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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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Blending Red Wine With Porter Ale: A Crossover Beer Worth The Buzz?

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 2:36am

Two of mankind's oldest beverages are being mashed together in a new generation of brews. These beer-wine blends, boasting layered, complex flavors, are part of a broader trend of experimentation, as craft brewers seek to distinguish themselves in a crowded field.

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Not-So-Cheery Disposition: Emma Thompson On Poppins' Cranky Creator

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:00pm

When it came to turning her children's book into a movie, Thompson says, P.L. Travers was patronizing, demeaning, rude — and "reminded me of Margaret Thatcher." Thompson plays the acerbic author in Saving Mr. Banks.

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Empty Nester In 'The Woods': A Modern Dantean Journey

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:00pm

When writer Lynn Darling found herself at a turning point in her life, she sought solitude and enlightenment in the woods of Vermont. Her new memoir, Out Of The Woods, describes that midlife experience. Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan calls it "a compelling story of internal exploration, as well as outward-bound adventure."

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In An Age Of Slavery, Two Women Fight For Their 'Wings'

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 5:54pm

Sue Monk Kidd, the author of the best-selling The Secret Life of Bees, takes on both slavery and feminism in her novel The Invention of Wings. It's a story told by two women: Hetty, a slave, seeks her freedom, while Sarah, her reluctant owner, rebels against her family to become an abolitionist.

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This GMO Apple Won't Brown. Will That Sour The Fruit's Image?

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 3:15pm

A small Canadian company has created a genetically engineered apple that doesn't go brown when you slice it. It's waiting for approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But some apple producers are worried that this new product will taint the apple's wholesome, all-natural image.

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On TV This Week: 'Babylon' Has Good Fun, 'Detective' Is The Real Deal

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 1:35pm

Fresh Air TV critic David Bianculli says two new miniseries this week are worth special mention — and couldn't be more different. The Spoils Of Babylon is a miniseries soap-opera spoof on IFC; True Detective looks like the best HBO drama since The Wire.

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A Former Child Soldier Imagines 'Tomorrow' In Sierra Leone

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:37am

Ishmael Beah was 12 when he was orphaned by Sierra Leone's civil war and recruited as a child soldier. He described the ordeal in his 2007 memoir A Long Way Gone. Now, Beah's debut novel Radiance of Tomorrow tells the story of a shattered community struggling to rebuild itself after war.

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'Saturday Night Live' Takes A Very Important First Step

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 9:06am

The hiring of the fifth black woman to join the cast of Saturday Night Live in its 38-year history is a fine first step, but it's the follow-up that's going to count.

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The 'Pussy Riot' Arrests, And The Crackdown That Followed

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 8:53am

According to Russian journalist Masha Gessen, the 2012 arrests were the start of a campaign by Vladimir Putin and his supporters against government critics. Gessen, who is also an LGBT rights advocate, recently moved to New York with her partner and their children in response to the anti-gay laws Russia passed in June.

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Leftover Liquor Finds New Life As Liqueur

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 7:05am

Take out the idling bottles of spirits in your home bar and make something exciting. There's no distilling or science involved — just fresh fruits, spices, herbs and more, plus ample alcohol and a bit of time for infusing.

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Book News: Biography Is Unflattering Portrait Of Fox's Roger Ailes

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 6:28am

Also: Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new memoir is critical of the Obama White House; The Morning News' annual Tournament of Books announces its contestants; a new short story from Nicole Krauss.

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Jan. 5-11: A Beer Empire, A Habit Explainer And A New Kind Of Warfare

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 6:00am

In softcover nonfiction, William Knoedelseder looks at the family behind Budweiser, Charles Duhigg delves into the science of habit, Fred Kaplan explores an Army revolution and Whole Foods' founder argues for businesses pursuing a higher purpose. In fiction, George Saunders delivers a collection of fantastical stories.

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