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Ask Me Another
12:12 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Blinded Me With Science

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 9:42 am

Guest troubadours Paul & Storm have emerged from their lab to share their latest experiment. To pay tribute to Thomas Dolby's 1982 New Wave classic "She Blinded Me With Science," the duo has reworked the lyrics to describe different scientific principles and discoveries. So put on your safety goggles and play along!

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Ask Me Another
12:12 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Got Game

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 9:42 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's bring up our two brave contestants: Sid Solomon and Max Bernstein.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Welcome, Sid. Welcome, Max. So, Max, you are a PhD student in biology.

MAX BERNSTEIN: I am.

EISENBERG: I'm very impressed.

BERNSTEIN: Oh, thank you.

EISENBERG: What are you working on right now, may I ask? What's your project?

BERNSTEIN: I work on population genetics and evolution in microscopic worms.

EISENBERG: No idea what you're talking about, but that sounds crazy.

(LAUGHTER)

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Ask Me Another
12:12 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Small Screen Adaptations

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 9:42 am

TV shows are sometimes based on popular films, and while some are successful (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) others...not so much (Spaceballs: The Animated Series). Host Ophira Eisenberg has a few of her own ideas in this game, where players must "adapt" movie titles into shorter series versions by removing a letter to form a new, more succinct title.

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Ask Me Another
12:12 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Submit It In Reduplicate

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 9:42 am

Did you know Ke$ha's song "Tik Tok" demonstrates a linguistic oddity? And we're not talking about her spelling. "Reduplicated" words contain repeated syllables, but with different vowel sounds. Puzzle guru Art Chung leads contestants in a game full of reduplicated word pairs, so quit your "chit-chat" and listen in!

Plus, guest music duo Paul & Storm play an extra-special cover of "Splish-Splash."

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Movies
10:33 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Whatever Happened To The Real Gingers And Rosas?

The '60s London of the unhappy adolescent Ginger (Elle Fanning, with Annette Bening's mentoring May) was more complicated than students Ginger's age understand today. Film writer Ella Taylor, who lived through that decade, came late to an understanding of the toll it took on young women like Ginger.
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A few weeks ago, I asked a class of college undergraduates what the 1960s meant to them.

"That flower-power thing?" one young man volunteered brightly.

The further we get from that misunderstood decade, the more the many strands of its rebelliousness get reduced to a pop-culture T-shirt slogan, a cartoon strip starring tie-dyed youth with stoned eyes and floor-mop hair.

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Movie Reviews
9:38 am
Thu March 14, 2013

In 'Philip Roth: Unmasked,' An Unadorned Portrait Of An Aging Master

Novelist Phillip Roth steers clear of provocation in the PBS documentary Philip Roth: Unmasked; he comes across, rather, as sensible, sensitive, maybe a bit cranky but hardly outrageous at all. And his unmistakable voice will ring true, especially for fans.
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There's nothing particularly dynamic about Livia Manera and William Karel's documentary Philip Roth: Unmasked. For some 90 minutes, it's pretty much just one guy talking. But what a guy!

Roth is one of the greatest living novelists, possibly even the greatest. He can also be an inflammatory presence, eliciting outrage almost as much as admiration, particularly among women who see him as a misogynist.

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Alabama Film Office
6:23 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Films, TV Shows done in Alabama Increased in 2012

The movie "A Smile As Big As A Moon" filmed in Alabama in 2011. Productions in the state increased in 2012.
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TV, movie and video productions in Alabama increased in 2012.

The Alabama Film Office reports 31 projects were done in the state, and the production companies spent $33.5 million. That's up from $22 million in 2011. The secretary of the state Department of Commerce, Greg Canfield, said those productions provided more than 3,000 jobs.


Alabama offers rebates to production companies that choose the state, and those rebates totaled $9.5 million in 2012.

Book Reviews
6:03 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Tender Portraits Of Worn-Down Women In 'This Close'

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Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 1:43 pm

Jessica Francis Kane drew considerable attention for her artful historic novel, The Report, which explored the repercussions of a tragic incident in March 1943, when 173 people died while rushing into the Bethnal Green tube station for shelter during an air raid. Her portraits of wartime Londoners were psychologically acute and rich in evocative detail. She applies that same skill to her second collection, This Close, populated by 21st century Americans adrift in an increasingly complicated world.

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Oak Mountain State Park
5:56 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Large Burn Planned at Alabama's Biggest State Park

Lunker Lake at Oak Mountain State Park.
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There's going to be a big fire at Alabama's largest state park, but it's all part of a plan.


Officials say they will ignite at least 130 acres at Oak Mountain State Park south of Birmingham on Thursday. It's a controlled burn meant to help promote the growth of longleaf pine trees in two areas.


Park officials conduct such burns regularly to get rid of smaller plants that compete with the pines.


Workers will burn about 130 acres of land near the park's campground, and later another 170 acres near a fishing lake.

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Author Interviews
11:44 am
Wed March 13, 2013

A Young Man Gets 'Filthy Rich' Boiling, Bottling Tap Water

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Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 12:16 pm

In his new novel, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Mohsin Hamid's nameless protagonist is an ambitious young man who moves from the countryside to a megalopolis in search of his fortune. The city is modeled on Lahore, Pakistan, where Hamid was born and partly raised and where — after living in the United States and England — he has now settled with his family.

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Wisdom Watch
11:03 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Write A Little Everyday, You'll Have A Book

Samantha Loomis Paterson

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 10:51 am

Katherine Paterson is the beloved author of many young adult novels, including Jacob Have I Loved, The Great Gilly Hopkins and Bridge to Terabithia.

The American Library Association recently honored her with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her "substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children."

Paterson, who has been writing for a half-century, tells NPR's Michel Martin that despite all the awards she has received throughout the years, this one means a lot.

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Book Reviews
7:31 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Rewriting The Self In Gass' Dense, Difficult 'Middle C'

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William H. Gass is a glutton of language. Like a chef who can't cook without nibbling, he lards his own writing with similes and metaphors in the spirit of the books he loves, savoring them through imitation. In his essays on literature, this gusto is contagious. You want to taste his taste, to read what he has read. Gass' exuberant, bursting sentences convey the pleasure of reading and thinking better than just about any written since the New Critics took over criticism in the 1950s.

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Bo Bikes Bama
6:25 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Registration Open for 2nd 'Bo Bikes Bama' Ride

Heisman Trophy Winner Bo Jackson will hold a charity bicycle ride for survivors of the April 27, 2011 storms. He hopes to raise $1million.
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Athletic legend Bo Jackson is planning a second charity bicycle ride to benefit victims of the 2011 tornado outbreak in Alabama.

Registration is now open for "Bo Bikes Bama 2," which will be held April 27.


Last year's five-day ride crossed north Alabama. This year's ride will be one day, with 60-mile and 20-mile legs.


The ride will begin in the Walker County town of Cordova. Four people died there and residents are still trying to rebuild from a pair of twisters that hit the city.

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The Two-Way
6:17 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Book News: Michael Vick Cancels Book Tour Because Of Threats

Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles on the sidelines during a game against the Arizona Cardinals.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Kitchen Window
1:32 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Outside The Pizza Box: Chicago's New Pie Scene

Emily Hilliard for NPR

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 8:57 am

As we prepare to celebrate Pi(e) Day on Thursday (Congress established March 14 as a day to honor both the mathematical constant, 3.14, and our nation's favorite dessert), we find a burgeoning pie scene in Chicago. And it's not of the deep-dish variety.

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