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Ask Me Another
9:18 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Six Degrees of Francis Bacon

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 9:11 am

Was Francis Bacon a 16th-century pioneer of the scientific method, or a 20th-century painter known for his raw graphic imagery? The answer is: both! In this game, Ophira Eisenberg quizzes contestants about famous people who share the same first and last name. Extra credit if you can link the two celebrities in six degrees or less. After the game, hear house musician Jonathan Coulton get sassy with a cover of the Destiny's Child hit "Bills Bills Bills."

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Ask Me Another
9:18 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Just Do It?

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 9:11 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Welcome back to ASK ME ANOTHER, NPR's hour of puzzles, word games and trivia. I'm Ophira Eisenberg and with me on our stage is our very important puzzler, Michael Ian Black.

MICHAEL IAN BLACK: Hello.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: So Michael, we thought that before we throw you in the puzzle pit, we'd make you run a game with us. We're going to first, welcome our contestants that are going to play this game. Let's welcome Andrew Sommerfeld and Erica Pietricola.

(APPLAUSE)

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Ask Me Another
9:18 am
Fri April 19, 2013

This, That Or The Other IV

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 9:11 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's welcome our next two contestants: Mary Brownlee and Sarah Bouboulis.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Now, what I can enjoy but our listeners can't see is that what we have right here are a pair of adorable identical twins.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Oh, my god. Do you sound identical? I don't know. Do you sound identical?

MARY BROWNLEE: Yes.

SARAH BOUBOULIS: Yes.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Can you do that again?

BROWNLEE: Yes.

BOUBOULIS: Yes.

EISENBERG: Okay.

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Ask Me Another
9:18 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Bust A Cap

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 9:11 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

While Michael stews backstage, let's get back to the gaming action. I see our next two contestants, Darla Gutierrez and George Choundas settling in behind their puzzle podiums. Welcome.

(APPLAUSE)

GEORGE CHOUNDAS: Thank you.

EISENBERG: Darla, you're a children's librarian. What is one of your favorite children's books?

DARLA GUTIERREZ: "Alice in Wonderland."

EISENBERG: "Alice in Wonderland," the one that's kind of about drugs.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: That's a good one.

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Ask Me Another
9:18 am
Fri April 19, 2013

The One About Poker

Michael Ian Black (left) battles World Series of Poker champion Matt Matros in a poker-themed battle of wits.
Lam Thuy Vo NPR

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 3:29 pm

Michael Ian Black told us he's a poker whiz, but we wanted to see if he's bluffing. So we pitted him against a worthy competitor, World Series of Poker champion Matt Matros, in a no-holds-barred trivia showdown that covers poker lingo, lore, and the world's weirdest bet.

Plus, Jonathan Coulton rounds out the game with a cover of "The Gambler" by Kenny Rogers.

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TED Radio Hour
9:00 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Are We Hard-Wired For Beauty?

"Beauty draws us in...It takes us outside ourselves and it motivates us. It's essential to life and to happiness."
Asa Mathat TED

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 7:55 am

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Beauty?

Psychologist Nancy Etcoff joins philosopher Denis Dutton to explain why beauty inspires and motivates us. Etcoff says our response to beauty is visceral, and we use strong words — like "bombshell" — when we talk about it.

About Nancy Etcoff

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TED Radio Hour
9:00 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Are Some Things Universally Beautiful?

Philosopher Denis Dutton suggests that humans are hard-wired to seek beauty.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 2:41 pm

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Beauty?

About Denis Dutton's TEDTalk

Denis Dutton has a provocative theory on beauty — that art, music and other beautiful things, far from being simply "in the eye of the beholder," are a core part of human nature with deep evolutionary origins.

About Denis Dutton

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NPR Story
8:59 am
Fri April 19, 2013

What Is Beauty?

Do we need beauty to enjoy ourselves, or do we need it to survive?
TED

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 2:14 pm

Beauty surrounds us, draws us in, gives joy and creates conflict. In this hour, TED speakers conjure up beauty both ancient and modern, and suggest reasons why humans are hardwired to crave and respond to beauty.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
8:50 am
Fri April 19, 2013

It's All Politics, Apr. 18, 2013

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A somber week, with people wasting no time putting the Boston tragedy in political terms. President Obama unleashes on Congress after a background check amendment to the gun bill goes down in the Senate. At least the latest exploits of Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner keep NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving amused in the latest episode of the It's All Politics podcast.

Krulwich Wonders...
8:25 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Trees On Top Of Skyscrapers? Yes! Yes, Say I. No! No, Says Tim

Boeri Studio

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 8:35 am

This isn't finished. But it will be. Two residential towers, dense with trees, will have their official opening later this year in downtown Milan, Italy, near the Porta Garibaldi railroad station. (The image is not a photograph, but an architect's rendering. The towers are built and the trees are going in right now.) I love this. I think these towers are gorgeous. Milan is a very polluted town; these trees will cleanse the air, pumping out oxygen and greening the cityscape.

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Around the Nation
7:57 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Boston Bombing On White House And Russia's Radar

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 12:32 pm

Steve Inskeep speaks with NPR's Scott Horsley, who has the White House perspective on news of the Boston Marathon bombings manhunt. NPR has confirmed that the two suspects were from Chechnya. For insights on that region, Morning Edition talks with Matt Rojansky, deputy director of the Russia and Eurasia program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Politics
7:15 am
Fri April 19, 2013

'Gang Of 8' Rolls Out Immigration Overhaul

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 12:32 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Okay, we are continuing to follow the events in Boston this morning. Police there say one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers has been killed and the other is on the run in the Boston suburb of Watertown. For the moment, let's turn to another major story here in Washington. A bipartisan bill revamping the nation's immigration laws goes to the Senate judiciary committee today.

It was formerly rolled out yesterday by the group of Senators known as the Gang of Eight and critics have weighed in. Here's NPR's David Welna.

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Business
7:15 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Have Banks Recovered From The Financial Crisis?

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 12:32 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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Business
7:15 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Google, Microsoft Look Past Desktop Computers To Increase Earnings

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 12:32 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with the tale of two companies.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Google and Microsoft quarterly earnings reports are in and it appears their slugfest continues with Google's earnings up 23 percent and Microsoft up 18 percent. That is even as sales of desktop computers decline.

GREENE: As NPR's Sonari Glinton reports, the future for both companies is on the small screen.

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Business
7:15 am
Fri April 19, 2013

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 12:32 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All right. Today's last word in business is be careful what you ask for.

The small Indian city of Motihari is not known for much.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

So when locals discovered a few years ago that the writer George Orwell was born there, they saw a tourism opportunity. Britain's Telegraph newspaper reports locals put up a sign outside the birthplace of the author of "1984," "Animal Farm" and other books, and they asked the state government to turn that modest home into a museum.

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