Arts

10:23am

Thu October 31, 2013
Ask Me Another

Such Characters

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:18 pm

Contestants gather for the final round.
Steve Petrucelli

In this final round, led by puzzle guru Art Chung, contestants are given the names of two actors who have played the same role in different movies, and they must name the character. For example, Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro both played Vito Corleone from The Godfather trilogy. Who was a more convincing mob boss? We'll let you figure that out on your own.

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10:23am

Thu October 31, 2013
Ask Me Another

Ian MacKaye: Un-Punk'd

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 4:08 pm

Ian MacKaye (left) and NPR's Stephen Thompson play an Ask Me Another Challenge in Washington, D.C.
Becky Harlan NPR

Throughout his career as a musician, Ian MacKaye has played, listened to and analyzed countless hours of music. But how will he fare in our version of "Name That Tune"? In this Ask Me Another Challenge, MacKaye teams up with Stephen Thompson, NPR Music Editor and co-host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour, to identify punk songs performed acoustically by house musician Jonathan Coulton.

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10:23am

Thu October 31, 2013
Ask Me Another

The Urge To Merge

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 4:08 pm

In this game led by host Ophira Eisenberg, you get to become a corporate executive. Trust us, it's way more fun than board meetings and conference calls. We merge two well-known businesses, and it's up to you to create the new company's name. For example, if the company that prepares one in every six U.S. tax returns merged with a struggling video rental company, they would form H&R Blockbuster, which is a combination of H&R Block and Blockbuster

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10:23am

Thu October 31, 2013
Ask Me Another

National Treasures

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:18 pm

Contestants Gautam Hans (left) and Sharyn Horowitz give their best Nicolas Cage impressions for "National Treasures."
Steve Petrucelli

We hope you've been practicing your Nicolas Cage impression, or have seen his 2004 action thriller National Treasure. In this game, you must name famous items found in the Smithsonian Museum's collection, as described by house musician Jonathan Coulton. We encourage you to answer in the style of Cage's immortal line, "I'm going to steal the Declaration of Independence."

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9:08am

Thu October 31, 2013
Monkey See

It Just Isn't Halloween Without A Little 'Hocus Pocus'

Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker star in Hocus Pocus as the Sanderson sisters, three 17th-century witches who are brought back to life in Salem, Mass., in 1993.
Walt Disney

I love me some fun-size Almond Joys, and pumpkin carving is a tragically under-sung creative outlet. But my favorite Halloween tradition comes in the form of a kid's movie starring Bette Midler in a set of fake buck teeth: Walt Disney's 1993 cult classic, Hocus Pocus.

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5:18am

Thu October 31, 2013
Art & Design

Art Or Act? New Yorkers Give Banksy Residency Mixed Reviews

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 12:26 pm

The Banality of the Banality of Evil by Banksy. Oil on canvas, 2013.
Housing Works

All through October, the secretive British street artist known as Banksy has been placing graffiti-inspired paintings and installations on the streets of New York City in an outdoor exhibition called "Better Out Than In." Now that the month is almost over, we asked fans and critics for their reviews of Banksy's New York residency.

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4:03am

Thu October 31, 2013
Author Interviews

Recurring Dream: Morpheus Returns In Gaiman's 'Sandman' Prequel

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 10:54 am

The Sandman: Overture explores the back story of the central character, Orpheus, to explain how he wound up in captivity at the start of The Sandman.
Courtesy of DC Entertainment

Neil Gaiman started writing the Sandman comic books 25 years ago. Since then, he's written acclaimed fantasy novels, children's books and screenplays — but the pale, star-eyed Lord of Dreams remains one of his most beloved characters. Over the course of 75 issues, the series captivated fans and critics alike.

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5:22pm

Wed October 30, 2013
Television

Medicinal Laughs: Could 'Daily Show' Sour Millennials On ACA?

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 6:00 pm

Jon Stewart, shown here interviewing President Obama on The Daily Show in October 2012, has been lampooning the problems with the Affordable Care Act website in recent episodes.
Brad Barket PictureGroup

Problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act have been all over the news — and the not-quite news. Comedy Central's The Daily Show With Jon Stewart has been one news-ish outlet that hasn't been too kind in its coverage.

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans spoke with All Things Considered host Audie Cornish about why negative coverage on The Daily Show might be worse for the Obama administration than negative coverage on the nightly news.

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3:52pm

Wed October 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Priceless Italian Treasure Is Shown Off In Rare Exhibition

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 5:07 pm

A necklace of Saint Januarius, in gold, silver and precious stones, is displayed in Rome. The riches are from a treasure trove in Naples that is said to be worth more than the British crown jewels.
Gabriel Buoys AFP/Getty Images

Dazzling with diamonds, emeralds and gold, 70 pieces of treasure — said to be some of the most valuable in the world — have been transported from a vault in a Naples cathedral to a museum in Rome. They'll stay there until February, marking the first time they've ever been displayed outside of Naples.

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2:48pm

Wed October 30, 2013
Author Interviews

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Brings Lessons From Space Down To Earth

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 2:30 pm

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has spent a total of six months in space. In his new book, he writes that getting to space took only "8 minutes and 42 seconds. Give or take a few thousand days of training."
NASA Courtesy of Little, Brown and Company

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