and we rattle off our favorite happy-making things.

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Behold! The Cosmos Created From The Contents Of A Kitchen

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 6:03am

From spices, flour, milk, water and food coloring, a photographer creates startlingly realistic-looking images of space. These photos are convincing enough to impress an astrophysicist.

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A Girl, A Shoe, A Prince: The Endlessly Evolving Cinderella

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 6:01am

We take a stroll through just a little of the cultural history of Cinderella, the shoe-wearing, prince-finding, stepmother-vexing heroine who's been around for hundreds of years — at least.

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Author Terry Pratchett Was No Stranger To Death

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 3:57pm

The prolific author, who died today at 66, was known for his novels about the fantasy planet Discworld, populated by humans, witches, trolls and dwarves — and a very human, sympathetic Death.

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How We Deal With Loss In Different Ways In Two Beautifully Written Memoirs

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 2:35pm

In Abigail Thomas' What Comes Next and How to Like It, the aging process robs the 70-something of beauty and energy. In H Is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald trains a goshawk after her father dies.

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Inspired By Monks, A Writer Embraces His Life Of Solitude

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 2:35pm

Fenton Johnson says that while alone, people can "find the richest possible ways of being in the world." He's lived alone for more than 20 years. His Harper's article describes his pursuit.

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'Dirty Old London': A History Of The Victorians' Infamous Filth

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 2:35pm

In the 1800s, the Thames River was thick with human sewage and the streets were covered with horse dung, the removal of which, according to Lee Jackson, presented an "impossible challenge."

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Southerners Are Getting Creative With Their Favorite Nut: Pecan

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 2:26pm

The pecan has become the latest obsession of Southern farmers, chefs and craft breweries. They're giving the buttery nut new opportunities to shine in the form of oil, flour and even beer.

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Terry Pratchett, Prolific Fantasy Author, Dies At 66

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:17am

The Discworld series author had for years struggled with a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Pratchett amassed a devoted following over four decades of writing — and dozens of novels.

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Homecoming Game

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 9:19am

In this final round, where all the answers in this game contain the name of a major U.S. college or university, contestants school each other for the chance to be serenaded by VIP Tituss Burgess.

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What Is Jeopardy?

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 9:19am

Because you've been programmed to give answers in the form of a question, all the answers in this game are famous phrases that begin with the question "what is."

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Stateside Attractions

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 9:19am

Everybody knows how to identify state names from the first few letters, but the last ones? What state ends with a "s-i-n"? Bonus trivia: we'll tell you a weird roadside attraction found in each state.

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Award-Winning Tonys

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 9:19am

Apparently, the key to success is being named Tony, because these various Tonys have all won awards. Try to guess which Tony won a Best Supporting Emmy on Veep.

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Palindromes Semordnilap

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 9:19am

A palindrome is a word or phrase that is the same forwards and backwards, but a semordnilap ("palindromes" backwards) is a word that becomes a different word when read backwards. Get it, smug gums?

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TV Movies

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 9:19am

TV movies are usually an hour-long special on TV but in this game they are mashed up TV and movie titles which all share one word in common.

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Tituss Burgess: You're Rocking This Thing

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 9:19am

The co-star of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt talks about playing hilarious and bizarre TV characters, then goes back to his Broadway roots to sing a "sedentary" version of a Guys and Dolls classic.

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The Ecstatic, Erotic Joy Of Reading 'Girl In The Dark'

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 9:03am

Anna Lyndsey's pseudonymous memoir of her severe light sensitivity is full of rich, sensuous language, all grounded in the ever-present limits of a body that keeps her to the margins of normal life.

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In Vargas Llosa's Latest, Dickens Meets Soap Opera

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 6:03am

The Peruvian Nobel Prize-winning writer, Mario Vargas Llosa, has a new novel out, and he's not resting on his laurels. It's an ambitious and weighty novel that's worth the effort.

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