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Grade Inflation In The Maple Syrup Aisle: Now Everything Is An 'A'

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:33am

If you like richer, darker, more intense maple syrup, you should pick Grade B. But the idea that B beats A seems counter-intuitive to lots of consumers who are just looking for something sweet to pour on their morning pancakes. So the syrup industry has revamped its grading system.

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AM/PM

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 9:56am

From morning until night, Ask Me Another contestants are always working on their puzzling skills. In this final round, puzzle guru Art Chung asks our contestants to come up with two-word phrases or proper nouns that have either the initials AM or PM. It's Positively Mesmerizing!

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W. Kamau Bell: After 'Totally Biased,' What's Next?

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 9:55am

Bell's late night comedy show may have recently joined the ranks of "brilliant-but-canceled," but its host says he's just getting started. He dropped by Ask Me Another to discuss the ups and down of having his first TV "internship" broadcast nationally, share life advice from Chris Rock and drop some hints about what's next for him.

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Bad To The Future

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 9:54am

Babe Ruth's famous "called shot" is an example of a freakily accurate prediction. But what about those that don't work out quite as well? In this game, house musician Jonathan Coulton asks our contestants about some historical predictions gone spectacularly wrong.

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Double Feature

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 9:54am

Coming not-so-soon to a theater near you...In this game, host Ophira Eisenberg asks our contestants to imagine famous movie sequels that could be made by combining two real film titles that share a word or syllable in common. Who wouldn't want to see Denzel Washington take on Magneto in Malcolm X-Men?

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Russian Dolls

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 9:54am

Russian dolls nest inside of each other. Some words are like that as well: they contain one word nested inside of a different word. Listen as host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton challenge our contestants to this tricky round of wordplay.

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Hi-Ho Elemental Metals, Away!

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 9:54am

We all know about Silver, the Lone Ranger's trusty steed — but did you know that he had a whole herd of other stallions, also named after metals? House musician Jonathan Coulton tests our contestants' mettle in this musical game, in which the answers to his musical clues — sung to the theme song of The Lone Ranger — are the names of other metals.

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I Like Big Trucks And I Cannot Lie: Cars, Trucks, And The Lady Brain

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 9:41am

A recent survey says women like men who drive pickup trucks. We dig deeper. (Well, of course we do.)

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Dignity, Always Dignity: The Academy Rescinds A Perplexing Oscar Nomination

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 8:33am

The Academy rescinded a nomination in the Best Original Song category for a song that got a little too much of a push from one of the men who wrote it.

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Book News: Two Poems By Greek Poet Sappho Discovered

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 6:59am

Also: a fatal literary dispute in Russia; The Rumpus interviews Jerry Stahl.

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'Mariachi Olympic Prince' Takes Glamour To Sochi Ski Slopes

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 2:32am

Hubertus Von Hohenlohe will be the only skier representing Mexico in the Winter Olympics in Russia. A German prince and one of the oldest athletes to be competing in the Winter Olympics, Hohenlohe says he doesn't expect to win any medals. But he does hope people will notice his flair for fashion.

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Get Extra Points For Super Bowls Of Dips And Spreads

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 10:17am

Cooking for a crowd for the big game? Put away the pots and pans, and turn to these party-friendly dishes. Then you can settle onto the couch in front of the TV instead of getting stuck in the kitchen.

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Frogs And Puffins! 1730s Menus Reveals Royals Were Extreme Foodies

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 9:26am

A rare collection of menus detailing the meals served to King George II and his queen contain plenty to offend our modern, squeamish sensibilities. But the manuscript, which is up for auction Wednesday, also reflects bigger shifts afoot in how food was sourced and prepared. The result? Tastier British cuisine.

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Book News: Nurse's Debut Novel Wins Prestigious Costa Award

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 6:34am

Also: Martin Scorsese will direct a documentary about The New York Review of Books; arsonist sentenced to read Malcolm Gladwell; Rebecca Mead on Middlemarch.

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Allende Creates Realism Without The Magic In 'Ripper'

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 6:00am

Isabel Allende dips a toe in the waters of genre fiction with her new novel Ripper — about a girl who puts her online gaming group to work tracking down a serial killer who's targeted her mother. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says the book would function just as well as a character study, without the crime plot.

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Anna Quindlen Is (Still) The Voice Of Her Generation

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 6:00am

Anna Quindlen's novel Still Life With Bread Crumbs is predictably comforting and readable, even as it details the challenges of a modern, middle aged woman: the fallout of divorce, a career on the wane, and the endless financial and emotional support demanded by her family.

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Entrepreneurs Looking For 'Windfall' Cash In On Climate Change

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:57pm

A new book explores the ways melting Arctic ice yield new shipping channels, new oil and gas resources — and potential profits. Journalist McKenzie Funk delves into the "booming business of global warming" in Windfall.

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Pete Seeger And The Public Choir

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 8:34am

Pete Seeger was an activist for many causes, but among them was a passionate belief in the importance and value of public singing.

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Book News: Mexican Poet Jose Emilio Pacheco Dies At 74

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 6:23am

Also: Bookslut launches the Daphnes award; the life of the English literature adjunct; publisher arrested in China.

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Jan. 26-Feb. 1: Stanley McChrystal, Jeff Bridges And James Salter

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 6:00am

In softcover nonfiction, the four-star general describes a culture gap between the military and civilian worlds, and Bridges explains how The Dude – of The Big Lebowski – is a kind of Zen master. In fiction, James Salter chronicles betrayal, Taiye Selasi looks at a grieving Ghanaian family and Philipp Meyer delivers a multigenerational family saga.

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