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Not My Job: Soul Singer Mavis Staples Gets Quizzed On The Shaggs

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 9:56am

The soul singer was once a member of her family band, The Staple Singers. So we'll ask her three questions about another (somewhat odder) family musical group.

(Image credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)

Super Bowl Ads 2017: What Works, What Doesn't and What Gets Political

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 9:10am

While a significant portion of the Super Bowl watching audience are around for the ads, it's not just the TV-watching audience to which those ads are geared. Here's a few notable ads to watch Sunday.

(Image credit: Audi USA, 84 Lumber, Bud Light/Screenshots by NPR)

A Spacefarer's Next Great Adventure Begins At 'Home'

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 6:00am

Nnedi Okorafor's Binti: Home is the second installment in her series following a young woman with grand interstellar dreams, who now must reconcile her university experiences with her home culture.

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Coming To Terms With Depression In 'This Close To Happy'

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 4:30am

Novelist and critic Daphne Merkin's new memoir This Close to Happy chronicles a life spent struggling with depression, from love-starved childhood to hard-won equilibrium: Not cured, but functional.

(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

'Wheeler' Follows Life And Career Of Little-Known Country Music Singer

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 4:25pm

The new documentary-style film, Wheeler, explores the life of a country music singer you may not have heard of — for a reason.

'I Am Not Your Negro' Gives James Baldwin's Words New Relevance

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:35pm

Filmmaker Raoul Peck's latest documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, is based off James Baldwin's unfinished book, Remember This House, which tells the story of the lives and deaths of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Commercial For Nicer Living: The Gift Of Doing Nothing

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:35pm

All Things Considered asked listeners to send us suggestions for radio ads that promote the best things in life that are free, and then we turned five submissions into radio spots. Today, we hear a Commercial for Nicer Living that champions the gift of doing nothing.

Listeners Sold Us On What's Special To Them ... And They Sure Got Specific

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 2:00pm

When we asked listeners to write ads of their own for their favorite things in life, we weren't surprised by some of the answers. But some — like burned toast and moss — were literally one of a kind.

(Image credit: Chelsea Beck/NPR)

Budweiser's Super Bowl Ad About Immigration Reverberates In More Ways Than One

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 12:44pm

There are lots of factual errors in Bud's new ad about its founder, but it gets one thing right — the hostility toward new immigrants, an issue as relevant today as it was back then.

(Image credit: Budweiser via YouTube/ Screenshot by NPR)

'La La Land' Director Aimed To Make A Film Even Musical Skeptics Would Love

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 12:33pm

Damien Chazelle, who is nominated for an Oscar for his musical La La Land, says songs are "an expression of inner feelings that can't be articulated any other way." Originally broadcast Jan 5, 2017.

'It's A Playground': Meryl Streep On Acting With Abandon

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 12:33pm

Streep is nominated for an Oscar for playing Florence Foster Jenkins, a socialite who didn't let her imperfect voice stop her from becoming an opera singer. Originally broadcast Aug. 10, 2016.

Categories To The Letter

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:19am

In this final round, contestants are given a category and a letter, and must respond with the only item or person that fits the bill.

Kathleen Madigan: Life On The Road

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:19am

Comedian Kathleen Madigan talks about her Netflix special, 'Bothering Jesus,' then battles Lewis Black in a quiz about life on the road.

(Image credit: Mike Katzif/NPR)

Exit Through The Gift Shop

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:19am

It's time for the Ask Me Another Museum Tour! In this gift that keeps giving, contestants guess the famous historical figure, based on a description of a souvenir from their museum's gift store.

The Final Countdown

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:19am

The apocalypse is here and we feel fine! We parody songs about "the end" by replacing the lyrics to describe famous apocalyptic TV shows and movies. Contestants try to guess both items.

The Wisdom Of The Crowd

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:19am

We test the "wisdom of the crowd" theory when a contestant tries to guess whose numerical estimate is closest to the correct answer: Coulton's or the crowd's?

Hear Here

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:19am

Every answer in this game are two words or phrases that sound similar but are spelled differently.

The Complaint Department

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:19am

We take a trip to the Complaint Department, for a game in which clues are inspired by actual complaints and corrections we've received from our listeners.

Oscar Documentaries And A Foreign Language Film We Loved

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 9:37am

On this week's show, we run down an impressive list of Oscar-nominated documentary features and dive into Asghar Farhadi's complicated, suspenseful The Salesman.

(Image credit: Dan Budnik/Magnolia Pictures)

Horror Sequel 'Rings' Brings Them All, And In The Darkness Bores Them

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 8:22am

Director F. Javier Gutiérrez attempts to give the horror franchise a VHS-to-digital upgrade with muddled exposition and too-few scares.

(Image credit: Paramount Pictures)

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