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Let's Do This Thing

Thursday, November 20, 2014

(Rebroadcast 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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The Takeaway

The Secret & Disturbing History of Washington D.C.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Today, Washington D.C. is mostly seen as an orderly layout of marble government buildings. But one historian says that the nation's capital was once a chaotic and disturbing city.

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Car Talk

#1446: Stop and Smell the Antifreeze

Saturday, November 15, 2014

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Alan thinks his Mercedes came with a 100,000-mile, self-destruct program. It’s suffered a series of problems since the odometer rolled over and, with the Check Engine light now linked to his MasterCard account, Alan thinks it may be time to move on. Elsewhere, Fred lied to his wife about loving his friend’s new car, and was punished by receiving the same car as a birthday present. Should he ‘fess up and risk the consequences, or suffer for the next 150,000 miles? Also, do Tom and Ray have enough liability insurance to help Keri soup up her Hornet scooter so she can win a rematch against a Vespa? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

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Ask Me Another

AMA Bonus: Miracleman, Issue #26

Friday, November 14, 2014

Neil Gaiman says that he is working on issue #26 of Miracleman, the lapsed comic series he worked on in the 1990s with artist Mark Buckingham. Rumors have flown around the comics community for years — here, he confirms that the series shall return. 

Plus, hear what happens when Neil attempts to classify his writing. It's nearly impossible. 

Hear the full episode with VIP Neil Gaiman, "The Model of a Modern Major Game Show," now.

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Ask Me Another

The Model Of A Modern Major Game Show

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ask Me Another dons its mask and cape for a super special episode recorded live at New York Comic Con Super Week. In this love letter to comic book nerds and the people who love them, author Neil Gaiman sings 19th century operettas, stumps his fans, and discusses his fandoms: beekeeping, and Gilbert & Sullivan.

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Ask Me Another

AMA Bonus: Love and Neil Gaiman's The Sandman

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Author Neil Gaiman explains to Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg why his comic book series The Sandman is the only sexually transmitted comic in the world.

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Microphone Check

Run The Jewels: 'I'm Taking This Life'

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

"Me and Mike have managed to find a decent way to express something symbolically that kids need to be able to say simply," says El-P. "I'm taking it over."

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Ask Me Another

AMA Bonus: Suddenly "Seymour" - Ethan Hawke's Directorial Debut

Monday, November 10, 2014

Ethan Hawke discusses Robin Williams, his Dead Poets Society co-star, and Seymour Bernstein, the subject of his new documentary Seymore: An Introduction. Although he met them 30 years apart, Hawke considers both of them his mentors.

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Car Talk

#1445: Tommy, Riposa in Pace

Saturday, November 08, 2014

This week on Car Talk, we pay tribute to our beloved brother, friend, and co-host Tom Magliozzi, who passed away Monday, November 3rd. You’ll hear many of our favorite moments featuring Tom the consummate radio professional, Tom the philosopher king, Tom the storyteller, and ultimately Tom, the guy who enjoyed nothing more than to sit with his brother and all you listeners for an hour a week, laughing his butt off. This special edition of the show will be hosted by Ray. We’ll be listening, and we hope you will, too.

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Ask Me Another

AMA Bonus: Happy Birthday Ethan Hawke!

Friday, November 07, 2014

In honor of Ethan Hawke's birthday (Nov. 6th), we let him be a little racy on public radio. Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg wonders if future directors will try to trump the Boyhood model — a movie filmed over 12 years — by making movies over even longer periods of time. Then Ethan has an idea. 

Hear more from Ethan Hawke in our most recent episode, "Puzzlehood."

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Ask Me Another

Puzzlehood

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Ethan Hawke talks about the challenges of maintaining a successful acting career over several decades...and making a movie, Boyhood, over the course of 12 years. Plus: you've never heard Rick Astley like how Jonathan Coulton sings Rick Astley.

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Microphone Check

Dante Ross: 'We Wanted Our Own Universe'

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

He who signed De La Soul, Queen Latifah and Digital Underground sat down with his old friend Ali Shaheed Muhammad to tell stories about Tribe, ODB, Cypress Hill and everybody in between.

