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Ask Me Another
7:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Compound Fractures

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 9:31 am

Compound words combine shorter ones, like "milkshake." The answers in this game seem compound, but aren't: you get a floor covering ("carpet") by combining a vehicle (car) with the family dog (pet).

Heard in Episode 319: Two Can Slay That Game

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Ask Me Another
7:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

I Sense A Theme Music

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 9:31 am

Who could forget Celine Dion's Titanic's love anthem, "My Heart Will Go On"? We wish we could. In this game, identify movies from their famous soundtrack moments.

Heard in Episode 319: Two Can Slay That Game

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Ask Me Another
7:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Emily Nussbaum: A Critical Mass Of Good TV

Emily Nussbaum's critique on Lena Dunham's HBO show, Girls, for The New Yorker: "Like any groundbreaking TV, it shows the audience something new, then dares it to look away."
Neilson Barnard Getty Images for The New Yorker

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 6:09 am

Emily Nussbaum — the New Yorker critic — has a keen eye out for TV shows that tend to go off the beaten path. "Sometimes those are the shows that feel off-putting and disorienting, like Louie, or shows that do things that haven't been done previously, so people don't know how to watch them," says the writer who's unafraid of a small screen challenge. "I try to find those kinds of shows. But I've changed my mind about things a million times."

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Ask Me Another
7:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

This, That Or The Other VII

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 3:12 pm

We give you a word; you tell us which of three categories it belongs to. This week's categories: animals, world capitals, and (lest we forget to be nerdy) Lord of the Rings characters.

Heard in Episode 319: Two Can Slay That Game

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Ask Me Another
7:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Emily The Puzzle Slayer

Through the wonders of technology, actor Tom Lenk — who played Andrew on Buffy the Vampire Slayer -- serves as V.I.P. Emily Nussbaum's lifeline during her quiz at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.
Josh Rogosin NPR

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 9:31 am

We quiz Emily Nussbaum, TV critic for The New Yorker, on her favorite show: Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Why Buffy?

"Buffy was the first show that I actually became a deranged fan that would frighten the people involved with the show," said Nussbaum.

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Ask Me Another
7:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

P.S. I Love You

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 9:31 am

The final round is a postscript to our show, so in this game, we took that idea literally: all the answers are two-word names or phrases with the initials "P.S." Which gal "got married" in a 1986 film?

Heard in Episode 319: Two Can Slay That Game

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Ask Me Another
7:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

This Means Wiki-War

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 9:31 am

There have been so many Wikipedia "edit wars," that there's an entire Wikipedia page dedicated to them. ("The Eagles" vs. "Eagles"?) In this game about notable edit wars, however, everyone's a winner.

Heard in Episode 319: Two Can Slay That Game

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The Two-Way
5:38 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Book News: Charles Wright, Who Writes Of God And Nature, To Be Poet Laureate

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Standing 2 Feet From The President Ought To Be More Exciting

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 8:13 am

Picture the following scenario: you are a Secret Service agent being paid to protect the President's life, when suddenly you feel an urgent call of nature. Well, that's exactly what happened to Dan Emmett on a state visit to Europe with Bill Clinton during the 1990s.

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Fine Art
1:08 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Meet The Models: Exhibit Explores The People Behind The Paintings

In 1930, Grant Wood had his sister Nan pose for American Gothic. "The public reaction to the painting was so rough on her that her brother Grant felt bad for her," curator Elizabeth Botten says.
Art Institute of Chicago, Friends of American Art Collection AP

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 12:17 pm

An artist friend, Virginia Isbell, once asked me to pose for a quick pastel sketch in her Paris studio. I was flattered — and amazed to be on that side of a work of art. Never have I been looked at so intently, except by a parent or a lover. I was being fixed, examined, absorbed. And, for all the intensity, there was absolutely nothing personal about it.

I was an object to be replicated. Her eyes went from my face to her sketchpad, my nose, my eyes, mouth, chin — sketched in pastel in 20 minutes. It was fun. But it felt as if something had been taken from me.

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Book Reviews
2:18 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Summer Reading: Three Books To Take You To New Frontiers

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 4:24 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. You don't need a ticket to travel this summer. Our reviewer, Alan Cheuse, has packed a small bag of books that he says will send you to Alaska, Siberia and Tasmania. Here's Alan on three debut works.

