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Beautifully Alien 'Ninefox Gambit' Mixes Math And Magic

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 6:00am

Yoon Ha Lee's new novel is hard to sum up — in an alien world so dissimilar to ours its technology seems like magic, reality is a consensus that requires intense, rigid belief to function.

An Emotional Ending

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:36pm

Every answer in this final round contains a word that is also a feeling or emotion. If we said, "It's an app where avians are flung across the screen at piggies," you'd answer, "Angry Birds."

This Is Our Administrative Assistant Day!

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:36pm

Jeff Goldblum and Maika Monroe from Independence Day: Resurgence discuss the challenges of acting with CGI aliens. Plus, they play a game based on an infamous speech from Independence Day.


Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:36pm

We've mashed up the names of famous people with common text messaging abbreviations.


Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:36pm

"Weird Al" teams up with house musician Jonathan Coulton to sing our version of David Bowie's "Starman" about popular movies in which aliens land on Earth.

This, That, Or The Other?

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:36pm

Strut your stuff! For this Los Angeles themed edition of This, That, or The Other, contestants must guess which of three categories things belong to: Yoga Poses, Hair Styles, or Dance Moves.


Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:36pm

Identify famous destinations based on some one-star Internet reviews.

'Swiss Army Man' Directors Explain The Symbolism Behind A Farting Corpse

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:33pm

The directors of Swiss Army Man — Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert — talk to NPR's Kelly McEvers about what inspired them to make a movie about a flatulent corpse, and the deeper meaning behind it.

'Swiss Army Man' Leaps From Realism To Fantasy

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:33pm

Swiss Army Man is an absurdist movie comedy in which a shipwrecked Paul Dano befriends a surprisingly talkative corpse, played by Daniel Radcliffe.

Michael Herr, Whose Vietnam War Reporting Became Iconic, Dies At 76

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 2:44pm

Herr's book Dispatches redefined the genre of war reporting. "I was there to watch," he wrote. "I went to cover the war and the war covered me; an old story, unless of course you've never heard it."

Obama Names LGBT Landmark As National Monument

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 11:19am

The Stonewall National Monument in New York City will be the first addition to the national park system specifically highlighting the history of the LGBT community.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Finding Dory' And Great Voice Acting

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 9:10am

This week's show finds us swimming around in Pixar's latest, and then we talk about the finer points of the voice acting we love the most. Plus: what's making us happy this week.

How Are Health Workers Putting An End To Guinea Worms?

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 8:43am

Professor Richard Thaler returns to the show to talk about how a nudge has essentially eradicated guinea worm disease in Africa.

How Can A Nudge Save A Life?

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 8:43am

We have the treatments to end health problems like infant diarrhea. Sendhil Mullainathan says the "last mile" nudge is to encourage people to use them.

Can Coding Help Girls Take Risks?

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 8:43am

Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani offers a creative solution to gently push young women into making bold decisions. Her program aims to close the gender gap in computer science.

Should We Stop Telling Kids They're Smart?

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 8:43am

Carol Dweck finds that the words adults use to describe kids' progress affects the children's belief in their own potential.

Can Mindfulness Help You Quit Smoking?

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 8:43am

Psychiatrist Judson Brewer describes how patients who practice simple mindfulness techniques can kick unhealthy habits.

What Is A Nudge?

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 8:43am

How can a simple adjustment - a nudge - change our behavior for the better? Professor Richard Thaler says his "nudge theory" can make it easier for people to save money, eat healthily and more.

Director Taika Waititi's 'Wilderpeople' Is Good For A Laugh — And Then A Cry

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 6:00am

The Kiwi actor/filmmaker uses humor to address painful situations in his films. His latest, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, follows a city kid trekking through the wilderness with his reluctant foster dad.

Fermentation Fervor: Here's How Chefs Boost Flavor And Health

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:32am

As more chefs experiment with microorganisms to transform ingredients and create new flavors, fermentation has gone from ancient preservation technique to culinary tool du jour.




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