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Ask Me Another
10:15 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Be Kind, Rewind

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 11:28 am

The days of rewinding VHS tapes are long gone, but in this game, imagine the plots of famous movies if you watched them end to beginning. A retired Rocky jogs backwards through Philadelphia...

Heard in Episode 315: Let It Lopez

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Ask Me Another
10:15 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Animal Lamina

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 11:28 am

You've got to think forwards and backwards in this game, to think up ridiculous palindromes that involve animals. Where might stylish alpacas go for new duds? A "llama mall"!

Heard in Episode 315: Let It Lopez

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Ask Me Another
10:15 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Working Title

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 11:28 am

Which sounds like a more appealing read, The Great Gatsby or Trimalchio in West Egg? They're the same book, but now you've learned Fitzgerald's working title. Identify more book titles in this game.

Heard in Episode 315: Let It Lopez

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Ask Me Another
10:15 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Google, You Autocomplete Me

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 11:28 am

What's the weirdest thing you've ever Googled? Search histories can be so incriminating. In this round, guess celebrities based on their common search terms, like "height" and "goes crazy on Oprah."

Heard in Episode 315: Let It Lopez

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Ask Me Another
10:15 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Four-Letter Friends

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 11:28 am

We don't have to bleep a single word in this final round. Rather, identify famous folks who have four letters in both their first and last names, like the Grammy-winning singer of "I Try," Macy Gray.

Heard in Episode 315: Let It Lopez

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The Two-Way
8:09 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Book News: Happiness Study Says Library Trips Are As Good As A Pay Raise

Pedestrians walk past the main branch of the New York Public Library in New York City in this 2013 photo.
Seth Wenig AP

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

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Mitterrand's Taste For 'Intrigue' And Contradiction

It's probably a little too pat to say that all successful political careers are marked by contradiction and compromise, though you're not likely to hear many objections to that characterization. Politics is a game of survival, and with a few sadly notable exceptions, unyielding purists seldom make it to the top.

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Code Switch
7:22 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Why Lupita Nyong'o's 'People' Cover Is So Significant

People is calling actress Lupita Nyong'o the most beautiful woman in the world. She's the third black woman to get the magazine's title.
People AP

It has been a very good 12 months for Lupita Nyong'o: piles of awards (including an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Patsy in 12 Years a Slave), a contract to be the face of LancĂ´me Paris cosmetics, and now this: the cover of People's annual "50 Most Beautiful" issue.

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Monkey See
4:21 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

On Television, More Transgender Characters Come Into Focus

Laverne Cox plays Sophia on Netflix's Orange Is The New Black, one of several current shows exploring the lives of transgender characters.
Paul Schiraldi Netflix

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 11:06 pm

Over the past year or so, I've looked at how TV's expanding universe represents gays and lesbians and working women. This piece about transgender representation feels like an important part of the same project.

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Bonus Round: Ask Me Another
2:46 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Household Words: Shakespeare's Enduring Lexicon

In 1964, for Shakespeare's 400th birthday, The Beatles performed an excerpt from A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Roger Jackson Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 6:18 pm

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