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Music
6:17 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Not For Kids, These Child Ballads Are Steeped In History

Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer's new collaborative album is titled Child Ballads.
Jay Sansone Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 5:01 pm

Some stories stand the test of time: Shakespeare's plays, the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, and the Child ballads.

If you're unfamiliar with them, they're not for children. They're Scottish and English folk songs from the 17th and 18th centuries and earlier. They're named after Francis James Child, the Harvard professor and folklorist who collected them.

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Books
5:20 am
Sat April 20, 2013

So Hot Right Now: Has Climate Change Created A New Literary Genre?

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 1:57 pm

When Superstorm Sandy hit New York City last fall, the publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, like most everything else, totally shut down. It was a week before power returned to FSG, according to Brian Gittis, a senior publicist. When he got back to his office, he began sorting through galleys — advance copies of books. And one of them caught him off guard.

Its cover had an illustration of the Manhattan skyline half-submerged in water.

"It was definitely sort of a Twilight Zone moment," Gittis recalls.

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Monkey See
2:45 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: A Sense Of Place And A Nostalgic Quiz

NPR
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So let's speak candidly for a moment.

This is not an ordinary day. It has not been an ordinary week. We taped this week's podcast on Monday at 6:00 p.m., in the first hours of coverage of the bombings in Boston. We are posting it on Friday, in the first hours of coverage of a series of events that currently have many of our good pals — and many of our listeners — "sheltering in place" at home.

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Arts & Life
12:02 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Immigrant Muses About Finding Her Voice

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 12:56 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now the latest in our series, Muses and Metaphor. We've been celebrating National Poetry Month by hearing your tweet poems. Those are poems of 140 characters. We just talked about how complicated and charged the issue of immigration is, but for listener Su Layug, her immigrant story is all about - well, stories.

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Arts & Life
11:47 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Breaking Into The Fashion Industry From The Kitchen Table

Johnson hopes that showing her collection at Passport for Fashion will connect her with professional designers. "I would love to find a mentor," she says, "someone that can teach me and help me further my craft."
Briana Duggan

Passport for Fashion is Charlotte’s largest spring fashion show and is estimated to attract around 3,000 people to the NC Music Factory. Around 200 models will wear designs from fashion industry professionals, as well as work from local aspiring designers. WFAE's Briana Duggan spoke with one of them.


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Ask Me Another
10:42 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Michael Ian Black: Jack Of All Trades

Michael Ian Black's number one parenting tip? "When they say they hate you...it's best to just go, 'I hate me too.'"
Lam Thuy Vo NPR

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 10:11 am

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Ask Me Another
10:18 am
Fri April 19, 2013

The One About Poker

Michael Ian Black (left) battles World Series of Poker champion Matt Matros in a poker-themed battle of wits.
Lam Thuy Vo NPR

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 4:29 pm

Michael Ian Black told us he's a poker whiz, but we wanted to see if he's bluffing. So we pitted him against a worthy competitor, World Series of Poker champion Matt Matros, in a no-holds-barred trivia showdown that covers poker lingo, lore, and the world's weirdest bet.

Plus, Jonathan Coulton rounds out the game with a cover of "The Gambler" by Kenny Rogers.

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Ask Me Another
10:18 am
Fri April 19, 2013

This, That Or The Other IV

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 10:11 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's welcome our next two contestants: Mary Brownlee and Sarah Bouboulis.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Now, what I can enjoy but our listeners can't see is that what we have right here are a pair of adorable identical twins.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Oh, my god. Do you sound identical? I don't know. Do you sound identical?

MARY BROWNLEE: Yes.

SARAH BOUBOULIS: Yes.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Can you do that again?

BROWNLEE: Yes.

BOUBOULIS: Yes.

EISENBERG: Okay.

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Ask Me Another
10:18 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Six Degrees of Francis Bacon

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 10:11 am

Was Francis Bacon a 16th-century pioneer of the scientific method, or a 20th-century painter known for his raw graphic imagery? The answer is: both! In this game, Ophira Eisenberg quizzes contestants about famous people who share the same first and last name. Extra credit if you can link the two celebrities in six degrees or less. After the game, hear house musician Jonathan Coulton get sassy with a cover of the Destiny's Child hit "Bills Bills Bills."

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Ask Me Another
10:18 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Bust A Cap

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 10:11 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

While Michael stews backstage, let's get back to the gaming action. I see our next two contestants, Darla Gutierrez and George Choundas settling in behind their puzzle podiums. Welcome.

(APPLAUSE)

GEORGE CHOUNDAS: Thank you.

EISENBERG: Darla, you're a children's librarian. What is one of your favorite children's books?

DARLA GUTIERREZ: "Alice in Wonderland."

EISENBERG: "Alice in Wonderland," the one that's kind of about drugs.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: That's a good one.

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