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Mindy Kaling Loves Rom Coms (And Being The Boss)

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 2:16pm

Kaling's Hulu series, The Mindy Project, recently ended after six seasons. In 2012, the actress told Fresh Air that her character on the show was inspired by her late mother, who was an obstetrician.

Ingrained Prejudices Collide With Wartime Trauma In 'Mudbound'

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 2:16pm

Dee Rees' sweeping epic follows two families in the Mississippi Delta during the 1940s. Reviewer Justin Chang says Mudbound is "easily one of the year's most ambitious American movies."

The In Crowd

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:12am

We challenged our contestants to a final round in which every answer is a three-word phrase with the middle word "in."

Mystery Guest

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:12am

We spoke to Chloe Swantner, who practices an unusual craft. Can you solve the mystery before Ophira and Jonathan figure it out?

(Image credit: Mike Katzif/NPR)

Sounds Like Teen Spirit

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:12am

Finally, a game that combines the glitz of bromocriptine with the glamour of phosphocreatine! We rewrote Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" to be about other things that end with "teen."

Letters Witch

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:12am

In this word game, contestants must identify a common two-word phrase, then move the first letter of the second word to the end of the first word to form a completely new phrase.

Mozhan Marnò: Diaries, Screenplays, And Blacklists

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:12am

Mozhan Marnò shares the research behind shaping her character, FBI and Mossad operative Samar Navabi, on 'The Blacklist.' Inspired by her voiceover work, we play a game about celebrity audiobooks.

(Image credit: Mike Katzif/NPR)

Say It With A Song

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:12am

In this audio quiz, contestants must identify numbers from special musical episodes of non-musical TV shows. Not included: That 70s Musical!

Closed Mondays

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:12am

Welcome to the Museum of Ask Me Another Game Descriptions! In this game, contestants have to identify whether a museum we describe is real or fake.

Sarah Silverman Asks: 'Can You Love Someone Who Did Bad Things?'

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 9:46am

In an emotional monologue, Silverman addressed "the elephant masturbating in the room" and plumbed the anger and sadness she feels about her friend Louis C.K.'s actions.

(Image credit: Screengrab by NPR/I Love You America on YouTube)

Mileha Soneji: Can Simple Innovations Improve The Lives of Parkinson's Patients?

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 8:19am

When designer Mileha Soneji's uncle got Parkinson's, his quality of life deteriorated rapidly. Mileha couldn't cure her uncle's disease, so she designed simple ways to improve his everyday life.

(Image credit: TEDxDelft)

Wendy Troxel: Does High School Start Too Early?

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 8:19am

Sleep expert Wendy Troxel says teens are sleep-deprived because of early school start times that cater to adults. She says high schools should start classes at least an hour later.

(Image credit: Dave Baiocchi / TED)

'Mudbound' Is A Grand, Sweeping Epic Of The Jim Crow South

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:01pm

Director Dee Rees adapts Hillary Jordan's 2008 novel about two families — black sharecroppers who've worked the land for years, and the newly arrived, white farm owners — with raw, evocative power.

(Image credit: Netflix)

'Sweet Virginia': Small-Town Noir With A Slice Of Hope

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:00pm

A small Alaskan community is left reeling by an act of violence. Jamie M. Dagg's thriller tenderly explores its aftermath without the glib, jokey cynicism that so often marks the noir genre.

(Image credit: Grady Mitchell/IFC Films)

'Jim & Andy': The Thin Line Between An Actor's Method — And Madness

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:00pm

Documentarian Chris Smith aims his camera at Jim Carrey and the actor's on-set behavior while shooting the 1999 Andy Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon.

(Image credit: Francois Duhamel/Netflix)

'Wonder': Why?

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:00pm

A boy born with a facial disfigurement enters a new school in this low-stakes, superficial "sundae-sweet tale" from the director of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

(Image credit: Lionsgate)

'Justice League' Is Just Okay

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:00pm

Various heroes meet for the first time to face down a generic, CGI-generated villain who wants to collect ancient boxes. Think Antiques Roadshow, but loud and evil. (... More evil.)

(Image credit: Warner Bros.)

Three Generations Of Actresses Reflect On Hollywood, Harassment — And Hitchcock

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:53pm

Actress Tippi Hedren talks with her daughter, actress Melanie Griffith, and her granddaughter, actress Dakota Johnson, about how being a woman in Hollywood has — and hasn't — changed over the years.

(Image credit: Axelle Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images)

Sale Of $450 Million Da Vinci Painting Serves As A Triumph Of Marketing

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:51pm

An art world record was set Wednesday night at Christie's auction house in New York, when a painting credited to Leonardo Da Vinci sold for $450 million to an unknown bidder. Art critic Blake Gopnik says that number is in some ways the least interesting part of this story.

'Justice League' Filmmakers Made A Heroic Effort

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:51pm

Justice League is the latest chapter of the DC cinematic universe. But will our caped crusaders actually make a good movie after a tragedy required a change in directors?

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