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Sunday, Aug 12

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Sunday Puzzle: 4 Of A Kind

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NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Weekend Edition puzzle master Will Shortz play the puzzle this week with special guest, NPR's Scott Simon.

Saturday, Aug 11

Not My Job: We Quiz Wilco's Jeff Tweedy On 'A Yankee, A Hotel, And A Foxtrot'

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As a kid Tweedy lied about knowing how to play the guitar, but he must have figured it out eventually because he went on to form the bands Uncle Tupelo and Wilco.

Sunday, Aug 5

Sunday Puzzle: The Missing Link

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NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and puzzle master Will Shortz play the puzzle this week with Matt Pallai of Denver, Colo.

Saturday, Aug 4

13

Not My Job: Uzo Aduba, Who Plays 'Crazy Eyes,' Gets Quizzed On Private Eyes

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Aduba won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series and an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for the same role on the same show.

Friday, Aug 3

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Parents Hire Fortnite Coaches To Help Their Kids

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Fortnite, the interactive game where player avatars fight to the death, is the undisputed game of the summer. Wall Street Journal reporter, Sarah Needleman, speaks with NPR's Audie Cornish about her investigation into coaches being hired…

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Parents Help Their Kids Be Successful At Playing Video Games

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Apparently tutoring for the game Fortnite is a huge thing. Coaches reportedly charge up to $25 an hour. Some parents hope it pays off in the way of a college scholarship for their kid.

Sunday, Jul 29

15

Sunday Puzzle: Vowel Play

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NPR's Renee Montagne and puzzle master Will Shortz play the puzzle this week with Rick Peterson of East Windsor, N.J.

Saturday, Jul 28

20

Jokes And The Pain That Fuels Them At Montreal's Just For Laughs Comedy Awards

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Pain has long been at the root of great comedic material, and it was no different at this year's annual Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.

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Not My Job: 'Stay Human' Bandleader Jon Batiste Gets Quizzed On Robots

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Batiste comes from a family of musicians; he played drums and percussion with the Batiste Brothers Band as a kid, and his debut album came out before he could vote.

Friday, Jul 27

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Final Round: The Time Has Come

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Time flies — it's the final round already! In this rapidfire game, each answer has a word associated with time or timekeeping in it.

The Order Of The Universe

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Our ultra-competitive guest musician Julian Velard faces off against the audience in this space-themed game. See if he shoots for the moon, or spaces out.

Nobel Winner Takes It All

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Guest musician Julian Velard takes the helm to parody songs by ABBA; changing the lyrics to be about another Swedish phenomenon: Nobel Prize winners.

Double Feature

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This mashup game requires contestants to combine the plots and titles of two very different movies to make a Frankensteinian new film.

Quite A Concept

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Contestants guess whether concept album descriptions are really real or really fake.

You Can't Please Everyone

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Contestants identify children's books based on real, one-star reviews on Amazon. Some people on the internet are real Grinches.

Jessica Walter's Alter Egos

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Jessica Walter talks about playing boozy, acerbic moms on Arrested Development and Archer — and shares stories from her early days on TV.

Tuesday, Jul 24

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It's Summer, And It's Time For Some 'Pew-Pew-Pew' Research

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Can a person who once had an Atari 2600 learn to love games without characters made up of colored squares visible to the naked eye? This summer, we'll try to find out.

Sunday, Jul 22

15

Sunday Puzzle: Part Human

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NPR's Korva Coleman and puzzlemaster Will Shortz play the puzzle this week with Doug Modica of Watertown, S.D.

Saturday, Jul 21

18

Not My Job: Former FBI Director James Comey Gets Quizzed On Loyalty Rewards

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Comey wrote a book called A Higher Loyalty and he told the Senate intelligence committee that President Trump demanded his loyalty over dinner. But what does he know about loyalty programs?

Friday, Jul 20

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Cleveland Browns Take On 'The Office'

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Players on the Cleveland Browns have put out a new video where they play characters from The Office.

Wednesday, Jul 18

Put Your Face In It: How Gaming Helped Me Understand My Dog

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If you want to know how a dog sees the world, ask yourself how you explore virtual spaces with your controller. No, really!

Sunday, Jul 15

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Sunday Puzzle: The Missing Letter

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NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and puzzle master Will Shortz play the puzzle this week with Tom Roberts of Narragansett, R.I.

Saturday, Jul 14

14

Not My Job: We Quiz The IMF's Christine Lagarde On NYC's Fiorello La Guardia

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We ask the managing director of the International Monetary Fund three questions about the former New York City mayor.

Friday, Jul 13

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Final Round: The Danza

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In this final round, every answer is an actor who played a character with his or her same first name. For example, Tony Danza played Tony Banta on Taxi.

Literal One-Named Bands

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Jonathan sings songs from bands that go by one-word names, changing the lyrics of each to be about the literal definition of each band's name. It's a Journey, don't Rush, take time to Muse.

Great Chemistry

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As the band Semisonic once said, romance is "All About Chemistry." Ophira and Jonathan read from the Tinder messages of chemical elements that are trying to bond before it's "Closing Time."

Darlene Love: From Background to Limelight

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Darlene Love reflects on her singing career, and collaborating with artists like Tom Jones and Elvis.

Come Visit!

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Get your passports ready! In this audio challenge, contestants listen to a tourism ad and guess where in the world it's trying to advertise.

Tuesday, Jul 10

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It's Summer, And It's Time For Some 'Pew-Pew-Pew' Research

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Can a person who once had an Atari 2600 learn to love games without characters made up of colored squares visible to the naked eye? This summer, we'll try to find out.

Sunday, Jul 8

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Sunday Puzzle: HOT, HOT, HOT

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NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and puzzle master Will Shortz play the puzzle this week with Bob Flood of Allen, Texas.