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6:03 am
Thu July 30, 2015

'Baby' Is A Pretty Feat Of Misdirection

Courtesy of MIRA Books

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:34 pm

A novelist friend once told me she loves the TV series American Crime because it focuses on "the other people affected, the ones you never hear about, when a crime happens." You might think creators of fiction, like my friend, would be the first to consider "the other people affected," but finding a suspense novel that upends both the linearity and the nature of what constitutes "crime" occurs less than I might like.

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Ask Me Another
11:24 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

The Tin Age Of Television

The 1980s gave us some TV gems, like Cheers, The Golden Girls, and Full House. But there were also some shows that, shall we say, didn't enjoy quite as much success. In this game, guess whether TV show descriptions are of actual short-lived '80s shows, or if we made them up.

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11:24 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Totally Rad Sayings

We're celebrating all things '80s in this show, and why not start with the decade's unmistakable slang? We'll thesaurus-ize some '80s phrases, and you have to give us the original saying. It's completely long, round, and hollow (totally tubular)!

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11:24 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

You're Eighty-Sixed!

Our host, the SummerStage Festival, was founded in 1986, so we decided to pay homage to that year — musically. Play along as house musician Jonathan Coulton sings the biggest hits of 1986, rewritten to be about the biggest celebrities born that year.

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11:24 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Why You Buggin'?

It's summertime, and you know what that means: lots of time outside, and lots of bug bites to go with it. Grab your DEET-free bug spray for this final round — every answer here is an insect, arthropod, or arachnid.

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11:24 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

First Day Of Camp

The cast of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp on the AMA stage in Central Park
Mike Katzif NPR

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11:24 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Candy Crush

Sweet, dude. Celebrities get the sugar rush-treatment in this mashup game that combines your favorite candies with well-known people. Which rap & rock star shouts "Bawitdaba!" as he battles the tart, acidic flavor of his favorite chewy candy?

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11:24 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Yo Yo Yo!

Put on your best New York accent and get ready to shout along with this game — all the answers begin with the letters Y-O. Because, you know, YOLO.

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Arts & Life
6:56 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

With 'Paper Towns,' Author John Green Reopens Search For Agloe, N.Y.

Booklist American Library Association

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 11:24 am

Agloe, N.Y., is a place suspended between fiction and reality.

The town started showing up on maps in the 1930s, but it's actually a "paper town," or a fake town created by cartographers to catch those who might copy their work. Mapmakers Otto G. Lindberg and Ernest Alpers came up with the name by rearranging their initials.

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Movie Interviews
4:34 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

At 79, Woody Allen Says There's Still Time To Do His Best Work

When asked about his major shortcomings, filmmaker Woody Allen says, "I'm lazy and an imperfectionist."
Thibault Camus AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 9:40 am

Woody Allen is a prolific filmmaker — he's been releasing films pretty much every year since the mid-1960s. (His latest, Irrational Man, is now in theaters.) But Allen isn't exactly prolific as an interview subject. When film critic Sam Fragoso sat down with Allen in Chicago, the filmmaker revealed his insecurities (well, not so much revealed as reiterated), and discussed why actors like to work with him and what he regrets.

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Code Switch
4:02 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

Johanna Fernández, co-curator of a new exhibition about the Young Lords, points to pages of the group's newspaper on display at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 6:56 pm

They were under watch by the FBI and the New York Police Department. And by the early 1970s, the Young Lords emerged as one of the country's most prominent radical groups led by Latino activists.

Inspired by the Black Panthers, a band of young Puerto Ricans wanted to form a Latino counterpart to the black nationalist group. In fact, one of the founding Young Lords in New York City almost started a group called the "Brown Tigers."

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Arts & Life
12:20 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

World Cafe Sense Of Place — Stockholm: ABBA The Museum

ABBA The Museum.
John Vettese/XPN

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 3:08 pm

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Arts & Life
12:20 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Unassuming Czech Pianist Ivan Moravec Dies At 84

Pianist Ivan Moravec was known for his lyrical playing and recordings of Chopin and Mozart.
Anost Nosek

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 1:05 pm

Ivan Moravec, a Czech pianist known for his lyrical and selfless approach to music, died Monday in a Prague hospital, according to a management representative, Linda Marder of CM Artists in New York. Moravec had been treated for pneumonia. He was 84.

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Arts & Life
12:19 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Remembering Vic Firth, An Orchestral — And Entrepreneurial — Legend

Circa 1974: a photo of Vic Firth, the former principal timpanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a leader among percussion equipment manufacturers.
Milton Feinberg Courtesy of the Boston Symphony

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 10:31 am

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Pop Culture
4:00 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Bill Cosby Removed From Documentary On Black Stuntmen

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 5:34 pm

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