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Inside Llewyn Davis -- starring Oscar Isaac and a disobedient cat — is the latest from the filmmaking duo. The brothers talk with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about their writing process ("It's mostly napping") and the cult status of their 1998 film The Big Lebowski ("How do you explain that? I have no idea.")
Why should Christmas get all the attention? Host Ophira Eisenberg teams up with comedian John Hodgman for a spirited reading of the famous poem popularly known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," with the lines rewritten to be about some less popular holidays and days of observance.
Looking for a fun holiday movie? How about The Section of a Contract About the Spanish Word for Saint? In this final round, name the original titles of famous holiday films which have been passed through our trusty thesaurus.
What tradition do you think really exists: "the burning of the devil" in Guatemala or leatherback turtle races in Barbados? Hear writer A.J. Jacobs figure out which quirky holiday traditions from around the world are real, and which are fake.
The host of Ask Me Another grew up Jewish, but maintained an obsession with Santa Claus. Hear Eisenberg share a story about her first childhood encounter with Father Christmas, at a shopping mall in Canada.
If you've driven across the country during the holidays, this game will be a breeze. We give you a starting point in the U.S. and a list of three destination cities. Put the cities in order of driving distance from the starting point, from shortest to longest.
Instead of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," how about "Rockin' Around the Big Blue Sea"? House musician Jonathan Coulton plays holiday tunes with the lyrics rewritten to be about famous people and fictional characters named Chris.
Host Ophira Eisenberg pits comedian and The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead against a contestant in a game in which they must reproduce sound effects and music, like Tarzan's yell or the Jaws theme.
Fa-la-la-la-la la-la-la-lox! House musician Jonathan Coulton performs a rendition of the Christmas carol "Deck the Halls" with the lyrics rewritten to describe words or names that begin with a "la" sound.
The holiday season can be a lot of fun, until you make that drunken blunder at the office party. What are the most common etiquette miscues, and how can you avoid them? Columnist and etiquette expert Harriette Cole shares tips with host Michel Martin.
Across the country, a new model of housing development is springing up that embraces the local food movement. Farms — complete with livestock, vegetables and fruit trees — are now serving as the latest suburban amenity.
In the director's sci-fi romance, a man (Joaquin Phoenix) falls very much in love with his computer operating system (Scarlett Johansson). Jonze spoke with NPR's Audie Cornish about going to the future to direct an old-fashioned love story.
For this week's Sandwich Monday, a holiday treat. We re-create the sandwich referenced in "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch": sauerkraut, toadstools, and (substitute) arsenic sauce.
"I can't imagine anyone whom I'm less like than T.E. Lawrence," O'Toole told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 1993. The handsome actor — who made his name in the 1962 epic film Lawrence of Arabia — died Saturday at the age of 81.
#FastTailedGirls on Twitter is raising questions about stereotypes when it comes to sexuality, and how those misconceptions can affect young girls. Host Michel Martin talks with Mikki Kendall, who started the hashtag, along with The Root's Keli Goff, and Salon's Prachi Gupta.
Actor Peter O'Toole had a larger-than-life movie career. The Hollywood legend was made famous in his title role in Lawrence of Arabia. He died Saturday at age 81.
Actor Peter O'Toole had a larger-than-life movie career. The Hollywood legend was made famous in his title role in Lawrence of Arabia. He died Saturday at the age of 81.
Boulevard Brewing has become a Kansas City staple since its founding in the 1980s. It has many loyal local fans — and soon, a new international owner, Duvel. The deal says a lot about how the world now values a product made with a firm sense of place.
Zombies populate our books, graphic novels, movies and video games with race and slavery playing an unexpected role. Our national obsession with zombies dates back centuries and can be traced to Haiti. Code Switch examines how the word "zombie" was born and how it has taken a life of its own.
Zombies populate our books, graphic novels, movies and video games with race and slavery playing an unexpected role. Our national obsession with zombies dates back centuries and can be traced to Haiti. Code Switch examines how the word "zombie" was born and how it has taken a life of it own.