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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our 2016 Summer Movie Preview

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:54am

The panel discusses its most anticipated summer blockbusters and makes some bold predictions. And, as always, we take a look at What's Making Us Happy this week.

'Man, Oh Manichewitz': When The Jewish Wine Was Big With Gentiles, Too

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 9:18am

The wine associated with Jewish tradition was once a huge crossover success. Sammy Davis Jr. was its TV spokesman. At one point, the typical drinker was described as an urban African-American man.

How Can Tourism Promote Peace In The Middle East?

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 8:20am

Social entrepreneur and educator Aziz Abu Sarah describes how he came to lead tours in which Jews, Muslims and Christians cross contested borders to spend time in each others cultures.

What's A Better Way To Talk About Abortion?

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 8:20am

The strong emotions sparked by abortion leave little room for thoughtful debate. To cut through the tension, Aspen Baker says we should calmly tell and listen to stories about women who had abortions.

How Can We Have A More Candid Conversation About Race?

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 8:20am

Diversity advocate Vernā Myers makes a powerful case for acknowledging our subconscious biases and assumptions about others.

Why Do Conservatives Need Liberals — And Vice Versa?

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 8:20am

Social scientist Arthur Brooks explains how conservatives and liberals can cooperate to overcome gridlock and build a better economy.

Snacking In Shakespeare's Time: What Theatregoers Ate At The Bard's Plays

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 4:21pm

There were no dress circle lounges nor mezzanine bars 400 years ago. Back then, audience snacked on cold nibbles and ready-made street food from vendors they passed on their way to the performance.

Who Set This Up, Indeed: 'Elvis And Nixon' Tells A Summit's Story

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 4:00pm

As Elvis and Nixon respectively, Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey don't attempt impersonations, but with varying degrees of ham (more in the former case than the latter), they tell a strange story.

Finally, Some Justice For Busybody Moms In 'The Meddler'

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 4:00pm

Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne play mother and daughter in a story that, for once, recognizes that there's a solid argument to be made for a mom who gives, if anything, too much of herself.

No Snow This Time Around, So The 'Huntsman' Should Probably Let It Go

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 4:00pm

The Huntsman: Winter's War feels like it's borrowed from, strangely enough, both Frozen and Game Of Thrones. If you think that sounds strange, you're not wrong.

A Baby Boomer With Parkinson's Reports Back From Front Lines Of Aging

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 3:29pm

Journalist Michael Kinsley was diagnosed when he was in his 40s. Now in his 60s, he says he feels like he's "a scout for his generation." His new book is Old Age: A Beginner's Guide.

Electric Currents And An 'Emotional Awakening' For One Man With Autism

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:50pm

Switched On author John Robison says the emotional empathy he gained after receiving transcranial magnetic stimulation was intense. "It's like I lost a protective shield," he says.

AMA Bonus: Leslie Odom Jr. Performs 'The Guilty Ones'

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:21pm

Leslie Odom Jr., the singer and actor performs a cover of Duncan Sheik's "The Guilty Ones" from Odom's self-titled debut album — with guitarist Robin Macatangay.

Yes We Can

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:21pm

In this final round, every answer will contain the letters C-A-N, in that order, somewhere in the answer. As in, "Leave the gun, take the cannoli."

It's Alive!

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:21pm

In this game, every answer sounds like the word "alive" said in the voice of Dr. Frankenstein. For example, "What actor delivered the line this game is based on?" You'd answer, "It's Colin Clive!"

Don't Know Much About History

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:21pm

This game recalls descriptions of historical events from the perspective of someone who wasn't really paying attention in school.

This, That, Or The Other

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:21pm

This episode's categories are: the real names of famous rappers; delegates to the first 1774 Continental Congress; OR 1980s fictional teen villains. Can you tell the difference?

Celebrity Cross-Breeds

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:21pm

In this game we imagine what would happen if two famous people became close friends... and did that thing that all close friends do: combine their names. We're looking at you, Paul Ryan Gosling.

Leslie Odom Jr.: Aaron Burr, Sir

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:21pm

Broadway's Leslie Odom Jr., who plays Aaron Burr in the hit musical Hamilton, joins us to talk about the show's meteoric rise and his path to Broadway as a high school student.

Leslie Odom Jr.: Shake It Up

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:21pm

With the help of Leslie Odom Jr., Jonathan retools Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off," to be about THINGS THAT YOU CAN SHAKE. Such as, your groove thing.

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