June 30, 2011 Yesterday, a brief panic ensued when it seemed like Oxford was abandoning its own comma. It isn't, but the whole kerfuffle raised the issue of how and why we care so much about these little things.
Milos Karadaglich says as soon as he held his father's rusty, old guitar, he knew it was the instrument he would play.
June 30, 2011 Milos Karadaglich grew up during wartime, but no conflict on the Balkans could stop him from playing the guitar. He earned a coveted spot at London's Royal Academy of Music, and his debut album made a splash on the U.K. charts. Host Michel Martin speaks with the Eastern European artist about his life, music and goals.
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June 29, 2011 In this week's roundup of news in and around the world of comics: Superheroic litigation, the top ten patriotic do-gooders, and a very funny cartoon about a very frustrating issue.
Sort your laundry into whites and darks? "That's racist," quips one character on Parks and Recreation.
June 27, 2011 Once a loaded challenge, "that's racist" has become a staple of schoolyards and comedy routines. NPR's Neda Ulaby describes how the ironic diss went from meme to mainstream.
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June 27, 2011 Peter Falk, who was known for his portrayal of the disheveled and seemingly inept homicide detective Lt. Columbo, died on Thursday at age 83. Fresh Air remembers the actor with excerpts from a 1995 interview.
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Stephen Moyer of True Blood.
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June 27, 2011 Critic Mark Blankenship recaps the big moments in the fourth-season opener of HBO's True Blood, and just be advised: there may be cages involved.
Gabe Kaplan, star of Welcome Back Kotter, has been part of a long-standing, private poker game. He is now being sued for his winnings.
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June 26, 2011 Celebrities including Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck are said to have been players in a weekly poker game. Several players in the game have had lawsuits brought against them, after a hedge fund manager who also played gambled away money gathered in a Ponzi scheme.
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Host Alex Trebek greets celebrity contestants on the set of Jeopardy! For non-celebrity contestants, fame means a 30-second personal anecdote after the first commercial break.
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June 26, 2011 You have 30 seconds. You're on the smartest show on national television. So, what's the most interesting thing about yourself? Ready? Go.
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June 24, 2011 Indelible as the rumpled, comically relentless homicide detective in Columbo, the actor will also be remembered as the grandfather reading The Princess Bride to his skeptical grandson ... and for his work in dramatic films.
June 24, 2011 In host Linda Holmes' absence, the PCHH gang descends into madness, discussing Green Lantern, Stephen Sondheim and more.
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June 24, 2011 Telemundo is promoting its biggest-ever hit, La Reina del Sur. The show's season finale last month beat out English-language networks in all the major markets. But Telemundo's effort is a long shot. Spanish-language TV has never won an Emmy in any of the major categories.
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Androgynous male model Andrej Pejic on the runway in Rio de Janeiro, June 4.
June 23, 2011 A fashion model walks both male and female runways, college campuses offer gender-neutral dorms, and a Toronto couple refuse to reveal the sex of their baby — all signs that some people may be ready to relax their grip on gender categories.
Essence's new Editor-in-Chief Constance C.R. White
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June 22, 2011 Essence's new Editor-in-Chief Constance C.R. White is putting her first official stamp on the magazine for its July issue, which features Beyonce's debut cover story and profiles of socially influential women abroad. To learn more about these articles and how Essence plans to better capture the lives of everyday black women, host Michel Martin speaks with its new Chief Constance C.R. White.
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Aziz Ansari stars as Tom Haverford on NBC's Parks And Recreation.
June 21, 2011 Critic Eric Deggans looks ahead to the Emmy Awards and has a few suggestions for voters about who deserves to be nominated. His choices span cable and broadcast, fantasy and police dramas, and one very clueless government employee.
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Seth Rogen plays Britt Reid in The Green Hornet.
June 20, 2011 Green Lantern is the latest in a long line of summer superhero movies Hollywood hopes can save the day at the box office, yet its theatrical debut was anything but heroic. NPR's Glen Weldon says that for Hollywood's superhero movies to succeed, they have to start drawing in non-comic book geeks.
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