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Ask Me Another
5:58 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Foodie Can't Fail

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 9:53 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

On stage right now we have Joelyn Wilkosz and Emma Schwartz.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Hello, ladies.

EMMA SCHWARTZ: Hello.

JOELYN WILKOSZ: Hi.

EISENBERG: I'm going to let you in on a secret. We put both of you in this particular game because you're both big cooks. You guys are into food. But do you consider yourself foodies? Emma?

SCHWARTZ: Embarrassingly, yes. That term is just - it's a little played out.

EISENBERG: It's a little played out?

(LAUGHTER)

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Ask Me Another
5:58 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Do You Believe In Something?

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 9:53 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

So let's welcome our next two contestants: Tracey Rhys and Stewart Shutler.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Wonderful to have you here. Stewart, you are from Canada?

STEWART SHUTLER: Yes.

EISENBERG: Making us basically from the same family.

SHUTLER: Pretty much. Sure.

EISENBERG: You're in Hamilton; is that correct?

SHUTLER: Yes. That's right. Close to Toronto.1

EISENBERG: OK. Let me ask you this. What's the difference between a Trekker and a Trekkie?

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Ask Me Another
5:58 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Ted Talks

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 9:53 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

As your next two contestants, Eric Cohen and Lily Rothman have arrived at their puzzle podiums.

ERIC D. COHEN: Nice to be here.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Happy to have you. Eric, you're a psychiatrist?

COHEN: I am indeed.

EISENBERG: Father?

COHEN: I am.

EISENBERG: Pop culture lover?

COHEN: That's what I'm told and that's what I gather. Yeah.

EISENBERG: You gather.

COHEN: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Lily, you are a reporter that covers entertainment and pop culture.

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Ask Me Another
5:58 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Flip It And Reverse It

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 9:53 am

The Missy Elliott song "Work it" is actually about word games. Hear us out: Her lyrics, which command us to "flip it and reverse it," could also be applied to movie, book and TV show titles. In this game, host Ophira Eisenberg describes a re-imagined pop culture premise, and you must flip and reverse the order of the words in its title.

After the game, house musician Jonathan Coulton covers the Elvis Costello tune, "Deep Dark Truthful Mirror."

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The Two-Way
5:30 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

NYC Lawmakers Override Bloomberg On Police Oversight

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a news conference with New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly last week.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 5:26 pm

New York's City Council has approved a new layer of oversight for the nation's largest police force, overriding Mayor Michael Bloomberg a week after the NYPD's stop-and-frisk tactics were deemed "indirect racial profiling" of blacks and Latinos.

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NPR Story
5:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Ichiro Suzuki Joins Two Other Baseball Greats With 4,000th Hit

Ichiro Suzuki got his 4000th hit on Wednesday, joining Ty Cobb and Pete Rose as the only baseball players to reach that milestone.

NPR Story
5:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Former Chinese Politician Has Spirited Defense At Trial

The former politician Bo Xilai offered a spirited defense in court in China on Thursday, surprising observers who had expected a quick show trial to end the country's biggest political scandal in decades. However Bo was allowed to cross-examine witnesses and tell judges he had been framed in the bribery charges against him. He said he had confessed to the charges under psychological pressure during interrogation.

Middle East
5:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Syrian Doctor Describes Treating Chemical Weapons Victims

Hundreds of people are believed to have perished in an alleged government-launched chemical weapon attack earlier this week on the rebel stronghold of Ghouta, outside of Damascus. Melissa Blocks speaks with Abo Abdulrahman, a doctor from a field hospital there, who reports an enormous influx of patients coming into his clinic.

Africa
5:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Latest Clashes In Egypt Bloodier Than 2011 Revolution

Melissa Block talks to Heba Morayef, Director of Human Rights Watch's Egypt office, about their latest report on human rights violations.

Africa
5:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Mubarak's Release Sparks New Debate Over Egypt's Future

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was released from prison on Thursday and immediately flown to a military hospital in Cairo. The court-ordered release does not mean the end of his problems. The 85-year-old Mubarak is still facing charges of conspiracy and murder in a re-trial that could begin as early as this weekend. A small group of Mubarak supporters gathered outside the prison for his release, but overall the decision to transfer him to the hospital has not ignited any street protests.

Afghanistan
5:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Some Afghans Already Cynical About Next Year's Election

April 5, 2014 — that's the day Afghans are scheduled to head to the polls to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai. He's constitutionally banned from running for a third term. But, in a country that loves a good conspiracy theory, many think that Karzai will find some way to stay in power. Even if he doesn't, there are still many questions about how free and fair next year's vote will be.

Parallels
5:04 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Syrian Doctors: Desperate Patients Flooded In At 3 A.M.

A young man is treated at a hospital Wednesday in the Duma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria. According to activists, he was one of many casualties in what they say was a chemical weapons attack by government forces. The Syrian government has denied using such weapons.
Bassam Khabieh Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 7:37 pm

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Syrian civilians suffering from convulsions, nausea, vomiting and shortness of breath began streaming into hospitals in the Eastern Ghouta area just outside Damascas. Two doctors who were on duty at two different hospitals described what they saw to NPR's Rima Marrouch, who reached them from Beirut.

