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Literal Songs

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:59am

Jonathan Coulton makes songs with one-word titles even more straightforward, by changing their lyrics so that each song is quite literally about the title. Contestants buzz in to identify the song.

This, That Or The Other

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:59am

Contestants are given the title of a book and must guess if it was written by an FBI agent, an Olympic athlete, or a participant on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette.

Judy Gold: Very Special Episodes

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:59am

Comedian Judy Gold talks about coming out to her audience, and her podcast "Kill Me Now," where celebrities reveal what makes them angry. Then we quiz her on strange episodes of classic sitcoms.

(Image credit: Mike Katzif/NPR)

Mr. Shouty

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:59am

Hollywood's most famous yeller, Samuel L. Jackson, finally stars in his own game! Contestants must identify movies starring Mr. Jackson just from clips of him shouting.

Toy Joy

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:59am

In this game, every answer is a toy or game paired with a word that rhymes with that toy.

The Foxfire Book Series That Preserved Appalachian Foodways

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:00am

Foxfire started as a class project at a Georgia high school in the '60s, but soon became a magazine, then a book, and even a way of teaching about the region's simple, self-sustaining way of life.

(Image credit: Courtesy of The Foxfire Fund, Inc.)

Derek Walcott, Who Wrote Of Caribbean Beauty And Bondage, Dies At 87

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 9:39am

The Nobel Prize winner celebrated his Caribbean homeland and described its brutal colonial history. "You didn't make yourself a poet," he said. "You entered a situation in which there was poetry."

(Image credit: Brooks Kraft/Sygma via Getty Images)

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Memes, Fads And A Chat With Neil Gaiman

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 7:55am

This week, we bring you two segments with comedian Guy Branum from our fall tour, and our friend Petra Mayer chats with author Neil Gaiman about Norse mythology.

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Want To Eat Green For St. Patrick's Day? Do It The Irish Way — With Seaweed

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 6:00am

Algae was long a part of Irish cuisine. Nutrient-rich, it helped some survive the Great Famine. Irish cooks reviving the practice say it's not just good for you – it's a zap of flavor from the sea.

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'Out Of Wonder' Aims To Inspire A New Generation Of Poets

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:49am

Kwame Alexander's new book is a collection of original poems written in the style of 20 famous poets. The aim is to introduce kids to great poetry — and encourage them to write poems of their own.

(Image credit: Ekua Holmes/Candlewick Press)

A Unlikely Romance Blossoms, Rooted In A Secret: 'Frantz'

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 4:00pm

French writer-director Francois Ozon adapts Broken Lullaby, Ernst Lubitsch's 1932 melodrama about a mysterious Frenchman and a German war-widow in the aftermath of World War I.

(Image credit: Jean-Claude Moireau /Music Box Films)

A Family Struggles To Connect In The Rueful, Richly Detailed 'After The Storm'

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 4:00pm

Hirokazu Kore-eda's drama about a stalled writer's attempts to make peace with his extended family is a quiet and meticulously wrought character study.

(Image credit: Film Movement)

'T2 Trainspotting': Indulgent Film Reunites Indulgent Characters, 20 Years Later

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 4:00pm

The sequel to Danny Boyle's blisteringly original 1997 movie lacks that film's structure and insight, but the cast can still generate fitful flashes of energy and charm.

(Image credit: Jaap Buitendijk/Sony Pictures)

Tale As Old As Time — And It Shows: 'Beauty And The Beast'

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 4:00pm

The live-action, CGI-besotted remake of Disney's 1991 animated musical never manages to justify its existence, says critic Andrew Lapin, because it sets out "not to conjure wonder, but nostalgia."

(Image credit: Walt Disney Studios)

Vietnamese American Photographer An-My Le Selected For Whitney Biennial

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:28pm

Vietnamese American photographer An-My Le is one of 63 artists selected for this year's Whitney Biennial. Her new work was shot in Louisiana.

Live-Action 'Beauty And The Beast ' Revisits A Tale As Old As Time

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:28pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Disney's live-action version of Beauty and The Beast. Is it still a tale as old as time, a song as old as rhyme?

Trump's Budget Plan Cuts Funding For Arts, Humanities And Public Media

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 2:02pm

The proposed spending cuts released on Thursday would affect local arts groups as well as public radio and TV stations nationwide.

(Image credit: Evan Vucci/AP)

The Oxford Comma: Great For Listing, Pontificating, And Winning Court Cases

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 12:24pm

An appeals court dispute between a Maine dairy company and its delivery drivers came down to a single punctuation mark — or rather, the lack of it. Count it a win for the controversial comma.

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'Idiot' Chronicles First Love, Freshman Year And The Early Days Of Email

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 12:15pm

New Yorker staff writer Elif Batuman's new novel, The Idiot, follows a young woman's first year at Harvard University, and how she finds love through email.

A New Card Game Asks, 'Who's Blacker?'

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:56am

What does it mean to be black? What does it mean to be blacker?

(Image credit: Courtesy of Kenyatta Forbes)

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