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Not My Job: We Ask The Choreographer Of 'The Lion King' About Lying Kings

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 8:33am

We recorded the show in Rochester, N.Y., this week, which is home to the Garth Fagan Dance company. We'll ask acclaimed choreographer Garth Fagan three questions about really deceitful people.

Anne Carson's Poetry Collection 'Float' In Unconventional Medium To Suit The Message

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 7:10am

Anne Carson's book of poems come in a clear plastic box where they 'float,' which is also the title of her new collection. NPR's Scott Simon talks with the poet about her work.

The Grand, Unfinished Task Of Chronicling How America Eats

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 6:00am

An ambitious federal project, abandoned as WWII loomed, sought to document the country's food traditions amidst great change — as fast food was rising and ethnic cuisine was becoming American cuisine.

'Thrill Me' Gets Personal About Life And Writing

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 6:00am

Writer Benjamin Percy has been on both sides of the divide between literary and genre fiction, and Thrill Me is both a meditation on the writing life and a passionate argument against that divide.

Ahead Of Revival, 'Gilmore Girls' Fans Descend On The 'Real' Stars Hollow

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 4:38am

Show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino hatched the idea for the show during a weekend visit to Washington, Conn. It's like "a step back in time," says one resident — and fans are making the pilgrimage.

'Moonlight': A Cinematic Poem Of Love, Loneliness And Coming Out

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 3:19pm

The most rewarding coming-of-age film in many a moon, lyrically luminous Moonlight is the story of a gay African-American youngster in Miami who experiences trouble, trauma and unexpected grace.

New Head For Jesus Statue Is, Uh, Turning Heads In Canada

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 1:42pm

Last year, baby Jesus' head went missing from a statue at a church in northern Ontario. A local artist volunteered to help and sculpted a terra cotta substitute that has caused some consternation.

Home Improvement

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 11:16am

In this final round, every answer contains an object you'd find in a hardware store. So if we said, "He's the rapper who was '2 Legit 2 Quit,'" the answer would be "M-C Hammer."

One-Named Wonders

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 11:16am

This game contains a bunch of words that have something in common: they're all one-word titles of songs performed by a one-named musician.

Let's Turn It On

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 11:16am

In this music game, Jonathan Coulton revamps the sensual Marvin Gaye song "Let's Get It On" to be about famous people who invented or discovered something.

Mystery Guest

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 11:16am

Ophira and Jonathan become the contestants in this round of Mystery Guest! Marie Carter has a job that takes her all over New York City, and Ophira and Jonathan try to figure out what it is.

Star Trek Species, Energy Drink, Or Infomercial Product?

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 11:16am


Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 11:16am

This game was written by someone who studied Shakespeare's plays a long time ago, but has since forgotten almost everything about them.

Ti West & James Ransone: In A Valley Of Trivia

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 11:16am

In the spirit of the Western, our VIPs face off in an Ask Me Another showdown! Ophira and Jonathan give clues to an answer with the word "West" in it — first to buzz in with the correct answer wins!

'Black Mirror' Is Back, Reflecting Our Technological Fears

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 3:53am

The Peabody Award-winning series returns for a third season, with six new episodes picking apart our fear of — and dependence on — technology. And it's more consistently compelling than ever.

Reading Gaol, Where Oscar Wilde Was Imprisoned, Unlocks Its Gates For Art

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 4:51pm

In 1895, Wilde was convicted of homosexual activity and sentenced to two years Reading Gaol. Built in the mid-1800s, the facility was operational until 2013. Now, it's hosting an unusual art exhibit.

A Melancholy Youth Finds Himself Under The Heavenly Glow Of 'Moonlight'

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 4:00pm

In Barry Jenkins' incandescent coming-of-age tale, three different actors cover three phases in the life of an African-American who takes a wayward path into manhood.

'Keeping Up' With These Suburban Spies Is All Too Easy

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 4:00pm

Zach Galifianakis loses his edge in a Mr. and Mrs. Smith knockoff that strands a gifted cast in a bland cul-de-sac spy adventure.

With A Second 'Jack Reacher,' Tom Cruise Finally Exceeds His Grasp

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 4:00pm

After a five-year winning streak as Hollywood reigning action hero, Tom Cruise falls back to earth with a can't-miss sequel that misses.

'Blackacre': A Collection Of Poems About 'Searching And Being Buffeted'

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 3:19pm

Tess Taylor reviews the poetry collection Blackacre by Monica Youn.




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