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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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A Travel Show For Your Favorite Weird-Museum And Dance Enthusiast

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 12:33pm

Ovation's American Canvas has a lot of fun in San Francisco, starting with the art installation at Alcatraz.

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A Writer Moves To 'Bettyville' To Care For His Elderly Mom

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 12:26pm

In 2011, George Hodgman visited his mother Betty for her 91st birthday in Paris, Missouri. When he saw she needed care, he left Manhattan to live with her. But she still hasn't accepted that he's gay.

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From Ancient Sumeria To Chipotle Tacos, Cumin Has Spiced Up The World

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:32am

Cumin has been popular since the dawn of written history: It's the only English word that can be traced directly back to Sumerian. Since then it has insinuated itself into cuisines around the world.

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In 'Shadow,' Change And Growth As A Story Sheds Its Scales

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 9:33am

Rachel Hartman continues her tale of half-dragon musician and unwilling diplomat Seraphina in Shadow Scale. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says the new book doesn't just live up to the old, it outgrows it.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch Edition: 'King Of The Nerds'

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 8:53am

Pop Culture Happy Hour regulars Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon talk about the TBS competition show King Of The Nerds.

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'B & Me' Is Intelligent, Immoderate, And A Bit Belabored

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 6:03am

J.C. Hallman's audacious account of his engagement with the erotic writing of Nicholson Baker makes a splash, but critic Heller McAlpin says the book sometimes runs aground in self-indulgence.

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'B & Me' Is Intelligent, Immoderate, And A Bit Belabored

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 6:03am

J.C. Hallman's audacious account of his engagement with the erotic writing of Nicholson Baker makes a splash, but critic Heller McAlpin says the book sometimes runs aground in self-indulgence.

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Coming Out In A Galaxy Far Far Away: Star Wars Gets Its First LGBT Character

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 6:18pm

Star Wars has had a complicated relationship with LGBT issues in the past. A new character, Moff Mors, might change that.

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Coming Out In A Galaxy Far Far Away: Star Wars Gets Its First LGBT Character

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 6:17pm

Star Wars has had a complicated relationship with LGBT issues in the past. A new character, Moff Mors, might change that.

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Got To Give $7.4 Million Up: Jury Finds Pharrell And Thicke Copied Marvin Gaye Song

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 5:57pm

A Los Angeles jury has determined that singers Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke lifted portions of Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up" when writing their hit "Blurred Lines."

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Got To Give $7.4 Million Up: Jury Finds Pharrell And Thicke Copied Marvin Gaye Song

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 5:57pm

A Los Angeles jury has determined that singers Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke lifted portions of Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up" when writing their hit "Blurred Lines."

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Tea Tuesdays: The Scottish Spy Who Stole China's Tea Empire

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 3:56pm

In the mid-1800s, Britain was a global superpower with a big weakness for tea, all of which came from China. But a botanist with a talent for espionage helped Britain swipe the secrets of tea.

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