You've probably heard the jingles for products like Kit Kat and McDonald's hundreds of times. But can you recognize them when Jonathan Coulton sings them — in Italian? Buona fortuna!
As part of his act, Buress performs his own "Gibberish Rap," but he's also an expert on hip-hop. He plays this game with our contestant, describing songs without using their titles.
Hear how the comic and actor (Broad City) moved to New York and landed writing gigs on SNL and 30 Rock. Plus, Buress leads a game in which all the answers are terrible puns on the name "Shaq."
Also: Aleksandar Hemon and Teju Cole in conversation; Mary Cheever has died; Ian McEwan's new book.
John Lago is a killer intern — and, as it turns out, an actual killer. In The Intern's Handbook, Shane Kuhn tells his story in a fashion fit for a summer blockbuster, both for better and for worse.
In a new film, Cage plays an ex-con who takes a teenage boy under his wing. He and director David Gordon Green discuss the film's use of amateur actors and finding levity in difficult stories.
If you know Ciroc and Patron, you may well be listening to a lot of songs that name-check brand-name alcohol. And if you're a teenager, you may be binge drinking a lot more, researchers say.
Falco plays ER nurse Jackie Peyton, who is competent at her high-stress job but struggles with addiction. The sixth season of Nurse Jackie begins Sunday on Showtime.
Older generations might have left behind physical letters, photographs and journals. But much of that is digital now. Saving and organizing it all is a new challenge for librarians and writers alike.
Perhaps aware that trailers have become wall-to-wall explosions and noise, the people behind the latest look at Godzilla rely heavily on sudden, creepy quiet.
In her poetry, Kima Jones explores racial and sexual identity in the modern world — and the future. Nostalgic and assertive, her work revolves around a recurrent protagonist: the person of color.
Also: Artist Damien Hirst will write an autobiography; Gabriel Garcia Marquez has left the Mexico hospital where he was being treated for a lung infection.
Maggie Shipstead's latest is named after Sergei Diaghilev's famous admonition to his dancers. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn says that, while not astonishing, it's a "lemon tart of a book, lovely and neat."
Passover's ceremonious meal can take a very long time. Small bites with traditional ingredients can help sustain dinner guests, with a nod to the holiday's meaning and to the spirit of hospitality.
The new Time Traveler's Almanac is a vast collection of chronological chronicles. Co-editor Ann VanderMeer says she was surprised to find that most time travelers just want to fix their love lives.
At 23, Griner is one of the best female basketball players in the world — and now she's also an author. In a new memoir, she discusses being bullied as a kid and coming out as a lesbian in college.
Critic David Bianculli says family dramas have always been one of television's most difficult genres to do properly — without getting too sweet, too overwrought, or too predictable.
This week, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton come bearing a bunch of song premieres, including a cut from singer-songwriter Mirah's first solo album in five years, Australian electronic artist Chet Faker and power punk rock singer Brody Dalle.
We open the show with Dalle's "Blood in Gutters," a gritty blast from her upcoming album Diploid Love. The singer, who previously fronted the band The Distillers, has a voice and sound firmly rooted in '90s grunge and hard rock. We follow with a brand new, strum-filled track from San Francisco's The Fresh & Onlys. "Animal of One" is from the band's upcoming album, House of Spirits.
Also on the show: Brooklyn-based singer Mirah returns with her first solo album since 2009's (A)spera; Pharmakon, aka New York singer Margaret Chardiet, covers the Cher song "Bang Bang" for Record Store Day; Veteran guitarist and electronic soundscape artist Fennesz has an abstract, multidimensional cut from his upcoming album Becs; And Bob closes out the show with a wistful, warped song by up-and-coming electronic, R&B artist Chet Faker.
Barbara Ehrenreich — a rationalist, atheist and scientist by training — has written a new memoir called Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything.
April is National Poetry Month, and as part of Code Switch's celebration, we'd like to make a poem with the help of our readers. Poet Kima Jones will be curating lines of verse you submit on Twitter.