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Games, puzzles, and contests plus odd stories from comedy, art, and society.



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Sunday Puzzle: Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls, Please Stick To The Best Songs To 'Solve'

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:07:31 -0400

This week Stephen Dubner of "Freakonomics" joins Lynn Neary and Will Shortz to play the Sunday Puzzle.



Not My Job: We Quiz The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, On Footwear

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:42:00 -0400

In 1978, Garten left her government job and bought a specialty food store in the Hamptons. That store grew into a career, a series of cookbooks and a popular show on the Food Network.



Peep Show: Watch Us Calculate The Speed Of Light With Stale Easter Treats

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:22:00 -0400

NPR's Adam Cole demonstrates a science experiment that offers a new use for old Peeps. All you need is a ruler and a microwave.



Outgoing 'New Yorker' Cartoon Editor Says 'Being Funny Is Being Awake'

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:24:00 -0400

After 20 years as the magazine's cartoon gatekeeper, Bob Mankoff is stepping down. He says humor helps us cope with hardship, get along with one another — and, in general, makes life more enjoyable.



A Patriotic Finale

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:38:01 -0400

Philadelphia is where America's Founding Fathers wrote The Constitution, and to celebrate that, we made a final round where every answer contains either the word RED, WHITE or BLUE.



What The Bell?

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:38:01 -0400

To honor Philadelphia's Liberty Bell, contestants hear audio clues about people and things that have "bell" in the name and ring in to guess what--or who--they're about!



The Final Drow

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:38:01 -0400

Rev up your reverse word repository! In this game, contestants hear clues to a well-known phrase with the last word reversed, and try to guess what that word is.



Bald Eagles

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:38:01 -0400

In this game, Jonathan Coulton parodies songs by the Eagles, to be about people who are currently, or were at some point, bald. Contestants identify the bald person he's singing about.



Trip Revisor

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:38:01 -0400

Contestants guess the names of these fictional hotels from the fake reviews we've created for them.



Amy Sedaris: Etsy Or Smithsonian?

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:38:00 -0400

We travel to the Philadelphia area with Amy Sedaris! She talks about finally starting her dream project, a TV show about hosting, and we put her crafting expertise in a game of "Etsy or Smithsonian?"



It Sounds Like Science Fiction But ... It's A Cliché

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 07:51:00 -0400

The Internet is full of science fiction becoming science fact. NPR Science Editor Geoff Brumfiel is ready to make a stand. Sort of.



Not My Job: Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper Gets Quizzed On 2020

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 11:46:00 -0400

Hickenlooper came to Colorado to work for an energy company but opened a brewpub instead. The beer must have been pretty good, because he was elected mayor of Denver and later governor of the state.



Actors Give Voice To Trump's Tweets

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 07:46:29 -0400

As long as there have been national leaders, there have been court jesters. Whether skewering the boss on stage, on TV or now, on Twitter, it's a tradition satirists take seriously.



April, Come She Will ... With Puzzles

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 07:46:29 -0400

It's a puzzle based on categories of the letters in the word "April." Special guest Peter Sagal of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! helps out.



Not My Job: 'Serial' Creator Sarah Koenig Gets Quizzed On Cereal

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 11:34:00 -0400

In 2014, producer Sarah Koenig launched Serial, a spin-off podcast of This American Life. Serial Productions has now released S-Town, which explores an unexpected mystery in a small Alabama town.