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For Novelist Jennifer Egan, 'The Joy Of Writing Is Being Delivered Out Of My Life'

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 1:19pm

"I don't use my life as inspiration," says the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. Her new book, Manhattan Beach, imagines the lives of the women who worked on the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II.

Smør Bullar: The Classic Danish Christmas Cookie No One Has Heard Of

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:52am

For one writer, the small, buttery Danish cookie her Scandinavian-American family made during Christmas was the taste of the holidays. Turns out, the classic Danish cookie may not be Danish after all.

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Why Teens Find The End Of The World So Appealing

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 5:01am

Dystopian novels are all about consequences, choices and grey areas. And psychologists say that plays right into the sweet spot of the developing teenage brain.

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From 'This Is Us' To 'Master Of None,' The Year's Groundbreaking TV Shows

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 5:36pm

What were the memorable moments in television this year? NPR's TV Critic Eric Deggans runs through his list with guest host Ray Suarez.

What's 'Casablanca' Without Nazis? After WWII, German Audiences Found Out

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 5:36pm

The original Casablanca was passionately anti-Nazi. But when it was dubbed for German audiences, Warner Bros. deleted all scenes with Nazis in them, and almost all mention of the war.

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Ursula K. Le Guin's Voice Rings Out In New Nonfiction Collection

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 6:00am

Ursula K. Le Guin's mastery of fiction has remained so consistent, it's easy to overlook her accomplishments in other forms — but her new nonfiction collection goes a long way towards fixing that.

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A Play About Politics For (But Not About) The Age Of Trump

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 3:32pm

The Minutes is a new drama by Tracy Letts, who won a Pulitzer and a Tony for August: Osage County. It's a dark comedy about a city council meeting — and a secret the town is hiding.

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Not My Job: Katy Tur Of NBC News Gets Quizzed On Turducken

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 6:50am

The correspondent and anchor, known for her reporting from Donald Trump's presidential campaign, fields questions about the multi-poultry Thanksgiving delicacy.

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Reading The Game: This War Of Mine

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 6:00am

Our occasional series on storytelling in video games returns with This War of Mine — a game about surviving during wartime that proved so wrenching, our critic couldn't bring himself to finish it.

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How The TV And Movies Are Using Gen X Nostalgia

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 3:23pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers and Pop Culture Happy Hour's Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon sit down to talk about this era of TV and movies, many of which are catering to Gen X nostalgia — from Stranger Things to the latest Star Wars film.

In A Crisis Of Sexual Harassment, Whither The Office Romance?

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 3:23pm

Efforts to eliminate harassment in the workplace target a site where couples tend to meet and fall in love — but also a place where power can be abused.

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'Last Jedi' Puts The Smarts — And The Heart — Back Into The 'Star Wars' Franchise

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:28pm

The late Carrie Fisher makes her final appearance — now as General Leia — in Star Wars Episode VIII. Critic David Edelstein says The Last Jedi is nothing short of terrific.

F-L-A To Win

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:27am

Finally, an Ask Me Another quiz made for Flava Flav fans: We crowned our big Orlando winner with a final round in which every answer contains the consecutive letters F-L-A.

Hard Times

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:27am

Did you know that Neil Diamond is a ten on the Mohs Scale of Hardness? In honor of our venue, Orlando's Hard Rock Live, we rewrote famous rock 'n roll songs to be about things that are hard.

This, That, Or The Other

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:27am

Our contestants give it their all—blood, sweat and tears, win, lose or draw. Can you guess whether each phrase is a Pitbull lyric, a nursery rhyme or a Mark Twain quote?

What's So Funny?

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:27am

Can you tell a Fran Drescher from a Seth Rogen? In this quiz, contestants have to identify famous people from their distinctive laughs.

Rhymes With Orange

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:27am

Contestants are challenged to a quiz about obscure words that rhyme with famously unrhymable words.

Mystery Guest

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:27am

Mystery guest Mary McKenzie runs an unusual business. Can you guess her secret before Ophira and Jonathan do?

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Roxane Gay: The Facts And The Furious: Orlando Drift

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:27am

AMA's at Hard Rock Live Orlando! Roxane Gay talks about writing the memoir she planned to avoid, and her 243-point Scrabble play. Plus, a game about her favorite movies: The Fast and the Furious.

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Reinventing The Cheese Wheel: From Farmhouse To Factory And Back Again

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:00am

A new book traces the transatlantic cheese wars that led to the rise of factory cheeses and loss of traditional varietals, and looks at the farmhouse cheesemakers working to restore that lost legacy.

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