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Total Failure: The World's Worst Video Game

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:30am

In the late summer of 1982, one man worked around the clock to program the video game version of Steven Spielberg's E.T. in just five weeks. The result wasn't pretty.

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'The Dispatcher' Is A Short Stroll In A Strange Neighborhood

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 9:00am

John Scalzi's new novel — originally an audio book — imagines the implications of a world where 999 out of 1,000 murder victims pop back into existence, naked, confused and safe in their own beds.

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'Beren And Lúthien' Reflects Tolkien's Real Life Love Story

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 6:00am

J.R.R. Tolkien's son Christopher proves an able guide through Beren and Lúthien, his father's haunting tale of a mortal man who falls in love with the daughter of a disapproving Elven King.

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Meet Frédéric Bazille, The Impressionist Painter Who Could Have Been

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 4:03am

Bazille was part of a circle of artists eager to make a mark on the 1860s art scene. He helped lay the groundwork for the impressionist movement, but died in battle before it was fully formed.

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From Pez To Ticks, 'Atlas Obscura' Discovers 'Wonderfully Specific' Museums

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 4:32pm

People often become obsessed with collecting certain types of objects and then, before you know it, they have the basis for what writer Molly McBride Jacobson calls a "wonderfully specific museum."

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13 Reasons Why Not: Michigan Teens Talk Honestly About Suicide

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 3:40pm

The popular Netflix show 13 Reasons Why is about a teen who commits suicide. Youth Radio brings us the story of one Michigan high school's project called 13 Reasons Why Not. It features 13 stories of students overcoming their struggles.

College Art Professor Challenges Students To Build Insect Motels

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 3:40pm

A concerned University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee art instructor challenged her students to construct insect motels out of natural, untreated materials. Each motel must provide an appropriate habitat for a particular insect and attract human interest too, as each has a QR Code with information about why that bug or bee matters in nature and needs to be nurtured. Nearly 100 are installed in a state park overlooking Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee.

For A Few Hours, A Sculpted Dog Was Urinating On The 'Fearless Girl'

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 3:38pm

The statue of a defiant girl has confronted Wall Street's Charging Bull for months, much to the chagrin of the bull's sculptor. Briefly Monday, another sculptor made clear which side he's on.

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Philadelphia Says Goodbye To Little Pete's, An All-Night Dining Icon

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 3:37pm

For nearly 40 years, the old-fashioned diner has served up round-the-clock Reubens and eggs Benedict to all walks of life. But on Monday, the landmark served up its last meals.

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Sen. Al Franken On Comedy, Trump And The 'Curdling' Of Washington

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 12:10pm

As a former SNL cast member, Franken tends to see humor in politics. Despite this, he says his gut reaction to the Trump administration isn't levity: "This guy is outside the norm in many ways."

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In 'Boundless,' The Modern World Is Timeless

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 9:00am

Cartoonist Jillian Tamaki's new book is packed with of-the-moment topics — a pyramid skin-care scheme, a porn sitcom, a bedbug battle — but her existential wistfulness raises them to archetype.

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An Illustrated Guide To Master The Elements Of Cooking — Without Recipes

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 7:00am

In her new cookbook, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, Samin Nosrat says the key to good food is learning to balance those elements when cooking — and to trust your instincts.

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'Descent' Is A Witty Manifesto On Modern Manhood

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 6:00am

English author and artist Grayson Perry realized at age 12 that he wanted to wear women's clothes. That fascination is part of his new book, a funny, engaging look at what it means to be a man today.

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Sen. Al Franken Embraces 'The Funny' Again In New Book

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 4:00am

The Minnesota Democrat recounts his journey from Saturday Night Live to the Senate — and explains why comedy works in confirmation hearings: "Comedians kind of get to the point in an effective way."

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Mike Tyson's New Book Is A Memorial To The Man Who Made Him A Champion

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 3:32am

Tyson says trainer Cus D'Amato is the reason he had such a legendary career. "We had a lot of dreams, hopes. ... Being champ of the world, that's all that we ever thought about."

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Flipbooks Help Prisoners Stay Connected To Their Loved Ones

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 3:59pm

For people in prison, rules limiting access to technology make seeing video of their kids' first steps difficult. But a Colorado woman is using a 19th century solution for this 21st century problem.

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Encore: Jingle Writer Explores Decline Of Original Music In Advertising

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 3:33pm

Advertising jingle writer Steve Karmen wrote a number of famous jingles, including Budweiser Beer's, "When You Say Bud," the New York State song, "I Love New York", the Exxon Song and Wrigley Spearmint Gum's, "Carry The Big Fresh Flavor." This story originally aired on Dec. 13, 2016, on All Things Considered.

'Destined For War' Explores How To Avoid Unnecessary Future Conflicts

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 3:33pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Graham Allison, author of Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?, about honoring the dead by avoiding unnecessary wars.

Summer Movie Preview: 'Wonder Woman,' 'Rough Night,' 'Transformers'

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 3:33pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello has a selective preview of the would-be blockbusters and awards-contenders Hollywood is sending our way before Labor Day.

'The Body And The Blood' Follows Exodus Of Christians In The Middle East

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 3:33pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Charles Sennott, author of The Body and the Blood: The Middle East's Vanishing Christians and the Possibility for Peace, and the executive director of The GroundTruth Project. Sennott talks about the history of Christian communities in the Middle East, and how so many of them are leaving the region.

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