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'The End of the Tour' Offers A Hint Of David Foster Wallace's Inner Struggle

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 2:29pm

A new film revisits a five-day interview that took place between writer David Foster Wallace and a reporter for Rolling Stone in 1996. Critic David Edelstein calls it a "very good movie."

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A Path From 'Blackout' Drunkenness To Sobriety And Self-Acceptance

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 2:24pm

Writer Sarah Hepola once got so drunk before giving a presentation to 300 people that she didn't remember it the next day. In Blackout, her memoir, Hepola wrestles with her reasons for drinking.

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Coffee Art: When A Spill Turns Into A Masterpiece

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 1:39pm

Ever splashed yourself with coffee? Then you know its staining powers. But where some see a ruined shirt, others have found a canvas.

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'Barbara' Is Imperfect, Defiant And Wonderfully Human

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:03am

The characters in Lauren Holmes' debut story collection are more than words on a page, says reviewer Michael Schaub. They're fully, exasperatingly real, portrayed with charm but without pretension.

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'Baby' Is A Pretty Feat Of Misdirection

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 6:03am

Mary Kubica's new thriller follows a woman who takes in a runaway and her baby daughter. Reviewer Bethanne Patrick says it's a perfect setup — but the twists you expect aren't the ones that arrive.

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Why You Buggin'?

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:24pm

Grab your DEET-free bug spray for this final round — every answer here is an insect, arthropod, or arachnid.

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First Day Of Camp

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:24pm

Wet Hot American Summer's David Wain and David Hyde Pierce join us for a conversation, before Ken Marino, Judah Friedlander, A.D. Miles, and Zak Orth play a game about classic '80s toy commercials.

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Candy Crush

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:24pm

Sweet, dude. Celebrities get the sugar rush-treatment in this mashup game that combines your favorite candies with well-known people.

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Yo Yo Yo!

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:24pm

Put on your best New York accent and get ready to shout along with this game — all the answers begin with the letters Y-O. Because, you know, YOLO.

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You're Eighty-Sixed!

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:24pm

Our host, the SummerStage Festival, was founded in 1986, so we decided to pay homage to that year — musically.

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The Tin Age Of Television

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:24pm

In this game, guess whether TV show descriptions are of actual short-lived '80s shows, or if we made them up.

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Totally Rad Sayings

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:24pm

We're celebrating all things '80s in this show, and why not start with the decade's unmistakable slang? We'll thesaurus-ize some '80s phrases, and you have to give us the original saying.

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At 79, Woody Allen Says There's Still Time To Do His Best Work

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 4:03pm

The filmmaker opens up about being an "imperfectionist" and how his current marriage started as "a fling."

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Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 3:55pm

Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords were formed in New York City by a group of Puerto Rican youth in 1969. Their history is now on display in a new exhibition.

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With 'Paper Towns,' Author John Green Reopens Search For Agloe, N.Y.

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 3:38pm

Agloe, N.Y., is not a town in the real sense. It's a dot on a map put there by cartographers some 85 years ago to help them catch people illegally copying their work. The fictitious town is among a number of map traps and "paper towns" that inspired novelist John Green to write his book and now movie, Paper Towns. He shares the story of Agloe, and what he found when he used a map to try to travel there.

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The Golden Age Of Cocktails: When Americans Learned To Love Mixed Drinks

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 3:33pm

The Manhattan, the daiquiri, the martini. These classic cocktails were all born between the 1860s and Prohibition, an era when American bartending got inventive — and theatrical.

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A Hollywood Animal Trainer's Secrets For Getting Dogs To Act On Cue

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 1:03pm

Teresa Ann Miller often works with distracted performers, but the Hungarian film White God was especially challenging. "The dogs just thought it was a party," she says of the film's dog-pack scene.

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'Booker Dozen' Stirs In A Hefty Batch Of American Authors

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:28am

Thirteen novels are in the hunt for the Man Booker Prize, the U.K.'s biggest literary award. The Booker is open to Americans for only the second year, and this year's list pits rookies against titans.

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'Key & Peele' Is Ending. Here Are A Few Of Its Code Switch-iest Moments

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:41am

From Luther the "anger translator" for President Obama to everyday situations, Key and Peele have put code-switching front and center in their comedy show.

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Peace, Love And Realness In A Hip Hop History

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 9:03am

Cartoonist Ed Piskor has just put out the new book in his award-winning Hip Hop Family Tree series. It's an exhaustive, good-natured look at the birth of hip hop that avoids the pitfall of voyeurism.

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