Arts

10:16am

Fri February 8, 2013
Ask Me Another

Sing What?

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:03 pm

You remember the chorus to Jimi Hendrix' famous song "Purple Haze": "S'cuse me while I kiss this guy." No? You caught us. This game, led by guest musician John Roderick, is made of often-misheard lyrics, known as "mondegreens." Get your karaoke voice ready, because you'll want to sing along with these answers.

10:16am

Fri February 8, 2013
Ask Me Another

He Was In That?

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:03 pm

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Okay, let's bring on our next two contestants. Please welcome Hannah Van Winkle and Jason Shapiro.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: So happy to have you both, welcome.

HANNAH VAN WINKLE: Thank you.

JASON SHAPIRO: Thank you.

EISENBERG: Hannah, you are a television producer.

WINKLE: Indeed.

EISENBERG: Do you watch a lot of movies?

WINKLE: Yeah, a fair amount.

EISENBERG: What is one movie in your like top ten?

WINKLE: "Ghostbusters."

EISENBERG: "Ghostbusters," nice.

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10:16am

Fri February 8, 2013
Ask Me Another

Capital, Not The Capital

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:03 pm

In this Ask Me One More final round, John Chaneski names a world city, and contestants must decide whether or not it is its nation's capital. Former geography bee champions and map enthusiasts, rejoice!

10:16am

Fri February 8, 2013
Ask Me Another

As Seen On TV

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:03 pm

If you call in the next ten minutes, we'll throw in an extra-special trivia game hosted by Ophira Eisenberg and puzzle guru John Chaneski about those fabulous late-night commercials selling products that you must buy right now! Operators are standing by.

10:07am

Fri February 8, 2013
Arts & Life

Sharpen Your Wits (And Your Pencils)

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 6:43 pm

Guest musician John Roderick, of the band The Long Winters, addresses the crowd at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.
Steve McFarland NPR

"Shake it like a polar bear ninja!" If you suspect that these are not the correct lyrics to Outkast's "Hey Ya!", then this week's game of mondegreens (misheard lyrics) is for you. We'll also visit the world of late-night infomercials and root for our favorite gluttonous, envious, lustful basketball team--the Phoenix Sins. Plus, V.I.P. David Rees teaches us how to sharpen pencils the artisanal way.

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9:43am

Fri February 8, 2013
The Salt

Chinese New Year: Dumplings, Rice Cakes And Long Life

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 4:37 pm

Year cakes made of sticky rice are among the traditional Chinese New Year foods.
Ju-x Flickr.com

About 3,000 years ago, give or take a couple of decades, the Chinese people began celebrating the beginning of their calendar year with a joyful festival they called Lunar New Year. They cleaned their homes, welcomed relatives, bought or made new clothes and set off firecrackers. And there was feasting and special offerings made to the Kitchen God for about two weeks.

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7:57am

Fri February 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Should Ayn Rand Be Required Reading?

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 3:37 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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5:33pm

Thu February 7, 2013
Movie Interviews

'Warm Bodies' Director: Teen Romance, Undying

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 7:50 pm

Nicholas Hoult, Rob Corddry and Teresa Palmer lurch through a scene in Levine's zombie romantic comedy.
Jonathan Wenk Summit Enterainment

This past weekend, a surprising little movie topped the box office over pop-action juggernaut Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and the Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook.

Warm Bodies is a zombie romance brought to you by the man behind the recent cancer comedy 50/50; clearly, director and screenwriter Jonathan Levine has an interest in genre bending, and this latest flick is equal parts Night of the Living Dead and Romeo and Juliet. It's told through the eyes of R (Nicholas Hoult), a zombie living in an airport.

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5:08pm

Thu February 7, 2013
Art & Design

New York's Grimy Garment District Hatches Designers' Dreams

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 8:07 pm

From West 24th to West 42nd Street, New York's Seventh Avenue is also known as "Fashion Avenue." It's home to major designers as well as those who are just starting out, like Ann Yee and Daniel Vosovic.
Michael Katzif for NPR

Thursday marks the beginning of New York Fashion Week, where big-name designers like Michael Kors, Anna Sui and Vera Wang will debut their Fall 2013 collections. It's part of an industry that generates billions of dollars of revenue for New York City, employing hundreds of thousands of workers. But the real business of fashion happens several blocks south of the glamorous Lincoln Center runways, in New York's Garment District.

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5:04pm

Thu February 7, 2013
Movie Reviews

Sheen's 'Swan' Is One Ugly Duckling

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 5:40 pm

Charles (Charlie Sheen) is a none-too-likeable ladies's man in A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III.
A24 Films

There's no separating Charlie Sheen from Charles Swan, the titular representation of the male id at its most self-obsessed in Roman Coppola's uneven A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. But for better and decidedly worse, that's the point.

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