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Instrument Man

Oct 9, 2014

Sing us a song you're the... Glockenspiel Man? House musician Jonathan Coulton sings Billy Joel's "Piano Man" with the lyrics rewritten to be about a musical dude jamming out on other instruments.

Heard in Episode 328: Pack Your Knives And Go Play Trivia

Retro Is The New Retro

Oct 9, 2014

Here's a linguistic oddity for you: Retronyms are names for things that have to be altered after newer versions appear. What retronym was needed after the electric guitar arrived? Acoustic guitar.

Heard in Episode 328: Pack Your Knives And Go Play Trivia

It's All Swedish To Me

Oct 9, 2014

In this game we honor the best cook in television history: The Swedish Chef from The Muppets. All the answers must be repeated three times in his signature accent and will rhyme with "bork-bork-bork!"

Heard in Episode 328: Pack Your Knives And Go Play Trivia

Battle of The Silver Screen Sexes

Oct 9, 2014

This final round game is all about movies with either "man" or "woman" in the title, like Rain Man and Scent of a Woman. Who will be the last man or woman standing?

Heard in Episode 328: Pack Your Knives And Go Play Trivia

Disconsolate Consonants

Oct 9, 2014

Why are these consonants so gloomy? Because they're all alone. Each answer is a word with just one consonant. For example, the letter D is surrounded by vowels in a French word meaning goodbye: adieu.

Heard in Episode 328: Pack Your Knives And Go Play Trivia

Shortly after the death of dancer, choreographer, actor, painter and director Geoffrey Holder, his son, Leo, composed and shared this letter about the end of his father's life.

This Is A True Story

Geoffrey Holder 1930-2014
October 5th

This year's Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to French author Patrick Modiano, the Swedish Academy announced this morning. Something of a surprise selection, Modiano is the second French writer in less than a decade to have won the award.

In a citation read by Permanent Secretary Peter Englund, the academy lauded Modiano "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation."

"A plague of tics": That's how writer David Sedaris described his experience of obsessive-compulsive disorder, but for others the enigmatic illness is more like a storm of thoughts. "Did I lock my [storage] locker?" broods John Porcellino in The Hospital Suite. "Did I turn the living room lights off? What if the force of removing my hand from the [refrigerator] door caused it to open a little?"

Berlin is an on-again, off-again capital with a darker history than most cities in Europe.

It served as the epicenter of Hitler's Third Reich and was nearly wiped off the map at the end of the last World War. Berlin was also the flashpoint of the Cold War between the United States and Russia. Their conflict split the city into two, leaving residents on either side cut off from each other in every way imaginable for a generation.

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Of course. It sounds so inevitable, you might assume it's existed since time immemorial: a museum to celebrate the food and drink of the American South, to enshrine barbecue and grits, showcase the heritage of Louisiana shrimpers and Kentucky bourbon.

But no.

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