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He'll Take 'Gubernatorial Debate' For 400: Trebek Tries Out Moderator's Chair

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:41:56 -0500

The longtime game show host has described himself in the past as a political independent and has expressed interest in one day moderating a presidential debate as well.

Actor Michael Stuhlbarg On His Approach To Playing Real-Life Characters

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:38:00 -0500

Michael Stuhlbarg is having a breakout year in Hollywood. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks to the actor about his year, which includes being in three of this year's Best Picture nominated films.

'Black Panther' Breaks Records And Barriers In Debut Weekend

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:24:44 -0500

Steeped in cultural significance, the film opened to $192 domestically, the biggest February debut ever, said Disney. It's also already the highest-grossing film by a black director.

Mister Rogers Still Lives In Your Neighborhood

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:00:49 -0500

Fifty years ago, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood made its television debut. Nearly 20 years after its final episode and 15 years after Fred Rogers' death, his "neighbors" still look to him for comfort.

Why The Zombie Craze Still Has Our Undying Affection

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:08:11 -0500

Disney Channel's new high school zombie musical; The Walking Dead's ratings reign; the buzz for the new book Dread Nation: In pop culture, the undead persist after our brains.

Goodbye, Mr. Okra: New Orleans Remembers Its Singing Vegetable Vendor

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:00:20 -0500

Arthur James Robinson, known as "Mr. Okra," died this week. But New Orleans residents will never forget his distinctive inventory call and his brightly-painted truck, winding through the city.

An American Marriage: Redefining The American Love Story

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0500

Tayari Jones' new novel tells a story of love, race, justice and what happens when "normal" people come face-to-face with the unthinkable.

Attorney Says He Paid Adult Film Actress Who Alleges Affair With Trump

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:45:00 -0500

Michael Cohen says his payment of $130,000 to Stephanie Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, was not a campaign contribution.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Sports, Zazz And Commerce At The Winter Olympics

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:00:18 -0500

On this episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour, Sam Sanders joins the panel to talk about his memories of the Sochi Olympics, the way young athletes handle attention and athleticism itself.

Candy Heart Messages Getting Stale? Computer-Generated Options Are No Help

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:35:00 -0500

Computer programs known as neural networks learn by example. So a researcher plugged in some typical Valentine's Day candy heart messages — and got some weird new word combos. "BEAR WIG," anyone?

Lawsuit Alleges Mafia-Like Tactics Aimed At A Disneyland Social Club

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:26:20 -0500

Like an oddly wholesome motorcycle gang, members wear denim vests festooned with Disney trading pins on the front. Some members sport tattoos of Walt Disney himself.

'Oxford English Dictionary' Adds New Entries Including 'Hangry'

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 06:45:00 -0500

Hangry is one of the newest entries. It's defined as "bad tempered or irritable as a result of hunger." Also added mansplain: when a man explains "needlessly, overbearingly or condescendingly."

Hamilton's Aaron Burr Has Some Culinary Advice: Talk Less, Cook More (Creatively)

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 08:00:25 -0500

On Broadway, Daniel Breaker shines as Alexander Hamilton's greatest rival. In the kitchen, he also creates a stir, sir. But whether acting or cooking, both require perseverance and experimentation.

YouTube Pulls Ads From Vlogger Logan Paul After He Uses Taser On Dead Rats

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:54:47 -0500

The video platform has temporarily shut off his revenue stream, citing a "pattern of behavior" that the company says is potentially damaging to other creators.

In 'Basmati Blues,' Brie Larson Plays A White Savior. Indians Are Annoyed

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 14:28:00 -0500

There's Bollywood-style singing, dancing and a scene of the Oscar-winning actress riding a white horse. Indians are calling out its stereotypes and cliched portrayals of their customs and culture.