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Take A Walk On The Wilder Side Of Death With 'Reincarnation Blues'

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 6:00am

Michael Poore's new novel is surprisingly goofy for a book about dying. It's the story fishing guide Milo, who's just been eaten by a shark. Oh, and he's in love with Death, who's also named Suzie.

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The Brief, Tumultuous Reign Of An Erstwhile Best-Seller

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 7:05pm

For a while Thursday, Lani Sarem's debut, Handbook for Mortals, stood as the reigning best-seller in young adult literature. Within hours, it had been removed from the list entirely. What happened?

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'Disjointed' Is Like Any Workplace Sitcom — Think 'Cheers,' With More Pot

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 5:08pm

Set in a medical marijuana dispensary, the big networks all turned the show down. But Netflix picked it up and co-creator Chuck Lorre says, ultimately, it's about characters who care for one another.

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A Closeted Teen Struggles To Maintain His Double Life In 'Beach Rats'

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 3:33pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Beach Rats, which follows a teenager in Brooklyn who is having a lousy summer. The film won the best directing prize at Sundance earlier this year.

Celebrating 30 Years Of Fresh Air: Oscar-Winning Actress Patty Duke

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 12:54pm

Duke grew up in the public eye, playing Helen Keller in the stage and screen versions of The Miracle Worker. Later she starred in her own TV sitcom, The Patty Duke Show. Originally broadcast in 1988.

Celebrating 30 Years Of Fresh Air: The Carl Reiner Interview

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 12:54pm

Reiner spoke to Terry Gross in 1988 about how his experiences working backstage in Hollywood inspired him to create the classic sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Science 'Gone Wrong' Can Teach Us

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 10:26am

Pandora's Lab stresses that for science to work, it needs to base claims on data, studies need to be replicable, and scientists must be more attached to science than to their own ideas, says Alva Noë.

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Mo Questions, Mo Problems

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

In this final round, every answer begins with the letters "M-O."

Mystery Guest

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

Our mystery guest and her husband own an unusual business in a 6,000 square foot facility. Ophira and Jonathan ask yes or no questions to figure out what it could be.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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