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Don't Take His Stapler: 'Paper Clip' Author's Passion For Office Supplies

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 3:22pm

James Ward's new book stems from a life-long love of Post-it notes, pencils and paper clips; he tells NPR's Melissa Block that they remind him of his school days, when life was less complicated.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Food In Pop Culture And Going Back To College

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 1:30pm

On this week's show, we talk about competitive cooking shows, delicious food in the movies, and all the things we've learned about pop culture representations of college.

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'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:58pm

Historian David Kertzer says the Catholic Church lent organizational strength and moral legitimacy to Mussolini's fascist regime. Kertzer recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his book.

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Deception And Suspense By The Sea In The Iranian Mystery 'About Elly'

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:58pm

Recently released in the U.S., Asghar Farhadi's 2009 film follows a teacher invited on a beach trip by the mother of one of her students. David Edelstein calls the film "Hitchockian" in its suspense.

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Sexy, Simple, Satirical: 300 Years Of Picnics In Art

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 10:36am

From Goya to Banksy, artists through the century have tackled modernity and its discontents through depictions of eating outdoors.

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Slow Fashion Shows Consumers What It's Made Of

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:23am

It's been two years since more than 1,100 workers were killed in a garment factory in Bangladesh. "Ethical fashion" is gaining momentum — though what that means depends on whom you ask.

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'24 Days' Retells A Brutal Crime With Little Explanation

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 5:03pm

The docudrama 24 Days doesn't try to explain the thinking of those who abducted and killed a Jewish Parisian. Instead, it considers what can be known about the motives of others.

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Life Goes On (And On) In 'The Age Of Adaline'

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:03pm

The conceptually intriguing story of a woman who doesn't age is let down by the (ironically?) lifeless way it presents the many, many years she has to work with.

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Lunch With Monet, Dinner With Jackson Pollock

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:55am

Two new books focus on the culinary lives of these two artists. Turns out, their approaches to food provide a new way of thinking about their two very different approaches to art.

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"AMA" Let You Finish

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 8:09am

For this final round, every answer ends with our show's initials, A-M-A. We say, "This Nepalese prince found enlightenment and became the Buddha;" you say, "Siddhartha Gautama."

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Remember Me?

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 8:09am

VIP Ingrid Michaelson whips out her ukulele and joins Jonathan Coulton for a game about amnesia-afflicted movie characters, set to the tune of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know."

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You People Are Animals

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 8:09am

Do you know which rock star was nicknamed The Lizard King? That and more animal-based nicknames are the answers to this round's questions. You'll rawr with laughter.

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Second Chances

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 8:09am

In this game, contestants win by coming in second. We ask questions with fairly well-known "number one" answers; knowing the "second place" answer is worth double points.

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Ingrid Michaelson: Girl Chases Quiz Chases Girl

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 8:09am

Indie pop star Ingrid Michaelson performs on her ukulele, turns on her Staten Island accent, and covers a rewritten song by Somebody That You Used to Know.

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Edit Please!

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 8:09am

Which classic novel is "a group of lions and a bias that prevents objective consideration of an issue"? For this game we give an overly verbose title of a book for contestants to edit down.

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Go Fish!

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 8:09am

A verbal version of the children's card game "Go Fish", but with groups of things other than fish. Have you got any Cavendish, Lady Fingers, or Rajahs? Go bananas!

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'Lovelace And Babbage' Is A Thrilling Adventure

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 6:03am

Sydney Padua's rollicking graphic novel about computing pioneers Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace transforms punch cards and little brass cogs into the stuff of legend, says critic Etelka Lehoczky.

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The Nearly Lost Story Of Cambodian Rock 'N' Roll

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 5:25pm

Before the Khmer Rouge regime, a thriving pop and rock scene adapted Western music heard on U.S. military radio stations. The documentary Don't Think I've Forgotten took 10 years to make.

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Of Fruit Hats And 'Happy Tropics,' A Renaissance For Carmen Miranda

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 2:01pm

The Brazilian performer was a huge hit with American audiences who loved her outrageous costumes and beautiful voice. But she's been less appreciated in her homeland — until now.

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'Last Man' Will Forte On Beards, Comedy And Bruce Dern's Acting Advice

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 1:49pm

Forte tells Fresh Air about landing a job on Saturday Night Live and learning on the set of Nebraska that acting is "all about commitment."

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