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Frisky, Subversive 'American Housewife' Practices Shock And Awwww

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 6:00am

The slightly demented homemakers in Helen Ellis's new collection wield sharp elbows and sharper knives, but critic Heller McAlpin says the stories build to touching, unexpected punchlines.

Super Bowl Commercial Inspires Maraniss To Write About Detroit's Better Times

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

David Greene talks to journalist David Maraniss about a key moment when Detroit seemed to rule the world. Maraniss has written a history of Detroit's commerce and culture called Once in a Great City.

Famous Sons

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 3:54pm

In this final round, every answer is the name of a real or fictional person whose last name ends with the letters S-O-N.

Be Positive

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 3:54pm

Ever notice that "inscrutable" is a word, but "scrutable" is not? This game is about words that exist in a negative form without a common positive partner.

The Day Before Sunday in Real Time

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 3:54pm

VIP Taran Killam was a fan of SNL long before he was cast on the show. We put his comedy knowledge to the test and ask him to identify and impersonate some classic SNL quotes and catchphrases.

The Rites Of Springfield

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 3:54pm

In this game, we imagine that Simpsons characters have moved to a real Springfield somewhere in the United States. Contestants tell us which U.S state we're talking about.

Breakfast With Rom-Coms

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 3:54pm

Put on your Discman and jam out to one of the greatest '90s songs, "Breakfast at Tiffany's," which, like all great '90s songs, was based on a romantic comedy from 1961.

Yiddish Proverb, Klingon Proverb, Or Bob Marley Lyric?

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 3:54pm

In this installment of This, That or The Other, contestants must determine the origin of some unusual phrases.

Okay, Okay, I'll Show You

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 3:54pm

Contestants respond to questions with clues to words or phrases that start with the "muh" sound. As Jerry Maguire might yell, show me the Munchkins!

Great Expectations: Dickens And The Powerball

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 1:18pm

Tonight's record $1.5 billion Powerball drawing may seem like a modern phenomenon, but this frenzy is nothing new — just ask Charles Dickens, who bemusedly observed the Naples lottery 150 years ago.

Lego Says It's Changing Its Policy After Ai Weiwei Controversy

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 1:04pm

The Danish company encountered a social-media backlash in October after refusing to sell bricks for a project by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

'My Ears Are Open': Novelist Elizabeth Strout Finds Inspiration In Everyday Life

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 12:00pm

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge says she was a "bad lawyer" before turning her energies to writing. Her latest novel, My Name is Lucy Barton, is about an aspiring writer.

The Epic Web Comic That Reimagines The Legend Of Bruce Lee

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 9:58am

In a new Web series, Jeremy Arambulo presents his illustrated take on a fantastical — and real — showdown between the Hollywood star and another noted martial artist.

2016 Pritzker Prize Goes To Chilean Architect Alejandro Aravena

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 9:57am

Aravena, 48, is known for his socially conscious, sustainable design, often executed at staggering speed and on minuscule budgets.

Simplicity And Restraint Make 'Lucy Barton' Shine

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 6:00am

Elizabeth Strout's new novel, about an estranged mother and daughter reconnecting during the daughter's illness, is a marvel of quiet simplicity. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn calls it "a true novel."

Stay Tuned For Some Great New TV In 2016

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:13am

Last year was all about change in the television industry. Our TV critic says the new year brings a host of exciting shows, from platforms old and new.

Ray Liotta On 'Goodfellas,' Acting And His Return To TV

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 2:07pm

"When I first started," Liotta says, "television was kind of like the wasteland. ... Now [it's] very respected." Liotta plays a corrupt NYC police lieutenant on the new NBC series Shades of Blue.

David Bowie, The Internet Visionary

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 10:21am

Bowie was an explorer of what it meant to be human. In a 1999 interview, he predicted the power of the Internet — "an alien life form" — to break down the divisions between artists and the audience.

'Your Heart Is A Muscle' Is A Florid, Ambitious Tale Of Protest

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 6:00am

Sunil Yapa's new novel follows a group of characters through the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle. Critic Michael Schaub praises Yapa's ambition, but says his execution is amateurish.

'60s 'Dish' Maggie Smith Says, 'That Was Never Me'

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 3:58am

"It must be lovely to be beautiful, but that's a really difficult thing to lose," says Smith, now 81. Best known in the U.S. for her role in Downton Abbey, she's now starring in The Lady in the Van.

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