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Car Talk

#1444: His and Her Trailers

Saturday, November 01, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Wendy’s husband wants to rent two trailers to move their belongings across the country. That’s all well and good for his truck, but will it destroy her Accord? Elsewhere, J.D. just lost his girlfriend, and may be about to lose his beloved van, too. Can Tom and Ray help him save either one? Also, budding acupuncturist Jody wants to quiet her car by finding its chi; Jane wants to buy a stretch limo to drive around town in, but everyone thinks she’s nuts— except her grandkids, and Tommy; and how did Scott’s Ford Focus move across a Home Depot parking lot while he was shopping? All this, plus listener theories on in-car  “Nasal Decloggery," and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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The Takeaway

Lobbyists Aim to Charm State Attorneys General

Thursday, October 30, 2014

More lax disclosure requirements and revolving-door restrictions have allowed lobbyists and lawyers to have more access to try to sway the opinion of state attorneys general.

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Ask Me Another

Games That Go 'Goosebumps' In The Night

Thursday, October 30, 2014

(Rebroadcsat, Episode 303) Inspired by this week's Very Important Puzzler, the best-selling children's horror author R.L. Stine (Goosebumps, Fear Street), the games in this show have been designed to scare the answers out of you. Find out what zombies eat when they run out of brains, test your Looney Tunes knowledge through a revised rendition of "Sympathy For The Devil" and find out what else Edgar Allen Poe's Raven has been quoth'ing on about. Plus: what scares the man whose job it is to scare kids of all ages?

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AMA Bonus: Lobster Pee, The Best Piece Of Trivia You Learned This Week

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In this debut segment of "The Best Piece Of Trivia You Learned This Week," find out whether lobsters actually pee out of their faces. Share with us the best piece of trivia YOU learned this week by visiting our Facebook or Twitter pages: facebook.com/NPRAskMeAnother | twitter.com/NPRAskMeAnother.

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Ask Me Another

AMA Bonus: Lobster Pee, The Best Piece of Trivia You Learned This Week

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In the debut segment of "The Best Piece Of Trivia You Learned This Week," find out whether lobsters actually pee out of their faces. Share with us the best piece of trivia YOU learned this week by visiting our Facebook or Twitter pages: facebook.com/NPRAskMeAnother | twitter.com/NPRAskMeAnother.

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Car Talk

#1443: Men Who Pick

Saturday, October 25, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Jill has noticed a raft of men picking their noses in their cars. Is this topic too juvenile and tasteless even for Tom and Ray? Are you kidding? Tune in as they dive deep to try to explain why a man’s car is his nostril's sanctuary. In matters a bit more serious, Paul’s car is smoking like a chimney,and he’s hoping to find the right additive cocktail that will get it through to spring; Bernie and Rollie’s test drive at a dealer ended with an encounter with a light pole, and now the dealer is trying to get them to pay for the damage; and is Jenny or her budding bryologist fiance right about her Civic’s starting problem? All this and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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Ask Me Another

AMA Bonus: Lake Street Dive Hearts The 90s

Friday, October 24, 2014

In this podcast bonus, enjoy the full version of Lake Street Dive's VIP Challenege, including two extra questions that didn't make it to air. Jonathan Coulton performs some radio hits from the 1990s, but butchers the lyrics. It's up to band members Rachael Price, Bridget Kearney, Mike Calabrese and Mike "McDuck" Olson (and you) to correct them.

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Ask Me Another

AMA Bonus: Lake Street Dive Hearts The 90s

Friday, October 24, 2014

In this podcast bonus, enjoy the full version of Lake Street Dive's VIP Challenege, including two extra questions that didn't make it to air. Jonathan Coulton performs some radio hits from the 1990s, but butchers the lyrics. It's up to band members Rachael Price, Bridget Kearney, Mike Calabrese and Mike "McDuck" Olson (and you) to correct them.

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