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Cooking The Books

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:45pm

Not all cookbooks are actually about food. Play along and mash up the titles of famous books with various delicacies. Who could forget Truman Capote's classic novel, In Cold Blood Sausage?

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Take Me To This River

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:45pm

In this game, Jonathan Coulton sings Al Green's classic Take Me to the River to be about, you guessed it, various rivers of the world. Somehow, we made a geography game fun and exciting!

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Random Questions With: Uzo Aduba

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:45pm

Uzo Aduba admits she quit acting the same day she was offered the part of Crazy Eyes on Orange is the New Black.

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Top Of The Morning

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:45pm

A toponym is a word derived from a geographical place name, like "champagne" or "sandwich" — play along as we ask them to identify other (lesser-known) toponyms.

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Hello Little Friend

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:45pm

In the classic scene from Scarface, Al Pacino's little friend is a grenade launcher. In this game, it might be any number of things that rhyme with "fren'" (if we're being accent-picky).

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First Listen: Dam-Funk, 'Invite The Light'

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:03pm

The man born Damon Riddick makes an epic 20-song album that draws on the entire history of funk. Six years in the making, Invite The Light has a sound that's almost impossible to pin down.

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First Listen: Joan Shelley, 'Over And Even'

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:03pm

Songs on the Kentucky folk singer's second album sound ancient and true, even on first hearing.

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First Listen: Cécile McLorin Salvant, 'For One To Love'

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:03pm

Salvant explores the quaint art of jazz singing, but with her own aesthetic idiosyncrasies intact. Her toolbox contains anywhere from a rich, husky voice to one that tiptoes theatrically, girlishly.

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First Listen: Diane Coffee, 'Everybody's A Good Dog'

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:03pm

Foxygen's Shaun Fleming aspires to a '70s ideal that rolls up sugarcoated bubblegum glam, soul balladry, Francophone pop and echoes of the Brill Building.

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First Listen: The Arcs, 'Yours, Dreamily,'

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:03pm

In his new band, The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach plays immersive, funky R&B and soul that's embellished with velvety harmonies, hissy tape recordings and lip-curling attitude.

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First Listen: Lou Barlow, 'Brace The Wave'

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:03pm

Brace The Wave keeps the Sebadoh singer's sound stripped to its barren bones, an approach suited to the pleas and confessions therein.

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Despite Policy Allowing Gay Leaders, Mormon Church Keeps Ties With Boy Scouts

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 7:59pm

The church implied it might leave the Scouts when they changed the policy. Now, the church says as long as it can use its own criteria for appointing leaders, it will go on sponsoring troops.

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Biden, Considering Presidential Bid, Says Family Is Weighing On Him

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 7:55pm

Vice President Joe Biden said in a conference call with Democratic National Committee members that he's considering whether he has the "emotional fuel" to mount a 2016 presidential campaign.

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Tennessee Court Upholds Lethal Injection Procedures

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 6:52pm

A county judge ruled the state's use of the lethal injection was constitutional, but further appeals are all but certain.

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Wal-Mart To End Sales Of Some Semi-Automatic Rifles, Citing Low Demand

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 6:30pm

The retail giant says that because of a drop in customer demand, it will focus on other hunting and sportsmen's firearms.

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Episode 502: The Afterlife Of A T-Shirt

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 5:07pm

When used American clothes are donated to charity, they begin a second life of sorting, refitting, and lots of travel. We trace used American T-shirts to a used-clothing market in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Deputies In Oregon Town Go On Leave As State DOJ Investigates Sheriff

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 5:02pm

Citing an attorney who represents the Klamath County Peace Officers Association, Oregon Public Broadcasting says the deputies feared retaliation from the sheriff.

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Californians Hope Alert System Will Help Catch Drivers Who Hit-And-Run

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:42pm

Most of the 7,500 people who fled an accident in Los Angeles county last year will never be caught. But a proposed statewide hit-and-run system could get some of these drivers off the streets.

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Black Lives Matter Publishes 'Campaign Zero' Plan To Reduce Police Violence

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:42pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks to Brittany Packnett about the campaign to create a policy agenda out of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Kansas, South Carolina Take NIMBY Stance on Guantanamo Prisoners

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:28pm

President Obama's plan to close Guantanamo lacks a crucial element: a U.S. prison to hold captives too dangerous to release. The Pentagon is considering military prisons in Kansas and South Carolina.

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