The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

NPR | July 25, 2014 12:51 p.m.

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Culture Between The Coasts And Imperfect Fits

NPR | July 25, 2014 5:03 a.m.

With special guest Barrie Hardymon, the gang discusses the way the middle of the country is portrayed in pop culture. Plus, works in which a single piece is out of place and What's Making Us Happy.

Random Questions With: Andy Serkis

NPR | July 24, 2014 2:24 p.m.

The versatile actor is known for disappearing into his roles, like Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Gollum in The Lord of the Rings. In this game, we get to know Serkis, the human being.

5 Things I Learned About TV's Future From The Critics Press Tour

NPR | July 24, 2014 1:19 p.m.

From being mistaken for Randy Jackson to confronting network executives about diversity issues, TV Critic Eric Deggans runs down highlights of the two-week blizzard of parties and press conferences.

How To Name Your Sequel II: Not Just Roman Numerals Anymore

NPR | July 24, 2014 10:10 a.m.

In the middle of a summer of sequels — from The Expendables 3 to 22 Jump Street — it seemed the right moment to have Bob Mondello look at the art of (Son of, Bride of) sequel titling (Part Deux).

Andy Serkis: God Save The Queen's English

NPR | July 24, 2014 9:43 a.m.

Serkis serves as accidental ambassador for his country in this game, as he must get a contestant to guess the American English equivalents of British slang, like "collywobbles." (Plus: Star Wars!)

'Audience Measurement': How Networks And Critics Are Wrestling With Numbers

NPR | July 22, 2014 9:28 a.m.

This year's Television Critics Association press tour found networks pitching hard for the view beyond overnight ratings. But getting the right number isn't the end of the issue.

What 'The Golden Girls' Taught Us About AIDS

NPR | July 22, 2014 5:03 a.m.

In 1990 when the episode first aired, AIDS testing was still new, and myths and misinformation ran rampant. But Rose, Blanche, Dorothy and Sophia taught us that AIDS can happen to anyone.

Sandwich Monday: The Menage A Trois

NPR | July 21, 2014 3:38 p.m.

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Menage A Trois sandwich from Ike's Place in San Francisco. It features chicken with three sauces and three cheeses.

Appreciating James Garner: TV's Best Unhero

NPR | July 20, 2014 1:41 p.m.

James Garner, star of classic TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, died Saturday at age 86. TV critic Eric Deggans says he pioneered playing a new character: the "unhero."

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