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October 23, 2014 | NPR · As children of the ’90s, the band’s members best a “Name That Tune” round of the era’s radio hits by correcting Jonathan Coulton’s slightly wrecked lyrics. Plus: a performance of “Bad Self Portraits.”
 

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · The soul-pop quartet behind Bad Self Portraits reveals its extraordinary talent of covering pop songs using, yes, party balloons. Can you guess the titles of these squeaky melodies?
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · “The Hot Dog Clock” and “The Forever Diaper” are also must-haves. A San Francisco comedy group is once again poking fun at the in-flight catalog SkyMall.
 

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October 20, 2014 | NPR · For this week’s Sandwich Monday, we try a sandwich from the famous Primanti Bros. of Pittsburgh.
 

October 19, 2014 | NPR · Get ready to crunch some numbers from the works of the late Martin Gardner, longtime “Mathematical Games” columnist for Scientific American.
 

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October 18, 2014 | NPR · Goldblum starred in a 1986 movie called The Fly so we’ve invited him to answer three questions about zippers.
 

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October 14, 2014 | NPR · Thanks to the magic of radio, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! listeners aren’t usually privy to what goes on behind the scenes at the NPR News Quiz. Watch at your own risk. It’s not pretty.
 

October 12, 2014 | NPR · Every answer is the name of a popular prime-time TV series from this century, on either broadcast or cable. Identify the shows from their anagrams.
 

Courtesy of Gail Simmons
October 9, 2014 | NPR · Given Simmons’ Top Chef judging cred, we ask her to turn her discerning palate toward taking down some trendy foods that have overstayed their welcome. She’s still waiting for a good cake pop.
 

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October 9, 2014 | NPR · The Top Chef judge knows a thing or two about food. But where does she stand on breakfast for dinner vs. leftovers for breakfast? In this game, competing foods battle it out for Simmons’ approval.
 

 

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October 24, 2014 | NPR · Shirley Corriher, author of Cookwise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking, has tips on taking the bitter bite out of coffee, and holding onto cabbage’s red hue while it’s in the pan.
 

October 24, 2014 | NPR · Entrepreneur Lisa Price started Carol’s Daughter to create natural hair and skin products for black women. Now that L’Oreal owns the brand, can it maintain the loyalty of African-American customers?
 

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October 24, 2014 | NPR · The attacker charged a group of patrol officers in Queens, wounding two of them. A bystander was hit by a stray police bullet as police engaged the assailant.
 

Arts & Life

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October 24, 2014 | NPR · Historian Peter Ackroyd’s new book surveys the history of England from the end of the Tudor era to the Glorious Revolution of 1688 — almost a century of war, debate and transformation.
 

October 24, 2014 | NPR · Ken Turan reviews the documentary Citizenfour from filmmaker Laura Poitras about Edward Snowden and his decision to leak information about the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities.
 

October 24, 2014 | NPR · NPR TV critic Eric Deggans looks at the new documentary, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, featuring rare and never-before-seen footage. The film premieres on HBO Monday.
 

Music

October 24, 2014 | NPR · NPR TV critic Eric Deggans looks at the new documentary, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, featuring rare and never-before-seen footage. The film premieres on HBO Monday.
 

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · The mockingbird is known for latching on to sounds and repeating them. But in the case of a certain four-note phrase New Orleans musicians use to communicate, the bird may be the original artist.
 

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October 23, 2014 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · The iconic record company turns 75 this year, and to celebrate, it threw a concert featuring both its living legends and rising stars. Hear highlights and reflections on the label’s influence.
 

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