Arts

3:29am

Sun March 17, 2013
Sunday Puzzle

Take Your Pics

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 11:32 am

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On-air challenge: Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with the letters P-I and the second word starts with C. For example, given "One of 27 compositions by Mozart" you would say "(Pi)ano (C)oncerto."

Last week's challenge: Think of two familiar three-word sayings in which all three words are the same length. The middle word in both sayings is the same. In each saying, the first and last words rhyme with each other. What two sayings are these?

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5:03pm

Sat March 16, 2013
Author Interviews

Hatmaker Philip Treacy's Favorite Hat, And Many More

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 10:32 am

In the studio, Feb. 10, 1999
Kevin Davies Phaidon

In 2011, Irish milliner Philip Treacy made waves across the world when he designed 36 different hats for the royal wedding. Remember Princess Beatrice's unforgettable hat? Treacy made that.

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5:14am

Sat March 16, 2013
Author Interviews

Lack Of Conscience Gets A Comeuppance In 'The Accursed'

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 7:46 am

Courtesy Ecco

Something suspicious is going on in Princeton, N.J., in the otherwise sleepy year of 1905. Children turn into stone. Spouses disappear into horse-drawn carriages. Snakes squirm up and down walls. Is it some kind of curse? What could the good people of Princeton have possibly done to bring a curse on themselves?

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5:14am

Sat March 16, 2013
Author Interviews

A Little Blue Alien Helped Hemon Bear Witness To His 'Lives'

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 7:46 am

Since his 2000 literary debut, Aleksandar Hemon has been hailed as "a maestro, a conjurer, a channeler of universes." In books including The Question of Bruno and Love and Obstacles, he's written about archdukes and exiles; a Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina of memories; and a Chicago that's in your face.

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5:14am

Sat March 16, 2013
The Salt

Wine Revolution: As Drinkers And Growers, U.S. Declares Independence

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 12:46 pm

The vineyard at Round Pond Estate in Rutherford, Calif. Napa Valley is just one of wine-growing regions across the country.
Eric Risberg AP

A curious shift has happened in global wine-drinking trends: Americans have overtaken the French and Italians, Europe's traditional lovers of the fruits of the vine, as the world's top wine market.

And it's not just wine drinking that's taken off stateside: U.S. wine production is also on the rise.

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4:03am

Sat March 16, 2013
Movie Interviews

'Leviathan': The Fishing Life, From 360 Degrees

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 7:46 am

The noisy film is mostly wordless, with animals and nature filling in the blanks between its strangely stark images.
The Cinema Guild

Leviathan is a documentary — and yet not a documentary. It's a near-wordless, almost abstract depiction of an 80-foot groundfishing boat heading out of New Bedford, Mass. The film's unusual structure and point of view has gotten rave reviews at festivals and from many critics.

Sometimes you don't know quite what you're seeing and listening to in Leviathan. You hear metal groaning and rasping, see fish, gloves and tools tossed about on a boat that's pitching and rolling in a roaring wind.

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5:41pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Singer Huey Lewis Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 10:29 am

Courtesy Huey Lewis

In honor of their 30th anniversary, the 1980s band Huey Lewis and the News is re-releasing their iconic album, Sports.

We've invited Lewis to play a game called "You call yourself a newsman?" Three questions about interesting journalistic mistakes.

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10:26am

Fri March 15, 2013
Ask Me Another

Accidental Science

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 10:42 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now, let's welcome back to the ASK ME ANOTHER hot seat, our VIP Jad Abumrad.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Jad, were you sweating it out backstage?

JAD ABUMRAD: Some of this stuff is abusively hard.

EISENBERG: Abusively hard. I don't think it's not...

ABUMRAD: No, no, it's fine. It's all good quizzical fun.

EISENBERG: Good quizzical fun.

ABUMRAD: Yes.

EISENBERG: You're ready.

ABUMRAD: I'm ready.

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10:25am

Fri March 15, 2013
NPR Story

He Blinded Me With Science

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 10:12 am

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"I feel sort of like a vampire would feel. I want to suck the blood of science and dispose of the corpse." - Jad Abumrad, this week's V.I.P. (that's Very Important Puzzler) and host of the public radio show Radiolab.
Josh Rogosin NPR

Science takes center stage this week as we play games about scientific discoveries both intentional and accidental. We'll get brainy with our Very Important Puzzler, Jad Abumrad, host of WNYC's Radiolab, as he talks about his quest to become a science vampire. Plus, we roll the dice on clues about our favorite board games and find out the premises of fake TV show adaptations, from Finding Emo to Oy! Story.

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10:00am

Fri March 15, 2013
NPR Story

Do We Need Humans?

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 2:46 pm

Can we improve technology and preserve human dignity?
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We've been promised a future where robots will be our friends. But are we ready for how those innovations will change us as humans? In this episode, TED speakers consider the promises and perils of our relationship with technology.

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