Slate Culture Gabfest

Inside Inside Amy Schumer Edition

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hanna Rosin, Noreen Malone, and Jessica Winter discuss the comic memoir turned Broadway musical "Fun Home" with author Alison Bechdel, Instagram envy, and the latest season of Inside Amy Schumer. The DoubleX Gabfest is sponsored by the Great Courses,...


The Takeaway

Ballpark Figures: The Hazards of Playing Mr. Met

Monday, April 06, 2015

The Mets kick off their regular season this afternoon in Washington, D.C. AJ Mass once donned the Mr. Met costume. Here, he reflects on the weird, woolly world of sports mascots.


The Takeaway

Could Humans Survive On Kepler-438b?

Monday, March 02, 2015

One of NASA's favorite planetary candidates for habitability is Kepler-438b. But even an "Earth-like" planet like Kepler-438b is still pretty alien.

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The Takeaway

Break The Winter Chill by Celebrating a Summer Icon: The Frisbee

Friday, January 23, 2015

We're in the dead of winter. To break the chill, we're celebrating an American summer icon, the Frisbee, which first went on sale 58 years ago this week.

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PHOTOS: Brian Lehrer's 25th Anniversary

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Photo's from Brian Lehrer's 25th Anniversary Celebration at the New York Society of Ethical Culture


On The Media

A Pop Song Written Using iOS's Predictive Text Feature

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

YouTuber Jonathan Mann has written a pretty solid pop song using only the predictive text function on his iPhone. 
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Nine Hacks for a Perfect Beach Trip

Friday, July 11, 2014

How to have a magical beach trip, without the burns, parking nightmares, and sticky fingers. 

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Want Thousands Of Twitter Followers? Put A Meme On It

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

It is now clear that we are living in a world of viral memes that take no sides when it comes to spoofing politicians or debate moderators. So what's a politician to do as the target of a social media parody? Run with it.



It's A Panda! Cub Is Born At National Zoo

Monday, September 17, 2012

Officials don't know yet whether it's a male or female. The mother, Mei Xiang, gave birth to Tai Shan (a male) in 2005.



Manhattanhenge: The Sun, The City And A Special Rendezvous

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tonight — like it does twice every year — the setting sun will align perfectly with Manhattan's grid.

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And Now For The Weather, Let's Go To Prince Charles

Thursday, May 10, 2012

In Scotland, viewers of a nightly BBC news program got a surprise when Prince Charles stood in front of a weather map to tell them about all the rain and cold they'd soon experience. "We're under the influence of low pressure," he said.



The Pineapple And The Hare: Can You Answer Two Bizarre State Exam Questions?

Friday, April 20, 2012

An odd story and two weird questions on the New York state English exam are causing laughter and consternation.

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VIDEO: Mitt Romney Sings 'America The Beautiful'

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The GOP presidential candidate let down his guard and broke into song.



Beef Erupts Over Crossword Guru's Hip-Hop Slang Clue

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

According to some, Shortz took a false step with this past Saturday's puzzle, when he included a clue steeped in hip-hop slang. The clue asked for a 5-letter word that means "Wack, in hip-hop."

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Spinning on Air

Slow Club

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Slow Club is a band that takes its listeners from quiet intimacy to boisterous fun. Slow Club hails from Sheffield, England, and is essentially Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor, two friends who write and play catchy songs together, now joined also by bass and drums. David Garland welcomes Slow Club to the WNYC Studio to perform songs from their new album, "Paradise." 

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Gig Alert: fun.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

The New York electro pop band fun. teamed up with Janelle Monáe on "We Are Young." Download the single here or catch the group Wednesday night at the Bowery Ballroom.

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Out Of Wall Street Protest, An Unlikely Celebrity: 'Hipster Cop'

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The community affairs detective has become an Internet sensation for his sharp choice in fashion. But some protesters are torn: Should they trust a man with their aesthetic sensibilities, but associated with a police department they've clashed with?

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Manhattan Says Goodbye To Its Last Single-Space Parking Meter

Monday, September 19, 2011

The 60-year-old meter gave way to one that takes credit cards and speaks seven languages.


Transportation Nation

Viral Video: Bike Boy's Triumphant Speech After Learning How to Ride

Saturday, June 04, 2011

(New York, Transportation Nation) "I feel happy with of myself," Bike Boy yells. And he should, because he just learned to ride a bike for the first time. Then, when his father (we assume it's his father anyway) asks if he has any advice for other little kids who are learning how to ride, Bike Boy launches into an awesome, heroic, and utterly charming motivational speech.

"Everybody, I know you can believe in yourself. If you believe in yourself you will know how to ride a bike, if you don't, you just keep practicing. You will get the hang of it, I know it," he declares. Watch the video for the rest of the speech and feel the glory of learning to ride a bike for the first time all over again.

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The Takeaway

The Takeaway's weekend to do list

Friday, February 27, 2009

It's Friday and once again we are joined by Allison Williams, associate editor of Time Out New York, for a look at what should be on our weekend to-do list.

Allison Williams' recommends watching Dead Like Me on DVD and to tune in for the final season of ER. Or watch from the beginning on DVD.

We agree, but also want to strongly recommend catching up on Friday Night Lights. What might be the final season is on NBC now and it is one of the best shows on television and this season is a killer. Go Panthers!

Need something to snack on while watching all that tv? Get a delivery from Sticky Fingers Bakeries and top off your fresh-made treats with a schmear of LemonBird's handmade jams.Or settle down with a six pack of Graeter's ice cream. Overnight delivery never tasted so sweet.

U2 certainly took their sweet time crafting their new release, but the result of all their hard work is set to be released this week. Want a sneak peak? Here is there video for Get on Your Boots.

Although it's not particularly action packed, if you're in the mood for some quality time with your PS3, Flowers is probably the prettiest videogame out there. Wait...they make videogames without zombies? Who knew! It's available for download exclusively at the Playstation Network store.

Plan to catch up on the Oscar winners? Here's a rundown of their films to guide your movie watching:
Best Actor: Sean Penn in Milk
Best Actress: Kate Winslet in The Reader
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Documentary: Man on Wire
Best Animated Film: Wall-E
But the big winner was Slumdog Millionaire taking home Best Picture and Best Director nods along with six other Oscars.

Most available on The Takeaway's Amazon store.

You have to wait until March 6th for the release of Watchmen, but to tide you over, here is the trailer.

Finally, the Jonas Bros movie hits theaters this weekend. Try not to squee too loudly!