Arts

12:50pm

Thu February 27, 2014
Movies

'12 Years A Slave' Screenwriter Talks Grit, Grace And Survival

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 4:53 pm

12 Years A Slave writer and producer John Ridley joined Michele Norris in NPR's Studio 1 for a wide-ranging conversation.
Amy Ta NPR

Was screenwriter John Ridley a bit nervous the night before this year's Academy Award nominations were announced? Absolutely.

How could he not be, when everywhere he went people approached him to say that he deserved an Oscar nod for his work on the film 12 Years a Slave. But those nerves were not evident when he sat down before a live audience at NPR Headquarters just hours before he did indeed get that Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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10:54am

Thu February 27, 2014
The Two-Way

'Calvin & Hobbes' Creator Pens His First Public Comic In 18 Years

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 12:10 pm

Stripped Film

Almost two decades after publishing his last Calvin & Hobbes comic strip, elusive cartoonist Bill Watterson is back — with a film poster. The documentary, Stripped, is a self-described "love letter to comic strips" that includes interviews with, among others, Jeff Keane of Family Circus, Richard Thompson of Cul de Sac and Watterson himself.

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10:37am

Thu February 27, 2014
Ask Me Another

Sarah Janssen: It's In The Book

Sarah Janssen.
Stephen Lovekin/ Mark Von Holden

If you're in need of a one-stop shop for facts, like the world's fastest roller coaster (Formula Rossa in Abu Dhabi) or the winning word at the 1984 Scripps National Spelling Bee (luge), Sarah Janssen would recommend consulting The 2014 World Almanac and Book of Facts (which spent 8 weeks on the NPR Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller List).

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10:37am

Thu February 27, 2014
Ask Me Another

Oscar Winners

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 12:03 pm

No cutoff music here: take your time while you identify fictional and factual "Oscars" based on the speeches they might give if they won Academy Awards.

Heard in Episode 310: Fact Check Me Another

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10:37am

Thu February 27, 2014
Ask Me Another

All Answers Are Alliterative

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 12:03 pm

Fee, fi, fo, fum! We smell a word game... in this one, you'd better bend your brain to come up with answers that are all three- or four-word alliterative phrases.

Heard in Episode 310: Fact Check Me Another

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10:37am

Thu February 27, 2014
Ask Me Another

Product Placement IV

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 12:03 pm

What if companies put their products in the titles of films? In this game, combine the names of famous brands and movies to imagine the resulting product placement, like "Some Like It Hot Pockets."

Heard in Episode 310: Fact Check Me Another

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10:37am

Thu February 27, 2014
Ask Me Another

A Family Affair

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 12:03 pm

Snap your fingers as Jonathan Coulton performs the The Addams Family theme with the lyrics rewritten to be about other families, both real and fictional. Your job? Tell us what clan we're describing.

Heard in Episode 310: Fact Check Me Another

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10:37am

Thu February 27, 2014
Ask Me Another

Weird Almanac Facts

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 4:03 pm

Did you know that the average American ate 11 times as many avocados in 2011 than in 1970? V.I.P. Sarah Janssen, editor of The 2014 World Almanac, helps lead this game about strange-but-true facts.

Plus, catch Jonathan Coulton's rendition of Tom Lehrer's classic, tongue-twisting tour of the Periodic Table in "The Elements Song."

Heard in Episode 310: Fact Check Me Another

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10:37am

Thu February 27, 2014
Ask Me Another

Keep It Country

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 12:03 pm

We're going around the world for this game, in which every answer contains the name of a country. Puzzle guru John Chaneski stumps our contestants in the shortest Ask Me Another final round ever.

Heard in Episode 310: Fact Check Me Another

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8:50am

Thu February 27, 2014
Monkey See

Bob And Linda Read Internet Movie Reviews, Part Eight: Captain Phillips

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 4:17 pm

Bob And Linda Review Internet Movie Reviews Part 8
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