Sat December 21, 2013
Monkey See

Murderous Intent: Go Ahead, Kill That High-Profile TV Character

Originally published on Wed January 1, 2014 11:42 am

THEY KILLED BRIAN THE DOG! Oh, wait. Nevermind.


Sat December 21, 2013

Today, Magazine's Kid Bylines Read Like 'Pulitzer Prize Roll Call'

Originally published on Sat December 21, 2013 11:30 am

According to Paul Collins, St. Nicholas Magazine boasted a list of kid contributors that today "reads like a Pulitzer Prize roll call."
Courtesy of Paul Collins

It sounds practically made up — a children's monthly magazine that published works by William Faulkner, E.B. White and Eudora Welty when they were just kids. But it's true.

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Sat December 21, 2013

The Brighter Side Of Darkness: For Some, The Night Inspires

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 1:13 pm

Saturday is the winter solstice — the longest night of the year. For many, winter's darkness is depressing. But others seem to bloom, thrive, even come alive in the dead of night.

It's not just vampires who seek the dark: it's poets, painters, musicians and artists of all kinds.

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Sat December 21, 2013
Bonus Round: Ask Me Another

The Crossword Turns 100 (Across): Celebrate By Playing Our Puzzle

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 10:46 am

John Chaneski
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The first published crossword puzzle was printed on December 21, 1913, in the The New York World. It was written by Arthur Wynne, a British journalist who moved to the United States at age 19 and wound up in New York City. His puzzle, diamond-shaped and identified as a "Word-Cross," first appeared in the "Fun" section of the Sunday paper.

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Fri December 20, 2013
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

'Queen Of Memphis Soul' Carla Thomas Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 2:14 pm

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

We recorded our show in Memphis, Tenn., this week, where Carla Thomas is a soul legend. Born in Memphis, Thomas scored her first hit single for Stax Records at the age of 18, and had many more, including duets with Otis Redding and other stars.

We've invited her to play a game called "Thomas, meet Thomas." Three questions about other people who are also named Thomas.

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Fri December 20, 2013
Book Reviews

This British Spy Thriller Shows How Thrill-Less Spying Can Be

Originally published on Sat December 21, 2013 6:46 pm

Then-Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte walks the hallways of the Threat Operations Center inside the National Security Agency in 2006.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Thanks to the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, a panel appointed by President Obama, the practice of spying has been thrust back into headlines this week. The panel recommended that the NSA should stop collecting nearly all phone records, suggesting that a third party take responsibility instead for the database of records.

Tapping phones, searching records, international intrigue — these acts are not new events unfolding with the NSA. In fact, all this espionage has been a staple in novel and film for the better part of a century.

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Fri December 20, 2013
Movie Interviews

Ben Stiller, Spinning Daydreams In 'Walter Mitty'

Originally published on Sat December 21, 2013 6:46 pm

Ben Stiller stars as a man who escapes his humdrum life by daydreaming in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which he also directed.
Wilson Webb Twentieth Century Fox

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty — originally a two-page James Thurber story published in The New Yorker in 1939 — is about the reveries of a henpecked husband who became transformed, in his imagination, into an intrepid fighter pilot or a world-famous surgeon.

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Fri December 20, 2013


Fri December 20, 2013
Shots - Health News

Angelina Didn't Help Educate People About Breast Cancer Risk

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:47 pm

A celebrity's efforts to educate the public about health risk may have very limited effects.
Evan Agostini AP

Remember when Angelina Jolie decided to have a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer? The Hollywood star revealed her experience in The New York Times in May.

Her story got a lot of people talking about preventive mastectomies. But it didn't do much to increase people's understanding of breast cancer risk, a study found.

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Fri December 20, 2013
Movie Reviews

For An Actress In Eclipse, 'All The Light' She Can Grasp

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 2:24 pm

Jane Adams, who played a poet turned pimp on the HBO series Hung, takes on the part of a conflicted actor grappling with age in All the Light in the Sky.
Factory 25

"I wish I had this other layer all the time," says a woman offhandedly, zipping up a form-fitting protective wetsuit.

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