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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Fargo, A Farewell, And Pop Culture Breadcrumbs

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 7:57am

On this week's show, we chat about a very fine new TV offering, follow the trails of the things we love back to the things that came before, and wish one of our own well as he travels on.

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Book News: Women Writers Dominate Children's Books, Right? Wrong.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 6:33am

Also: Chuck Palahniuk will edit a collection of tough-guy stories; Adrian Mole series author Sue Townsend dies.

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Poetic Take On Black Boxing Lands Punches With Broad Appeal

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 6:06am

Boxing has long laid bare American tensions around race. Artists like Adrian Matejka, whose latest book of poetry is based on the life of Jack Johnson, take the conversation outside the ring.

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Kristen Wiig Gets Serious For Alice Munro Adaptation

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 2:54am

Hateship Loveship was inspired by a short story about a caretaker who falls victim to a cruel joke. Wiig and director Liza Johnson explain how the film's restraint says more than fireworks ever could.

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After The Horror Of War, What About Forgiveness?

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 4:48pm

The drama The Railway Man follows a former prisoner of war as he struggles with past pain, new love and an unexpected opportunity for confrontation.

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On 'Draft Day,' A Coach Faces His Own Big Game

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 4:38pm

Like the glitz of the day itself, Draft Day tries to win over audiences with big names, the power of the NFL and tons of money. But as football fans know, these elements don't always mean a win.

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Stephen Colbert: The End Of One Joke, The Start Of Many More

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 4:33pm

Eric Deggans looks at the move by Stephen Colbert from the show he does in character on Comedy Central to CBS late night.

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After A Disaster In 'Family Life,' Relief Never Comes

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 4:16pm

Akhil Sharma took over a decade to write his novel, Family Life, a mostly autobiographical account of an immigrant family and an accident that shatters their dreams for the future.

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Songwriters Behind 'Frozen' Let Go Of The Princess Mythology

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:11pm

Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez tell Terry Gross about the inspiration for "Let It Go" and a "very strong strike across the bow at all princess-myth things" song that didn't make the film.

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Colbert Plans To Take Up The Late Night Mic For CBS

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:08pm

CBS announced that comedian Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as a late night host on the network. Letterman, who turns 67 on Saturday, announced his retirement last week.

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Writers Of Color Flock To Social Media For A New Way To Use Language

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 1:19pm

Writers of color are often told they must write for the "universal human," says poet Kima Jones. She explains how many of them take to social media to find their place among a different audience.

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Sex, Style And Success In 'An African City'

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:51am

If you miss the HBO hit show Sex and the City, there's the new web series, An African City. We get an inside look at its take on friendship and fashion with young women looking for love in Ghana.

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The Internets

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 9:09am

Admit it, you spend too much time on the Internet. Never fear— all that procrastination should pay off in this final round, in which every answer features the letters "N-E-T" in consecutive order.

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Fruity Films

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 9:09am

The films A Clockwork Orange and 50 First Dates don't have much in common, except in the world of Ask Me Another. Go bananas in this game and think up films whose titles contain the name of a fruit.

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We Are the Champions

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 9:09am

It's often said that winners write history. Well, they also helped us write this game. We'll give you four major award winners—your job? Tell us the name of the prize they share.

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Animal Logic

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 9:09am

Some animals are named after other animals, which makes no sense. This game asks you to to defy logic and remember the names of creatures like "elephant seal," whose names are two animals in one.

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Jingle All the Way

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 9:09am

You've probably heard the jingles for products like Kit Kat and McDonald's hundreds of times. But can you recognize them when Jonathan Coulton sings them — in Italian? Buona fortuna!

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Hannibal Buress: It's A Rap

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 9:09am

As part of his act, Buress performs his own "Gibberish Rap," but he's also an expert on hip-hop. He plays this game with our contestant, describing songs without using their titles.

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Hannibal Buress On Moving To New York With '$200 And Dreams'

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 9:09am

Hear how the comic and actor (Broad City) moved to New York and landed writing gigs on SNL and 30 Rock. Plus, Buress leads a game in which all the answers are terrible puns on the name "Shaq."

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Book News: What Are The World's Best New Novels? Libraries Weigh In

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 7:00am

Also: Aleksandar Hemon and Teju Cole in conversation; Mary Cheever has died; Ian McEwan's new book.

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