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Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Thursday, October 30, 2014

R.L. Stine extends his shelf-life again. Plus, great tunes from T-Pain, Taylor, and Aphex Twin. 
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The Takeaway

Our Enduring Obsession with ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Plenty of people are turned off by chainsaw-wielding cannibals massacring innocents. Yet the 1974 classic has inspired thousands of horror movies, comic books, and video games.

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On Being

Maria Tatar — The Great Cauldron of Story: Why Fairy Tales Are for Adults Again [remix]

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Fairy tales' overt themes are threaded throughout hit TV series like Game of Thrones and True Blood, Grimm and Once Upon a Time. These stories survive by adapting across cultures and history -- helping us work through things like fear and hope.

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On Being

[Unedited] Maria Tatar with Krista Tippett

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Fairy tales' overt themes are threaded throughout hit TV series like Game of Thrones and True Blood, Grimm and Once Upon a Time. These stories survive by adapting across cultures and history -- helping us work through things like fear and hope.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Fateful Meetings A Halloween Special

Friday, October 25, 2013

Celebrate Halloween with guest host Wyatt Cenac.  Listen to an hilarious Frankenstein parody by Robertson Davies, and hear Cenac read Edgar Allan Poe's revenge tale, "The Cask of Amontillado."

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The Truth

The Devil You Know

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A collection of horror stories that take place in the world of electoral politics. This one-hour special was produced in 2012 for broadcast on public radio, and made possible by the generous support of the Public Radio Exchange (prx.org) and...

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On Being

Maria Tatar — The Great Cauldron of Story: Why Fairy Tales Are for Adults Again

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Fairy tales' overt themes are threaded throughout hit TV series like Game of Thrones and True Blood, Grimm and Once Upon a Time. These stories survive by adapting across cultures and history -- helping us work through things like fear and hope.

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On Being

Maria Tatar with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Fairy tales' overt themes are threaded throughout hit TV series like Game of Thrones and True Blood, Grimm and Once Upon a Time. These stories survive by adapting across cultures and history -- helping us work through things like fear and hope.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: First, We Kill All the Cats Edition

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner discuss the song "Thrift Shop" with Jody Rosen, unpack Dana's coined phrase "artisenal horror" and discuss the end of cats. 

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The Truth

The Modern Prometheus

Friday, November 02, 2012

What happens when a corporation becomes a person? In this satire by Tony Award-winning playwright Greg Kotis, we follow a company called Geneva Mutual that becomes a sentient being. Performed by Louis Kornfeld, Rachel Hamilton, Tom Ligon, Chet Siegel,...

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Tales of Terror from Edgar Allan Poe

Sunday, October 28, 2012

“I have missed my turnings on strange mountain roads in the early hours of the morning because I was too carried away by listening to someone…reading Poe stories.”

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Soundcheck

Kirk Hammett: Too Much Horror Business

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Most people know Kirk Hammett as the lead guitarist of the iconic heavy metal band Metallica. But Hammett also has another lifelong passion besides shredding riffs: He's the curator of one of the world's finest collections of horror movie memorabilia. Hammett has finally revealed his staggering collection of posters, toys, comics, props and more, in a new book called Too Much Horror Business. Hammett joined us to talk about some of his favorite pieces and about his love of horror.

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The Truth

That's Democracy

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

A teacher gives his students lesson about democracy that they'll never forget. Performed by Peter McNerney as Mr. Mohr, Russ Armstrong as Eric, and Alexis Lambright as Margaret, with  Fiona Bradford, Teddy Shivers, Oscar Montoya, and Ben Jones as...

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The Truth

Third Party

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Mike Coleman is an independent candidate running for Congress, and he's finally getting some attention... from a serial killer. Performed by Ed Herbstman, Chet Siegel, Rick Adrews, Nick Kanellis, Louis Kornfeld, Amy Warren,...

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The Truth

In Good Hands (part 1)

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

A pair of urban explorers goes underground, in the first part of a continuing story. Starring Emily Tarver, Alex Marino, Louis Kornfeld, Ed Herbstman, Christian Paluck, and Amy Warren. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, Totally Gruesome Edition

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Jason Zinoman’s guide to fixing modern horror, the film industry’s approach to online piracy, and the debate over antidepressants on this week’s Culture Gabfest podcast.

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The Takeaway

Debating the Death Penalty after Verdict in Grisly Connecticut Murders

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Yesterday a jury handed down a death penalty sentence for Steven Hayes, who was convicted in a brutal triple murder case and a violent home invasion at the home of Dr. William Petit and his wife, Jennifer, in 2007. All of the victims were tied up, Dr. Petit was severely beaten and his wife Jennifer, along with their two daughters Hayley and Michaela were murdered. Two of the three were sexually assaulted. The assailants then attempted to burn the Petit house down as they fled. These murders were so violent that even some ardent anti-death penalty advocates have been asking whether there are times when the death penalty is appropriate 

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Talk to Me

When Did Vampires Become So Hot?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

When did the undead become so popular? Vampires used to lurk on the fringes of pop culture: but these days they are heroes, heartthrobs, and the family next door.

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Studio 360

360 Staff Pick: House of the Devil

Monday, August 16, 2010

House of the Devil uses a familiar horror movie plot of a babysitting gig gone horribly wrong and turns it into something surprising. Samantha has no idea that her employers are raving Satanists -- but before the night is over, she'll become painfully aware. Rather than confuse torture and gore for genuine scares, director Ti West creates an atmosphere of terror that relies almost entirely on what you don'tsee. There will be blood, but not for nearly two-thirds of the film, in which practically nothing 'happens.' It's the most scared you will ever be by an (almost) empty house.

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The Takeaway

Screams and Chills: The Best Scary Movies

Friday, October 30, 2009

It's our Halloween horror flick round-up. We asked Takeaway listeners and our contributors, Newsday film critic Rafer Guzman and Spout editor Karina Longworth, to compile a list of the best horror films ever. Classics like "Cat People" and "Night of the Living Dead" made the list, but so did big '80s blockbusters like "Alien."

Click through to read Rafer and Karina's full list and watch video clips from some of the classics.

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