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As Emoji Spread Beyond Texts, Many Remain...05/05/15
There's a growing tendency to bring the tiny hieroglyphs off of phones, but not everyone is fluent. New takes on emoji integration suggest misunderstanding may be remedied with universal translation.
Last Days Of Dave: Paying Homage To Letterman's Weird And...
The off-beat funnyman retires this month after 33 years hosting late-night television. Fresh Air's David Bianculli says that David Letterman's humor "provided a new blueprint for the TV talk show."
Stars Of TLC's 'Curvy Brides': All Curves Are Beautiful
Sisters Yukia Walker and Yuneisia Harris, owners of Curvaceous Couture bridal boutique, are stepping into the spotlight with a new reality show.
Want To Learn tlhIngan Hol (Klingon)? An App Will Teach You
Duolingo, an app that allows users to learn new languages, is adding Klingon to its course list. The language, used by a fictional alien race in Star Trek, should be available next year.
Pop Culture Happy Hour: Free Comic Book Day And Rabbit...
On this week's show, we talk about lots and lots of comics in preparation for Free Comic Book Day, and we go down a few pop culture rabbit holes.
Free Comic Book Day: A Guide To The Heroes, Musicians And...
Glen Weldon reviews the 50 comics available at participating comics shops for 2015's Free Comic Book Day, coming May 2 — what to pick up free, skip, and buy while you're in the shop.
Louis C.K. On Life And Standup: 'I Live In Service For My...
The star of the FX series Louie talks about the pain of his first-ever open mic experience and the "massive gift" of taking care of others before himself.
Stephen Hawking Says Zayn Malik Could Still Be In One...
Millions of hearts were broken last month when Zayn Malik left One Direction, but according to physicist Stephen Hawking, that might not be the case after all.
Canadians Love Poop, Americans Love Pizza: How Emojis Fare...
A study analyzes more than a billion pieces of emoji data across 16 languages and regions to gauge how different nations communicate. Most emojis sent are happy faces and other positive symbols.
Pop Culture Happy Hour: Food In Pop Culture And Going Back...
On this week's show, we talk about competitive cooking shows, delicious food in the movies, and all the things we've learned about pop culture representations of college.
The Plot Of 'The Black Netflix's' First Movie Is As...
The Urban Movie Channel, created by BET founder, Robert L. Johnson, is being touted as "the black Netflix." This week, it releases the first original movie, Blackbird.
'Last Man' Will Forte On Beards, Comedy And Bruce Dern's...
Forte tells Fresh Air about landing a job on Saturday Night Live and learning on the set of Nebraska that acting is "all about commitment."
Ben Affleck (Kinda) Apologizes For Asking PBS Program To...
The Academy Award-winning actor has been at the center of media storm after the release of hacked emails show that he asked a TV show about genealogy to avoid mentioning an ancestor who owned slaves.
Small South Carolina Newspaper Takes Home Top Pulitzer...
The winners of this year's Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, fiction, poetry, drama, music, biography, history and nonfiction were announced Monday at Columbia University in New York.
When Video Games Are 'Patched,' Gamers Lose Trust In...
Video games are now being patched for problems after they are released, which makes reviewing them difficult. NPR's Arun Rath interviews Chris Kohler of Wired about how to keep game reviews relevant.
Netflix Adds Audio To Bring 'Daredevil' To Life For The...
After releasing the new Marvel superhero series, Daredevil, which features a blind hero, Netflix has added audio description options to the show.
Physicians Urge Columbia To Fire Dr. Oz For Promoting...
NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Michael Specter, staff writer at The New Yorker about some physicians' calls for Columbia University to sever ties with TV's Dr. Oz.
Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A...
The host of The Soup co-stars in the thriller Deliver Us From Evil. "I felt like a 12-year-old getting to be in an action film," McHale tells Terry Gross. Originally broadcast June 30, 2014.
Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Daredevil' And Credulity
The gang discusses the new Netflix superhero series, what happens when the audience knows too much and, as always, what's making us happy this week.
Clone Drama 'Orphan Black' Returns As Complex And...
The BBC America series returns for a third season on Saturday. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says the show's dense stories are one of its coolest traits and biggest weaknesses.
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