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How A 1981 Sondheim Flop Turned Out To Be The 'Best Worst Thing'

NPR | Jan. 17, 2017

Most musicals that close after 16 performances barely prompt memories, let alone documentaries. But Merrily We Roll Along rolled along so bizarrely, it became the stuff of Broadway legend.

Ring In 'Lemony Snicket' On Netflix With A Series Of Unfortunate Recipes

NPR | Jan. 17, 2017

In the children's books, food is practically a supporting character. So why not welcome the poor Baudelaire orphans with a delightfully miserable repast while binge-watching the new show?

Rest Your Greatness: 6 Key Moments With DJ Khaled

NPR | Jan. 17, 2017

NPR's David Greene recently spoke with producer-musician-Snapchatter DJ Khaled about his jet ski adventure, his love of pillows, and all the things "they" don't want you to know.

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'Transit' Is A Journey You Won't Want To End

NPR | Jan. 17, 2017 4 a.m.

Rachel Cusk's latest — the second in a trilogy that began with Outline — follows a writer unmoored by the breakup of her marriage, and the people she meets as she goes about her strange new life.

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Desert Rain: Bend Home Meets Living Building Challenge

OPB | Jan. 14, 2017 9:40 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Tom Elliott and Barbara Scott have constructed the first single-family home to meet the Living Building Challenge.

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Veronica Roth's 'Carve The Mark' Is A Fantasy Inspired By Chronic Pain

NPR | Jan. 14, 2017 6:17 a.m.

The Divergent author's new series takes place in a world where everyone has a gift that reflects their personality. One character has what Roth describes as "a supernatural form of chronic pain."

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In 'Cold Eye,' A Small Story That Packs A Big Punch

NPR | Jan. 14, 2017 4 a.m.

The second installment of Laura Anne Gilman's gritty, mythmaking Devil's West series follows Isobel, the Devil's Left Hand, as she learns the extent of her powers and battles an ancient, angry spirit.

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'Urban Myths' Episode With Joseph Fiennes As Michael Jackson Gets Yanked

NPR | Jan. 13, 2017 12:41 p.m.

The half-hour comedy had drawn criticism for months. But it was complaints from Jackson's family that finally led Sky TV to ax it.

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The Ethics Of Judges' Table: A 'Top Chef' Quandary

NPR | Jan. 13, 2017 9:57 a.m.

Ethics show up in the strangest places. Thursday night, Top Chef took a trip into a very gray area of competition.

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Cat Cora: Her Kitchen Rules

NPR | Jan. 13, 2017 9:35 a.m.

Celebrity Chef Cat Cora dishes on her TV show "My Kitchen Rules" and the strange ways she kept her edge on "Iron Chef America." Plus, she guesses odd dishes made up of rhyming foods like "steak cake."

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Dolly's Dollies

NPR | Jan. 13, 2017 9:35 a.m.

We took the Dolly Parton song "9-to-5" and rewrote it to be about careers that have been held by an official Barbie doll.

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This, That Or The Other

NPR | Jan. 13, 2017 9:35 a.m.

In this week's installment of This, That, or the Other, contestants decide if the answer is a brand of whiskey, a U.S. Navy ship, or the name of a dog who won "Best in Show" at Westminster.

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D-lightful

NPR | Jan. 13, 2017 9:35 a.m.

All answers in this final round consist of two words, both words starting with D.

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