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Release The Catchphrase

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 12:46pm

The 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans wasn't that memorable, save for Liam Neeson's line, "Release the Kraken!" Contestants answer with phrases that start with the "cr" sound as Zeus himself.

Pop Culture Court

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 12:46pm

Order in the court! In this game, we describe fictional Supreme Court cases that are actually the titles of movies, TV shows, and other things with the word "versus" in them.

Haunting Photo Of Migrants Takes World Press Photo's Top Prize

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 9:49am

The winning image, taken by Australian photographer Warren Richardson, shows a man passing a baby through a razor-wire fence at the Hungarian-Serbian border.

Lies We Tell Ourselves Propel 'The Widow'

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 9:00am

Veteran reporter Fiona Barton brings a journalist's eye to her fiction debut, the story of a woman thrust into the spotlight after her husband — accused of a terrible crime — dies in an accident.

If You Like Code Switch, You'll Probably Like These 5 Food Blogs

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 6:00am

Here are five food blogs that take the cake on exploring food, culture, and identity.

'How To Be A Tudor:' Not As Stinky As You Think

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 6:00am

Ruth Goodman — advisor to BBC productions like Wolf Hall — digs deep into the everyday life of Tudor England in her new book. Surprisingly, Elizabethan hygiene isn't as bad as you might think.

This House Is A Work Of Art, So The Owner Is Donating It To A Museum

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 4:11am

This dramatic home — which you might recognize from The Big Lebowski — clings to the side of a canyon above Los Angeles. It's being given to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

In 'Doubter's Almanac,' Troubled Math Genius Tries To Solve The Unsolvable

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 3:20pm

Author Ethan Canin says two odd talents contributed to his main character becoming a mathematician: He can always tell where he is on Earth and he can draw things perfectly.

'Furnace' Burns With Horror And Wonder

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 1:31pm

Livia Llewellyn's new story collection is beautiful and hideous in the same breath, steeped in the traditions of H.P. Lovecraft. Critic Jason Heller calls it "bursting with blood and shadow and dust."

'Strange Gods' Chronicles The History Of Secularism And Conversion

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 12:20pm

Journalist Susan Jacoby tells Fresh Air that more than half of Americans will change religion at least once in their adult life time. Her new book is Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion.

Holy Ravioli! Cookbook Reveals The Vatican's Favorite Recipes

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 12:06pm

We all have comfort foods — even Pope Francis and the men who guard him. The Vatican Cookbook is a tour of life and food in the world's smallest country, as told by members of the Swiss Guard.

More Died On This WWII Ship Than On The Titanic And Lusitania Combined

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 4:01am

On its final voyage, Germany's Wilhelm Gustloff carried soldiers and thousands of civilians, many of them children. Young adult author Ruta Sepetys revisits the ship's 1945 sinking in Salt to the Sea.

Welcome To 'Koreatown,' A Cookbook To Tempt American Tastebuds

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 4:01am

From LA to New York, Chef Deuki Hong and writer Matt Rodbard spent two years eating in Korean-American communities. Their new cookbook captures both well-known and obscure flavors of this cuisine.

Book Review: 'The Darkening Trapeze,' Larry Lewis

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 3:26pm

Tess Taylor reviews a posthumous collection by Larry Levis, The Darkening Trapeze.

'No Place For Discontent': A History Of The Family Dinner In America

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 12:22pm

The dining room, with the dining table at its center, didn't catch on in America before the late 1700s. These rooms — and the family meals held in them — became a place to cultivate social values.

Sue Klebold, Mother Of Columbine Shooter, Carries Him 'Everywhere I Go, Always'

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 11:32am

"I wish that I had ... [asked] the kinds of questions that would've encouraged him to open up," Klebold says of her son, Dylan. Her new memoir is A Mother's Reckoning.

Misty Copeland Achieves #SquadGoals In The Documentary 'A Ballerina's Tale'

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 9:34am

Misty Copeland talks body image, ballet, and blackness in the new PBS documentary A Ballerina's Tale.

'You Bite Off A Little Bit': 'Mad Max' Editor On How To Shape A Film

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 4:02pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Margaret Sixel, Oscar-nominated editor for Mad Max: Fury Road, about how she highlighted emotional content in the action film.

Kodak To Revive Storied Super 8 Camera

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 3:28pm

Kodak is reviving its storied Super 8 camera as a digital-analog hybrid. NPR talks about what made the 8 mm film format such an appealing one, what its return might mean, and whether this relaunch can be successful for Kodak.

'Scalia/Ginsburg' Opera Commemorates Sparring Supreme Court Friendship

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 3:28pm

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the late Justice Antonin Scalia were ideologically at the opposite ends of the Supreme Court bench. Despite their dissenting opinions, they were also great friends. And their arguments with each other were put to an opera.




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