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We Built This City

Mar 3, 2016

While in S.F., we enjoyed the local culture...like a little band called Starship and its hit song, "We Built This City." But we rewrote the lyrics to be about different cities from around the world.

Heard on Sketchfest 2016: Phil Johnston, Steve Sansweet and Mo Willems

You Can't Please Everyone

Mar 3, 2016

This game is about that old timey antique known as a book. You must identify the classic book we are talking about, from an actual one-star review found on Amazon.com.

Heard on Sketchfest 2016: Phil Johnston, Steve Sansweet and Mo Willems

Nearly one-third of households on SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, still have to visit a food pantry to keep themselves fed, according to data highlighted this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

It's Like Uber

Mar 3, 2016

We're going to pitch some app ideas! Each of them is a word or phrase combined with the word "Uber." So something that's like Uber, but for the plant that pandas love to eat, would be a "Bamboo-ber."


Heard on Sketchfest 2016: Phil Johnston, Steve Sansweet and Mo Willems

Disruptive Spelling

Mar 3, 2016

Hulu — can you use that in a sentence please? Our spelling-bee-style final round is an actual spelling bee! We ask our contestants to spell the names of notable app and tech companies.

Heard on Sketchfest 2016: Phil Johnston, Steve Sansweet and Mo Willems

After working as a regional weatherman at a northern Midwest station for nine years, Phil Johnston concluded that he didn't know a single thing about the weather. Rather, his forecast read "film school." Johnston took a chance and pursued his passions by enrolling at University of Columbia's MFA film program. Today, you've seen his work in Cedar Rapids, Disney's Wreck-it Ralph and Zootopia, and in Sacha Baron Cohen's The Brothers Grimsby.

The Rainbow Connection

Mar 3, 2016

Inspired by the rainbow flag, this game features answers that are a mashup of two things, connected by a color, such as the fictional Oprah Winfrey/Prince film, "The Color Purple Rain."

Heard on Sketchfest 2016: Phil Johnston, Steve Sansweet and Mo Willems

At the Lee Valley consignment sale near Tekamah, Neb., dozens of used tractors, planters and other equipment were on the auction block for farmers trying to save a few extra dollars. It was a muddy day, with trucks and four-wheelers leaving deep black ruts — fitting conditions for an industry wallowing in bad news.

Paul Goldberg's audacious first novel begins at 2:37 a.m. on Feb. 24, 1953, when a Black Maria, a car used to transport prisoners through the night, leaves the "improbably tall, castle-like gates" of Lubyanka, Moscow's KGB headquarters and prison. Three men — a state security officer and two young soldiers — are inside, on their way to arrest a Red Army veteran and onetime Moscow State Jewish Theater actor named Solomon Shimonovich Levinson.

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There's lots of evidence that getting too little sleep is associated with overeating and an increased body weight.

The question is, why? Part of the answer seems to be that skimping on sleep can disrupt our circadian rhythms. Lack of sleep can also alter hunger and satiety hormones.

Lowering the price of fruits and vegetables by 30 percent can save nearly 200,000 lives over 15 years — roughly the population of Des Moines, Iowa. That's the message being touted by researchers this week at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology meeting in Phoenix.

Comic Louie Anderson has had a hugely successful stand-up career for the past 30 years, but he admits he wasn't a very good actor early on. "I didn't know who I was or how to do it," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

Chances are, if you don't have firsthand acquaintance with neurodiversity, disability or mental illness, your ideas of what they can look like come from films or books that get made into films. This is certainly true of me: I first learned about autism and schizophrenia from films that grossly misrepresented them, and had never heard of sociopathy or borderline personality disorder before watching Girl, Interrupted in my midteens.

Hear that change jingling in my pocket? Good. I have two little questions for you.

  1. I have a quarter, a dime and a nickel. How much money DO I have?

  2. I have three coins. How much money COULD I have?

The first question is a basic arithmetic problem with one and only one right answer. You might find it on a multiple-choice test.

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