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Author Interviews
2:18 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

In The Cockpit, Gazing At Stars: Saint-Exupéry's Life In Pictures

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 2:20 pm

Children's book author and illustrator Peter Sís takes grand adventures on the page. He's done books about Galileo, Charles Darwin, Christopher Columbus — and now, he's turned his pen and brush to the life of the French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, best known for his book The Little Prince.

Saint-Exupéry was also famous as a pioneering aviator who wrote several adult books on the theme of flight. But after he disappeared during a reconnaissance mission over southern France in 1944, it was The Little Prince that lived on after him.

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Author Interviews
10:24 am
Wed June 11, 2014

The Difficulty And Drama Of Building A Top Black Magazine

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 3:10 pm

This year marks the 50th anniversary of many pivotal events in the civil rights movement, and to commemorate "Freedom Summer," Tell Me More is diving into books that explore that theme.

Back in 1969, faces of color doing any job in major media were few and far between. But that was the year an unlikely group of businessmen and salesmen decided to create a magazine specifically for black women: Essence.

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Beauty Shop
10:24 am
Wed June 11, 2014

What Does Cantor's Loss Say About The Republicans' Future?

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 2:23 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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The Two-Way
6:01 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Book News: Appeals Court Rules Digital Library Doesn't Violate Copyright Law

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Wed June 11, 2014

'Girl With All The Gifts' Is A Thriller With (Sharp, Scary) Teeth

Warning: Mild spoilers ahead!

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Law
3:43 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Court OKs Universities' Quest To Turn To More Digital Copies Of Books

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 7:43 am

A U.S. appeals court has ruled against a group of authors, deciding in favor of a consortium of universities in a case that hinged on copyright law and provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The universities had allowed Google to make digital copies of more than 10 million books so that they could be searchable by specific terms.

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Television
2:46 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Larry Wilmore Knows: Heavy Lies The Late-Night Mantle

"When I'm working on The Daily Show, I understand that I'm having a dialogue with the audience about something that is pretty charged," says Larry Wilmore. "And I'm always trying to work on: What is this really about?"
Comedy Central

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 12:50 pm

Larry Wilmore just landed the second-toughest job in TV.

The toughest gig falls to Stephen Colbert, who will replace late-night talk icon David Letterman on CBS next year. But Wilmore has been named to replace Colbert, leading a show that will tackle topics barely referenced on television: race and diversity.

And Wilmore admits to just one teeny, tiny concern about replacing Colbert: He might screw it up pretty badly. And then they'd never let another black guy host another late-night TV talk show.

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Author Interviews
2:04 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, And Lives To Write About It

"My early films look terrible!" says filmmaker John Waters. "I didn't know what I was doing. I learned when I was doing it. I never went to film school." Waters, who is known for films such as the outlandish Pink Flamingos and Hairspray, has written a new book, Carsick.
Kathy Willens AP

Film director and writer John Waters has broken many taboos and created intentionally perverse scenarios in his films — most notably in Pink Flamingos, about a competition for the title "the filthiest person alive."

Waters, who is now 68, was looking for an adventure he could write about. So he decided to hitchhike cross-country from his home in Baltimore to his co-op apartment in San Francisco.

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Book Reviews
1:31 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

'Rise And Fall' Carries On Vagabond Adventure Tale Tradition

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Any novel that opens on a young American woman running a bookshop in a small town nestled in the Welsh countryside promises a glimpse into a life lived far from the madding crowd. That's the quaint plotline Tom Rachman's new novel tells uninterruptedly for the length of one brief chapter. Thereafter, Rachman returns only occasionally to the World's End bookshop and its shelves sporting idiosyncratic labels like: Artists Who Were Unpleasant to Their Spouses; History, the Dull Bits; and Books You Pretend to Have Read but Haven't.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Tue June 10, 2014

A Charming Road Trip To The Past In 'Walt Before Skeezix'

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 8:16 am

Gosh all fishhooks! Fire up your flivvers and tea-carts, birds, because Drawn & Quarterly is at it again. The publisher continues its release of Gasoline Alley comics compilations with Walt Before Skeezix, a collection of some of creator Frank King's very first strips. Gasoline Alley later became known for its long-running stories and minute eye for domestic life. In this early incarnation, though, King's just drawing a jokey strip focused on four average guys who hang out in each other's garages, bonding around cars and their need for a male retreat.

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Politics
3:50 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Clinton Sought 'Tougher Deal,' But Won't Second-Guess Bergdahl Swap

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 12:38 pm

Below are excerpts from Hillary Clinton's interview Monday with NPR's Renee Montagne. Clinton's new book, Hard Choices, will be published Tuesday.

