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The Price Was Right

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 9:53am

In this game, we describe a piece of historical merchandise. Contestants each guess how much the item cost to buy or build. Whoever comes closest to the historical price wins.

The Rest Of The Tiger

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 9:53am

We've rewritten Survivor's classic workout montage song, "Eye of the Tiger," to be about other tiger body parts.

Where In The Mall Is Carmen Sandiego?

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 9:53am

In this game, we shrink criminal mastermind Carmen Sandiego's world to the mall and imagine incoming theft reports from ACME CrimeNet. Contestants to identify what store Carmen stole something from.

What's In Your Tiny Desk?

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 9:53am

NPR Music host Bob Boilen talks about the Tiny Desk Contest and winner Gaelynn Lea plays two of her songs. Then naturally the two play a game about things you find in a desk.

This, That, Or The Other

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 9:53am

Today's categories are: Endangered Species, Kung Fu Movies, and politicians' Secret Service Code Names.

Make It So

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 9:53am

This game is an homage to the most inspirational figure of the 24th century: Captain Jean Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise. Each answer is a play off of his famous command, "Make it so."

'Popstar' Makes The Most Of Its Big, Chest-Thumping Joke

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 4:00pm

The comedy trio known as The Lonely Island blows its goofy musical parodies up to feature length in the story of a boy-band veteran with limitless ego who decides to go solo.

'The Witness' Looks Back At Those Accused Of Ignoring A Murder

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 4:00pm

The murder of Kitty Genovese became a symbol of all that was wrong with big-city neighbors, but in a new documentary, Genovese's brother considers the complexities of recollection and responsibility.

'The Wailing' Draws From All Over But Struggles To Find Its Way

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 4:00pm

The Wailing is a bloody thriller that recalls both elements of Korean cinema and older Hollywood examinations of exorcisms and the undead, but it doesn't quite reach a satisfying destination.

Track Star Alexi Pappas Chases Olympic Dreams In Autobiographical Film

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 3:28pm

Alexi Pappas is one of America's fastest runners and is headed to the Summer Olympics in Rio. She also created and starred in a new feature film about a young female runner called Tracktown.

Track Star Alexi Pappas Chases Olympic Dreams In Feature Film

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 3:28pm

Pappas is one of America's fastest runners and is headed to the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She also created and starred in a new feature film about a young female runner called Tracktown.

Moving, Inventive 'Thing With Feathers' Is A Guide To Grief

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 6:00am

Max Porter's darkly funny, fiercely emotional new novel centers on a family — a husband and two sons — devastated by the loss of their wife and mother. And then the crow appears.

The 'Best Fake Rappers Out There' Satirize Breakout Success In 'Popstar'

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 1:08pm

Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer describe themselves as "frappers" — fake rappers. Working together as The Lonely Island, they created a comic film about pop-music documentaries.

Raise A Glass To Perry, Craft Cider's Pear Cousin

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 10:33am

Cider made from perry pears is delicious - it rivals apple cider, but is sweeter. Long revered in England and Normandy, France (Napoleon was a fan), perry is now getting its due in the U.S.

'Maya And Marty': NBC Tries A Lukewarm Summer 'SNL' In Prime Time

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 10:03am

What could have been a true variety show collapsed into a halfhearted version of late-night comedy where the bright spots only accentuated the weak ones.

'Possession' Charts The Tangled Paths Of Art And Antiquities

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 6:00am

Art crime expert Erin Thompson digs into the dirt around antiquities in her new book — what motivates collectors, what justifications they give, and the politics around their acquisitions.

From Medical Maggots To Stench Soup, 'Grunt' Explores The Science Of Warfare

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 1:10pm

When it comes to curiosity, science writer Mary Roach describes herself as someone who is "very out there." Her new book, Grunt, looks at some scientific developments that help keep soldiers safe.

The Code Switch Podcast, Episode 1: Can We Talk About Whiteness?

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 10:24am

On our inaugural episode, we're digging into how we talk about whiteness — or, really, how we don't talk about whiteness — and hear from some folks who say it's really important we figure out how.

Neil Gaiman's Nonfiction, Seen From The 'Cheap Seats'

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 6:00am

Neil Gaiman is best known for his fictional creations, but he's also a prolific producer of essays, album liner notes, speeches and introductions — now collected in The View From the Cheap Seats.

You Gonna Finish That? What We Can Learn From Artworks In Progress

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 3:33am

Nearly 200 great works of unfinished art are now on display at The Met Breuer Museum in Manhattan. Spanning six centuries, the works offer a glimpse into the creative process — from Titian to Warhol.

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