Arts

2:21pm

Fri April 3, 2015
Author Interviews

Questions For David Levithan, Author Of 'Hold Me Closer'

Emily Jan NPR

Tiny Cooper is your new boyfriend (well, not mine, he doesn't swing that way). Readers met the flamboyant high school football player and would-be musical impresario as a side character in the 2010 novel Will Grayson, Will Grayson and fell in love — about as quickly as Tiny did with each of his 18 exes.

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5:07am

Fri April 3, 2015
Television

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same As 'Mad Men' Winds Down

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 3:21 pm

The times, they may be changing — but the cast of AMC's Mad Men find it difficult to change with them.
Frank Ockenfels AMC

(Be warned: Some spoilers about Sunday's episode follow.)

If Mad Men has a mission statement, it's probably this: The times may change tremendously, but people rarely do.

Even when they really want to.

Consider the show's lead character, hotshot ad man Don Draper, a cool, in-control success to those who know him the least. As Sunday's episode begins, he is single again, a second marriage left in tatters due to his wandering eye.

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6:32pm

Thu April 2, 2015
The Salt

How The Matzo Crumbles: Iconic Streit's Factory To Leave Manhattan

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 12:42 pm

A rabbi (center) supervises the production of Passover matzos at the Streit's factory on New York's Lower East Side, circa 1960s. This Passover will be Streit's last one at the landmark location.
AP

This Passover holiday marks the end of an era for an iconic matzo factory in New York City.

Streit's has been baking matzo — the unleavened bread that Jews eat during the eight days of Passover — in the same factory on the Lower East Side for 90 years. But the company announced it will move production to a new, modern factory after the holiday.

That's a blow to Streit's loyal customers, who insist it tastes better than other brands.

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2:35pm

Thu April 2, 2015
Author Interviews

'New Yorker' Cartoonist And TV Producer Writes 'Honest Portrait' Of His Parents

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1:11pm

Thu April 2, 2015
Monkey See

Jokes, Fights And Controversy In A Frictionless Void

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 7:58 pm

Fer Gregory iStockphoto

There's a saying about lawyers in court, which is that you never ask a question you don't know the answer to. I'm going to warn you now that this is not court, and that at the heart of this piece are a bunch of questions I don't know the answers to.

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11:10am

Thu April 2, 2015
Ask Me Another

Born To Run And Fail

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 12:15 pm

A rewritten Bruce Springsteen classic--growled to perfection by They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh--recounts candidates who ran for President, and lost. "Champs like us, Joey we were born to run!"

Heard in Smooth Criminal

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11:10am

Thu April 2, 2015
Ask Me Another

Measure For Measure

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 12:15 pm

Go the distance for this final round, where all the answers contain some form of measurement. For example, the nickname for London's Metropolitan Police Service is "Scotland Yard."

Heard in Smooth Criminal

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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11:10am

Thu April 2, 2015
Ask Me Another

Pair It Down

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 12:15 pm

Why are Doc Holliday and Dr. Martens a paradox? Because they're a "pair of 'Docs.'" Every answer is a word that begins with the letters p-a-r-a, followed by the word that two clues have in common.

Heard in Smooth Criminal

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11:10am

Thu April 2, 2015
Ask Me Another

Get Them To The E.R.

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 12:15 pm

All the answers are celebrity names that end in the letters "e-r." What Community star would throw down the gauntlet in a rap battle against his alter ego Childish Gambino? Hint: Not Danny Glover.

Heard in Smooth Criminal

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11:10am

Thu April 2, 2015
Ask Me Another

The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi On Representation, Identity And The King Of Pop

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 5:18 pm

"You may realize that television is mostly full of white people, with a few brown people peppered in. Really, it's all white people and Aziz Ansari," says The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images for Comedy Central

Although he's best known as the "Senior Muslim Correspondent" on The Daily Show, Aasif Mandvi self-describes as an "Indo-Muslim-British-American actor who has spent more time in bars than mosques over the last few decades." Confounding cultural stereotypes has been part of his identity since he came to the United States as a teenager.

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