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In Season Two, 'Stranger Things' Offers More Scares And The Same Quirky Quartet Of Nerds

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 3:40pm

Netflix's Stranger Things quickly became a summer 2016 hit. After more than a year of waiting, it's back in all its '80s horror nostalgia with the show's second season sneaking up on viewers, just like the last time.

Women Are Speaking Up About Harassment And Abuse, But Why Now?

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 3:40pm

Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly. More and more women are calling out their alleged sexual harassers and abusers. But why is it all happening now? And is this a turning point?

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'Novitiate' Captures A Watershed Moment In The Life Of The Catholic Church

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:53pm

Margaret Betts' debut film centers on a young woman entering the convent at the beginning of the Vatican II reforms. Critic David Edelstein says Novitiate is a "terrific start" to Betts' career.

Who Says You Can't Train A Cat? A Book Of Tips For Feline-Human Harmony

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:53pm

Feline behavior specialist Sarah Ellis explains how you can train your kitty to come on command, take medicine and stop waking you up in the middle of the night. Originally broadcast Sept. 12, 2016.

Nobody Walks In L.A.

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 9:42am

It's a total Misubishi Eclipse of the heart as we crown our celebrity Ask Me Another champion in a final round about literal descriptions of car model names.

Freeway Traffic Report

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 9:42am

Brett Gelman and Missi Pyle completed their Ask Me Another trilogy contracts. Plus, Aimee Mann joins us for a performance of "Rollercoasters," a song from her recent album "Mental Illness."

Holy Foley!

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 9:42am

We tested Missi Pyle and Brett Gelman's knowledge of the magic of cinema with an audio quiz about the strange practices of foley artists, the audio technicians who create sound effects for film.

Star Map

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 9:42am

For their first Ask Me Another challenge, Pyle and Gelman went on a celebrity sightseeing tour, answering questions about famous people whose names double as geographic places.

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Musical Guest: Aimee Mann

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 9:42am

Aimee Mann knows she has a bit of a reputation for writing sad songs. She leaned into the joke with her latest album, whose title, "Mental Illness," was suggested by none other than Jonathan Coulton.

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LA LA And

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 9:42am

Paul Scheer and D'Arcy Carden finished their trivia triad with a musical quiz designed to make people from New York feel defensive.

Real Or Fake Self-Help Book?

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 9:42am

Paul Scheer and D'Arcy Carden took a page out of How to Win Ask Me Another and Influence People for their next quiz, deciding whether self-help book descriptions were real or fake.

Parental Advisory Spoiler Alert

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 9:42am

Our first two Famepocalypse celebri-testants faced off in a radio-friendly cinematic challenge, naming films from the MPAA's explanation for their ratings.

(Image credit: Becca Brain Photography for NPR)

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: Does Our Future Depend On More Dialogue?

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 7:36am

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks says we glorify the individual at the expense of the group. Sacks believes our future depends on returning to our communities — and the key to getting there is dialogue.

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Celeste Headlee: How Can We Have Civil Conversations With The Other Side?

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 7:36am

Public radio host Celeste Headlee has lots of experience with difficult conversations. She has learned that sometimes the most persuasive tool is to reserve judgement and just listen.

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Jonas Gahr Støre: As A Rule, Should Diplomats Talk To Everyone?

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 7:36am

As Foreign Minister of Norway, engaging in difficult and intense diplomatic negotiations was part of Jonas Gahr Støre's job. He learned that dialogue is a strategy of strength, not one of weakness.

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Robb Willer: How Do We Bridge The Political Divide?

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 7:36am

Liberals and conservatives believe in different sets of moral values. That's why, social psychologist Robb Willer says, appealing to the other side's values — not your own — might change more minds.

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Megan Phelps-Roper: If You're Raised To Hate, Can You Reverse It?

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 7:36am

Megan Phelps-Roper grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church, which preaches a message of hate and fear. But after engaging with her critics--on Twitter, no less--she decided to leave the church.

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A Weekend With 7 Vendors Of San Juan, Illustrated

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 4:00am

After Hurricane Maria, a skeleton crew of artisans and sellers keep showing up in the city. They're driven by force of habit, tradition and a sliver of hope that things will return to normal.

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'Stranger Things 2' Creators: 'We Wanted To Raise The Stakes'

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 3:28am

In the next chapter of the sci-fi Netflix series, out Friday, the show's central children begin to grow up. Brothers Matt and Ross Duffer discuss their instant cult classic.

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'Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold' Plays It As It Lays

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 4:10pm

The documentary, directed by Didion's nephew, the actor Griffin Dunne, isn't particularly revelatory, but it captures the writer's dazzling life and persona — and her struggles with grief.

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