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Monkey See
2:01 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Murder, Lego, And (Of Course) Zombies: Notes From The E3 Expo

In this shot from the game Saints Row IV, it sure looks like somebody is warding off an attack with a guitar.
Deep Silver

Of the over 15 I've slogged through, this year's E3 Expo was, hands down, the best video game conference I've attended. The new consoles will give us hyper-realistic games. For drama, Sony at their press event outright insulted Microsoft. Most importantly, there were plenty of new games, and they looked better than the many banal franchise games on the show floor. To call these the most promising games of E3 isn't to say they're the best games of E3. To be the best, the games will have to be played and finished and considered.

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Movie Reviews
2:01 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Two Master Moviemakers, Two Singularly Fine Films

Saoirse Ronan plays Eleanor, an ancient (and uncharacteristically ethical) vampire in Neil Jordan's Byzantium.
IFC Films

The decade of the 1980s — when major corporations made their presence more felt in Hollywood — was for all kinds of reasons a low point in American moviegoing. But two beacons abroad, Pedro Almodovar and Neil Jordan, reminded us with movies like Law of Desire, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Mona Lisa how films could be personal and still reach a large (or large-ish) audience.

Thirty years later, we have Almodovar's I'm So Excited and Jordan's Byzantium — and these directors are still shining a light.

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All Tech Considered
2:01 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

What You Suggested For Our Tech Blog Reboot

An old innovation: the printing press.
Flickr: Mattack

In case you missed it Monday, we're rebooting our technology blog to focus on the intersection of innovation and culture. The updated approach both widens our view of technology — for example, two-ply toilet paper was innovative at one point — and sharpens our gaze. You won't find general tech business news in this space anymore.

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The Two-Way
1:57 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

NFL's Aaron Hernandez Loses Appeal For Bail In Murder Case

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will be held without bail on murder charges, a judge has confirmed. Here, Hernandez, left, stands with one his defense attorneys, Michael Fee, during his arraignment in Attleboro District Court Wednesday.
Mike George AP

NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was charged with first-degree murder and weapons crimes Wednesday, will not be released on bail, the Fall River Superior Court has ruled. Hernandez, 23, was released by the New England Patriots within hours of his arrest yesterday.

While Hernandez's defense attorney, Jamie Sultan, said that releasing a murder suspect on bail was a possibility, the judge in the bail hearing replied that it was "very rare."

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The Two-Way
1:49 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

U.S. Businessman Trapped By Chinese Workers Is Freed

American Chip Starnes, co-owner of Specialty Medical Supplies, spoke to the media Tuesday from a window at a factory on the outskirts of Beijing.
Andy Wong AP

American businessman Chip Starnes finally left his factory in China on Thursday after he and a union negotiator worked out severance payments for Chinese employees.

Starnes had been stuck inside his medical supply parts factory since last Friday. That's when workers, fearing they were all going to be laid off and that the company wasn't going to compensate them fairly, blocked all of the exits out of the plant. Starnes couldn't get out.

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Arts & Life
1:33 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

So Hard To Say Goodbye: Advice For Farewell Notes

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 3:37 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

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Ask Me Another
1:16 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

State Of Mind

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 9:17 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now, we're going to crown this week's grand champion. Let's bring back, from Oh, Oxymoron, Amy Patrick.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: From Celebrity AA Meeting: Joslyn Hansen. From Imperial Pets: Denise Grab. From Not Like the Others: Michael Crommett. And from Consonant Weight Loss Plan: Thomas Taylor.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I'm gong to ask our puzzle guru John Chaneski to crown our winner.

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Ask Me Another
1:16 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Consonant Weight Loss Plan

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 9:02 am

Like people, words are sometimes a bit thick around the middle. So we've opened a special clinic in which we remove the interior consonants from words, and they emerge slimmer and more confident. For example. if you have the word "story" and remove its interior consonants, you get "soy." This game is a workout for your brain.

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Ask Me Another
1:16 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Not Like The Others

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 9:17 am

Out of the four things on house musician Jonathan Coulton's list, try to figure out which one does not belong and why. His clues cover everything from nursery rhymes, to wonders of the world, to a certain song by Mr. Rick Astley.

And afterwards, Coulton covers a song about a person who is not like the others: Radiohead's "Creep."

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Ask Me Another
1:16 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Imperial Pets

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 9:17 am

When it comes to pets, it's hard not to treat them as little versions of yourself. Just ask Katy Perry, who fondly named her cat Kitty Purry. (True story.) In this game, we focus on people who are a little more highbrow, while simultaneously subjecting them the lowest form of humor. Host Ophira Eisenberg asks you to make animal puns out of the names of world leaders, like "Chairman Meow."

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Ask Me Another
1:16 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Celebrity AA Meeting

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 9:02 am

Ready for some juicy gossip about the latest celeb to fall off the wagon? You'll have to visit TMZ for that, because the only "AA meeting" happening in this game is between celebrities' first and last names. Host Ophira Eisenberg doles out clues to famous people whose first names end with, and whose last names begin with, the letter "A."

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Ask Me Another
1:16 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Oh, Oxymoron

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 9:17 am

An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines contradictory terms, such as "deafening silence" or "living dead." Speaking of contradictory, house musician Jonathan Coulton applies his mellow acoustic guitar to a song by the electric wizard, Jimi Hendrix, because all clues in this round are sung to the tune of "Foxy Lady."

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The Two-Way
1:11 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

WATCH: Rep. Tammy Duckworth Dresses Down IRS Contractor

Tammy Duckworth questions an IRS commissioner.
YouTube

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 5:19 am

It is one of those rare Congressional exchanges that's both dramatic and compelling: Yesterday during a House Oversight Committee hearing, Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), who lost her legs and use of her right arm when she served in Iraq, dressed down an IRS contractor who used his military disability status to receive government contracts reserved for disabled vets.

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The Two-Way
1:02 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Boston Bombing Suspect Indicted; Could Face Death Penalty

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Handout Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 2:19 pm

A federal grand jury handed down a 30-count indictment against the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing today. Dzohkhar Tsarnaev is scheduled to be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Boston on July 10.

The charges against Tsarnaev, 19, include killing four people and using weapons of mass destruction, the U.S. Attorney's office in Massachusetts announced on its Twitter feed. The attacks also injured more than 250 people.

Update at 3:10 p.m. ET.

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The Two-Way
12:25 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Joyous 'Bedlam' Expected When San Francisco Gay Marriages Resume

Bernice Frucht, 80, found what proved to be the ideal retirement job through a want ad. In 20 years, she's conducted something like 7,500 weddings.
Alan Greenblatt NPR

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 12:58 pm

Bernice Frucht performed San Francisco's last same-sex marriage in 2008. She finished just under the wire.

As she's done for the past 20 years, Bernice was conducting weddings at City Hall as a volunteer deputy marriage commissioner at the time. Officials there were awaiting instructions following passage of Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriage in California.

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