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Hellas Ellas

Thursday, March 19, 2015

"When I get a craving I can't quell-a, I'll dip my finger in that Nutella, ella, ella. Mm, mm, mm." Guess other words that end with -ella within Jonathan Coulton's version of Rihanna's "Umbrella".

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More Or Less

Thursday, March 19, 2015

I looked everywhere for my missing mangoes, oranges and pears, but my search was fruitless. All of the answers for this game end in "less" and clues hints to the first part of the word, more or less.

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Poetic License

Thursday, March 19, 2015

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is not only a Maya Angelou book but a line from what poem? Get your AP literature on as former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky reads clues about poetic book titles.

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Single Word Cinema Stumpers

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Would you describe the characters in Braveheart as "Brash Brogue-speakers Bracing for Brutal Battles Brought by Browbeating British"? Guess the movie title from its alliterative description.

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Everything Old is New Again

Thursday, March 19, 2015

For the final round all answers in this game contain the letters "n-e-w" or "o-l-d" in order. What term did Hugh Hefner coin for the large portrait stuck in a magazine? Hint: it's not a centerf-new.

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Thank You Notes

Thursday, March 19, 2015

"Dear Sergey and Larry: Thank you for buying YouTube and keeping it free! My "Gangnam Style" video has been played over 2 billion times." Imagine the thank you notes that celebrities might write.

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Jonathan Groff And Raúl Castillo: 'Looking' Ahead

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ahead of the season finale of HBO's Looking, the co-stars who play on-again, off-again couple Patrick and Richie talk about redefining gay life on television and play a game about other TV romances.

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'The Only Ones' Puts A Heartbreaking Spin On Dystopia

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Veteran rock critic Carola Dibbell ventures into fiction with The Only Ones, a tale of an unconventional family in post-pandemic America. Critic Jason Heller says calls it "heartbreakingly beautiful."

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The 'Empire' Touch: A Cookie By Any Other Name

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Fox's freshman series Empire finished its first season with an action-packed often baffling finale that underscored how much fun it is, even when it doesn't make sense.

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'Mountaineer' Is A Must-Read Of Soviet Sci-Fi

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Brothers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky were at the heart of Soviet science fiction; reviewer Juan Vidal says The Dead Mountaineer's Inn is less edgy than some of their work, but still a must-read.

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Morning Edition

Swagger On Display At 'Empire' Season Finale Parties

Thursday, March 19, 2015

With its flashy swagger and quotable one-liners, Empire, the Fox series about a black music label, has become a cultural phenomenon. A watch party in D.C., had just as much.

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Morning Edition

How A 1970s Fashion Faceoff Put American Designers In The Spotlight

Thursday, March 19, 2015

In The Battle of Versailles, fashion critic Robin Givhan tells the story of the groundbreaking runway show that pitched French couture designers against American up-and-comers.

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France Considers A Ban On Overly Skinny Models

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Proposed legislation would criminalize the use of underweight models and ban online sites that glorify anorexia and other eating disorders.

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Fresh Air

Released From Prison, 'Apologetic Bandit' Writes About Life Inside

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Daniel Genis, son of Soviet emigre writer Alexander Genis, served 10 years for armed robbery. The crimes fueled his heroin addiction. "It was so obvious I didn't fit in," he says.

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Small Batch Edition: On Loving Romance With Sarah Wendell

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

We talk to romance blogger Sarah Wendell about romance fans, romance novels, and some of her top recommendations for fans and new visitors alike.

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'The Jinx' And The Challenges of Public Curiosity

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

One of the lessons documentarians are learning is that the more people like your work, the more they ask questions about it.

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Does Fox's 'Empire' Break Or Bolster Black Stereotypes?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The hip-hop drama ends its first season Wednesday as a huge hit, thanks to black viewers. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says it also has sparked a complex debate over TV stereotypes.

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How Self-Improvement Became Self-Destruction On 'Diamond Mountain'

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Scott Carney's new book unpacks the complicated story of Ian Thorson, who died in the Arizona wilderness after becoming involved with an unorthodox Buddhist group led by a charismatic American monk.

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'The Mechanical' Will Make Your Clockwork Pulse Pound

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ian Tregillis' new novel is the start of a series, set in an alternate 1926, that follows a robot's search for humanity against a backdrop of science, philosophy and a grand struggle between empires.

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25 Years After Art Heist, Empty Frames Still Hang In Boston's Gardner Museum

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

On March 18, 1990, robbers stole $500 million in art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Author Stephen Kurkjian explains why anyone would bother to steal work so priceless it couldn't be sold.

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