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Leaders, To The Letter: Better Break Out The History Book For This One

NPR | Dec. 6, 2016 1:54 p.m.

Every answer this week is the last name of a world leader of the past 100 years. For each country and an anagram of the name, find the name of the leader.

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Small Batch: The Violent Delights And Violent Ends Of 'Westworld'

NPR | Dec. 5, 2016 12:22 p.m.

Glen Weldon and Audie Cornish discuss the first season of HBO's densely plotted science fiction series.

Music | Entertainment

What's A Song That Could Ruin Your Whole Day? Our Listeners Respond

NPR | Dec. 4, 2016 7:30 a.m.

A Canadian police department jokingly said they'd punish drunk drivers by making them listen to Nickelback. That got us thinking: What song would you pick as punishment? We asked, you answered.

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Not My Job: 'Good Wife' Star Alan Cumming Gets Quizzed On Bad Wives

NPR | Dec. 3, 2016 9:02 a.m.

This week, we invited Alan Cumming, actor, singer, author, director and proud son of Scotland, to play our quiz. He's now on tour performing songs from his new album, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.

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NPR | Dec. 2, 2016 10:24 a.m.

Guess classic novels like Moby Dick from their actual one-star Amazon reviews. Then, see if you can tell the difference between a Choose Your Own Adventure book and a Weekly World News headline.

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Chapter One

NPR | Dec. 2, 2016 10:24 a.m.

Nonfiction books get the blockbuster movie trailer treatment. Then, find the perfect reading snack with a mash-up game featuring book titles reimagined as foods.

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NPR | Dec. 2, 2016 10:24 a.m.

Lauren Weedman talks about her memoir, which peeks inside her failing marriage and desire for human connection. Then, in the final round, answers are one of Modern Library's top 100 English novels.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Gilmore Girls' And 'Moana'

NPR | Dec. 2, 2016 7:08 a.m.

On this week's show, we return to Stars Hollow and travel to Disney's latest gorgeous world with Daisy Rosario and super-librarian Margaret H. Willison.

Entertainment | Arts | Books

Ginger Rogers And The Case Of The Authorized Editions

NPR | Dec. 1, 2016 8:12 a.m.

Before modern fan fiction, there were the Whitman Authorized Editions — a series of mystery novels from the 1940s and 50s that "starred" real movie stars, like Ginger Rogers and Gene Tierney.

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Stand Clear Of The Doors: TV Finally Gets On Board With Mass Transit

NPR | Nov. 30, 2016 5:10 a.m.

TV doesn't have the best track record with public transportation; in the '90s and early 2000s, even shows set in New York rarely showed characters on the subway or bus. Now, that's starting to change.