Arts

10:02am

Thu March 20, 2014
Ask Me Another

Fonzie Scheme

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 11:25 am

Contestant Tim Lynch demonstrates proper Fonzie answering etiquette: with thumbs out, say "ayyy."
AJ Wilhelm

Put on your leather jacket and get ready to playyy along as house musician Jonathan Coulton asks contestants to put a Fonzie (that's Arthur Fonzarelli of TV'sHappy Days) spin on some other words that end in the sound "ayyy," much like The Fonz's famous catchphrase.

Heard in Episode 312: Leggo My Lego

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10:02am

Thu March 20, 2014
Ask Me Another

Winter Weather

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 11:39 am

Puzzle guru Art Chung helps our contestants cool off in this Ask Me Another final round, in which all the answers contain the word "frost," "ice," or "snow." Bundle up, it's getting chilly in here!

Heard in Episode 312: Leggo My Lego

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8:15am

Thu March 20, 2014
Monkey See

'Mad Men' Reveals: In The New Season, People Will Wear Things

Jon Hamm as Don Draper in a publicity photo for the upcoming seventh season of Mad Men. This is pretty much all we know. If we told you more, we'd have to ... well, you know.
Frank Ockenfels AMC

Many of the more interesting shows on television have their little peculiarities: Community has Dan Harmon going on for thousands of words at a time about his feelings, Game of Thrones has fretting over the pace of the show versus the books, and Mad Men has creator Matthew Weiner coming out ahead of every season and giving a bunch of interviews to promote it in which he doesn't say anything about it.

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7:27am

Thu March 20, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Meg Wolitzer To Publish A YA Novel Inspired By Sylvia Plath

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 10:43 am

Meg Wolitzer's novel Belzhar is scheduled for release on Sept. 30.
Courtesy of Dutton Children's Books

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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11:06am

Wed March 19, 2014
Television

When Your Best Friend Is A Star — And You're Her Minion

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 3:29 pm

Dolly Wells (left) and Emily Mortimer have been real-life friends since childhood. Now they're co-starring in an inside-showbiz comedy airing on HBO.
HBO

HBO has done very well in the past with comedy series that explore and expose the inner workings of show business, from Garry Shandling in The Larry Sanders Show to Ricky Gervais in Extras. Wednesday night, the network presents its newest entry in that self-obsessed Hollywood genre: Doll & Em, a British comedy series that's a vanity production in the most literal sense of the word.

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7:14am

Wed March 19, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Notorious TV Pitchman Kevin Trudeau Gets 10 Years In Prison

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 10:36 am

Author and infomercial pitchman Kevin Trudeau.
AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:03am

Wed March 19, 2014
Book Reviews

The World's Smallest Time Machine Is Still Pretty Big

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 10:50 am

When it comes to anthologies, there are two kinds of readers: On the one hand, there are folks who hate them simply because they're not novels — because it's like having an entire table full of appetizers but never getting to the main course. On the other, wiser (and, no doubt, better looking) hand, there are those who say, "Sweet! A whole dinner of appetizers!" and then commence chewing their way gleefully through every word.

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5:08am

Wed March 19, 2014
Books

Common Core Creates Opportunities For Publishers

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 10:28 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne with an opportunity for publishers. Some 45 states and the District of Columbia have now signed onto the new Common Core education standards. And that will draw in not just companies that make textbooks and teaching materials, but also publishers of children's books - novels, nonfiction, the kind of books people read for pleasure.

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12:13am

Wed March 19, 2014
Kitchen Window

Oranges: Secret Agents Of The Food World

T. Susan Chang for NPR

For me, the citrus fruits of winter have been bright spots in a long, frost-bound season. The lemons, the oranges, the sweet little clementines, the tart, brawny grapefruits — they glow like miniature suns on the grayest afternoons. As we — finally — turn the long, slow corner in the spring, I love them all the more for knowing they will soon be gone.

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7:03pm

Tue March 18, 2014
Book Reviews

'Story Of The Jews' Illuminates Centuries Of Suffering

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In the early 1930s, an ominous, yet very familiar shadow recast itself across the continent of Europe: extreme hatred of the Jew.

This fierce loathing reached its apogee when Hitler came to power in 1933 — but just a decade earlier, Jews were considered the backbone of European culture, flourishing in the arts, science, literature, and journalism.

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