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Sunday Sports: Baseball Season Stats

Sep 25, 2016
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It's time for sports. And this morning, we have some sad news from the world of baseball. Jose Fernandez, the 24-year-old star pitcher for the Miami Marlins, died early this morning in a boat crash. At least two other people also died in that accident.

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The thing with Crooked Kingdom is you have to decide whether or not you buy Kaz Brekker.

Ex Fabula: Furry Felines

Sep 24, 2016
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They’re furry, finicky, often fickle, and full of unconditional love.  If man’s best friend is the dog, then woman’s best friend could well be the cat.  Istanbul also has its share of cat-lovers, so much so that a documentary has been made about it: Kedi (cat). That film is showing at the Milwaukee Film Festival beginning this weekend. So in the spirit of the “Meow,” we give you stories about cats.

Kirsten Johnson has spent a quarter of a century standing behind a camera. As a cinematographer she has traveled around the world, meeting people and hearing their stories, while creating images of their lives. Her new documentary, Cameraperson, puts those images into a different perspective.

A Film Lover's Travel Guide

Sep 23, 2016

Jonathan and Ophira read entries from a travel guide; all you have to do is figure out what city they're describing. Easy enough, except that this travel guide was written by someone who never left their home, and only researched the cities by watching movies.

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Sharing Pairing

Sep 23, 2016

In this final round, every answer is a rhyming pair of words. The second word is created by changing the first letter of the first word. For example, if we said, "a non-competitive race for charity," you'd answer, "Fun Run."

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Natasha Lyonne: Random Houses

Sep 23, 2016

Natasha Lyonne premiered three movies in two weeks--Yoga Hosers, a Kevin Smith comedy/horror film about two girls who fight Canadian Nazis in the form of sausages; Antibirth, a horror farce about a party girl who finds herself pregnant with a demon after a crazy night; and Intervention, about a group of friends who come together to give a couple a marriage intervention. "That's my genre," she told host Ophira Eisenberg, of the off-beat projects she's been involved in.

Mr. Mojo Risin'

Sep 23, 2016

Strap in, everybody, because it's time for ANAGRAMS ON THE RADIO! We decided to inject a little rock-n-roll into our anagram game by adding the most famous anagrammed name in rock — Mr. Mojo Risin', the anagram for The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison. The answer we're looking for is an anagram of the last word you hear. It's like we're giving you the answers!

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Something, James Something

Sep 23, 2016

"Joyce. James Joyce." That's how you'd respond to Jonathan Coulton singing about the author of Finnegan's Wake. We rewrote James Bond movie themes to be about other famous people named James. Score a bonus point by identifying the Bond theme!

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Mystery Guest

Sep 23, 2016

Ophira and Jonathan become the contestants in a round of Mystery Guest! Tim League owns a business that he's bringing to New York City. Ophira and Jonathan must figure out what Tim's business is by asking yes-or-no questions.

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Herb, My Little Pony, Or Enya Song?

Sep 23, 2016

In this edition of This, That or the Other, contestants must guess: is it a culinary herb, a My Little Pony character, or an Enya song?

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[In case you haven't heard, Pop Culture Happy Hour is embarking on a West Coast tour! San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles are sold out — though we recently added an appearance (with Guy Branum!) at the Now Hear This podcast festival in Anaheim on Oct. 29 — but we'll also be in Portland on Oct. 19 with our dear pal Audie Cornish.

Hip-hop artist Amisho Baraka, who performs as Sho Baraka, is one African-American man who feels left out by both major political parties — and he says this will affect his vote come November.

In 1948, Atlanta added eight black men to its police force. This was at a time when, as author Thomas Mullen explains, a 1947 Newsweek article "estimated that one-quarter of Atlanta policemen were, in fact, members of the Ku Klux Klan."

Those pioneer police officers were the inspiration for Mullen's new novel, Darktown — a blend of history, mystery and violence that explores racial tensions in post-World War II Atlanta.

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