Games & Humor

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · The legendary stand-up discusses “crossing the line” in comedy. Then, in his signature voice, he whispers sweet nothings into your ear in a game about famous romances throughout history.
 

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September 16, 2014 | NPR · Microsoft is buying the company that created the video game Minecraft, which has a loyal following in part because of the freedom it allows players — including freedom from pressure to buy add-ons.
 

September 14, 2014 | NPR · Every answer today is a word or name with an accented syllable “pee” — spelled in any way — but always occurring inside the word, never at the start or end.
 

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September 13, 2014 | NPR · Comedian Richard Lewis has made a successful career out of being a nervous, complaining, chronic worrier. So we’re going to ask him three questions about “how to become a badass.”
 

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September 13, 2014 | NPR · For Cow Week, NPR’s Wade Goodwyn blows the lid off of a children’s nursery rhyme. He talks to Modern Farmer correspondent Tyler LeBlanc about whether a cow could jump over the moon.
 

September 7, 2014 | NPR · Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase in which the two words start with the same consonant or pair of consonants. Given rhymes for the words, you name the words.
 

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September 5, 2014 | NPR · We invite the famed folk singer to answer three questions about other notable thirds: King Richard III, Albert Gore III and psychologist Russell D. Clark III.
 

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September 4, 2014 | NPR · The author of the fantasy trilogy The Magicians talks about mentorship and Harry Potter. Then, he trades his magical keyboard for an Atari Centipede trackball in a game all about classic video games.
 

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September 4, 2014 | NPR · This week’s puzzle guru is so major, he’s a Giant! They Might Be Giants’ John Flansburgh recounts past odd jobs and TV show theme songs he never got to write.
 

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · Just in time for the back-to-school season, funny newsman John Oliver and incorrigible consumer Cookie Monster co-anchor a news special on words.
 

 

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News

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews voted to allow women for the first time in its 260 year history.
 

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · Sierra Leoneans scramble for supplies as a three-day, countrywide lockdown approaches. International medical professionals doubt the move will do much to halt the spread of Ebola.
 

September 18, 2014 | NPR · The measure, approved in rare bipartisan fashion by both chambers, is now headed to President Obama’s desk.
 

Arts & Life

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Michel Martin will sit down with a panel of award-winning playwrights to ask about diversity in theater. Follow here or join us on Twitter on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, using #NPRMichel.
 

September 18, 2014 | NPR · The CBS dramas about women juggling family lives and high-intensity jobs showcase excellent acting. But while The Good Wife is one of the best shows on TV, Madam Secretary‘s writing is disappointing.
 

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · Zak Ebrahim’s father was convicted as a conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. For most of his life, Ebrahim lied to people about who his father was. His new memoir tells his story.
 

Music

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · Chris Staples’ American Soft is one of the discoveries of the year. This video captures the song’s feeling of being unsettled as it follows a trio of characters who roam the streets in slow motion.
 

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · “It’s about us breaking up as a couple and also about changing weather,” Phil Elverum says of “I Want Wind To Blow,” the opener from The Microphones’ 2001 album, The Glow Pt. 2.
 

September 18, 2014 | NPR · Led since the late ’70s by co-founder David Thomas, Pere Ubu has created something far more rich, experimental, and emotional than the spooky, horror-movie that Carnival of Souls is named for.
 

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