Pop Culture

Desert Bus
November 22, 2014 | NPR · Desert Bus, a parody game invented by magicians Penn and Teller, consists of driving a bus on a featureless road for hours. A comedy troupe in Canada has turned that monotony into money for charity.
 

 NPR
November 21, 2014 | NPR · On this week’s show, we look at the eerie film Foxcatcher, the world of trailers, and what’s making us happy this week.
 

AP
November 20, 2014 | NPR · We consider the work of writer-director-performer Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday.
 

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November 20, 2014 | NPR · Mike Nichols was an ultimate Hollywood insider who won every major show business award directing for stage, film and TV. But his life in America began as an outsider immigrant from Germany.
 

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November 20, 2014 | NPR · Nichols died suddenly Wednesday, ABC News said in a statement. The director of The Graduate and Death of a Salesman was one of the few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony.
 

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November 19, 2014 | NPR · A New York Times project claims that Minnesota is best defined by heated-up grapes and sour cream. C’mon, now, guys — give us a break.
 

Fox
November 18, 2014 | NPR · The cooking-kids show MasterChef Junior somehow combines high energy, endearing kids with really skilled cooking. The result is a very different kind of competition show.
 

HBO
November 17, 2014 | NPR · We chat about the return of the terrific if little-seen Lisa Kudrow show The Comeback, which has resurfaced on HBO for a new season after almost 10 years.
 

AP
November 17, 2014 | NPR · Bill Cosby’s silence when asked by an NPR anchor about rape allegations made big media news. The ongoing controversy may also hint at a generational divide between his fans and his latest critics.
 

NBC
November 17, 2014 | NPR · The new spy/political drama starring Katherine Heigl and Alfre Woodard isn’t good, but it isn’t bad either. That’s a problem in television’s very competitive landscape.
 

 

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November 23, 2014 | NPR · In this installment of our semi-regular Word Watch series, we look at a popular term for the practice of never being on time.
 

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November 23, 2014 | NPR · By Monday, Buffalo could see a high temperature of 60. Authorities warned that the quickly-melting snowpack could cause some serious flooding.
 

AP
November 23, 2014 | NPR · The White House is reviewing how it handles hostage crises following the brutal murders of Americans abroad, but families of hostages say they’re often left out of the conversation.
 

Arts & Life

November 23, 2014 | NPR · Given two words, change the first consonant sound in each word to the same new consonant sound and you’ll phonetically name two things in the same category.
 

November 23, 2014 | NPR · God’ll Cut You Down is a new book based on the tangled true story about the murder of a white supremacist by a black hustler. NPR’s Rachel Martin speaks with the book’s author, John Safran.
 

November 23, 2014 | NPR · Allegro arrived on Broadway with a cast of close to 100 and the biggest advance ticket sales in Broadway history at the time. But reviews were mixed and the musical only lasted a season.
 

Music

November 23, 2014 | NPR · Allegro arrived on Broadway with a cast of close to 100 and the biggest advance ticket sales in Broadway history at the time. But reviews were mixed and the musical only lasted a season.
 

Courtesy of the artist
November 23, 2014 | NPR · The Norwegian group has a age-old salve for those who can’t stand “Jingle Bell Rock” — 15th-century English carols.
 

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November 22, 2014 | NPR · The Big Lebowski star Jeff Bridges is known as an actor, but he’s been playing music for just as long. “Whenever I’m working, I’ll have my guitar with me,” he says.
 

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