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Abumrad And Krulwich: Lab Partners Forever

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:24am

The hosts of WNYC's Radiolab describe first impressions, the show's bumbling beginnings and their mutual passion for shoes. Will these brainiacs get their wires crossed in a game about each other?

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Just Sit Right Back

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:24am

It used to be that a TV theme song told an entire show's premise. Lately, all you get is a wordless ditty. In this game, we've rewritten the lyrics to classic TV tunes to be about modern-day dramas.

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It Was The Best Of Lines

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:24am

Can you name these literary classics after we've modernized their opening lines with current slang? "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is cray-cray in its own way."

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'Wrong, Wrong, Wrong' With They Might Be Giants

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:24am

Musical guests They Might Be Giants treated us to a wicked game of their own invention. Be careful: don't let John Flansburgh and John Linnell's seemingly easy trivia questions leave you in the dust.

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Shall We Dance?

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:24am

Lace up your boogie shoes — in this game, we achieve the unachievable and dance on the radio. We give you step-by-step instructions to a popular dance, and you give us its name. It's electric!

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Book News: Ana Maria Matute, Who Wrote Of War-Torn Spain, Dies

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 6:16am

Also: Barnes & Noble splitting in two; a new Judy Blume novel is coming out next year.

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A Dentist Confronts The Gaping Maw Of Life In 'To Rise Again'

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 6:03am

Joshua Ferris' darkly comic new novel centers on a faith-doubting dentist who finds his identity's been stolen by a strange religious group. Reviewer Michael Schaub calls it stirring and deeply felt.

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In Mystery Series' W.Va. River Town, There's No Escape From Terror

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 2:15am

Writer Julia Keller, who grew up in the state, says she surprised herself when she set her novels there. But riverbanks, convenience stores and abandoned coal mines make for perfect crime scenes.

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Is It Time For Food To Get Its Own Major Museum?

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 5:14pm

The U.S. has no major museum dedicated to food and drink, but a group of upstart foodies says they can change that. Their first exhibition will feature technology that revolutionized breakfast cereal.

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Diane Sawyer's 'World News' Departure Sets Off Big Changes At ABC News

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:16pm

As the veteran anchor steps away from ABC's flagship evening newscast, the network gives key duties to George Stephanopoulos — making the man who co-anchors its morning broadcast the face of ABC News.

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Michael Jackson, We Barely Knew You

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 8:35am

Five years after his death, a new book about the King of Pop written by two of his former security guards provides a new look at the famous — and sometimes infamous — musician's life.

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Book News: Deal To Buy Perseus May Boost Hachette's Hand In Amazon Fight

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 7:19am

Also: Lena Dunham on discovering Alice Munro; Yiddish linguistics.

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Space Chases And Explosions On A Galactic Scale In 'Cibola Burn'

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 6:03am

The fourth volume in James S.A. Corey's Expanse series jumps far beyond our puny solar system to paint an epic struggle between colonists on a distant planet — livened with well-drawn small details.

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'Star Wars' Museum Lands In Chicago

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 5:50pm

Filmmaker George Lucas has selected the Windy City to house his collection of art and movie memorabilia. San Francisco had also reportedly been in contention.

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'Freedom Summer' And 'The Watsons': Powerful TV About A Civil Rights Journey

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 3:30pm

This story in the "Book Your Trip" series features NPR TV critic Eric Deggans on two books turned TV shows about civil rights: PBS's Freedom Summer and Hallmark Channel's The Watsons Go to Birmingham.

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Book Review: 'No Country'

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 3:15pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Kalyan Ray's new novel, No Country. It's a family drama that crosses continents and time, from the U.S. to Ireland to India over 150 years.

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FX's 'Tyrant' Drowns An Opportunity For Nuance In Stereotypes

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 2:48pm

The new series debuting tonight — about the son of a Middle Eastern dictator returning home — misses the mark with a pro-U.S. attitude that turns characters into caricatures.

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Book News: James Patterson Wants To Give Books To New York City Kids

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 6:30am

Also: The Moscow Times pays a visit to a secret Soviet erotica collection; a poem by late Nobel laureate Wisława Szymborska.

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'Hidden Sea': What Happens When Fantasyland Doesn't Want You?

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 6:03am

In A.M. Dellamonica's new Child of a Hidden Sea, a marine scientist discovers her secret heritage in an alternate, watery version of Earth — a place which adamantly doesn't want to be discovered.

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Exclusive First Read: You CAN Phone Home Again In 'Landline'

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 5:45am

Read an exclusive pre-publication excerpt of Landline, the new novel from Eleanor & Park author Rainbow Rowell. Love, heartache, sitcom success, and a magic phone — did we mention the magic phone?

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