Arts

11:17am

Tue December 17, 2013
Ask Me Another

Cinema Synonyms, Holiday Edition

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:20 am

Contestants await puzzle guru Art Chung's series of mind-bending, quick fire questions.
Lam Thuy Vo NPR

In this final round, puzzle guru Art Chung re-titles other holiday films with some less festive words. The titles have been rewritten as synonyms of the original titles. For example, The Section of a Contract About the Spanish Word for Saint is the rewritten title for The Santa Clause. (It should be noted that we are using "synonym" quite loosely.)

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11:17am

Tue December 17, 2013
Ask Me Another

A.J. Jacobs: Traditional Holiday Traditions

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:20 am

A.J. Jacobs reads a list of ... something, but we don't want to spoil the surprise.
Lam Thuy Vo NPR

Did you know that every Dec. 7, Guatemalans gather trash from their homes into a giant pile, throw an effigy of the devil on top and then light it on fire? This practice, known as "the burning of the devil," may sound a bit far-fetched, but it's actually true.

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11:17am

Tue December 17, 2013
Ask Me Another

A Holiday Story From Ophira Eisenberg

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:20 am

"Red alert! Jew in the lap! Red alert! Jew in the lap!"
Lam Thuy Vo NPR

Ophira Eisenberg, host of Ask Me Another, grew up Jewish, but maintained an obsession with Santa Claus. Hear Eisenberg share a story about her first childhood encounter with Father Christmas, at a shopping mall in Canada.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

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11:17am

Tue December 17, 2013
Ask Me Another

Are We There Yet?

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:20 am

Prepare to answer a child's age-old question during road trips. Given a starting point and a list of three destination cities by host Ophira Eisenberg, a phone contestant must put the cities in order of driving distance from the starting point, from shortest to longest. If you left New York after a visit to the Empire State Building and drove west, which city would be the closest: Cleveland, Chicago, or Seattle?

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11:17am

Tue December 17, 2013
Ask Me Another

The Chris In Christmas

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:20 am

At Ask Me Another, we're no strangers to messing with tradition, especially in the form of song. Instead of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," how about "Rockin' Around the Big Blue Sea"? House musician Jonathan Coulton performs some classic holiday tunes with the lyrics rewritten to be about famous people or fictional characters named Chris, like Christopher Columbus or Christina Aguilera. For what it's worth, we're also including names that can be shortened to Chris.

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11:17am

Tue December 17, 2013
Ask Me Another

Lizz Winstead: What's That Sound?

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:20 am

If you'd just delivered a no-holds-barred Tarzan yell, you'd be celebrating, too. Comedian Lizz Winstead (right) and Julia Lunetta are not shy.
Lam Thuy Vo NPR

Ah, the sounds of the holidays: Jingle bells. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. The sound of reindeer landing on the roof. Or are those zombies with chains about to attack? Hopefully you have a keen ear for this game. Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg welcomed back Lizz Winstead, comedian and co-creator of The Daily Show, as a Very Important Puzzler. We pitted her against a contestant in a game in which they had to reproduce sound effects and music.

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11:17am

Tue December 17, 2013
Ask Me Another

Don't Forget The Lah-Rics

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:20 am

Contestants Karen Sloan (right) and Rob Gilleece.
Lam Thuy Vo NPR

If singing holiday songs isn't your thing, would a carol about Las Vegas or La Toya Jackson change your mind? House musician Jonathan Coulton spices up the Christmas carol "Deck the Halls" with the lyrics rewritten to describe words or names that begin with a "la" sound. What do you call smoked salmon on a bagel? Fa-la-la-la-la la-la-la-lox!

After the game, Coulton used his clues and the contestants' answers to produce a gloriously weird recording of "Deck The Halls." Hear it in the web extra on this page.

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3:15am

Tue December 17, 2013
The Salt

Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 10:00 am

The Bucking Horse subdivision in Fort Collins, Colo., will include a working CSA farm, complete with historic barn, farm house and chicken coop.
Luke Runyon Harvest Public Media

When you picture a housing development in the suburbs, you might imagine golf courses, swimming pools, rows of identical houses.

But now, there's a new model springing up across the country that taps into the local food movement: Farms — complete with livestock, vegetables and fruit trees — are serving as the latest suburban amenity.

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5:17pm

Mon December 16, 2013
Movie Interviews

Spike Jonze Opens His Heart For 'Her'

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 8:49 pm

Joaquin Phoenix plays a man in love with an operating system in director Spike Jonze's latest film, Her.
Warner Bros.

Writer-director Spike Jonze's latest movie, called simply Her, is about a lonely man who falls in love ... with his operating system. The two lovers — Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) and Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) — never meet face to face. In fact Samantha has no face, not even an avatar.

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3:02pm

Mon December 16, 2013
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: The Grinch Sandwich

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 3:54 pm

The Grinch sandwich: It has the power to ruin Christmas.
CBS/Photofest

Right there at the end of "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch," the narrator sings, "you're a three-decker toadstool and sauerkraut sandwich ... with arsenic sauce." So we made one, to celebrate/ruin the holidays.

Our local Whole Foods was fresh out of arsenic sauce, so we went with the next best thing, Sriracha.

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