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The eighth chapter of the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi, picks up where last year’s The Force Awakens left off - an intriguing staring contest between Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on an isolated island on the planet of Ahch To.

Don't worry, there are no spoilers in this post, but film critic and UW-Milwaukee film instructor Duane Dudek says that the new film features plenty of old favorites, including Carrie Fisher, who reprised her role as Princess Leia before her death. 

Watch Lo Moon Perform At KXT

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They've got a debut album in the works and a steadily growing buzz. Additionally, NPR Music and VuHaus member stations from around the country hand-picked them as one of our 2017 Slingshot artists. KXT welcomed rising indie trio Lo Moon into the studio for a performance of three tracks from the forthcoming release.

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

Given that I work in a newsroom, maybe I shouldn't be surprised by how many office romances take place there in the movies: say, Broadcast News from 1987, or His Girl Friday from 1940.

A real-life copy editor might have had these films in mind when she started a new job about 10 years ago.

"I got to the paper and I noticed this really cute boy who was a senior editor," says Carolyn Huckabay. "That was Brian."

On December 1, we ran a story about "the best and worst charity of ads of 2017."

During one of my first visits to New York in the early '80s, I was invited to a "private party." I was told not tell anyone about it or even reveal where it would be. So — of course — I went, intrigued by the clandestine, members-only vibe.

It was held in a dinky basement somewhere on the Lower East Side, where some guy had set up his home stereo in a corner while drinks were sold in small plastic cups for five bucks (cash only). There was a killer mix of disco (the '80s, remember?) and tracks like Led Zepplin's "Kashmir."

There is possibly no other single musician who has defined the state of Latin Jazz more than Eddie Palmieri, who turns 81 years old today.

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Mystery Guest

Dec 15, 2017

Mystery guest Mary McKenzie runs an unusual business. Can you guess her secret before Ophira and Jonathan do?

Heard on Roxane Gay: The Facts And The Furious: Orlando Drift.

Writer and academic Roxane Gay resisted the world of competitive Scrabble as long as she could. A brilliant wordsmith, Gay thought she was "too cool" for the intensity of the tournament circuit. "Slowly but surely," though, her competitive side took over.

"I have my own portable board and it has a special case with straps so you can wear it," she told host Ophira Eisenberg at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida. "Kind of like a Ninja Turtle."

F-L-A To Win

Dec 15, 2017

Finally, an Ask Me Another quiz made for Flava Flav fans: We crowned our big Orlando winner with a final round in which every answer contains the consecutive letters F-L-A.

Heard on Roxane Gay: The Facts And The Furious: Orlando Drift.

Hard Times

Dec 15, 2017

Did you know that Neil Diamond is a ten on the Mohs Scale of Hardness? In honor of our venue, Orlando's Hard Rock Live, we rewrote famous rock 'n roll songs to be about things that are hard.

Heard on Roxane Gay: The Facts And The Furious: Orlando Drift.

This, That, Or The Other

Dec 15, 2017

Our contestants give it their all—blood, sweat and tears, win, lose or draw. Can you guess whether each phrase is a Pitbull lyric, a nursery rhyme or a Mark Twain quote?

Heard on Roxane Gay: The Facts And The Furious: Orlando Drift.

What's So Funny?

Dec 15, 2017

Can you tell a Fran Drescher from a Seth Rogen? In this quiz, contestants have to identify famous people from their distinctive laughs.

Heard on Roxane Gay: The Facts And The Furious: Orlando Drift.

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