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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Fairy Tales And A Fall TV Quiz

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 7:58am

Our dear friend Barrie Hardymon returns to the show as we cover fairy tales and take a quiz on the distressing marketing of fall television.

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Book News: If Jesus Dictates A Book To You, Who Holds The Copyright?

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 6:25am

Also: Jonathan Safran Foer joins forces with Chipotle; two new Flowers in the Attic novels will revisit the arsenic- and incest-laced world of the Dollanganger siblings.

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'I've Enjoyed Every Minute Of It': Carl Kasell On His 60 Years In Radio

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 2:35am

The veteran NPR newscaster got into the business young — as a teen he hosted a late-night, easy-listening music show in Goldsboro, N.C. He'll now be scorekeeper emeritus on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

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In 'Horses Of God,' A Sprawling Slum Breeds A Violent Act

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 4:04pm

The drama Horses Of God examines the path that two brothers follow from a life of poverty in Morocco to a suicide bombing.

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From The Traditions Of Melodrama, A Woman Of Resolve

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 4:04pm

The Immigrant is an echo of midcentury melodramas that have fallen out of fashion, but stars Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix make indelible impressions.

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'Million Dollar Arm' Is A Sales Pitch In Search Of Stillness

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 4:04pm

Jon Hamm's riveting work on television relies heavily on stillness that is sadly not present in Million Dollar Arm, which casts him as a salesman of a different sort.

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'Godzilla' Brings The Spectacle Without Obscuring The Big Guy's Dark Past

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 4:04pm

Ian Buckwalter says that Gareth Edwards' Godzilla is a summer tentpole with some thought behind it — it's still a giant monster stomping around, but one with the capacity for a sigh of his own.

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In Mona Simpson's 'Casebook,' A Holden Caulfield For Our Time

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 3:59pm

The teenaged protagonist of Mona Simpson's novel, Casebook, spies on his parents and learns their secrets. The novel is a haunting cross between Harriet the Spy and The Catcher in the Rye.

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In Pricey Cities, Being A Bohemian Starving Artist Gets Old Fast

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 3:05pm

When even a tiny garret in a major city is crushingly expensive, the ideal of the "starving artist" has shifted since the days when poverty was held up as ennobling.

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Son Of? Bride Of? Cousin Of? How Many Godzillas Are There, Already?

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 1:42pm

Bob Mondello reviews the latest in a long line of Godzilla movies, this one with Brian Cranston and other live actors who take a backseat to digital tricks as everyone's favorite monster stomps again.

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A Sponge Cake's Long, Strange Trip: Germany To Denver, Via Japan

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 10:47am

The baumkuchen is an odd yet tasty layered German sponge cake baked on a spit. It arrived in Denver last year via a long, strange tour of Asia. Its history is as complex as its many layers.

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Breaking Up Helped Ledisi Find 'The Truth' In Her Music

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 10:36am

Grammy-nominated singer Ledisi pulls no punches when talking about a failed relationship. She says it even became the inspiration of her latest album.

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The Pact That Turned A Juvenile Delinquent Into A Medical Doctor

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 10:34am

Not so long ago, Dr. Sampson Davis found himself in detention for a crime that could have sent his life in a completely different direction. He shares how his big break turned things around.

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Gone Fishing

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 9:10am

There's something fishy about this final round. Every answer contains a type of fish, but be careful: some are unexpected. Did you know that a mullet isn't just Billy Ray Cyrus' go-to hairstyle?

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Andrew W.K.: Jesus Christ Super Quiz

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 9:10am

Musician, motivational speaker, and party pro Andrew W.K. is a man of many talents—but did you know that he is also an expert on Jesus Christ Superstar? We wrote him a quiz on his favorite rock opera.

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Unruly Passengers

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 9:10am

"I specifically requested not to be on the Pinta!" In this game, we imagine the complaints passengers might have made on certain historical journeys, such as Columbus's expedition to the New World.

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Tonight We're Going to Party

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 9:10am

Who says you can only "party like it's 1999"? Jonathan Coulton sings rewritten lyrics to Prince's classic hit, describing famous events that happened in less festive years. Let's party like it's 1775!

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Nick Names

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 9:10am

Many celebrities are better known by their monikers, like Babe Ruth or J. Lo. In this game, we created nicknames for people who already have the name "Nick." Who might "Mr. Mariah Carey" be?

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How Now, Brown Cow?

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 9:10am

If you've ever wondered about the origins of the phrase "How now, brown cow," we can't help you. But just for kicks, we wrote a game in which every answer rhymes with "cow." How now, kung pao?

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Random Questions With: Andrew W.K.

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 9:10am

This rocker VIP parties hard. The musician shares tales of his humble beginnings gigging at Starbucks, and then answers a series of questions about how to be the life of the party.

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