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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:41 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Al Gore Plays Not My Job: Extended Cut

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A shorter version of this segment was originally broadcast on Feb. 14, 2013.

Since Al Gore's term as the 45th vice president of the United States ended in 2001, he has starred in an Oscar-winning documentary, won a Grammy Award and received the Nobel Peace Prize. But obviously he won't be satisfied until he wins the NPR news quiz, so we've invited him to play a game called "Maybe you can beat Bill Clinton at this."

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:41 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Secretary Of Education Arne Duncan Plays Not My Job

Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

This segment was originally broadcast on March 8, 2013.

Arne Duncan is President Obama's secretary of education, and if, while he's on this show, a disaster befalls the president, the vice president, the speaker of the House and every other member of the Cabinet except Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security, he would be president.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:41 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Actor Jeff Bridges Plays Not My Job

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This segment was originally broadcast on Jan. 11, 2013.

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Arts & Life
5:41 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Emily Moore On How She Became A Poet

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 11:57 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate, WEEKEND EDITION is talking with younger poets about their experience with poetry and why they still feel it's important in our everyday lives.

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Books
3:20 am
Sat April 20, 2013

So Hot Right Now: Has Climate Change Created A New Literary Genre?

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 11:57 am

When Superstorm Sandy hit New York City last fall, the publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, like most everything else, totally shut down. It was a week before power returned to FSG, according to Brian Gittis, a senior publicist. When he got back to his office, he began sorting through galleys — advance copies of books. And one of them caught him off guard.

Its cover had an illustration of the Manhattan skyline half-submerged in water.

"It was definitely sort of a Twilight Zone moment," Gittis recalls.

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Monkey See
12:45 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: A Sense Of Place And A Nostalgic Quiz

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So let's speak candidly for a moment.

This is not an ordinary day. It has not been an ordinary week. We taped this week's podcast on Monday at 6:00 p.m., in the first hours of coverage of the bombings in Boston. We are posting it on Friday, in the first hours of coverage of a series of events that currently have many of our good pals — and many of our listeners — "sheltering in place" at home.

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Arts & Life
10:56 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Immigrant Muses About Finding Her Voice

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now the latest in our series, Muses and Metaphor. We've been celebrating National Poetry Month by hearing your tweet poems. Those are poems of 140 characters. We just talked about how complicated and charged the issue of immigration is, but for listener Su Layug, her immigrant story is all about - well, stories.

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Ask Me Another
8:42 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Michael Ian Black: Jack Of All Trades

Michael Ian Black's number one parenting tip? "When they say they hate you...it's best to just go, 'I hate me too.'"
Lam Thuy Vo NPR

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 8:11 am

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Ask Me Another
8:18 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Just Do It?

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 8:11 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Welcome back to ASK ME ANOTHER, NPR's hour of puzzles, word games and trivia. I'm Ophira Eisenberg and with me on our stage is our very important puzzler, Michael Ian Black.

MICHAEL IAN BLACK: Hello.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: So Michael, we thought that before we throw you in the puzzle pit, we'd make you run a game with us. We're going to first, welcome our contestants that are going to play this game. Let's welcome Andrew Sommerfeld and Erica Pietricola.

(APPLAUSE)

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Ask Me Another
8:18 am
Fri April 19, 2013

It's In The Cards

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 8:11 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now, we're going to crown this week's grand champion. Let's bring back, from Six Degrees of Francis Bacon, Christy O'Neill.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: From This That or the Other: Sarah Bouboulis. From Bust a Cap: Darla Gutierrez. From Fruit Salad: Lauren Weisskirk. And from Just Do It: Andrew Sommerfeld.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I'm going to ask our puzzle guru Art Chung to take us out.

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Ask Me Another
8:18 am
Fri April 19, 2013

The One About Poker

Michael Ian Black (left) battles World Series of Poker champion Matt Matros in a poker-themed battle of wits.
Lam Thuy Vo NPR

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 2:29 pm

Michael Ian Black told us he's a poker whiz, but we wanted to see if he's bluffing. So we pitted him against a worthy competitor, World Series of Poker champion Matt Matros, in a no-holds-barred trivia showdown that covers poker lingo, lore, and the world's weirdest bet.

Plus, Jonathan Coulton rounds out the game with a cover of "The Gambler" by Kenny Rogers.

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Ask Me Another
8:18 am
Fri April 19, 2013

This, That Or The Other IV

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 8:11 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's welcome our next two contestants: Mary Brownlee and Sarah Bouboulis.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Now, what I can enjoy but our listeners can't see is that what we have right here are a pair of adorable identical twins.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Oh, my god. Do you sound identical? I don't know. Do you sound identical?

MARY BROWNLEE: Yes.

