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10:37 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Weird Almanac Facts

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 4:03 pm

Did you know that the average American ate 11 times as many avocados in 2011 than in 1970? V.I.P. Sarah Janssen, editor of The 2014 World Almanac, helps lead this game about strange-but-true facts.

Plus, catch Jonathan Coulton's rendition of Tom Lehrer's classic, tongue-twisting tour of the Periodic Table in "The Elements Song."

Heard in Episode 310: Fact Check Me Another

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10:37 am
Thu February 27, 2014

All Answers Are Alliterative

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 12:03 pm

Fee, fi, fo, fum! We smell a word game... in this one, you'd better bend your brain to come up with answers that are all three- or four-word alliterative phrases.

Heard in Episode 310: Fact Check Me Another

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Ask Me Another
10:37 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Oscar Winners

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 12:03 pm

No cutoff music here: take your time while you identify fictional and factual "Oscars" based on the speeches they might give if they won Academy Awards.

Heard in Episode 310: Fact Check Me Another

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10:37 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Sarah Janssen: It's In The Book

Sarah Janssen.
Stephen Lovekin/ Mark Von Holden

If you're in need of a one-stop shop for facts, like the world's fastest roller coaster (Formula Rossa in Abu Dhabi) or the winning word at the 1984 Scripps National Spelling Bee (luge), Sarah Janssen would recommend consulting The 2014 World Almanac and Book of Facts (which spent 8 weeks on the NPR Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller List).

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The Record
9:18 am
Thu February 27, 2014

A Rational Conversation: What's With All The Drummers Leading Late-Night Bands?

Arsenio Hall with his band. Robin DiMaggio stands to the right of Arsenio.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 9:36 am

"A Rational Conversation" is a column by writer Eric Ducker in which he gets on iChat or Gchat or the phone or whatever with a special guest to examine a music-related subject that's entered the pop culture consciousness.

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The Two-Way
8:54 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Jobless Claims Jump Up, Orders For Durable Goods Fall Off

Thursday's economic news isn't great:

-- There were 348,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance filed last week, up 14,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

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Monkey See
8:50 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Bob And Linda Read Internet Movie Reviews, Part Eight: Captain Phillips

Bob And Linda Review Internet Movie Reviews Part 8
NPR

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 4:17 pm

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The Two-Way
8:30 am
Thu February 27, 2014

California Rejoices In Rain, But Prepares For Mudslides

Raindrops on a windshield blurred the view of a woman Wednesday in San Francisco. California, which is suffering through a drought, is getting some much-needed precipitation this week.
Ben Margot AP

"Rain Visits Bay Area, Snow Falls in Sierra — and We Quietly Rejoice."

That headline by our friends at KQED nicely sums up the mood in Northern California as much-needed precipitation descends.

But from another far-too-dry part of the drought-stricken state, Southern California Public Radio reports that:

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The Two-Way
7:43 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Once Again, North Korea Fires Missiles To Send Message

In Pyongyang, North Korea, last July, this short-range missile was among the military hardware on parade.
Kyodo/Landov

"North Korea fired four projectiles believed to be short-range ballistic missiles off its southeast coast Thursday," South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reports, citing a "South Korean defense ministry official" as its source.

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