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AMA Bonus: 'Let It Go' and its Many Parodies

Monday, April 21, 2014

Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the Oscar-winning songwriting duo who penned Frozen's torch song, "Let It Go," weigh in on its most memorable covers and parodies. 

Stay tuned for the full episode of Ask Me Another with Kristen and Bobby, available starting April 24th. 

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Radio Diaries

#13: The Day Nelson Mandela Became Nelson Mandela

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The moment Nelson Mandela really became Nelson Mandela was on April 20th, 1964 - fifty years ago today. It happened when he stood up in a stuffy South African courtroom and gave a speech.

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Car Talk

#1416: I Dream of Fairlanes

Saturday, April 19, 2014

This week on Car Talk, the Auto-Psychiatry booth is open, as Dennis tries to figure out why he dreamed about being offered a 1966 Ford Fairlane. Is a Fairlane memory buried in his past, or to paraphrase Dr. Freud, is a heap just a heap? Meanwhile, over in the Auto-Relational Department, Donna treated herself to a spiffy Mazda Miata, but can't get her husband to relinquish the steering wheel. Also, Tamson's mechanic may be using the "slow milking" approach to diagnosing her Beetle's noise; Ray has a few final words on Tommy's Dart; and does Dave need driving lessons or relaxation therapy to prepare for a Summer trip through Ireland with five women? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

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America's Test Kitchen Radio

Chef Jeremiah Tower Reveals the True Story of America's Food Revolution

Friday, April 18, 2014

This time on America’s Test Kitchen, we speak with Jeremiah Tower, a leader of the American culinary revolution who started as the chef of Chez Panisse in the 1970’s and later went on to open Stars in San Francisco. We’ll find out all about cake pans from gadget guru Lisa McManus, and we’ll be tasting wines with expert Stephen Meuse. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make the best Almond Cake. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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Ask Me Another

Yippee-Ki-Yay, Nellie McKay! (R)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

(Rebroadcast, Episode 304) This week, clean up Bruce Willis' Die Hard catchphrase, trivialize some dog breeds, and since no rule of three is complete without the third item, guess celebrities with triple names. Plus, the lovely and talented singer-songwriter Nellie McKay uses both her voice and brain to demonstrate her love of the icon Doris Day.

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Car Talk

#1415: The Ant Picnic

Saturday, April 12, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Mara has tried everything to rid her car of its ant infestation. Well, maybe not everything, since there are no burn marks. Tom and Ray have a way to lure them out that is at once incredibly creative-- and very stupid. Elsewhere, how does Diane reconcile her husband's desire to rebuild his BMW with her parent's need to get it off their farm, so the potatoes can be planted? Also, a lesson to car dealers: if you're going to make up a name for your wife, choose one you know how to spell. And, on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Tom, Ray, and Joan's husband can correctly diagnose her screeching Ford Festiva. All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

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Fugitive Waves

Eel Pie Island

Friday, April 11, 2014

Eel Pie Island: Fugitive Waves, Episode 3

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America's Test Kitchen Radio

The Business of Meat: How The Meatpacking Industry Revolutionized America

Friday, April 11, 2014

This time on America’s Test Kitchen, we speak with Maureen Ogle, the author of In Meat We Trust, about the secret history of the meat processing industry. We’ll be tasting blue cheese dressing, and we’ll investigate low alcohol wines with expert Stephen Meuse (wine tasting notes). Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make Brown Irish soda bread. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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Ask Me Another

AMA Bonus: Hannibal Buress on his '30 Rock' role

Friday, April 11, 2014

You may recognize comedian Hannibal Buress from his roles on Broad City and 30 Rock, the latter of which he also wrote for. In this bonus clip from Episode 314: Let's Do This Thing, Buress describes his experience with improv and its spontanaeity, and the genesis of his recurring role on 30 Rock as an eccentric homeless gentleman. 

For more Hannibal Buress on Ask Me Another, visit askmeanother.npr.org.

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Ask Me Another

Let's Do This Thing

Thursday, April 10, 2014

(Episode 314) Make groan-worthy puns about Shaquille O’Neal, sing commercial jingles in Italian, and test your knowledge of rap music with comedian and television writer Hannibal Buress.

