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

Last Build Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:06:40 -0400

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Sunday Puzzle: It's Time To Rhyme

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:06:40 -0400

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Puzzlemaster Will Shortz of The New York Times play the Sunday Puzzle with Shari Meyer of Sommerville, Mass.

Not My Job: Football Hall Of Famer Jerry Rice Gets Quizzed On Hannah Montana

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 12:29:00 -0400

In the 1980s, wide receiver Jerry Rice and quarterback Joe Montana formed one of the greatest offensive tandems in football. So we'll ask Rice about the other great Montana — Hannah.

'Schoolifying' Minecraft Without Ruining It

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 06:06:00 -0400

Microsoft is trying to help more teachers use the hugely popular game in the classroom without alienating the initial enthusiasts.

The Cubist Revolution: Minecraft For All

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 05:05:00 -0400

Minecraft, one of the most popular video games in the world, is touted for its educational possibilities. But is that potential really accessible to all?

Sunday Puzzle: A Task Of 8 Cities

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 07:51:20 -0400

Andrew Ragsdale of Gainesville, Fla., plays the puzzle with Puzzlemaster Will Shortz, who was recently spotlighted by the New York Times.

Not My Job: Jeffrey Tambor Gets Quizzed On The Timber Industry

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 11:51:27 -0400

Tambor's memoir, Are You Anybody?, is about his life as an actor. We'll make him play a game called "TAMBOOOOOOOORRRRR!" ... which has absolutely nothing to do with acting.

George Lopez Reflects On 'The Wall,' A Lifetime Of Comedy And Jokes About Trump

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 10:57:00 -0400

After nearly 40 years in comedy, George Lopez reflects on jokes in the time of President Trump and how that will factor into the comedian's new HBO special.

Begins And Ends With ME

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:46:27 -0400

It's all about ME this final round, where every answer begins with the letter M and ends with the letter E.

Mystery Guest

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:46:27 -0400

What exciting business has Gary Souza's family carried on for more than 100 years? Jonathan and Ophira ask yes-or-no questions to find out.

Meet The Mondegreens

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:46:27 -0400

House musician Jonathan Coulton messes up some familiar songs, and our contestants name the real lyrics he's misheard.

Movies With A Twist

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:46:27 -0400

We've switched the positions of two letters in a movie's title to create a totally new film.

Kerry Bishé: Halt And Catch Science

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:46:27 -0400

Kerry Bishé from "Halt and Catch Fire" shares how, as a self-proclaimed Luddite, she was able to connect with her character, a computer engineer. Then this STEM advocate plays "Two Truths and a Lie."


Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:46:27 -0400

In this audio quiz, we've changed the voices of famous people to sound like they're one of Dave's famous chipmunks.

Startup Stories

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:46:27 -0400

Did NASCAR begin as informal races between bootleggers trying to outrun the cops, or did we make that up? See if you can tell if these corporate origin stories are real or manufactured.

Just For Laughs Comedy Festival Offers A Look At Up-And-Coming Talent

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 18:08:58 -0400

The international comedy festival draws new and established stand-ups, improvisers, sketch actors, comedy writers. Some people are just looking for a good laugh, but some want to hire the comedians.