If the Renaissance Festival in Larkspur, Colorado is, essentially, one big outdoor, participatory Renaissance-themed theater even, then it is definitely a comedy, and anachronisms are among the funniest jokes. The King with a tray of French Fries, a young squire on his iPhone, a swashbuckling pirate with a Marlboro light and an Iron Man watch: here in this slide show we bring you some of our favorites.

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February 1, 2015 | NPR · Thousands of supporters of the Spanish anti-austerity party, Podemos, marched through Madrid on Saturday. Polls show they could defeat Spain’s mainstream parties in elections this year.
 

February 1, 2015 | NPR · Rep. Adam Schiff of California plans to introduce a bill that would authorize military operations against ISIS. NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to Rep. Schiff about the new legislation.
 

February 1, 2015 | NPR · Former Secret Service agent Jonathan Wackrow spent five years on President Obama’s detail. He talks to NPR’s Rachel Martin about the problems that have led to the agency’s current scandals.
 

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February 1, 2015 | NPR · Are the Nordic countries really the utopias they’re cracked up to be? NPR’s Rachel Martin speaks with Michael Booth about his new book that attempts to answer that question.
 

February 1, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Rachel Martin speaks with John Boyne about his novel, A History of Loneliness, which addresses the difficult subject of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests.
 

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February 1, 2015 | NPR · Sick of dining hall pizza, public health student Emily Hu taught herself how to cook — even with no oven. Now she’s hoping to inspire her peers to pick up cooking skills and healthier eating habits.
 

Music

February 1, 2015 | NPR · Singer Sly Stone has been awarded $5 million in damages and lost royalties. He claimed his manager and lawyer hadn’t paid him royalties between 1989 and 2000.
 

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February 1, 2015 | NPR · Nick Carter and A.J. McLean discuss how life has changed for themselves and their bandmates in 20 years of making music together.
 

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February 1, 2015 | NPR · The orchestral seven-piece hails from a sprawling Canadian island not known for its indie rock. Rachel Martin speaks with singer Tim Baker about how the band has nonetheless made a name for itself.
 

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