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Dolly's Dollies

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:33am

We took the Dolly Parton song "9-to-5" and rewrote it to be about careers that have been held by an official Barbie doll.

Mystery Guest

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:33am

This week's Mystery Guest, Matthew Ahn, used to hold a Guinness World Record, but as of 2017, that record has officially been nullified.

This, That Or The Other

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:33am

In this week's installment of This, That, or the Other, contestants decide if the answer is a brand of whiskey, a U.S. Navy ship, or the name of a dog who won "Best in Show" at Westminster.

B.O.O.K. Cupid

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:33am

We found the online dating profiles of some of fiction's biggest leading men and women; contestants must guess what book they're from.

In 'Nicotine,' A Longtime Smoker Confronts His Old Habit

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:24am

Writer Gregor Hens doesn't smoke anymore, but he still thinks about it every day. He says he started writing his memoir as a way to deal with the longing.

(Image credit: Maciej Toporowicz, NYC/Getty Images)

'Urban Myths' Episode With Joseph Fiennes As Michael Jackson Gets Yanked

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:14am

The half-hour comedy had drawn criticism for months. But it was complaints from Jackson's family that finally led Sky TV to ax it.

(Image credit: Sky Arts/Screenshot by NPR)

In England, An Effort To Preserve Ancient, Epic Assyrian Poetry

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 9:36am

Driven to save his culture, an ethnic Assyrian living in Britain is recording ancient, epic tales of adventure sung by modern-day bards. The songs echo stories from ancient Greece to the Bible.

(Image credit: Alice Fordham/NPR)

Is There A Limit To How Many Friends We Can Have?

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 7:46am

Anthropologist Robin Dunbar believes the evolutionary structure of social networks limits us to 150 meaningful relationships at a time — even with the rise of social media.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Robin Dunbar)

What Happens When Hackers Hijack Our Smart Devices?

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 7:46am

Computer scientist Avi Rubin says all our smart devices — cars, phones, even fitness trackers — can be hacked. He warns that our network of connected technology puts us at risk for cyberattacks.

(Image credit: Chris Suspect/TED)

How Do Trees Collaborate?

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 7:46am

Ecologist Suzanne Simard shares how she discovered that trees use underground fungi networks to communicate and share resources, uprooting the idea that nature constantly competes for survival.

(Image credit: Courtesy Suzanne Simard)

Can We Improve Our Transportation Network Using...Biology?

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 7:46am

Wanis Kabbaj wants traffic to flow smoothly and efficiently, like the blood in our veins. He says driverless cars may be the solution to today's highway gridlock.

(Image credit: Video still courtesy TED)

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Hidden Figures' And 'One Day At A Time'

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 6:00am

This week, the women of NASA and the women of a Netflix reboot both get lots of attention, and we close the show with what's making us happy this week.

(Image credit: Hopper Stone/SMPSP/Twentieth Century Fox)

Ring In 'Lemony Snicket' On Netflix With A Series Of Unfortunate Recipes

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 5:30am

In the children's books, food is practically a supporting character. So why not welcome the poor Baudelaire orphans with a delightfully miserable repast while binge-watching the new show?

(Image credit: Kristen Hartke)

This Food Critic Will Take The Taco. Again. And Again. And Again.

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:11pm

Mike Sutter is eating at a different San Antonio taqueria every day of 2017 for his "365 Days of Tacos" project. And he's discovering a lot about the city's culture in the process.

(Image credit: San Antonio Express-News)

'Alone In Berlin': A Grieving German Couple Sets Out To Undermine The Nazi Movement

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:00pm

Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson deliver strong performances, but director Vincent Perez's staid historical drama swathes its subjects' radical actions in too much art-house-reverence.

(Image credit: IFC Films)

'100 Streets' Tells Familiar Stories That Cross Race, Class And Generational Lines

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:00pm

Idris Elba stars in a London-set ensemble drama our critic calls "soapy, rote stuff," but it's representative of the new generation of filmmakers taking Britain's multiracial society as their subject.

(Image credit: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

'Patriots Day': A Painful, Painstaking Depiction Of The Boston Marathon Bombing

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:00pm

The third collaboration between director Peter Berg and actor Mark Wahlberg offers a detail-rich and nuanced examination of the 2013 bombing and its chaotic aftermath.

(Image credit: Karen Ballard/CBS Films)

'Claire In Motion,' Movie In Stasis

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:00pm

Betsy Brandt plays a woman whose husband goes missing in this underwritten, willfully ambiguous film from writer-directors Lisa Robinson and Annie J. Howell.

(Image credit: Breaking Glass Pictures)

Free Speech Advocates, Publishers Wrestle With Questions Of Censorship

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 3:32pm

Simon and Schuster's book deal with controversial Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos drew strong criticism online, and sparked a debate on publishing's role in limiting the availability of ideas.

(Image credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

'20th Century Women' Mixes Comedy With Disappointment And Loss

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:28pm

Set in 1979 Santa Barbara, Mike Mills' new film is the story of a teenage boy and the three women who teach him about life. Critic John Powers calls it an "amusing, deeply-felt work."

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