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As A New 'Doctor Who' Season Ends, Have Its Stories Matched The Hero?

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 5:03pm

Britain's Doctor Who series finishes its first season with new hero Peter Capaldi on Saturday. TV critic Eric Deggans says Capaldi's portrayal of the Doctor is often better than the stories he's in.

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Tripping Into A Black Hole In This Week's Movies

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 4:21pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello gets blinded by science this week at the movies, what with The Theory of Everything, Interstellar, Big Hero 6 and some really cool black holes.

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'Viva La Libertà' Offers Harmless Electoral Fun

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 2:37pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews Viva la Libertà, a lightweight Italian election comedy that might provide even Democrats with a smile this week.

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Can A Smell-Emitting Fork Alter How We Savor Flavor?

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 1:05pm

Flavor is a combination of taste and aroma. So can a scent-emitting fork trick our brains into thinking we're tasting something, when we're only just smelling it? The Salt team tests it out.

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Anjelica Huston Tells Her 'Story' Of Growing Up With A Director Dad

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 12:26pm

The actor's new memoir, A Story Lately Told, covers her early life growing up in Ireland, the daughter of director John Huston. In 1969, the two collaborated on a film, and it was disastrous.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Interstellar' And Other Space Movies

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 10:07am

On this week's show, we jump in with Christopher Nolan's new space super-adventure, take on space in general, and talk about what's making us happy this week.

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Book News: John Steinbeck Story Resurfaces After 70 Years

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 9:43am

Once read on radio by Orson Welles, "With Your Wings" had never been seen in print. Now, after a fateful discovery, it's set to be published. Also: Joshua Ferris has won the Dylan Thomas Prize.

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The Challenge Of 'Big Hero 6': How To Make A Huggable Robot?

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 2:26am

Baymax, the lovable robot in the new Disney movie, was inspired by inflatable robots being developed at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon.

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George Clinton's Musical Life, From The Barbershop To Hip-Hop

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 2:24am

NPR's Renee Montagne talks to the funk legend about his new memoir, Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?

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Donor Gives Los Angeles Museum Art Worth $500 Million

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 7:19pm

Billionaire Jerry Perenchio will donate works by masters such as Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, René Magritte and Pablo Picasso.

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Actress Anjelica Huston's Memoir Has Glitz, But Lacks Depth

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 3:20pm

Anjelica Huston's memoir is all Hollywood, all the time. It's full of anecdotes about Jack Nicholson and other stars. But these stories of excess, fame and money lack feeling and subtext.

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Load Of B.S.

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:30am

Don't worry, this is a G-rated game. The answers will be people and things with the initials B.S., like "baby shower." Then, VIP Ethan Hawke serenades the winner live on the Ask Me Another stage.

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Cinema Snacks

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:30am

If you think the best part of going to the movies is the popcorn and candy, this game is for you! All the answers are mash-ups of movie titles and names of foods, like "Children of the Corned Beef."

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Rick Rolling

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:30am

House musician Jonathan Coulton gives Rick Astley a run for his money. Donning a turtleneck and trench coat, he sings "Never Gonna Give You Up" with the lyrics changed to be about other famous Ricks.

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Backwards Logic

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:30am

These sentences contain a word that becomes another word when spelled backwards. Use the clues to find the backwards word and reverse it! If we said "It's not a tuber!" the answer would be "rebut."

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'An Act Of Faith': Ethan Hawke Talks Boyhood's 12-Year Shoot

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:30am

The actor may have spent the last 12 years filming Boyhood, but does he remember what life was like back in 2002 when he started filming? We'll test his knowledge in an Ask Me Another Challenge.

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The Game Room

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:30am

Hope you're in the mood for game night. In this round, all the answers contain the name of a popular board game. Who will use their Craniums and emerge numero Uno?

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To Be Or Not To Be

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:30am

To bedazzle, or not to bedazzle? In the spirit of Hamlet's famous soliloquy, all the answers in this game begin with the letters "B-E." Now give us your best dramatic read.

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Book News: Netflix To Film Series From Lemony Snicket's 'Unfortunate Events'

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:07am

The streaming service reportedly plans to adapt A Series of Unfortunate Events into a TV show. In news of another stream, the Globe Theatre has put dozens of its Shakespeare productions online.

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Frankly, Bascombe's Return Has Some Problems

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:03am

Richard Ford's signature character returns in Let Me Be Frank With You; reviewer Michael Schaub praises Ford's writing, but says despite moments of beauty and insight, some of it feels phoned in.

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