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'Bollywood Kitchen': A Celebration Of Indian-American Cuisine

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 05:11

A new cookbook aims to capture the blended cuisine of second-generation Indian-Americans. It pairs recipes with Bollywood movies, for an added taste of home.

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Just Trust Me: In Praise Of Strange Books

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 04:00

Author Victoria Schwab says she loves the books that can't be categorized, that fall between library-shelf categories, and that spark passionate debate among readers who either love them or hate them.

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I'm Dreaming Of A (Black And Brown And Native And) White Christmas

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 03:00

In need of some racially diverse children's Christmas literature? Here's our holiday Code Switch sampler.

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'Molly's Game' Is Aces

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 02:00

Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut is a dense, complicated, frenetically paced movie about a woman who runs a high-stakes poker game; critic Bob Mondello is all-in.

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For President Trump, No Christmas At Camp David

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 02:00

Trump once told a journalist about the Maryland retreat: "It's nice, you'd like it. For about 30 minutes." The recent lack of interest has prompted speculation about the future of Camp David.

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With 'Phantom Thread,' Director Paul Thomas Anderson Offers Audiences An Intimate Film

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 13:34

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with director Paul Thomas Anderson about his new film, Phantom Thread. The film is about a fastidious British dressmaker named Reynolds Woodcock, played by Daniel Day Lewis, whose life becomes upended when he finds a new muse, who begins to challenge him.

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In 'Downsizing,' A New Addition To The Large History Of Tiny People In Film

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 13:34

Alexander Payne's new film is about a couple who are made tiny as part of a solution to overpopulation. It's the latest in a long line of movies that revel in the cinematic joy of people shrinking.

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'Phantom Thread' Is Deeply Weird And Marvelously Entertaining

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:48

Paul Thomas Anderson's new movie stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a British women's fashion designer in the 1950s. Critic David Edelstein says the film is an amusing portrait of artistic and marital anguish.

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Whiskey And Fufu: What Kids Around The World Leave Out For Santa

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 08:44

The tradition of leaving a snack for Santa on Christmas Eve isn't unique to America. Children in many countries leave out a range of foods and beverages for Santa to eat or sip on.

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Quiz-mas Spirits

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 08:04

In this last-ditch effort to soften the soul of Puzzle Guru Ebenezer Scrooge, every answer contains the name of a cocktail, spirit, or other alcoholic beverage.

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Mystery Ghost

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 08:04

The bell tolls thrice! Will a visit from a Mystery Guest— or should we say, a Mystery Ghost of Quiz-mas Yet To Come— melt the heart of Puzzle Guru Ebenezer Scrooge?

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Future Future

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 08:04

We peek into the future with a music parody game where songs with sci-fi themes are rewritten to be about TV shows that are— at least partially— set in the future.

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Gift Exchange

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 08:04

We move into the present for this game about presents. Contestants identify the famous pop culture duo based on a description of the gifts they might give each other.

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Anthony Ramos: A Quiz-mas Carol

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 08:04

Actor Anthony Ramos talks about dying on stage sixteen times a week in the Broadway musical Hamilton, his love for New York City, and his super cool Spice Girls sticker collection.

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Meet The Expert: Holiday Word Origins

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 08:04

Our guest expert is the author of Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries. Stamper leads a game about the strange origins of holiday words.

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Victorian Inventions

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 08:04

Charles Dickens is one of the best novelists of the Victorian Era, but he's not the only good thing to come out of that time. Contestants ring in to identify things invented in the 1800s.

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Heart 2 Sizes Too Small? Mr. Grinch, See Your Cardiologist

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 08:00

Not many patients have a heart that grows three sizes in a day. Cardiologist David Kass ponders what could have caused the Grinch's abrupt change of heart in the classic TV special and movie.

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NPR's Ultimate Podcast Wish List For The Holidays

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 06:15

Sitting in traffic? Stuck on a plane? Here's a podcast playlist for all your holiday needs, delivered in poem form.

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Joseph Ravenell: Could Barbershops Become The New Doctor's Office?

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 04:00

Many black men trust their barber more than their primary care doctor, if they even have one. Physician Joseph Ravenell wants to turn barbershops into a place where men can access basic health care.

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Jocelyne Bloch: After An Injury, Can The Brain Heal Itself?

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 04:00

Neurosurgeon Jocelyne Bloch and her colleague were studying brain samples of head trauma patients when they made an amazing discovery — brain cells with the ability to generate new cells.

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