Thu February 14, 2013
Ask Me Another

Forwards And Backwards

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 3:53 pm




You're listening to ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm your host Ophira Eisenberg and with me is puzzler extraordinaire, John Chaneski.

JOHN CHANESKI: Hi, all right.


EISENBERG: And we have our next contestants, let's welcome Susan Poliniak.



EISENBERG: Hi. And Ken Stern.

CHANESKI: Ken Stern.


KEN STERN: Ken Stern.


EISENBERG: So Susan, you actually were, or maybe still are, a puppeteer?

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Thu February 14, 2013
It's All Politics

Chart Check: Did Obama's Graphics 'Enhance' His Big Speech?

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 6:15 pm

These days, Washington is crawling with fact checkers who scour political speeches looking for errors and lies.

But sometimes, even accuracy can be misleading, especially when it comes to graphics and charts. On Tuesday night, President Obama gave his State of the Union address and the White House launched an "enhanced" experience, a multimedia display with video, 107 slides and 27 charts.

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Thu February 14, 2013
Movie Reviews

'Beautiful Creatures': Young Love, Supernatural And Southern-Fried

Star-crossed Southern lovers Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) and Lena (Alice Englert) battle small-town prejudice and mystical evil forces in Beautiful Creatures.
John Bramley Warner Bros. Pictures

Calling Beautiful Creatures a Southern-fried Twilight wouldn't be an unfair claim, at least based on its marketing campaign — which highlights that, yes, this movie centers on a teen romance between a couple of star-crossed kids, one of whom, yes, is all kinds of supernatural. And, yes, their love puts the fate of the world in danger, because, well, why not?

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Thu February 14, 2013
Oscar's Top Documentaries

Oscar Documentaries: A Look Behind The Scenes

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 9:41 am



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Thu February 14, 2013
Author Interviews

'Klansville, U.S.A.' Chronicles The Rise And Fall Of The KKK

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 5:30 pm

As the civil rights movement gained momentum in the 1960s, Ku Klux Klan activity boomed. That fact itself may not be surprising, but in the introduction to his new book, Klansville, U.S.A., David Cunningham also reveals that, "While deadly KKK violence in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia ha[d] garnered the lion's share of Klan publicity, the United Klan's stronghold was, in fact, North Carolina." North Carolina, Cunningham writes, had more Klan members than the rest of the South combined.

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Thu February 14, 2013
Movie Reviews

'A Good Day': Wake Me Tomorrow

In the latest Die Hard franchise entry, John McClane (Bruce Willis) and his son, Jack (Jai Courtney), team up to fight nuclear-weapons thieves.
Frank Masi 20th Century Fox

In a dark, dusty vault beneath a studio back lot, are there stacks and stacks of unproduced Cold War-era screenplays? A pile of untapped bad movie potential, like a hidden stockpile of enriched uranium, just waiting for a film crew that's looking to make a quick buck with a dirty bomb of a movie?

A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth entry in the annals of hard-to-kill New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis), is not that explosively bad movie. It's the decaying radioactive wreckage left behind after that bomb goes off.

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Thu February 14, 2013

Boardrooms And Beyond: Remembering Civil Rights 'Power Broker' Whitney Young

Whitney Young spent most of his in the civil rights movement, but he focused on changing business as much as changing law. As head of the National Urban League, he had the ear of some of the nation's most powerful leaders. Host Michel Martin speaks with Young's niece, filmmaker Bonnie Boswell, who chronicles her uncle's story in the documentary, "The Power Broker."


Thu February 14, 2013
Monkey See

A Die-Hard's Guide To 'Die Hard': 25 Years Of Sweat, Dirt And Blowing Stuff Up

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 1:11 pm

Bruce Willis returns as iconoclastic cop John McClane in A Good Day To Die Hard.
Frank Masi, SMPSP Twentieth Century Fox


Thu February 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: LBJ And Lady Bird Johnson's Love Letters Go Public

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 10:02 am

Lady Bird Johnson and President Lyndon Johnson at an election rally in 1964.
Terry Fincher Getty Images

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

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Thu February 14, 2013

A Bouquet Of Romantic Reads For Valentine's Day

I love Valentine's Day! There. I said it.

I know plenty of people out there think Valentine's Day is an overly commercial faux holiday, and to some extent I can see why. After all, it is a day when people (especially men?) can feel forced to celebrate romance. Call me an overly sentimental romantic if you want to, but I still adore the idea and practice of a day devoted to romance and love.

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