Games & Humor

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March 3, 2015 | NPR · The game Charles Darrow sold in the 1930s bore a striking resemblance to a game Lizzie Magie patented in 1904. In The Monopolists, Mary Pilon tells Monopoly’s origin story.
 

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March 2, 2015 | NPR · For this week’s Sandwich Monday, we try a new twist on a classic. It’s a corn dog that uses funnel cake in place of corn meal to encase a hot dog.
 

March 1, 2015 | NPR · Rearrange the letters in a four-letter word and a five-letter word to get a pair of synonyms. For example, given “time” and “night,” you would say “item” and “thing.”
 

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February 28, 2015 | NPR · Marky Ramone, who has just written a memoir called Punk Rock Blitzkrieg, will see if he can correctly answer three questions about Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.
 

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February 26, 2015 | NPR · The cult podcast’s creators, Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink, talk about its origin and taking it to the stage. Then host Cecil Baldwin leads a game about supernatural creatures and myths.
 

February 22, 2015 | NPR · In this week’s puzzle, every answer is the name of an Academy Award winner or nominee for best picture. Using a given anagram, decipher the title of the film. The films will go from oldest to newest.
 

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February 22, 2015 | NPR · In this week’s “For the Record,” NPR’s Rachel Martin talks with three Muslim comics — Adil Ray, Negin Farsad and Ahmed Ahmed — about the motivations and challenges of using humor to change minds.
 

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February 20, 2015 | NPR · Can you name the longest title of a film nominated for best picture? Or most Oscar-nominated family? At O’Brien’s Irish Pub in Santa Monica, the trivia night regulars are former game show champions.
 

February 15, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Arun Rath speaks with Burr — just back from a trip to India — about comedy abroad, and how difficult it is for an American to find material that will make the world laugh.
 

February 15, 2015 | NPR · Every answer is a word or name of three or more syllables in which an interior syllable is an accented “la.” Also: The answer to last week’s puzzle.
 

 

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March 4, 2015 | NPR · Opening statements begin in Boston Wednesday, in a capital trial that’s expected to last several months. It took nearly two months to seat a jury to try the case.
 

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March 4, 2015 | NPR · U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says some wealthy foreigners seek to give birth to their children in the U.S. so they will obtain U.S. citizenship.
 

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March 4, 2015 | NPR · Over the past decade, states have slashed workers’ compensation benefits, denying injured workers help when they need it most and shifting the costs of workplace accidents to taxpayers.
 

Arts & Life

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March 4, 2015 | NPR · Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest novel is set in a mythical Arthurian England. But though the premise was promising, the book is too vague to make much of an impact.
 

March 3, 2015 | NPR · In his new book, Kevin Carey envisions a future in which online education programs solve two of colleges’ biggest problems: costs and admissions.
 

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March 3, 2015 | NPR · T. Geronimo Johnson’s latest follows four Berkeley students who take an American history class that leads to disaster. It’s an ambitious book about race that wants to say something big about America.
 

Music

March 3, 2015 | NPR · As part of our stories about Muslims in Western Europe, commentator Hisham Aidi, author of the book Rebel Music, talks about how music factors into the cultural differences between French Muslims.
 

March 3, 2015 | NPR · Dom La Nena is a singer and cellist from Brazil. But the 24-year-old artist draws inspiration from her travels around the world and sings in four different languages on her sophomore album, Soyo.
 

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March 3, 2015 | NPR · Banditos rolls through history on two wheels, making good, old fashioned Southern roots rock with — on this fun new song — a splash of boogie woogie piano.
 

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