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Ever Cheat At Monopoly? So Did Its Creator: He Stole The Idea From A Woman

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:36am

The game Charles Darrow sold in the 1930s bore a striking resemblance to a game Lizzie Magie patented in 1904. In The Monopolists, Mary Pilon tells Monopoly's origin story.

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Sandwich Monday: The Funnel Cake Corn Dog

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 4:20pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a new twist on a classic. It's a corn dog that uses funnel cake in place of corn meal to encase a hot dog.

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Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father, The Pornographer'

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:17pm

Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. The writer tells Fresh Air his dad believed he would be "extremely famous" for it.

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Of Con Men And Dames: How Margot Robbie Gets Robbed In 'Focus'

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:00pm

Will Smith plays a con man in Focus, but unfortunately, the woman playing opposite him has depressingly little to do.

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'Beholder' Has An Eye For The Absurd, And A Smirk Beneath Its Beard

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 9:03am

Francis Falbo, sad sack hero of Know Your Beholder, hasn't shaved in weeks. His wife's left him, his mom's died, his band's fallen apart. Good thing his author, Adam Rapp, has kept his sense of humor.

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'Downton' Wraps Another Season Of Marriage And (Sigh) Muuuuuurder!

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 7:59am

The fifth season of Downton Abbey, like all of its seasons, certainly wasn't perfect and had way too much murder. On the whole, though: pretty good.

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'The Sellout' Is A Scorchingly Funny Satire On 'Post-Racial' America

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 6:03am

Paul Beatty takes no prisoners in this tale of two men trying to save their dying town through provocative moves like reinstituting segregation. Critic Michael Schaub calls it a comic masterpiece.

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'Battle Creek' Tries To Shake Up CBS' Cop Show Formula

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 7:37pm

CBS' new cop show Battle Creek is based on a 12-year-old script by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. It's among three new network shows that aim to reinvent old TV concepts.

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A Most Vibrant Year For Cinematographer Bradford Young

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 5:05pm

The man behind the look of Selma and A Most Violent Year talks about depicting violence, participating in history and being a black cinematographer in Hollywood.

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For An Author In India's Capital, 'Hope, In Many Ways, Is Fiction'

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 4:19pm

In his novel She Will Build Him a City, Raj Kamal Jha weaves the reality he sees as a journalist in New Delhi — where many gravitate looking for a better future — into a fictional, magical world.

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Robert Christgau Reviews His Own Life

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 4:19pm

One of rock music's most loved, feared and prolific scribes, the 72-year-old Christgau says he knew early on that he liked criticism better than journalism: "I didn't want to get into people's faces."

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4 Out Of 5 Puzzlers Say These Things Are The Same

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 7:07am

Rearrange the letters in a four-letter word and a five-letter word to get a pair of synonyms. For example, given "time" and "night," you would say "item" and "thing."

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'The Last Man': An Odd Premise, Says Its Creator, But Oddly Relatable

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 7:07am

A new comedy series, The Last Man on Earth, features your average guy who becomes humanity's last hope. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Will Forte, the creator, writer and star of the show.

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Play Depicts Scalia As Supreme Court's 'Originalist'

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 7:07am

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is portrayed on stage in John Strand's new play, The Originalist. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Strand and the actor who plays Scalia, Edward Gero.

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Mr. Spock And The Consolations Of Solitude

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 6:03am

Mr. Spock was famously the Starship Enterprise's resident emotionless alien. But writer Elizabeth Graham says many alienated teenage nerds found something to love and share behind that mask of calm.

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This Weekend, Experience The Enduring Power Of 'The Millstone'

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 5:04am

Margaret Drabble's The Millstone, set in the 1960s, tells the story of a young, unmarried woman who finds herself pregnant. Author Tessa Hadley says this 50-year-old novel is a weekend must-read.

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Diversity Sells — But Hollywood Remains Overwhelmingly White, Male

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 4:45pm

Women and minorities continue to be under-represented on TV and in film, both behind and in front of the camera, according to a new study — even though diverse films and shows make more money.

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'Whoa, Mama!': A Voice Actress's Road To Fame As A 10-Year-Old Boy

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 3:56pm

Back in 1987, Nancy Cartwright made a risky, last-minute decision during an audition: Instead of trying out for the part of mild-mannered Lisa Simpson, she went for the role of rebellious Bart.

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Iraq's National Museum To Open For First Time Since 2003 Invasion

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 12:12pm

The planned reopening was moved up following the release of a video showing self-declared Islamic State extremists destroying priceless ancient artifacts in the Mosul museum.

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Not My Job: Drummer Marky Ramone Gets Quizzed On Marky Mark

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 10:47am

Marky Ramone, who has just written a memoir called Punk Rock Blitzkrieg, will see if he can correctly answer three questions about Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.

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