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A Berkeley Student Comes Home In 'Braggsville,' With Consequences

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 6:12am

T. Geronimo Johnson's new novel follows a young man from a small Georgia town who comes home from college with a multicultural crew of friends, and plans for a disruptive (if well-intentioned) prank.

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Gary Owens, 'Rowan And Martin's Laugh-In' Announcer, Dies

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 6:05pm

Owens, known for his baritone, parlayed his role on Laugh-In into a long career of voice-over work in more than a dozen movies and many TV shows. He was 80-years-old.

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See What 'Saturday Night Live' Looks Like The Rest Of The Week

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 4:48pm

Saturday Night Live celebrates its 40th anniversary on Sunday. Throughout, the show's two photographers have been flies on the wall, capturing read-throughs, rehearsals and back-stage shenanigans.

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Sizzling-Hot Reads For Those Cold Winter Nights

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 2:04pm

If the cold and snow has you feeling, well, frigid, here's the solution. Five titillating titles that'll put you in a steamy frame of mind.

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Love From A To Z — And Back Again — In 'The Last Five Years'

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:57pm

The Last Five Years is a musical romance with a unique storytelling twist. NPR film critic Bob Mondello says the quirks and tricks have him singing the movie's praises, despite a flaw or two.

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If You Strip The Bondage, '50 Shades' Is A Conventional Love Story

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:52pm

The film, based on E.L. James' best-selling novel, has been denounced by decency brigades. But it's a surprisingly mild, corny romance that affirms traditional values: It's Jane Eyre with ropes.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Jupiter Ascending' And On-Screen Chemistry

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 9:21am

On this week's show: the Wachowskis' new kooky space adventure, the power of chemistry, and what's making us happy this week.

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'Fifty Shades' Director Explores Passion, Performance And Control

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 3:19pm

Fifty Shades of Grey is expected to be a blockbuster — and the director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, is a relative unknown outside of the art world, where she's a star. NPR's Neda Ulaby has a profile.

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'Ida' Director Made Film To 'Recover The Poland' Of His Childhood

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:32pm

The film is set in 1962 in Poland where director Pawel Pawlikowski lived until he was 14. Up for an Oscar for best foreign language film, Ida is about identity, faith, guilt and socialism.

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Movies That Really Stink

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:01am

The fur flies in this final round as contestants go ape trying to guess movies that have the names of animals in their titles. Who will Chicken Run their way to victory?

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What's Your Number?

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:01am

Who is Count Von Count's favorite rapper? Two-pac! Ah, ah, ah! Guess the Count's other favorite celebrities--they all have numbers in their names, like Ernest Borg-nine and Harrison Four-d.

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Off The Rack

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:01am

Proofreading matters! We've changed magazine titles by one letter to make them appealing to an even more niche audience. Maybe sip a margarita while browsing Lime Magazine?

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We'll Get Together Then

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:01am

Do you reach for a tissue every time the oldies station plays Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the Cradle"? Try to hold it together when Jonathan Coulton sings rewritten lyrics about classic children's games.

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Produce Samurai

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:01am

Wham! Slice the word "cherry" in half to get "ch" and "erry." Can you guess which rock star's name put the pieces together? Chuck Berry! Your brain will do push-ups in this wordy round.

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Pickup Lines Throughout History

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:01am

Is it 451 degrees Fahrenheit in here, or is it just you? Imagine pick-up lines that famous historical figures might have used at their local bar. Have your glass of water ready.

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Mo Willems: Sunny Day

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:01am

A botched job interview wound up landing Willems a gig on Sesame Street. Will an Ask Me Another Challenge about the legendary show turn Willems into a giggling Ernie, or Oscar the Grouch?

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Mo Willems: 'I Want My Books To Be Played'

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:01am

The author of such beloved children's book characters as the Pigeon, Elephant and Piggie explains why he writes for people "who have not yet learned how to be embarrassed."

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Music Is Troublesome Magic In 'Signal To Noise'

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 6:03am

Silvia Moreno-Garcia's debut novel bounces back and forth between Mexico City in 1988 and 2009 to tell the story of a young woman who finds she can make magic — actual, dangerous magic — with music.

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Miniseries Explores The Ugly Fallout Of A Disciplinary 'Slap'

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 2:41am

In The Slap, NBC takes on the touchy issue of corporal punishment. The show begins at a Brooklyn barbecue with a dad hitting another parent's out-of-control 5 year old.

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Forget Beads: Cajun Mardi Gras Means A Grand, Drunken Chicken Chase

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:18pm

Courir de Mardi Gras is an old tradition in rural Louisiana. From early morning on, costumed revelers go house to house, drinking, singing and collecting ingredients for a big ole pot of gumbo.

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