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Dash To Victory

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:24am

What's that French phrase for a two-person meeting where you put your heads together? If you said "tete-a-tete," then you'll enjoy this final round where every answer contains at least two hyphens.

Jumbled Plots

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:24am

In this game, titles of recent movies are anagrammed to make new titles.

We Are Families

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:24am

This music game is fun for the whole family! Jonathan Coulton sings a parody of the Sister Sledge song "We Are Family" rewritten to be about real and fictional famous families.

Meet The Expert: Jason Porath

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:24am

Inspired by the stories in Porath's book, we wrote a game to showcase a few of those larger-than-life women. Porath led the game, played by a member of the Ask Me Another audience.

(Image credit: Mike Katzif/NPR)

Bond Villain, Fashion Designer, Or Pro Golfer?

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:24am

In this installment of This, That or the Other, it's the age-old question--who is Beckett Fogg? A James Bond villain, fashion designer, or pro golfer?

Noah's Lark

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:24am

In this game, contestants add a letter to a common name, title, or phrase to turn one of the original words into an animal.

Tim Gunn: Make It Smirk!

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:24am

Project Runway fashion guru Tim Gunn reveals he would choose "Project Runway Juniors" over the original any day of the week, and shares his optimism towards the current state of the fashion industry.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Rogue One' And 'La La Land'

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 9:50am

It's a big week for movies, with the latest hotly anticipated Star Wars entry and a splashy musical starring Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, and a lamppost.

(Image credit: Jonathan Olley/Lucasfilm)

When Mr. Coffee Was The Must-Have Christmas Gift For Java Snobs

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 6:00am

Few coffee aficionados are putting a Mr. Coffee machine on their wish list. But 40 years ago, it would've been at the top. The appliance revolutionized the quality and speed of home brewing.

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'Hidden Figures' No More: Meet The Black Women Who Helped Send America To Space

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 3:29am

A new film tells the stories of three women who made incalculable contributions to the space program: engineer Mary Jackson, mathematician Katherine Johnson and NASA supervisor Dorothy Vaughan.

(Image credit: Bob Nye /Courtesy NASA Langley)

'Rogue One': The Force Will Be With Those Who Love Battle Scenes

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 4:27pm

Rogue One is a movie that's part of the Star Wars firmament. But it's not a Star Wars movie — it's a Star Wars story. NPR movie critic Bob Mondello explains why.

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U.S. Files Lawsuit Against ISIS Aimed At Recovering Looted Artifacts

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 4:19pm

U.S. government filed a federal case Thursday aimed at recovering antifacts looted by ISIS. It centers around an ISIS leader believed to be involved in mistreatment of American hostage Kayla Mueller.

Is Author Philip Roth's Book Collection What Newark Public Library Needs?

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 4:19pm

Acclaimed author Philip Roth has chosen to donate his personal book collection to the struggling Newark Public Library. But some question whether books are what make a library relevant in 2016.

'Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine'

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 4:19pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to historical gastronomist Sarah Lohman about her new book, Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine.

'Fences': A Major American Play Finally Makes It To Screen; It Was Worth The Wait

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 4:00pm

Director/star Denzel Washington faithfully adapts August Wilson's searing, Pulitzer-winning play. The brilliant result is "moviemaking as public service," says critic Andrew Lapin.

(Image credit: Photo credit: David Lee/Paramount Pictures )

In 'Collateral Beauty,' Will Smith Meets Love, Time, Death — And A Terrible Script

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 4:00pm

An ad exec (Will Smith) mourning the death of his daughter meets actors portraying abstract concepts in this absurd, disingenuous film which lays bare Hollywood's inability to grapple with grief.

(Image credit: Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. Entertainment)

'Rogue One' Is 'A Star Wars Story' With Fewer Stars And A Lot More Wars

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 4:00pm

A footnote in the Star Wars saga gets its own movie — a tense, grubby, effective tale of interstellar combat that skimps on the series' mythic overtones.

(Image credit: Jonathan Olley/Lucasfilm )

'Drug Dealer, MD': Misunderstandings And Good Intentions Fueled Opioid Epidemic

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 1:35pm

Psychiatrist Anna Lembke says the medical establishment and drugmakers began telling doctors in the 1980s that opioids were effective treatment for chronic pain. "That was patently false," she says.

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Ads For Nicer Living: Frequently Asked Questions, Answered

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 12:37pm

NPR is inviting listeners to write ads for life's little joys. Find answers to frequently asked questions about the project, and submit your script for an ad here. The deadline is Jan. 15, 2017.

(Image credit: Chelsea Beck/NPR)

Ads For Nicer Living: Make Your Pitch For What Makes Life Better

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 12:36pm

In 1972, NPR invited listeners to write ads for things that brighten everyday life, like clouds and love letters. It was so nice, we're doing it twice: Submit your best ad and it might get produced.

(Image credit: Chelsea Beck/NPR)

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