Dr. Abu Yazan was working an overnight shift in a field hospital in Eastern Ghouta, outside the capital, Damascus, on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.

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Movie Reviews
5:03 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Teenage Graceland: A Temporary Home For Troubled Kids

In Short Term 12, Grace (Brie Larson) counsels Marcus (Keith Stanfield), an angry young man about to age out of the foster care system.
Cinedigm

Originally published on Sun August 25, 2013 11:22 am

A group foster home + abused and at-risk kids + tough love + junior staff nearly as troubled as their charges: The potential for cliche is everywhere in Destin Cretton's enormously engaging Short Term 12, and — happily — is everywhere avoided. What might seem on paper a cloyingly sentimental heartwarmer becomes, in Cretton's hands, a briskly believable, often funny, always invigorating and ultimately wrenching story of emotional fortitude.

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Movie Reviews
5:03 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

In Bleak 'Paradise: Faith,' Both Can Seem Distant

Nabil Saleh
Strand Releasing

The difference between a provocative film and a challenging one can be difficult to parse. Yet it's essential to understanding the success and occasional missteps of Ulrich Seidl's Paradise: Faith, the second part in a trilogy that, so far, has excelled at exploring the depths of human misery.

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Movie Reviews
5:03 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

In 'Drinking Buddies,' Drifting Through The Suds

Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) work together at a Chicago brewery — and teeter on the brink of a relationship. But in this film, the work is more compelling than the play.
Magnolia Pictures

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 3:07 pm

"She's so pretty, she could be in any movie," a fan gushed after a screening of Joe Swanberg's Drinking Buddies. There's a lot more to Olivia Wilde than her feline loveliness, which, combined with a challenging stare that dares you to dismiss her as fluff, reminds me of a young Michelle Pfeiffer. But not much of that is allowed out to play in this strained comic drama about two young couples struggling to answer universal questions in particular ways.

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The Two-Way
4:55 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Detroit's Packard Complex Could Sell Below $100,000 If Deal Fails

Detroit's abandoned Packard car plant, seen here in a 2010 photo, could eventually sell for $21,000 if a development deal falls through, a Wayne County official says.
Carlos Osorio AP

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 6:10 pm

The Packard plant, which once symbolized the might of America's auto industry, is at risk of heading to auction if a pending development deal fails. If that happens, The Detroit Free Press reports, the 35-acre site eventually could be sold "for as little as $21,000," a figure that comes from Wayne County Deputy Treasurer David Szymanski.

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This Is NPR
4:43 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

2014 Wall Calendar: May

Jillian Nickell designed this artwork for the 2014 NPR Wall Calendar.
Jillian Nickell NPR

Illinois-based artist Jillian Nickell took NPR's wide-ranging coverage of topics from the crisis in Egypt to the world of classical music, and channeled them in one lovely design for the new NPR Wall Calendar.

"I wanted to bring them to life, as well as show them as being interconnected through the radio," she said.

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The Picture Show
3:56 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

What Does Your 'Selfie' Style Say About You?

I exist but please don't look at me too much.
@beckyberger Instagram

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 5:38 pm

Last week The Getty Museum in Los Angeles announced a pretty cool thing. Its new Open Content Program makes available hundreds of thousands of digital images for free download and use. There's a lot to sift through, and the possibilities are endless. But it doesn't take long before interesting images jump out.

Like, while browsing the photo collection I found myself face to face with 19th century photographer Gaspard Felix Tournachon (known as "Nadar") and thought: "Wait, is this a ... selfie!?"

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
3:40 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Branford Marsalis Quartet On JazzSet

The Branford Marsalis Quartet.
Eric Ryan Anderson

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:36 am

From January 1992 to September 2001, Branford Marsalis set the JazzSet pace, hosting 39 new shows a year (now we do 26) from the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band; festivals in Iowa City, Telluride, Pasadena, Mount Hood, Montreal and Brevard, N.C.; the new music festival in Groningen, the Netherlands, and the Havana Jazz Festival in Cuba; clubs from Yoshi's in California to Sculler's and the Regattabar in Boston. WGBH producer Steve Schwartz sent us lots of Boston sets during that first decade, all of them much appreciated.

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Parallels
2:58 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

In Familiar Refrain, Syria Faces Criticism, Not Intervention

A Syrian man protesting an alleged chemical weapons attack in his homeland holds up a placard Wednesday in front of the United Nations offices in Beirut.
Hussein Malla AP

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 5:43 pm

The international community once again rose in near unanimity to condemn a mass killing of civilians in Syria. But, as with so many previous episodes, no one proposed concrete action intended to prevent such bloodshed in the future.

The White House on Thursday expressed "deep concern" and urged a U.N. investigation into what the Syrian opposition says was a chemical weapons attack near Damascus on Wednesday that left hundreds dead.

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