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9:37 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Tituss Burgess: You're Rocking This Thing

"I auditioned for The Lion King 20 times in 15 years, until they finally told me, 'You are not passing as a straight giraffe.'" - Titus Andromedon, the character Tituss Burgess plays in the new show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Josh Rogosin NPR

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 10:06 am

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Ask Me Another
9:37 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Palindromes Semordnilap

A palindrome is a word or phrase that is the same forwards and backwards, but a semordnilap ("palindromes" backwards) is a word that becomes a different word when read backwards. Get it, smug gums?

Heard in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Ask Me Another
9:37 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Homecoming Game

In this final round, contestants school each other for the chance to be serenaded by VIP Tituss Burgess.

The chicken is headed for the endzone aaaand...it's good! Touchdown for Perdue! All the answers in this game contain the name of a major U.S. college or university.

Heard in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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9:37 am
Thu March 12, 2015

What Is Jeopardy?

Because you've been programmed to give answers in the form of a question, all the answers in this game are famous phrases that begin with the question "what is."

Heard in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Ask Me Another
9:37 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Stateside Attractions

Everybody knows how to identify state names from the first few letters, but the last ones? What state ends with a "s-i-n"? As added bonus trivia, we'll tell you a too-weird-to-be-true-but-guess-what-it's-real roadside attraction found in each state.

Heard in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Ask Me Another
9:37 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Award-Winning Tonys

Apparently, the key to success is being named Tony, because these various Tonys have all won awards. Try to guess which Tony won a Best Supporting Emmy on Veep.

Heard in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Book Reviews
9:03 am
Thu March 12, 2015

The Ecstatic, Erotic Joy Of Reading 'Girl In The Dark'

Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 4:45 pm

Anna Lyndsey lives in the dark. She was living a pleasantly ordinary life, working for the British government, when she began to feel a sensitivity to light: At first, computer screens seemed to burn her face, and then artificial lights, and then, finally, sunlight.

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Thu March 12, 2015

In Vargas Llosa's Latest, Dickens Meets Soap Opera

Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 11:27 am

The Discreet Hero is set in two Peruvian cities, the provincial desert town of Piura and the metropolis of Lima, and tells of two aging businessmen, each of whom we meet on the verge of life-changing situations.

A transportation company owner from Piura, Felicito Yanaque, has spent most of his adult years in a bloodless marriage. He has two sons, a young mistress, and has recently become the apparent target of an extortion threat against his transit enterprise, a threat that, he vows heroically, to fight against, with or without the help of the police.

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Monkey See
12:33 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

A Travel Show For Your Favorite Weird-Museum And Dance Enthusiast

Courtesy of Ovation

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 3:23 pm

When we get to talking about HBO and Sling, about cord-cutting and the future of television, we tend to focus on the advantages of being able to pick out only the core channels you watch most; the ones you know you love. Now and then, though, I'm glad for the vast array of channels that are trying different things with different people, serving audiences smaller than the ones for football and Cutthroat Kitchen.

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Author Interviews
12:27 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

A Writer Moves To 'Bettyville' To Care For His Elderly Mom

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The Salt
10:32 am
Wed March 11, 2015

From Ancient Sumeria To Chipotle Tacos, Cumin Has Spiced Up The World

The cuisines of the classical world made use of cumin both as a flavoring and a drug.
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Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 10:44 am

I first encountered cumin in suburban New Jersey around 1988. Indian food was just starting to penetrate the suburbs, and a trip to the new Indian restaurant in the next town had, literally, the whiff of adventure about it.

As I took in the many new tastes and aromas from curries and kormas, one stood out: what I deemed the "the sweaty shirt spice," or cumin.

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Book Reviews
9:33 am
Wed March 11, 2015

In 'Shadow,' Change And Growth As A Story Sheds Its Scales

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 3:10 pm

I came late to Seraphina, Rachel Hartman's first book — only discovering that gorgeous story in preparation for reviewing its sequel. I fell deeply in love with it and have been pressing it into people's hands and climbing rooftops to shout about it since: half-human, half-dragon Seraphina and her wonderful voice, by turns wry and vulnerable; the rich, musical world of her country Goredd and its surrounding nations; the brilliantly original dragons and the tensions in their own society and philosophies.

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Monkey See
8:54 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch Edition: 'King Of The Nerds'

Raychelle, Ben, Lily and Kaitlin are among the nerds in tight competition on TBS's King Of The Nerds.
Trae Patton TBS

In something of a companion piece to our earlier segment on nerd culture, Stephen and Glen sit down in this edition to chat about the social dynamics at work and at play on TBS's surprisingly charming competition show King Of The Nerds. Glen carefully distinguishes it from its predecessor Beauty And The Geek, then wonders whether when nerds act like reality show contestants, they're using the tactics of the enemy.

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Wed March 11, 2015

'B & Me' Is Intelligent, Immoderate, And A Bit Belabored

Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 4:18 pm

J.C. Hallman's audacious B & Me: A True Story of Literary Arousal, is a textbook example of "creative criticism" — a highly personal form of literary response that involves "writers depicting their minds, their consciousnesses, as they think about literature." Hallman, who has championed creative criticism in two anthologies, has written a wildly intelligent, deeply personal, immoderate — and somewhat belabored — exploration of Nicholson Baker's entire oeuvre, reading in general, and the state of modern literature.

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The Two-Way
6:33 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Got To Give $7.4 Million Up: Jury Finds Pharrell And Thicke Copied Marvin Gaye Song

A jury in Los Angeles decided Tuesday that Robin Thicke (left) and Pharrell Williams lifted parts of Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit "Got To Give It Up."
Jamie McCarthy Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 7:01 pm

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