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Ask Me Another
10:16 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Sing What?

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:03 pm

You remember the chorus to Jimi Hendrix' famous song "Purple Haze": "S'cuse me while I kiss this guy." No? You caught us. This game, led by guest musician John Roderick, is made of often-misheard lyrics, known as "mondegreens." Get your karaoke voice ready, because you'll want to sing along with these answers.

Ask Me Another
10:16 am
Fri February 8, 2013

He Was In That?

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:03 pm

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Okay, let's bring on our next two contestants. Please welcome Hannah Van Winkle and Jason Shapiro.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: So happy to have you both, welcome.

HANNAH VAN WINKLE: Thank you.

JASON SHAPIRO: Thank you.

EISENBERG: Hannah, you are a television producer.

WINKLE: Indeed.

EISENBERG: Do you watch a lot of movies?

WINKLE: Yeah, a fair amount.

EISENBERG: What is one movie in your like top ten?

WINKLE: "Ghostbusters."

EISENBERG: "Ghostbusters," nice.

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Ask Me Another
10:16 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Capital, Not The Capital

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:03 pm

In this Ask Me One More final round, John Chaneski names a world city, and contestants must decide whether or not it is its nation's capital. Former geography bee champions and map enthusiasts, rejoice!

Ask Me Another
10:16 am
Fri February 8, 2013

As Seen On TV

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:03 pm

If you call in the next ten minutes, we'll throw in an extra-special trivia game hosted by Ophira Eisenberg and puzzle guru John Chaneski about those fabulous late-night commercials selling products that you must buy right now! Operators are standing by.

NPR Story
10:14 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Sharpen Your Wits (And Your Pencils)

Guest musician John Roderick, of the band The Long Winters, addresses the crowd at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.
Steve McFarland NPR

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 6:43 pm

"Shake it like a polar bear ninja!" If you suspect that these are not the correct lyrics to Outkast's "Hey Ya!", then this week's game of mondegreens (misheard lyrics) is for you. We'll also visit the world of late-night infomercials and root for our favorite gluttonous, envious, lustful basketball team--the Phoenix Sins. Plus, V.I.P. David Rees teaches us how to sharpen pencils the artisanal way.

The Salt
9:43 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Chinese New Year: Dumplings, Rice Cakes And Long Life

Year cakes made of sticky rice are among the traditional Chinese New Year foods.
Ju-x Flickr.com

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 4:37 pm

About 3,000 years ago, give or take a couple of decades, the Chinese people began celebrating the beginning of their calendar year with a joyful festival they called Lunar New Year. They cleaned their homes, welcomed relatives, bought or made new clothes and set off firecrackers. And there was feasting and special offerings made to the Kitchen God for about two weeks.

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The Two-Way
7:57 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Book News: Should Ayn Rand Be Required Reading?

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 3:37 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Movie Reviews
5:40 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Sheen's 'Swan' Is One Ugly Duckling

Charles (Charlie Sheen) is a none-too-likeable ladies's man in A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III.
A24 Films

There's no separating Charlie Sheen from Charles Swan, the titular representation of the male id at its most self-obsessed in Roman Coppola's uneven A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. But for better and decidedly worse, that's the point.

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Movie Interviews
5:33 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

'Warm Bodies' Director: Teen Romance, Undying

Nicholas Hoult, Rob Corddry and Teresa Palmer lurch through a scene in Levine's zombie romantic comedy.
Jonathan Wenk Summit Enterainment

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 7:50 pm

This past weekend, a surprising little movie topped the box office over pop-action juggernaut Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and the Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook.

Warm Bodies is a zombie romance brought to you by the man behind the recent cancer comedy 50/50; clearly, director and screenwriter Jonathan Levine has an interest in genre bending, and this latest flick is equal parts Night of the Living Dead and Romeo and Juliet. It's told through the eyes of R (Nicholas Hoult), a zombie living in an airport.

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Movie Reviews
5:04 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

A '70s 'Playroom,' Without Much Room For Fun

Donna (Molly Parker) is the drunk, distracted matriarch to Maggie (Olivia Harris) and her nervous siblings in The Playroom.
Freestyle Releasing

There's a sequence early in the laughable drama The Playroom that epitomizes everything wrong with it: With her parents out of the house, 16-year-old Maggie Cantwell (Olivia Harris), the eldest of four latchkey kids, sneaks into the garage with her boyfriend on a determined quest to lose her virginity. While the two fumble around clumsily on the floor, Maggie's youngest brother, Sam (Ian Veteto), sits outside the garage door, trying to sew a merit badge onto his shirt but struggling to thread the needle.

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