SARAH BOUBOULIS: Yes.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Can you do that again?

BROWNLEE: Yes.

BOUBOULIS: Yes.

EISENBERG: Okay.

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Ask Me Another
8:18 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Six Degrees of Francis Bacon

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 8:11 am

Was Francis Bacon a 16th-century pioneer of the scientific method, or a 20th-century painter known for his raw graphic imagery? The answer is: both! In this game, Ophira Eisenberg quizzes contestants about famous people who share the same first and last name. Extra credit if you can link the two celebrities in six degrees or less. After the game, hear house musician Jonathan Coulton get sassy with a cover of the Destiny's Child hit "Bills Bills Bills."

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Ask Me Another
8:18 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Bust A Cap

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 8:11 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

While Michael stews backstage, let's get back to the gaming action. I see our next two contestants, Darla Gutierrez and George Choundas settling in behind their puzzle podiums. Welcome.

(APPLAUSE)

GEORGE CHOUNDAS: Thank you.

EISENBERG: Darla, you're a children's librarian. What is one of your favorite children's books?

DARLA GUTIERREZ: "Alice in Wonderland."

EISENBERG: "Alice in Wonderland," the one that's kind of about drugs.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: That's a good one.

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Ask Me Another
8:18 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Fruit Salad

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 8:11 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

On our stage right now, we have Lauren Weisskirk and Stefan Salva Cruz ready for our next game.

(APPLAUSE)

STEFAN SALVA CRUZ: Hello, Ophira.

EISENBERG: Hello, Stefan. Hello, Lauren. Stefan, do you have a favorite fruit?

CRUZ: Fruit?

EISENBERG: Fruit, yeah.

CRUZ: Orange.

EISENBERG: It's an odd question, right?

CRUZ: Oh, absolutely.

EISENBERG: Orange.

CRUZ: Yeah.

EISENBERG: I like orange too. That's a good one. Lauren, favorite fruit?

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TED Radio Hour
8:00 am
Fri April 19, 2013

How Does Beauty Feel?

Designer Richard Seymour at TED Salon.
TED

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 1:34 pm

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Beauty?

About Richard Seymour's TEDTalk

A story, a work of art, a face, a designed object — how do we tell that something is beautiful? And why does it matter so much to us? Designer Richard Seymour explores our response to beauty and the surprising power of objects that exhibit it.

About Richard Seymour

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TED Radio Hour
8:00 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Does Being Beautiful Make You Happy?

Cameron Russell at TEDxMidAtlantic
David Quinalty TED

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 1:32 pm

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Beauty?

About Cameron Russell's TED Talk

Cameron Russell admits she won "a genetic lottery": She's tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don't judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16 years old.

About Cameron Russell

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TED Radio Hour
8:00 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Are Some Things Universally Beautiful?

Philosopher Denis Dutton suggests that humans are hard-wired to seek beauty.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 11:23 am

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Beauty?

About Denis Dutton's TEDTalk

Denis Dutton has a provocative theory on beauty — that art, music and other beautiful things, far from being simply "in the eye of the beholder," are a core part of human nature with deep evolutionary origins.

About Denis Dutton

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TED Radio Hour
8:00 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Are We Hard-Wired For Beauty?

"Beauty draws us in...It takes us outside ourselves and it motivates us. It's essential to life and to happiness."
Asa Mathat TED

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 6:55 am

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Beauty?

Psychologist Nancy Etcoff joins philosopher Denis Dutton to explain why beauty inspires and motivates us. Etcoff says our response to beauty is visceral, and we use strong words — like "bombshell" — when we talk about it.

About Nancy Etcoff

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NPR Story
7:59 am
Fri April 19, 2013

What Is Beauty?

Do we need beauty to enjoy ourselves, or do we need it to survive?
TED

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 1:14 pm

Beauty surrounds us, draws us in, gives joy and creates conflict. In this hour, TED speakers conjure up beauty both ancient and modern, and suggest reasons why humans are hardwired to crave and respond to beauty.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

TED Radio Hour
7:59 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Can Beauty Change A Life?

"Beauty is not just for the imagination. It's actually a way of altering human behavior for the better." — Bill Strickland
TED

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 6:55 am

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Beauty?

About Bill Strickland's TEDTalk

Bill Strickland tells a quiet and astonishing tale of redemption through arts, music and unlikely partnerships.

About Bill Strickland

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Movie Reviews
3:23 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

A 'House' Divided, Over Stories Lived And Told

Bored high school English teacher Germain (Fabrice Luchini) encourages a talented student to exploit a classmate's family for literary inspiration.
Cohen Media Group

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 1:38 pm

Among the semi-literate journals submitted by his high-school students, jaded French literature teacher Germain (Fabrice Luchini) is jazzed to find a rough diamond from a new pupil, Claude (Ernst Umhauer).

