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'Bunk' Is Encyclopedic, Fascinating — And Frustrating

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 6:00am

Kevin Young's new book puts forth an instantly convincing pairing of race and hoaxing — both a "fake thing pretending to be real." But he loses readers' trust with knotty, overly aphoristic writing.

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Lost Kitchen Restaurant Made Chef's Small Hometown A Dining Destination

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:03pm

One of the most coveted dinner experiences in America is a 40-seat restaurant in rural Maine where the chef prides herself in serving local food that diners recognize on the plate.

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Three Generations Of Actresses On How Ageism Affects Women In Hollywood

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:02pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with actresses Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson about how the opportunities for women in Hollywood have changed over the generations.

In 'The Problem With Apu,' Hari Kondabolu Discusses South Asian Representation

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:02pm

Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based stand-up comedian, the child of Indian immigrants, and a big fan of The Simpsons. NPR's Elise Hu talks Kondabolu, whose new film The Problem With Apu delves into issues of South Asian representation.

Music In 'Mudbound' Intended To Evoke Earth, Dirt And Mud

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:02pm

Afro-punk artist, Tamar-kali, makes her debut as a film composer in Mudbound, the new movie from director Dee Rees. Her background includes running a five-piece rock combo and a string sextet that fuses classical music and post-punk.

Remembering Syndicated Gossip Columnist Liz Smith

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 2:16pm

Smith, who died Sunday, started her daily column for The New York Daily News in 1976. In 2000, she told Fresh Air: "I always held back from writing things that were intentionally hurtful."

Mindy Kaling Loves Rom Coms (And Being The Boss)

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 2:16pm

Kaling's Hulu series, The Mindy Project, recently ended after six seasons. In 2012, the actress told Fresh Air that her character on the show was inspired by her late mother, who was an obstetrician.

Ingrained Prejudices Collide With Wartime Trauma In 'Mudbound'

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 2:16pm

Dee Rees' sweeping epic follows two families in the Mississippi Delta during the 1940s. Reviewer Justin Chang says Mudbound is "easily one of the year's most ambitious American movies."

The In Crowd

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:12am

We challenged our contestants to a final round in which every answer is a three-word phrase with the middle word "in."

Mystery Guest

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:12am

We spoke to Chloe Swantner, who practices an unusual craft. Can you solve the mystery before Ophira and Jonathan figure it out?

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Sounds Like Teen Spirit

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:12am

Finally, a game that combines the glitz of bromocriptine with the glamour of phosphocreatine! We rewrote Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" to be about other things that end with "teen."

Letters Witch

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:12am

In this word game, contestants must identify a common two-word phrase, then move the first letter of the second word to the end of the first word to form a completely new phrase.

Mozhan Marnò: Diaries, Screenplays, And Blacklists

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:12am

Mozhan Marnò shares the research behind shaping her character, FBI and Mossad operative Samar Navabi, on 'The Blacklist.' Inspired by her voiceover work, we play a game about celebrity audiobooks.

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Say It With A Song

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:12am

In this audio quiz, contestants must identify numbers from special musical episodes of non-musical TV shows. Not included: That 70s Musical!

Closed Mondays

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:12am

Welcome to the Museum of Ask Me Another Game Descriptions! In this game, contestants have to identify whether a museum we describe is real or fake.

Sarah Silverman Asks: 'Can You Love Someone Who Did Bad Things?'

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 9:46am

In an emotional monologue, Silverman addressed "the elephant masturbating in the room" and plumbed the anger and sadness she feels about her friend Louis C.K.'s actions.

(Image credit: Screengrab by NPR/I Love You America on YouTube)

Mileha Soneji: Can Simple Innovations Improve The Lives of Parkinson's Patients?

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 8:19am

When designer Mileha Soneji's uncle got Parkinson's, his quality of life deteriorated rapidly. Mileha couldn't cure her uncle's disease, so she designed simple ways to improve his everyday life.

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Wendy Troxel: Does High School Start Too Early?

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 8:19am

Sleep expert Wendy Troxel says teens are sleep-deprived because of early school start times that cater to adults. She says high schools should start classes at least an hour later.

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'Mudbound' Is A Grand, Sweeping Epic Of The Jim Crow South

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:01pm

Director Dee Rees adapts Hillary Jordan's 2008 novel about two families — black sharecroppers who've worked the land for years, and the newly arrived, white farm owners — with raw, evocative power.

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'Sweet Virginia': Small-Town Noir With A Slice Of Hope

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:00pm

A small Alaskan community is left reeling by an act of violence. Jamie M. Dagg's thriller tenderly explores its aftermath without the glib, jokey cynicism that so often marks the noir genre.

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