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Original Names

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 9:50am

Contestants pick out a company's original name from three possible choices.

Give Us Some Sugar

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 9:50am

This game is inspired by the Def Leppard song "Pour Some Sugar On Me." If we said, "Hey BLAND FOOD, should I spice you with black granules next to the salt?," you would sing, "POUR SOME PEPPER ON ME"

Celine Di-On It!

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 9:50am

Kimiko Glenn from Orange is the New Black and the musical Waitress talks about her quick turn-around from audition to regular on the Netflix show and sings her heart out to Celine Dion.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'O.J.: Made In America' And A Quiz

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 6:00am

For the show's 300th episode, we look at a stunning new seven-and-a-half-hour documentary, take a TV-themed quiz and discuss What's Making Us Happy this week.

'Just Keep Swimming': A Lesson In Fortitude From Dory And Degeneres

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 5:15pm

Thirteen years after her sidekick role in the animated undersea adventure Finding Nemo, Ellen Degeneres returns to put her forgetful fish into the lead role in Finding Dory.

In 'The Girls,' A Teen's Need To Be Noticed Draws Her Into A Manson-Like Cult

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 4:23pm

Emma Cline's debut novel was inspired by the infamous Manson family murders. But Cline says it wasn't the cult that fascinated her — it was the young girls who were so taken by it.

Fanboys Attempt to Recapture Youthful Home-Movie Magic in 'Raiders!'

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 4:00pm

As boys, Chris and Eric made an ingenious shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark that earned cult status. A new documentary reunites them to film the one shot they never managed to get.

Saura's 'Argentina': A Passionately Political Dance Documentary

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 4:00pm

Director Carlos Saura takes the viewer through a single, stunning performance of Argentinian dance in which political themes emerge from the continuous flow of music, motion and mood.

'Finding Dory' But Losing The Thread

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 4:00pm

The sequel to Pixar's beloved 2003 fish tale retains that movie's charms, but taking its main character out of the ocean makes for a thinner and less textured story.

'Central Intelligence' Places Kevin Hart Between The Rock And A Hard Place

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 4:00pm

At their high-school reunion, Dwayne Johnson's buffoonish super-spy draws his old hero, staid accountant Kevin Hart, into helping him thwart a possible terrorist plot.

E3 Conference Showcases New Kind Of Video Game Celebrity

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 3:33pm

Millions of video game fans have created a new kind of celebrity — gamers who play live while others watch online. NPR looks at the biggest video game trade conference, known as E3, through the eyes of two of these celebrities.

Remembering Lois Duncan, The Queen Of Teen Suspense

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 3:33pm

The beloved author died suddenly Wednesday at the age of 82. Just a teen herself when she started writing, Lois Duncan sent chills down a generation of spines with books like Down a Dark Hall.

'The Witness' Exposes The Myths, Misconceptions Of Kitty Genovese's Murder

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 12:34pm

A new documentary revisits Genovese's 1964 murder and the 38 bystanders who allegedly did nothing to stop it. Critic John Powers says the film is "a useful moral corrective" to the popular narrative.

Former Restaurant Worker Serves Up Industry-Inspired Fiction In 'Sweetbitter'

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 12:34pm

Stephanie Danler drew on her own experiences to write her novel about a young woman working at an upscale restaurant in New York. "It's so physically punishing," she says of her work as a server.

'Locally Laid': A Humorous Memoir To Cure You Of Farming Fantasies

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 10:00am

When Jason Amundsen told his wife he was quitting his job to raise pasture-raised eggs, she was less than amused. Readers, however, will chuckle at the story of their tragicomic path to success.

Nitza Villapol: The Woman Who Taught Cubans To Cook With Just About Anything

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 6:00am

For over 40 years, Villapol hosted a popular cooking show in Cuba, her recipes shifting to reflect the realities of life under the revolution. No meat? No problem — she fried plantain peels instead.

The Power Of Seeing, And Being Seen, In 'The Girls'

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 6:00am

Emma Cline's spooky new novel starts with a teenaged girl spying on a shabby-glamorous group of Mansonesque cult followers. She follows, desperate for attention — and eventually, they see her too.

Tig Notaro On Her Terrible Year In 'I'm Just A Person'

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 3:28pm

Comedian Tig Notaro shot to fame in 2012, talking candidly on stage about having cancer. Now she's in remission, recently married and the author of a new memoir called I'm Just A Person.

'In the Darkroom' Explores The Concept of Identity — Both Fixed And Fluid

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:36pm

Pulitzer-prize winning author Susan Faludi writes about her father's sex reassignment surgery in her memoir, In The Darkroom. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it "exhausting, messy and provocative."

Understanding Congressional Gerrymandering: 'It's Moneyball Applied To Politics'

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:36pm

Ratf**ked author David Daley says that Republicans targeted key state legislative races in 2010 in an effort to control state houses, and, eventually, Congressional redistricting.

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