In weekly installments, the ingratiating but enigmatic teenager, who looks as though he just stepped out of a Pasolini movie, chronicles his efforts to insinuate himself into the family of one his classmates, an amiable but awkward underachiever named Rapha (Bastien Ughetto).

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Movie Reviews
3:03 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Digital Dangers Abound In 'Disconnect'

Derek (Alexander Skarsgard) and wife Cindy (Paula Patton) are sandbagged by online identity thieves who steal their credit information — even as they're still grappling with the death of their young son.
LD Entertainment

The title of Disconnect may be read as describing any of several things: the gulf between online and real-world interactions; the chasm that opens between human beings when spoken communication fails; our default emotional position in the face of unthinkable tragedy.

Attempting to address all three interpretations within the confines of a single movie may be courting failure, but writer Andrew Stern and director Henry-Alex Rubin go one better, adding an unnecessary cybercrime angle that muffles the screenplay's more subtle psychological insights.

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Movie Reviews
3:03 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

'Unmade': China Tries Calling A Film's Shots

Co-director Gil Kofman has been tasked with getting his film made in mainland China — in Mandarin, a language he doesn't speak.
Seventh Art Releasing

The best documentaries about filmmaking are the ones that show it at its worst.

Movie sets are fundamentally boring places, where there's mostly a lot of waiting around going on. But when disaster strikes with millions of dollars on the line, the tension and drama are suddenly amped up to levels that often equal those in the movie being filmed.

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Movie Reviews
3:03 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Effects-Heavy 'Oblivion' Pines For An Analog Past

The enigmatic Julia (Olga Kurylenko) surfaces from the mysterious past of Victoria's husband, Jack (Tom Cruise), a repairman tending drones on a largely abandoned Earth.
Universal Pictures

The score for Oblivion was composed by M83, a superb French electronic outfit that derives its name from one of the spectral pinwheels known as spiral galaxies. I point this out because it's the best element of the movie — a cascade of dreamy synthesizers that registers as appropriately futuristic (at least the future as suggested by '80s pop) while allowing an undercurrent of romantic yearning.

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Movie Reviews
3:03 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Building A Home For A Client Who Can't Live In It

Artist Jackie Sumell set out to build a dream home for bank robber Herman Wallace, whose additional conviction for killing a prison guard is the subject of a long-running dispute.
First Run Features

The off-screen protagonist of Herman's House, Herman Wallace, already has a dwelling for his body: a 6-foot-by-8-foot cell at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, aka Angola. But the documentary's on-screen protagonist, Jackie Sumell, wants him also to have a place for his soul: a dream house for a man who desperately needs dreams.

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Education
12:41 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

In D.C., Art Program Turns Boys' Lives Into 'Masterpieces'

Life Pieces to Masterpieces is an arts program that serves the neighborhood of Ward 7 in Washington, D.C. Boys work with mentors to create works of art.
Lizzie Chen NPR

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 8:26 pm

This is the third in a three-part series about the intersection of education and the arts.

Life Pieces to Masterpieces is an arts program that's not entirely about the art. It's an after-school program based in a struggling neighborhood in Washington, D.C., that teaches black boys and young men what they call "the four C's": "Connect, create, contribute, celebrate." From ages 3-25, they learn to express themselves by conceiving their paintings together. And those paintings will often reflect what's going on in their lives.

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Monkey See
11:25 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Missed Sundance? Can't Do Cannes? Try Tribeca

Richard Linklater's Before Midnight is one of many high-profile films set to be shown at this week's Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. (Pictured: Ethan Hawke as Jesse and Julie Delpy as Celine)
Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 11:33 am

This week, the Tribeca Film Festival kicks off its 12th year. With a shorter history than Sundance or Cannes — the two major festivals that flank it on the calendar — Tribeca has grown in fits and starts since its 2002 launch as an effort to revitalize Lower Manhattan in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Today, Tribeca has carved out an identity as an international festival supporting both established and first-time filmmakers — and, not coincidentally, showcasing New York as a filmmaking hub.

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Arts & Life
10:03 am
Thu April 18, 2013

'Portrait Of Jason': '60s Counterculture Restored

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now we want to tell you about a remarkable film, one that the renowned director Ingmar Bergman called extraordinary. But it's a film that most people have never seen because, for decades, it was believed to have been lost.

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Arts & Life
9:52 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Tell Me More Wants Your Poetry!

Listeners are invited to submit short poems on Twitter to celebrate National Poetry Month. Curator and poet Holly Bass gives an update on recent tweets about tragedy in Boston, and other topics.

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