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Adam Sandler Ruins French Short Film, Wrecks New York

Monday, March 23, 2015

The new Adam Sandler movie "Pixels," about 1980s arcade games attacking Earth, looks kind of corny. But it's based on a bizarre, amazing short film by a young French filmmaker.
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Studio 360

Your Top Five Joyless Experiences to Redesign

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

With your help, Studio 360 and design firm IDEO will redesign one awful place, experience, or thing. 
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Studio 360

Recreating a City's Past in Miniature

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Two artists recreate their youth by building mini-versions of the streets they grew up on. 
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Radiolab

Timeline: Blood Spills Into Culture

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Sure, there are timelines about the history of blood transfusions, but we wanted to do you one better: pop culture's take on a century's worth of bloody business...

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Life of the Law

Call NOW!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

When things go bad, all you need to do is pick up the phone and CALL. Or so the late-night ads on basic cable tell us. Since the US Supreme Court allowed lawyers to advertise in the 1970s, the practice has skyrocketed, with often

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Gabfest Radio

Gabfest Radio: The Resolving to Remain Ambivalent Edition

Saturday, June 22, 2013

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the progress of a Senate deal on immigration reform. They also talk about the significance of President Obama’s eroding poll numbers.

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Radiolab

Brain Fodder Vol. 2

Friday, October 05, 2012

This week: a singing planet, scientific proof that lots of things really do taste like chicken, a love letter to a map, and lots more...

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The Takeaway

Female Artists Dominate Pop Scene in 2009

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2009 was the year of women … in pop music at least. Caryn Ganz, from Rolling Stone, tells us which female artists dominated our iPods this year, and why.

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The Takeaway

Facebook Group Tries to Foil Simon Cowell's Top Pop Choice

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Music producer and talent show host Simon Cowell is used to dominating the pop charts at Christmastime. His hit British television show, the X Factor, (roughly speaking, the U.K. version of American Idol), churns out chart-topper after chart-topper annually as the winners are chosen at the end of each year. But music fan Tracy Mortar has started a grassroots campaign to take a few potshots at the Cowell's dominance of manufactured pop music. She's formed the Facebook group Rage Against the Machine for Christmas No. 1, and nearly 60,000 fans of that group are pushing to push RAtM's 1992 song, "Killing in the Name," to the top of the charts. Chris Hawkins, DJ for the BBC's 6Music, joins us to play some tracks and handicap the outcome.

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The Takeaway

Taylor Swift on Role Models, Advice

Friday, November 06, 2009

Taylor Swift was the top-selling recording artist of 2008. According to Forbes, she’s the 69th most powerful celebrity in America. She was recently nominated for more American Music Awards than any other artist this year. And, she’s only 19 years old. We talk to Swift about what it means to be a young star, her upcoming Saturday Night Live hosting gig, and how she feels about her high-profile awards show appearances.

If you're not familiar with her work, here is her chart-topping hit "Love Story":

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The Takeaway

Rapper's Delight: 30 Years Later

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" hit the disco and pop charts 30 years ago this week, transforming hip-hop from live street perfomance to a mainstream moneymaker. We look at the impact of 30 years of "Rapper's Delight" on music and culture with Mark Anthony Neal, professor of black pop culture at Duke University, and Paul Miller (better known as DJ Spooky). And for a firsthand account of the phenomenon that was the Sugar Hill Gang, we talk to Keith Shocklee of The Bomb Squad, and a producer for Public Enemy.

(Celeste continued the conversation with Miller and Shocklee in an After-Air conversation: Check it out below.)

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The Takeaway

The Jock, the Prom Queen, the Nerd

Friday, August 07, 2009

In honor of John Hughes, the quintessential 80s director who passed away yesterday, The Takeaway's John Hockenberry presents a remembrance of life as The Breakfast Club.

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The Takeaway

Comic Con: The Place for the Next Big Thing

Friday, July 17, 2009

The words “comic convention” can conjure up images of full grown men dressed as Jedi knights angling for a chance to get an autograph from William Shatner. While that might have been the case a dozen years ago, now Comic Con is the pop culture event of the year. Next week The 'Con opens in San Diego, but it's been sold out for weeks. Luckily, Jeff Yang, the Asian Pop columnist for the SF Chronicle and Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology found himself a ticket. Also joining the conversation is Elisabeth Rappe, blogger for Cinematical.com.

Here's the trailer for Astro Boy:

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The Takeaway

Jeff Yang on Disney, race, and pop culture

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Comic books have always been a place to explore brave new worlds. Be that out outer space, inner space, or the frontiers of race and gender. Yeah, we're talking about Wolverine, but we're also talking about Dora the Explorer. That compact, bobble-headed, bilingual tot boldly went where no cartoon had gone before and actually changed the world of pop culture by introducing her life, her adventures, and her abuela to the under three feet set. So what's next? To help us explore the expanding multicultural pop culture world is Jeff Yang. He writes the Asian Pop column at SFGate.com and is the editor of a new book, Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology.

Since we won't go so far as to put Dora the Explorer on the site, let's see how Disney has done on race before. Here's their journey to China in Mulan:



And here is Pocahontas:

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The Takeaway

Jimmy Fallon's week in review

Friday, March 06, 2009

Trouble viewing this video? Check out the YouTube version (click "watch in high quality" for best quality).

Jimmy Fallon now sits in the throne of late-night giants Conan O'Brien and David Letterman, but it's been a tough week for the former Saturday Night Live star. Troy Patterson, the TV critic for Slate, reviews the first week of NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."

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The Takeaway

Irritating English phrases

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

At this moment in time, we’re going to interface with someone who will hopefully tell us why words adversely impact so many people. Are we annoying you yet? Jeremy Butterfield might know why. He’s the author of a new book called "A Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare," which features the most annoying words and phrases in the English language

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