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Sunday Puzzle: A Multisyllabic Flip-Flop

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:06:18 -0400

Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Will Shortz play the Sunday Puzzle with winner Samantha Robison of Junction City, Ore.

Not My Job: Eddie Izzard Gets Quizzed On King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:06:06 -0400

We'll ask the comedian three questions about the Australian psychedelic rock band. Izzard has a new book called Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'GLOW' And Lena Waithe

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0400

The gang tackles Netflix's new wrestling-themed dramedy, and then Linda Holmes interviews Master Of None costar Lena Waithe onstage in Los Angeles. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

Why You Should Play Video Games

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:28:00 -0400

We live in a world of endless pressing concerns with so many competing avenues of being productive. A good game makes no demands. All that matters is the enjoyment of the doing, says Adam Frank.

Sunday Puzzle: Hopefully, You Paid Attention In Anatomy Class

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 07:45:42 -0400

Puzzlemaster Will Shortz stumps NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and puzzle winner Mike Strong of Mechanicsburg, Pa., with an anatomical word puzzle.

DAAAAAAAD! On Father's Day, An Homage To The Terrible Jokes They Tell

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 06:59:00 -0400

"Dad jokes are just a verbal form of play," says behavioral scientist Peter McGraw. "It's just a different way to tickle and roughhouse with your kids."

Not My Job: We Quiz GM's Chief Technological Architect On Chevy Chase

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 13:21:00 -0400

Andrew Farah works on driverless car technology at General Motors. Sure, he knows a lot about Chevys, but what does he know about comedian Chevy Chase?

Some Of Your Favorite Dad Jokes

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 08:15:39 -0400

Ahead of Father's Day, we hear from listeners about their best, or worst, "dad jokes."

On The DL

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:39:21 -0400

We're benched this final round, where every answer has the initials D.L. For example, if we asked, "Who hosted his final episode of 'Late Show' in May, 2015," the answer would be "David Letterman."

Mystery Guest

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:39:21 -0400

Mystery Guest Jen Glantz stops by the Bell House to tell us about her unique business. Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton ask her yes-or-no questions to figure out what it is.

Mall And Oates

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:39:21 -0400

Say it isn't so...we rewrote hit Hall and Oates songs to be about stores in the mall. We understand if you can't go for that.

Reverse Reality

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:39:21 -0400

We describe reality television shows as if they were playing in reverse, and contestants tell us which show we're talking about.

Annabelle Gurwitch: 'Don't Treat Me Like Family'

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:39:21 -0400

Annabelle Gurwitch shares stories from her humorous memoir, Wherever You Go, There They Are. Then we challenge the former Dinner and a Movie co-host to guess real and fake recipes from the show.

Name That Sound

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:39:21 -0400

KLAXON, KLAXON, KLAXON. That's the name for the classic horn "awooga" sound. Contestants guess the official names of common sound effects and production music in this audio quiz.

I Rest My Case

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:39:21 -0400

very answer in this game is be a word or phrase ending in the word "case."