99% Invisible

138- O-U-I-J-A

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Ouija board is so simple and iconic that it looks like it comes from another time, or maybe another realm. The game is not as ancient as it was designed to look, but those two arched rows of letters have been spooking people for over 125 years.


Studio 360

Fox's 'Gotham' Looks More Like 'Law & Order: Batman'

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

The trailer for the new Fox series Gotham is a lot more Law & Order: Batman than The Dark Knight — and that's a shame. 

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'You're Invisible, But I'll Eat You Anyway.' Secrets Of Snow-Diving Foxes

Friday, January 03, 2014

They leap into the air, adjust their tails, land headfirst in the snow, burrow down and hit a teeny moving target — buried three feet below. It's their lunch. How does a fox catch a mouse in winter? This is amazing.

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Studio 360

Is Network TV Dead Yet?

Friday, May 17, 2013

It’s commonly said now that we’re living in a golden age of television, but try telling that to executives at the Big Four networks. The buzzy shows you love to talk about are on cable, while CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox are all wrapping up one of their worst seasons on record. Many successful shows ...

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On The Media

Jonathan Coulton's Cover of a Cover Gets Covered

Friday, February 01, 2013

A few weeks ago, singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton was surprised to learn that his arrangement of the Sir Mix-A-Lot song "Baby Got Back" was covered note for note by the cast of the Fox TV show Glee. Coulton talks with Bob about having his melody stolen with impunity and the legal gray area between copyright law and cover songs.


Mos Def - Ms. Fat Booty

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The Takeaway

Bill O'Reilly on Lincoln, Obama, and the GOP Candidates

Monday, October 03, 2011

In 1865, the Civil War came to a close. But just six days after the confederate commanding general Robert E. Lee surrendered, President Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed by John Wilkes Booth at the Ford Theatre in Washington DC. It’s a story that most Americans know, but Bill O’Reilly has some new perspective on these historic events. O'Reilly, the host of Fox News's "The O’Reilly Factor," is also a former high school history teacher, a hobby historian, and co-author of a new book called "Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever."

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Still No Deal Between Fox and Cablevision As World Series Begins

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

It's the first day of the World Series, and there's still no agreement between Cablevision and Fox. Some sports bars in the city are anticipating larger crowds during the series because of the dispute.

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The Empire

Palin's Question for those Other Mosques

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

What's the point of another mosque, Sarah Palin wonders, during an appearance on Fox last night:

There are already a hundred mosques in New York…


Now, if the purpose of this mosque, as we are lead to believe, is to create this tolerant environment to avoid anything like a 9/11 ever repeating, you have to ask ‘Why didn’t any of those 100 mosques already accomplish such a thing, allowing that tolerance and acceptance of differing views?' So, I don’t buy into that reason, that that’s the purpose of this location being chosen.

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Studio 360

TV Opening Titles: Bite-Sized Beauty

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A lot of the time they go unnoticed, or we simply fast forward through them like advertisements, another obstruction between us and our favorite TV show.  But sometimes, when they're done properly, they are a thing of beauty. They can provide provide skillfully disguised plot indications, and give you valuable character insights, all wrapped up in a stunning sensory parcel that sets the mood for the coming show.

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Smackdown: "Glee"

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The show-choir sitcom is hot. But not everyone is giddy about Glee.

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Studio 360

Glee Spreads to Japan

Friday, February 05, 2010

Fans of the Fox series "Glee" are known for their passion and enthusiasm.  Some "gleeks" are so dedicated to the show and its elaborately staged musical numbers that they perform their own versions of songs from the show and post them on YouTube.  Now perhaps the ...

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

David Denby and Richard Brody on their favorite films of the decade

Monday, December 28, 2009

David Denby and Richard Brody discuss their favorite films of the year and the decade.


On Being

David Fox and Bruce Weigl — Sacrifice and Reconciliation [remix]

Thursday, May 27, 2004

In remembering the legacy of four World War II chaplains — Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish -- who went down together with their torpedoed ship in 1943, we speak with David Fox, nephew of one of the chaplains. We also hear interviews with surviving veter