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Ask Me Another

AMA Bonus: Just A Friend

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

A teaser for our upcoming episode with comedian Hannibal Buress as our V.I.P. Yes, his game involves a hat tip to Biz Markie's "Just A Friend," performed here by Jonathan Coulton with an assist from our in-house audience. 

Hear the entire episode with Hannibal starting April 10th, 2014.

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Car Talk

#1414: Ode to the Dart

Saturday, April 05, 2014

This week on Car Talk, one listener's tribute to Tommy's dearly departed Dodge Dart will have William Wordsworth rolling over in his grave. "For in the spot where Dart once sat, there's now but oil stains." Later, Tom and Ray try to rescue a spoon trapped in one car's vents, and a 20-dollar bill trapped in a driver's door; and, on a slighlty more urgent note, they try to keep Eric's engine from disintegrating. Elsewhere, Doug might become the Chuck Yeager of CV joints if he doesn't mind the risk of getting stuck on a railroad track; and can Environmental Studies major Carl do anything to ease his guilt over driving two ginormous gas guzzlers? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.


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Ask Me Another

AMA Bonus: Blurred Rhymes

Friday, April 04, 2014

Remember way back in the summer of 2013, when you couldn't escape Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines"? Well, we think the lyrics could have used some work; after all he rhymes "you wanna hug me" with "what rhymes with hug me?" So, we rewrote the song into a trivia game where all the answers rhyme with "hug me"...sort of.Hear the song in its entirety, sung by our favorite piano-playing troubadour, Julian Velard. You provide the answers.

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Ask Me Another

This Birbiglian Life

Thursday, April 03, 2014

(Episode 313) Get ready for a hilarious religious experience this week, as our Very Important Puzzler, comedian Mike Birbiglia, shares some bizarre personal tales, including why he once considered becoming a priest.

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Ask Me Another

AMA Bonus: Mike Birbiglia, No Air Quotes, Man!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Here at Ask Me Another, we like to create a safe space for our VIPs, where they can feel free to bare their souls. Like comedian Mike Birbiglia, who shared with us a story about a visit to a particular doctor.

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Car Talk

#1413: The Fall of the Dart

Saturday, March 29, 2014

This week on Car Talk, all good things must come to an end. So too, must all pieces of junk, as Tommy's beloved Dodge Dart finally heads to the crusher. Find out what caused its way-beyond-timely demise. Elsewhere, Fred decided to do a good deed and close the door of a stranger's parked truck. Unfortunately, a half hour later said truck caught on fire. Is Fred an unwitting arsonist? Also, Dr. Kenny takes a break from surgery to find out why his car's brakes have a mind of their own; and Monica's husband may need electroshock therapy to stop his odd behavior at stop lights. All this, plus a round of Stump the Chumps, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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America's Test Kitchen Radio

Junk Food Engineering: Why Food Companies Weaponize Sugar, Salt and Fat

Friday, March 28, 2014

This time on America’s Test Kitchen, we investigate junk food engineering with author Michael Moss to find out how food companies weaponize ingredients to create addiction. We’ll find out all about pepper mills from gadget guru Lisa McManus, and we’ll speak with food writer Adam Gopnik. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make the best Pepper-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Roast. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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Ask Me Another

Foodie Favorites

Thursday, March 27, 2014

(Favorites Episode 005) This hour, sample a smorgasbord of our favorite food-related games from past episodes. Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton are in the kitchen and cooking with fire for this puzzle feast.

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Car Talk

#1412: The Truth Detector

Saturday, March 22, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Tom and Ray help test a device that should strike fear in the hearts of all mechanics: a voice biometrics-based lie detector. Elsewhere, Corinne can't seem to get an oil change without a broken dipstick as a bonus; Christine's keys are stuck in her ignition--which may not be too worrisome, since her car won't start; and can struggling musician Dan fix his van's exhaust with guitar strings and an orange juice can? Also, a story that offers even more proof why you should never drive like Tommy! All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

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America's Test Kitchen Radio

Do Manners Matter? Yes...and They Can Change Your Life

Friday, March 21, 2014

This time on America’s Test Kitchen, we investigate what it means to have good manners in the 21st century: what matters, what doesn’t, and when to turn off your cell phone. We’ll find out what’s hot and what’s not in the world of kitchen gadgets, and we’ll learn to read wine labels with expert Stephen Meuse (wine tasting notes). Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make the best whole-wheat pizza. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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