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AMA Bonus, Day 2: Lake Street Dive Carols on Balloons

Friday, December 26, 2014

On the 2nd day of bonuses, Ask Me Another gave to me: Lake Street Dive's helium revelry.

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Comedian Chris Rock, author Lionel Shriver, journalist David Finkel 12/26/2014

Friday, December 26, 2014

Comedian Chris Rock on how edgy stand-up can survive in the age of smart phones. Big Brother author Lionel Shriver on how fiction can illuminate the darkest corners of culture. Thank You for Your Service author David Finkel on the after-effects of war.

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AMA Bonus, Day 1: Blaze of Gloria

Thursday, December 25, 2014

On the 1st day of bonuses, Ask Me Another gave to me: Jonathan Coulton's song of glo-wing glo-ry.

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Studio 360

American Icons: The Tramp

Thursday, December 25, 2014

With just a pair of baggy pants, a derby hat, mustache, floppy shoes, and his own physical genius, Charlie Chaplin created silent film's most memorable character — the Tramp.

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Studio 360

Tarzan in the Village, by Jack Handey

Thursday, December 25, 2014

When Tarzan follows Jane to New York City, things get a little bit … hairy.

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Studio 360

Aleksandar Hemon: The Accordion

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Sarajevo native Aleksandar Hemon reimagines the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, where one of his relatives was standing on the sidelines holding his new accordion.

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Studio 360

Broadcasting Live From 1914

Thursday, December 25, 2014

This week, Studio 360 travels back in time to 1914, reporting on the cultural landmarks of a remarkable year.

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How a Happy Ending Ruined Pygmalion

Thursday, December 25, 2014

We mostly think of George Bernard Shaw’s "Pygmalion" as the basis for the musical "My Fair Lady." But Shaw’s play was a feminist tract, not a highbrow rom-com.  

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Studio 360

Gertie, The Dinosaur Who Gave Birth to a Mouse

Thursday, December 25, 2014

The first animated character wasn’t a mouse — it was a dinosaur, Gertie. Her creator thought cartoons would become a great art form, and was bitter when they went commercial.

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Studio 360

1914 Blues Challenge: Marc Anthony Thompson Picks a Winner(s)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

We asked you to record your versions of one of the first blues hits, W.C. Handy’s “Yellow Dog Blues.” Guest judge Marc Anthony Thompson reveals the winner(s).

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Ask Me Another

Holiday Spectacular 2013

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Sing a comical rendition of "Deck The Halls" and learn about quirky holiday traditions from around the world with writer A.J. Jacobs, The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead and comedian John Hodgman.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Behold! Ignorance and Want Edition

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Sony Pictures hack, Hollywood film franchises, and favorite Christmas movies.

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Q

Monetizing poverty in Congo, this year in pop culture, best music of 2014 12/24/2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Dutch artist Renzo Martens defends 'artistic intervention' in Congo. Q's panel of cultural critics -- Jeet Heer, Wesley Morris, Haley Mlotek -- review this year in pop culture. Q music gurus Mitch Pollock and Brian Coulton review the best music of 2014.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

The Puzzling Promise of Graphene

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

If you’ve heard about graphene, you’ve probably heard that it’s a miracle substance. The only atom-thick material known to man, it seems to also be the lightest, strongest, and most conductive material on earth. Its potential applications seem almost limitless. The only problem, as John Colapinto explained in a recent magazine piece, is that nobody has figured out what to do with it yet. On this week’s Out Loud, Colapinto joins Nicholas Thompson, the editor of newyorker.com, and Vauhini Vara, a business and technology blogger for the site, to discuss the challenges that hyped new technologies face in the marketplace, and whether graphene is likely to live up to its promise.

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Studio 360

This Artist Makes Some of Her Best Work in the Airplane Bathroom

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Artist Nina Katchadourian flies a lot, and hates to kill time. So she uses that time productively, making hundreds of photographs for the series "Seat Assignment."
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'Grim Sleeper' documentary, Supertramp's Roger Hodgson, Ugly Sweaters unravelled 12/23/2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tales of the Grim Sleeper director Nick Broomfield on the missing and murdered women on LA. Supertramp's Roger Hodgson on re-releasing seminal record Crime of the Century. Plus, Megan Garber on how the ugly Christmas sweater lost its ironic edge.

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The Theory of Everything

Logical Fantasies (the dislike club part V)

Monday, December 22, 2014

In the penultimate episode of our series, Kathy Sierra tells us how one tweak could fix everything and ToE's Chris tells us the secret origin of Facebook. PLUS #marksbros (as in Zuckerberg)  #marxhegel (as in Groucho) -

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Studio 360

Studio 360's Best of 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Studio 360's staff and host Kurt Andersen pick their favorite artists and segments from 2014.
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Rent in Cuba, rising conductor Elim Chan, Hollywood's sequel problem, Jingle Bell junkies 12/22/2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Andy Señor Jr. and Ilan Stavans on how Rent's run in Cuba sets stage for change. Elim Chan on how conductors conjure musical magic. Mark Harris slams Hollywood's sequel obsession. Filmmaker Mitchell Kezin on his new film about Christmas album collectors.

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AMA Bonus: Christmas Is Coming

Friday, December 19, 2014

Sing along in a round with Jonathan Coulton and Oscar-winning Frozen songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Happy holidays! In other news, you just learned what a ha'penny is. Because you heard it in the song, and Googled it. You're welcome.

Hear the full 2014 Holiday Spectacular episode on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and askmeanother.npr.org.

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