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The Best Piece Of Trivia You Learned This Week: David Bowie Edition

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 9:54am

Did David Bowie really invent Connect Four? Or did our listener completely make this up? Find out in the latest edition of The Best Piece of Trivia You Learned This Week.

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This Old House

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 9:54am

All of the answers in this round contain the name of a room, piece of furniture or item that is commonly found in a house. So don't forget your loofa for the bridal shower.

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Bureaucracy In Action

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 9:54am

"Acting Associate Administrator for Administration for the Maritime Administration" is a fake government job, right? Well, try fitting these titles on a business card, because some are actually real.

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Six Of Some, Half-Dozen Of The Other

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 9:54am

A word that has no repeating letters is an "isogram," which itself is an isogram. Confused? If you're a Francophiles or a lycanthrope, you can guess the twelve-letter isograms we're looking for.

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The Teetotaller's Playlist

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 9:54am

It's before 5pm somewhere: why drink a cocktail when you can enjoy a nice, cold mock-tail? In this musical game for the under-21 set, famous songs about boozy drinks have been rewritten as zero proof.

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Groovy Movie

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 9:54am

In this game, guess two rhyming movie titles from descriptions of their combined plots. It's really just an excuse for us to talk about White Men Can't Jump and Forrest Gump in the same sentence.

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Reply Of The Tiger

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 9:54am

Tony the Tiger thinks everything is "grrrreat!" as long as it begins with the letters "g-r." Show your grrreatness in this game, where all answers are grrrroovy things that Tony would enjoy.

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This 'Future Lover' Is A Library

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 9:03am

Ander Monson's new essay collection is a thoughtful, original celebration of libraries; more than just buildings full of books, they're a living exchange of ideas and a way for people to connect.

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Steven Yeun's 'Glenn': Slaying Zombies And Getting The Girl

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 6:04am

The actor talks about his role on The Walking Dead, and shares his real-life immigrant story. The hit drama returns to AMC this weekend.

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Harper Lee's Friend Says Author Is Hard Of Hearing, Sound Of Mind

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 5:26pm

News of a second novel has raised concerns that the To Kill a Mockingbird author is being taken advantage of in her old age. But friend Wayne Flynt says Lee, 88, can "understand what's going on."

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A Skilled Cast Perks Up The Sweet And Funny 'Fresh Off The Boat'

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:58pm

It's true that Fresh Off The Boat is the rare story about an Asian-American family. But it's equally important to note that it's a funny and warm comedy with a lot of promise.

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'Better Call Saul,' The Prequel To 'Breaking Bad,' Is As Good As The First

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:44pm

The new AMC show is about public defender Jimmy McGill, who adopts a sleazy new persona as Saul Goodman. The show has the same tight plots, rich characters and delicious twists as its parent series.

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Cooking 101: Stanford Adds Healthy Eating Skills To The Curriculum

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:19am

You can graduate college knowing how to build a rocket, but not how to fry an egg. With help from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, Stanford is launching a cooking program that aims to change that.

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Neil Gaiman Is Back To Mess Up Your Dreams In 'Trigger Warning'

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 9:10am

"Consider yourself warned," Gaiman says in his introduction. Many of these stories end badly for the people in them. But for the reader, Trigger Warning is a haunted, bloody, twisted pleasure.

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A Few Wise Moves Lift 'Prudence' From Melodrama To Something More

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 6:03am

David Treuer's story of death and discord on an Indian reservation could have blundered into melodrama. Instead, the book dodges this fate by retracing its steps, revealing new depths each time.

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ABC Tones Down Author's 'Fresh Off The Boat' For Sitcom Audience

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:12am

ABC will break an important boundary in television Wednesday night with the debut of Fresh Off the Boat. It's the first network sitcom in two decades to star an Asian-American family.

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Beautiful Bird Exhibit Spotted At Smithsonian

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 2:38am

The American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., has gathered the work of artists who paint, photograph and sculpt winged creatures — underscoring their endangered existence and exquisite beauty.

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55 Years After 'To Kill A Mockingbird', Harper Lee To Release New Novel

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 3:06pm

The publisher Harper is releasing a new book by Harper in July — Harper Lee that is. It's a follow-up to To Kill A Mockingbird, though it was actually written first.

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Drift Away Into The Not-Quite-Dreamy Logic Of 'Get In Trouble'

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 3:06pm

Kelly Link says the stories in her new collection Get in Trouble employ "night time logic." It's not quite dream logic, she tells NPR — nonsensical, but it has "a kind of emotional truth to it."

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Fingertips To Hair Follicles: Why 'Touch' Triggers Pleasure And Pain

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 12:42pm

In his latest book, neuroscientist David Linden explains the science of touch. He tells Fresh Air how pain protects, why fingertips are so sensitive and why you can't read Braille with your genitals.

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