Portions of this interview will air on Morning Edition.

On running for president in 2016

HILLARY CLINTON: I have made some hard choices, and I face some hard choices. And, as I say in the book, I have not made a decision yet. ...

RENEE MONTAGNE: This is, may I say, a classic campaign book. ...

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The Salt
1:45 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Forbidding Fruit: How America Got Turned On To The Date

How about a date?
Loomis Dean Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 1:07 pm

In 1898, the U.S. Department of Agriculture created a special department of men called Agriculture Explorers to travel the globe searching for new food crops to bring back for farmers to grow in the U.S.

"These agricultural explorers were kind of like the Indiana Joneses of the plant world," says Sarah Seekatz, a California historian who grew up in the Coachella Valley, the date capital of the U.S.

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Monkey See
3:33 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

'Working Stiff TV' — Hey, Meat And Potatoes Are Pretty Tasty

Mary McDonnell stars in Major Crimes, a good solid show that preserves the ensemble created in TNT's more successful drama The Closer.
TNT

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 10:13 am

Even the snobbiest entertainment fan has got to admit it: Television is pretty good these days.

So it's easy to get distracted by talk of big-ticket dramas like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead or Orange Is the New Black. But the fact is, there's a whole wide universe of TV shows out there that aren't trying to top critics' best-of lists, make the short list at the Emmys or get recapped on Vulture.com.

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Performing Arts
2:06 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Audra McDonald Racks Up The Tonys, This Time As Billie Holiday

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 4:42 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

There's a new queen of Broadway. Audra McDonald won her sixth Tony award last night for her betrayal of Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, CRAZY HE CALLS ME")

AUDRA MCDONALD: (As Billie Holiday, singing) Crazy he calls me. Sure I'm crazy. Crazy in love, I'd say.

CORNISH: When she got to the stage to accept her Tony, the audience at Radio City Music Hall was on its feet. The standing ovation that initially drowning her out.

MCDONALD: Thank you so much. Thank you.

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Movie Interviews
1:33 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Invisible 'Supermensch' Avoided The Spotlight While Making Others Famous

In Supermensch, talent agent Shep Gordon recalls arriving in Los Angeles in 1968, dropping acid and getting slugged by a woman who later identified herself as Janis Joplin.
Dogwoof Films

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 2:48 pm

Shep Gordon's job is managing musicians and chefs and turning them into stars. Gordon created celebrities out of the likes of Alice Cooper and Anne Murray, but he says fame isn't necessarily a good thing.

"I made excuses to myself for how I made a living and tried to do it as honorably as I could, but I can't say that I'm proud," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. " ... If you make someone famous, they have to pay a price."

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The Salt
1:18 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Sandwich Monday: Taco Bell's Quesarito

Don't be fooled. This is no average burrito.
NPR

When you bite into a traditional burrito, your teeth have to endure one or two boring seconds of tortilla before they reach the filling within.

Taco Bell, continuing its mission to solve all of life's problems, has fixed that with the new Quesarito. It's a burrito that replaces the tortilla with a cheese-filled quesadilla.

Miles: What a revolutionary idea. I'm excited to see how a burrito tastes once you add some tortilla and cheese.

Robert: It's like a soft cast for a sprained burrito.

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Music
11:13 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Laverne Cox Loves 'Trouble'

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 1:45 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Author Interviews
11:10 am
Mon June 9, 2014

One Man's Search For His Personal Narrative And 'Asian Self'

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 1:45 pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex Tizon immigrated from the Philippines as a young boy when his parents — like so many before them — moved his family to the U.S. in search of a better life.

But, at some point Tizon realized that much of what he saw and heard around him told him that what he was — an Asian man — was shameful, weak and at the bottom of the manhood hierarchy.

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Food
7:38 am
Mon June 9, 2014

These 10 Summer Cookbooks Will Make The Good Life Even Better

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Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 11:02 am

Toss out the china and pick up the picnic basket! Summer cookbooks are fanciful creatures — high on whimsy and shamelessly devoted to making a good life better. For some, that means lingering in the farmers markets or gardening with the kids. For others it's indulging in some usually forbidden pleasures — the fried, the icy sweet, the charred and meaty. And for some, it means crossing oceans to sample less familiar fare — without ever leaving the porch. There's something for everyone, but all go just fine with bare toes and a sun hat.

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