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Which Witch Is Witch?

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 9:46am

Jonathan Coulton takes songs with the word "magic" in the title and parodies them to be about famous fictional witches. It's like a witch hunt, but fun!

TV Decor

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 9:46am

Ophira and Jonathan read an imaginary real estate listing for a room and contestants guess what TV show it's featured in.

Rita Dove: Set Phasers To Poem

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 9:46am

Ask Me Another goes to the Virginia Arts Festival with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. We quiz the Star Trek: The Next Generation fan on famous poems rewritten about characters from the series.

(Image credit: Mike Katzif/NPR)

Depressing Place Names

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 9:46am

The United States is full of places that may be lovely, but have depressing names. Contestants guess which of three locations with a less-than-exciting name is real.

Can Festival

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 9:46am

In this game, Ophira and Jonathan pretend to be hoity-toity art critics describing everyday beverage cans as if they're works of art.

Moshe Szyf: How Do Our Experiences Rewire Our Brains And Bodies?

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 8:09am

Many think genetic makeup is fixed from the moment we're born. But Moshe Szyf says this understanding is incomplete because our experiences and environment have the power to change our basic biology.

Brian Little: Are Human Personalities Hardwired?

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 8:05am

Are you introverted or extroverted? It depends. When it comes to personality, psychologist Brian Little says we can actually act against our biology — especially if we pursue a "core life project."

(Image credit: Ryan Lash/TED)

Nadine Burke Harris: How Does Trauma Affect A Child's DNA?

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 8:05am

Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris found an unsettling trend when examining patients at her clinic: trauma. She found that adversity can change a child's biology and result in severe health outcomes.

(Image credit: Kevork Djansezian/TED)

Robert Sapolsky: How Much Agency Do We Have Over Our Behavior?

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 8:05am

Neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky says nearly all aspects of human behavior are explained by biology: from developments millions of years in the past to microscopic reactions happening in the present.

(Image credit: TED)

A Dancer Spins From Classical Ballet To Modern Dance In 'Polina'

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:01pm

Once it trades rote ballerina-training cliches for ecstatically shot sequences of hip-hop choreography, this French film, like its main character, comes alive.

(Image credit: Oscilloscope)

Netflix's 'Death Note' Should Be Returned To Sender

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:00pm

Based on a hugely popular Japanese manga (and anime, and live-action film series), this rushed and sloppy U.S. production Anglicizes the faces, but not the names.

(Image credit: James Dittiger/Netflix)

In 'The Villainness,' Revenge Is A Dish Served Stylishly

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:00pm

This baroque Korean revenge thriller borrows heavily from similarly themed films, but features great performances and employs a purely visual story-logic that sets it apart.

(Image credit: Jake Jung/Well Go USA)

'Beach Rats': A Young Man On A Collision Course With Himself

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:00pm

In this closely observed drama about a Brooklyn teen whose sexuality conflicts with his sense of self, writer/director Eliza Hittman makes us feel the social pressures working on him.

(Image credit: Neon)

'Prince Of Broadway' Pays Tribute To A Musical Theater Legend

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 3:52pm

Harold Prince began his career on Broadway as an unpaid assistant in his 20s. Now, at 89, the producer and director has 21 Tony awards and a long list of hit musicals to his name.

(Image credit: Jerry Mosey/AP)

'¡Murales Rebeldes!': These Disappearing LA Murals Mirror Their Community

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 3:52pm

For years, Chicano muralists in Los Angeles weren't let into museums, so they made art where they could. "I wanted people to look at the mural and ... see themselves in it," says muralist Wayne Healy.

(Image credit: Monika Evstatieva/NPR)

A Retired Marine And A Photojournalist Confront War's 'Invisible Injuries'

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 3:16pm

Marine Sgt. TJ Brennan suffered from memory loss after being injured by a grenade in Afghanistan in 2010. Finbarr O'Reilly captured the event on film. Now the two men have written a memoir.

(Image credit: Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters/Viking)

'To E Or Not To E': USC And UCLA Quibble Over How To Spell Shakespear(e)

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 2:43pm

At the base of a new, towering statue of a Trojan queen, Southern Cal quoted a few choice verses from the bard — but misspelled his name while they were at it, UCLA students pointed out. Or did they?

(Image credit: Michael Owen Baker/USC)

A Coney Island Teen Struggles To Come To Terms With His Sexuality In 'Beach Rats'

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 2:31pm

Eliza Hittman's second film focuses on a repressed gay teenager living in a culture of intense sexual exhibitionism. Critic David Edelstein calls Beach Rats "feverish and gripping."

Rotterdam Concert Canceled After Terror Plot Warning

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 10:33am

Dutch police canceled a concert by the Los Angeles band Allah-Las after a tip from Spanish authorities about the possibility of an attack at the venue. Two men have been arrested.

(Image credit: Arie Kievit/AFP/Getty Images)

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