Sunday Puzzle
11:03 pm
Sat May 19, 2012

Initially Famous 2: Electric Boogaloo

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Originally published on Sat May 26, 2012 8:21 pm

On-Air Challenge: This week's challenge is a twist on "Characteristic Initials." We will gives clues for some famous people, past and present. The initial letters of the clues are also the initials of the answers. For example "Wrote Sonnets" would be "William Shakespeare."

Last Week's Challenge: Name a state capital. Change one of the vowels to another vowel and say the result phonetically. You will name a revered profession. What is it?

Answer: Madison and medicine

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3:52 pm
Sat May 19, 2012

The Movie Dustin Lance Black's 'Seen A Million Times'

Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in Rob Reiner's 1989 film When Harry Met Sally.
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Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 11:53 am

The Weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

For writer-director Dustin Lance Black, whose credits include Milk, J. Edgar, and his new film, Virginia (now out in theaters), the movie he can't get enough of is Rob Reiner's When Harry Met Sally.

Interview Highlights

On why he's seen the movie so often

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Author Interviews
3:52 pm
Sat May 19, 2012

China's New Plan: A Great Leap Into The Air

Cover detail: China Airborne

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 5:55 pm

Right at this moment, more than two-thirds of all airport construction in the world is happening in China.

The country is in the first full year of a five-year plan to eventually make China the center of global aviation, and the Chinese government is pumping a quarter-trillion dollars into the project.

"From the American perspective, the whole idea of five-year plans is preposterous," says James Fallows, author of a new book about China's aviation boom, called China Airborne. "If you think five-year plan, you think Soviet Union, you think economic failure."

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The Salt
5:13 am
Sat May 19, 2012

Sacrifice Calories, Not Taste, With Skinnier Summer Cocktails

Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 10:23 am

Yes, we know the real start of summer is a month away. But c'mon, it's the weekend, and from where I sit, here at Hank's Oyster Bar in D.C., Washingtonians are already in flip-flop and halter mode.

We've come in search of mixologist Gina Chersevani's tips on skinny cocktails, and we're not disappointed when she pours her "150-ish" calorie Marg & Melon (recipe below). Think of it as margarita's lighter, perkier cousin.

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Author Interviews
4:57 am
Sat May 19, 2012

Americans: A 'Bunch Of Amateurs,' And Proud Of It

Book cover detail: Bunch of Amateurs

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 10:19 am

Jack Hitt says if you drill down into the American spirit to find out what makes Americans so American, you'll find it's the fact that we're all amateurs at heart. In his new book, Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character, he pinpoints the first American to use the amateur label to his advantage: Benjamin Franklin.

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