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In A Past-Plagued Laos, A Youth Chases A Future

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 4:00pm

In The Rocket, the debut feature from documentary director Kim Mordaunt ("Bomb Harvest"), an unlucky outcast in search of a new home enters a sports festival in rural Laos. It's risky — but the Rocket Festival could help him save his struggling family.

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A Nation And Its Youth, Struggling To Be 'In Bloom'

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 4:00pm

Set in Georgia shortly after the country's 1991 independence, In Bloom follows two 14-year-old girls as they navigate the violence and confusion of everyday life. (Recommended)

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Mommy Issues Writ Large For A Troubled Teen

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 4:00pm

In The Truth About Emanuel, her second film about teen angst, director Francesca Gregorini (Tanner Hall) trains her eye on Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario), a tightly wound adolescent whose mother died giving birth to her.

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Writer And Activist Amiri Baraka Dies At Age 79

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 3:38pm

Amiri Baraka, the writer who was born LeRoi Jones, has died at age 79. Baraka is primarily known for having a unique career that spanned art and activism. He was an influential poet and an award-winning playwright who didn't shy away from social criticism.

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Many Younger Facebook Users 'Unfriend' The Network

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 3:00pm

Some younger users of Facebook say that using the site often leaves them feeling sad, lonely and inadequate. A new trend is emerging among these most intense of digital users: Many in their teens and 20s are leaving the social network altogether.

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Revenge Of The 'Nerdist': Chris Hardwick Takes Over Your TV

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 3:00pm

Chris Hardwick might be the best example of how the nerds triumphed over pop culture in 2013. A standup comic and actor, Hardwick created the Nerdist podcast and hosts Talking Dead (a talk show that discusses The Walking Dead); now, his social media-centered comedy game show @midnight has been picked up by Comedy Central.

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Slow Cook Your Way To The Colonel's Secret Recipe

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 3:00pm

Slow-cooking expert Stephanie O'Dea shares the story behind her KFC-inspired chicken: It was an attempt to recreate the Colonel's secret recipe so that her daughter, who has celiac disease, could experience a taste most Americans take for granted. In a twist, O'Dea also wanted to cook the chicken in a Crock-Pot.

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A Story Of Pluck And Courage In An Unforgiving Future

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 3:00pm

Novelist Chang Rae Lee is known for his sober depictions of things you can probably imagine — like war and spies, family and immigration. So it might surprise you that his newest novel, On Such a Full Sea, is a dystopia that begins in a place called B-mor, a town that — a very long time ago — was known as Baltimore.

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'Stringer': Finding Your Feet In The Chaos Of Congo

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 2:00pm

Anjan Sundaram's new memoir Stringer chronicles his adventures as a budding journalist in one of the world's most chaotic spots: the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Reviewer and veteran journalist Ted Koppel says Stringer "is a book about a young journalist's coming of age, and a wonderful book it is, too."

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Colorful Names

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 11:00am

What do Vanna White, James Brown, and Ron Burgundy have in common? In this final round, puzzle guru Art Chung asks you to identify famous people or fictional characters who has a color in their name.

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Happy Geek Colors

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 11:00am

Host Ophira Eisenberg puts designer Jonathan Adler in the puzzle hot seat for a quiz all about how certain colors got their name. You'd think the guy who coined the word "chambeige" would know which color is named after a desert-dwelling animal that also gives its hair to make overcoats.

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Homophones To Phone Home About

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 11:00am

What would you call a type of neck-wear worn while participating in a form of exercise founded by Billy Blanks? A "Tae Bo-bow tie"! In this game, host Ophira Eisenberg offers clues to phrases or compound words that change meaning when the words are reversed.

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Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me What To Do

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 11:00am

What's the name of that Andrew Lloyd Webber song..."Don't Drink That Blue Margarita," right? Ok, so we're going to need your help identifying the correct title of songs that start with the word "don't."

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Random Questions With: Jonathan Adler

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 11:00am

You may have seen designer Jonathan Adler's home furnishings in the interiors of discerning homeowners — but just how does he come up those eye-catching creations? Adler joined Ask Me Another to chat about his career as a potter and where he finds inspiration to make his colorful, joyous creations.

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Indigenous Diligence

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 11:00am

If Neapolitans are people from Naples, where do Sconnies come from? This game, led by house musician Jonathan Coulton, is all about demonyms — words that describe a person who hails from a particular geographic location.

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Brevity Is The Soul Of Wit

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 11:00am

In keeping with the title of this game, we'll keep this explanation short. All the answers in this game will be two-letter words. That's it!

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'Parks And Recreation': Good For Nerds, Good For America

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 10:44am

There aren't all that many shows on television that are nice to nerds. But Parks And Recreation embraces its grown-up enthusiasts, whether they're into board games, Game Of Thrones, or dressing like Batman.

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Book News: Cache Of Letters From 'Frankenstein' Author Found

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 6:04am

Also: "Because" is named the word of the year; a new poem by Paul Beilstein.

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No Rain On His Parade: Parisian Preserves Art Of Umbrella Repair

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 2:38am

When an umbrella breaks, most people just throw it away and buy another one. That's sacrilege to Thierry Millet, who says fixing a much-loved parapluie is like giving a bit of youth back to its owner. France's government says the tiny shop run by the self-proclaimed "last umbrella repairman" is a "living heritage."

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No Rain On His Parade: Parisian Preserves Art Of Umbrella Repair

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 2:38am

When an umbrella breaks, most people just throw it away and buy another one. That's sacrilege to Thierry Millet, who says fixing a much-loved parapluie is like giving a bit of youth back to its owner. France's government says the tiny shop run by the self-proclaimed "last umbrella repairman" is a "living heritage."

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