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After 21 Nominations, Will Sound Mixer Kevin O'Connell Finally Win His Oscar?

NPR | Feb. 20, 2017

O'Connell earned nominations for work on Top Gun, Transformers, Armageddon and many more. Losing streaks are never fun, but O'Connell seems at peace. "It hasn't been the right time for me," he says.

Not My Job: Author Nora Roberts (aka JD Robb) Gets Quizzed On J.D. Salinger

NPR | Feb. 18, 2017

Nora Roberts, who sometimes publishes under the name JD Robb, has had 198 books on the New York Times best-seller list. We'll ask her three questions about a somewhat less prolific author.

'Shining City' Is Packed With Timely Thrills

NPR | Feb. 18, 2017

Tom Rosenstiel — head of the American Press Institute — has written a novel about a political fixer who gets the biggest job of his career: Sanitizing a controversial Supreme Court nominee.

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Letting Go Is The Hardest Thing For 'Lincoln In The Bardo'

NPR | Feb. 18, 2017 4 a.m.

George Saunders — master of the short story — debuts as a novelist with this strange, haunting (and haunted) tale of President Lincoln as he grieves the death of his young son Willie.

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Dick Bruna, Artist And Author Of The Intricately Simple Miffy, Dies At 89

NPR | Feb. 17, 2017 2:07 p.m.

The Dutch illustrator and children's book author wrote over 120 books and sold some 85 million copies worldwide. But no character earned him greater acclaim than a simple white rabbit.

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Roy Wood Jr.: Puzzle Banger After Banger

NPR | Feb. 17, 2017 9:18 a.m.

Comedian and Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr. shares the struggles of raising his son in a world with racism and $9 smoothies. Then we quiz him on his favorite pastime—jigsaw puzzles!

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A Bech-delicate Balance

NPR | Feb. 17, 2017 9:18 a.m.

In this game, contestants guess the names of the surprising bro-y films that happen to pass the Bechdel test.

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True Fact Or Fictitious

NPR | Feb. 17, 2017 9:18 a.m.

Guest musician Julian Velard sings about old wives tales in this parody of Stevie Wonder's classic song, "Superstition." Can you guess which tales are true and false before the contestants do?

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Celebrity Name Combos

NPR | Feb. 17, 2017 9:18 a.m.

Contestants must guess the phrase created by combining the last names of celebrities.

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Galentine's Day: Celebrating Women, Waffles And, OK, More Waffles

NPR | Feb. 17, 2017 8:01 a.m.

Monday's the day to celebrate the best unofficial holiday made just for women: Galentine's Day. And for that, we thank our lady of Parks and Recreation, Leslie Knope.

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WATCH: Is This Proust? Scholars Say They've Finally Found Author On Film

NPR | Feb. 17, 2017 7:06 a.m.

The French novelist Marcel Proust is regularly listed among the greatest writers of the 20th century. But how did the man move? A professor says the answer is on a wedding film over 110 years old.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Legion' And 'Planet Earth 2'

NPR | Feb. 17, 2017 6:30 a.m.

On this week's show, TV critic Alan Sepinwall joins the table to talk about two new shows: FX's 'Legion' and the follow-up to the BBC's beloved 'Planet Earth.'


'The Great Wall' Isn't, Particularly

NPR | Feb. 16, 2017 2 p.m.

This visually impressive, narratively muddy, pseudo-historic monster movie disappoints. "It's bonkers in theory, but prosaic in execution," says critic Mark Jenkins.