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This Quiz Never Bothered Me Anyway

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 9:13am

Frozen's married songwriters Bobby Lopez (Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez let their competitive swagger shine in a game where the answers are mashed-up musicals.

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Working Title

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 9:13am

Which sounds like a more appealing read, The Great Gatsby or Trimalchio in West Egg? They're the same book, but now you've learned Fitzgerald's working title. Identify more book titles in this game.

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Google, You Autocomplete Me

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 9:13am

What's the weirdest thing you've ever Googled? Search histories can be so incriminating. In this round, guess celebrities based on their common search terms, like "height" and "goes crazy on Oprah."

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'Let It Go': A Hit Song, Spawned From Partnership

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 9:13am

The songwriters behind Disney's Frozen, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez, recall their courtship and how a walk in the park led to the showstopper that won them an Oscar (and Bobby an EGOT).

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Be Kind, Rewind

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 9:12am

The days of rewinding VHS tapes are long gone, but in this game, imagine the plots of famous movies if you watched them end to beginning. A retired Rocky jogs backwards through Philadelphia...

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Animal Lamina

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 9:12am

You've got to think forwards and backwards in this game, to think up ridiculous palindromes that involve animals. Where might stylish alpacas go for new duds? A "llama mall"!

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Book News: Happiness Study Says Library Trips Are As Good As A Pay Raise

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 6:57am

Also: The shortlist for the 2014 Caine Prize was announced; Richard H. Hoggart, key witness in the obscenity trial of Lady Chatterley's Lover, has died.

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Mitterrand's Taste For 'Intrigue' And Contradiction

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 6:03am

Philip Short's new biography of French president Francois Mitterrand, A Taste for Intrigue, is a compelling, polished portrait of a slippery, contradictory figure who relished reinventing himself.

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Why Lupita Nyong'o's 'People' Cover Is So Significant

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 6:16pm

The Mexican-born Kenyan actress has been lauded for her looks, her impeccable fashion sense, and her humility. Now People says she's the most beautiful woman in the world.

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On Television, More Transgender Characters Come Into Focus

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 3:01pm

Now that it's more common to see gay characters on TV, is the medium turning to transgender people for fresh stories? NPR's Neda Ulaby looks at TV's crop of transgender and "gender fluid" characters.

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Household Words: Shakespeare's Enduring Lexicon

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 1:46pm

What hath the Bard wrought? A legacy of words and idioms you'll recognize from pop culture and even your own speech. On the occasion of his 450th birthday, Ask Me Another presents this handy glossary.

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Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' Challenge: What To Do With His Hands

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 1:41pm

Meyers left a dream job hosting Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update to take over Late Night from Jimmy Fallon. Meyers says not having a mic in hand — like he did in standup — took some adjusting.

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Yaya Alafia's Songs Of Strength For Her Baby Boy

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:23am

2013 was a big year for actress and model Yaya Alafia. She starred in three films and had a baby boy. Alafia shares the songs reflecting those experiences for Tell Me More's series 'In Your Ear.'

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In Tasmania, A Food Bounty As Spectacular As The Scenery

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 7:53am

The Australian state known for its marsupial "devil" has a local food scene that might be described as heavenly. If you can't try it person, get a taste with these Tasmania-inspired recipes.

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What Do 'The Simpsons' Look Like In Lego?

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 7:47am

Fox has started releasing images from an upcoming episode of The Simpsons that renders the family in Lego pieces. And as always, all rights are carefully reserved.

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Book News: Gabriel García Márquez Left An Unpublished Manuscript

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 7:09am

Also: a previously unpublished story by Shirley Jackson; tips to tell whether you are in a Charles Dickens novel.

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Better (?) Living Through Chemistry In 'Afterparty'

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 6:03am

Darryl Gregory's new novel, Afterparty, envisions a future where anyone with the right gear can make his own custom drugs. Critic Jason Sheehan calls it a juicy jumble of second-generation biopunk.

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As Shakespeare Turns 450, 'Hamlet' Tour Makes The World A Stage

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 3:33am

Shakespeare's Globe Theater aims to take the Bard's iconic play to every country in the world. They'll perform everywhere from prestigious theaters to Pacific island beaches.

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Book Review: 'In Praise Of Hatred'

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 3:06pm

Alan Cheuse reviews the novel In Praise of Hatred, by Khaled Khalifa. The book, which was recently translated to English, features a young Muslim girl in 1980s Syria.

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'Inside Amy Schumer,' Some Surprising Commentary

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 3:06pm

NPR's TV critic, Eric Deggans, says Comedy Central's Amy Schumer stands out by using her own sex appeal to challenge double standards about women — and, of course, she's funny.

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