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Bad Information

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 9:31am

In this final round, the answers are words, phrases and names that contain the letters "b-a-d" in order. Listen sharply, though, and the outcome will be g-o-o-d for you.

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Comparatively Speaking

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 9:31am

This game is about nouns that only seem like comparative adjectives because they end in the letters i-e-r. A high chest of drawers with a delicate whipped texture might be a "chiffon-ier chiffonier."

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Cookie Monster Vocals

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 9:31am

In this game we focus on Cookie Monster's habit of confusing "I" with "me," and convert pop songs to Cookie's grammatical tendencies--so, a certain Beatles hit becomes "Me Want to Hold Your Hand."

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Your Game Show Of Shows

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 9:31am

Mash up the names of famous TV shows with the names of TV game shows to make them more fun. Because if someone isn't answering trivia questions for lots of money, we're not interested.

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Just Kidding

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 9:31am

Some people think they can say mean things, as long as it's followed by "Just kidding!" In this game, we say some sarcastic things about celebrities and historical figures who have the initials J.K.

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Lewis Black: Give My Regards To Broadway

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 9:31am

The veteran comic finally gets some real use out of his playwriting degree by leading a Pyramid-style guessing game about American theater.

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Lewis Black: Which Is Worse?

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 9:31am

What's worse, the TSA or the NSA? Let the comic and Daily Show contributor known for his rants enlighten you. Plus, Black describes his journey from playwright to stand-up to Bar Mitzvah performer.

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Sound And Fury (And Then A Little More Fury) In 'Against The Country'

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 9:03am

Reviewer Jason Sheehan calls Ben Metcalf's Against the Country meandering, challenging and "almost the definition" of a screed against the idea that virtue is found in rural places. Also, he loved it.

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Try On 'Black Suit' For A Beautifully Real Approach To Grief

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 6:36am

Jason Reynolds' new young adult novel, The Boy in the Black Suit, begins on familiar ground. But this tale of a boy dealing with his mother's death is tragic, funny, hopeful and almost too realistic.

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Remembering 'Generation Mex' Writer And Proud Outsider Michele Serros

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 5:02pm

Serros wrote about being a bicultural Chicana who was influenced by both her working-class, Mexican-American heritage and Southern California pop culture. She died Sunday at the age of 48.

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Matt LeBlanc Has Quietly Made 'Episodes' A Must-See Comedy

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:19pm

The show, in its fourth season, was created by David Crane, who worked with LeBlanc on Friends. TV critic David Bianculli says its brand of satire is particularly timely and laugh-out-loud funny.

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'Empire': A World Of Unbuttoned Shirts And Dishy Music Stories

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:59am

Fox's new drama about the family behind a music megacompany is pretty standard soapy television with some nice performances and a limited understanding of music.

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Confident Tales Of 'Small Mammals,' Funny Videos, And Childhood Ghosts

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 6:03am

Thomas Pierce's debut story collection, 'Hall of Small Mammals,' focuses on finding the surreal within the mundane. Reviewer Michael Schaub calls Pierce "an endlessly incisive and engaging writer."

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Fox's 'Empire' Sets 'Dynasty'-Style Soap Opera To A Hip-Hop Beat

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

The drama Empire features Terrence Howard as a ruthless music mogul building a worldwide company. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show works best when focused on the black family at its core.

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Art Installation Opens Passage To A Different World

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

In New York and Tehran, visitors in both cities are invited to enter a portal for 10 minutes or longer to communicate with a stranger, as though they're standing in the same room.

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Book Review: 'Descent' By Tim Johnson

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 3:37pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Descent by Tim Johnson.

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Rewatching 'The Wire': Classic Crime Drama Seems Written For Today

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 2:02pm

As HBO releases the high-definition version of The Wire, NPR's Eric Deggans says that binge-watching the show feels more like reading today's headlines — especially on issues of race and class.

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Small Batch: 'The Bachelor' Farms Iowa For Fresh Meat

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 12:48pm

A short edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour takes a look — somehow both rueful and gleeful — at the opening episode of a new season of the silliest dating show we can't believe we watch.

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D.C. Author George Pelecanos Writes What He Knows In 'The Martini Shot'

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 12:36pm

In his new collection of short stories and a novella, Pelecanos explores crime, adoption and writing from an African-American point of view. He says he's "aware of the responsibility" to get it right.

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'Descent' Is A Twisty Thriller-Plus

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 6:03am

Tim Johnston's suspenseful novel follows a family that begins to come apart after their teenage daughter is abducted during a mountain vacation. Critic Alan Cheuse says his heart is still pounding.

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