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As anyone who's been one can attest, new parents need all the help they can get.

While blogger, author and mother of two Asha Dornfest can't come do the night feedings, she does have a number of MacGyver-style moves that may help avert disaster — and preserve some parental sanity.

Dornfest is the author of Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids, which compiles some of the best tricks from her blog of the same name.

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Growing up in Israel, jazz trumpeter Avishai Cohen was surrounded by music.

"My dad was a jazz lover," says Cohen. "We used to listen at home to artists like Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald." But it wasn't just jazz on the airwaves in the household. "He played a lot of radio as well, so a lot of classical music. There was always music...always five different radios [on] in the house, wherever you walked."

You know that feeling when your body is really craving a nice salad, but the only thing in your fridge is day-old pepperoni pizza? And you don't want to go through all the trouble of heading to the grocery store to gather all the ingredients for salad, so you settle for the pizza?

Well, Neanderthals feel you — kind of.

See, researchers are finding that Neanderthals and early humans weren't all that different — they even got together and made babies every now and then.

The real White House West Wing felt a bit like the fictional one at the center of the NBC television series The West Wing for a brief moment on Friday afternoon.

Posing as her character C.J. Cregg, who was the press secretary in the critically acclaimed show that ran from 1999 until 2006, actress Allison Janney took a surprise turn on the podium to the delight and surprise of the real White House press corps.

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The James Beard Awards are only a big deal if you’re a chef, or you’d like to be a chef, or you might eat at a restaurant sometime in your life. 

We're so excited that this week's show brings Danielle Henderson to our fourth chair. You might remember Danielle from the chat she and I had about American Crime earlier this spring, and she's back to talk to us about the HBO comedy series Silicon Valley, which just kicked off its third season. We chat about the writing style, the ensemble, the surprisingly nuanced comedic treatment of billionaires, and lots more.

That's What I Hate About You

Apr 29, 2016

Jonathan Coulton plays the bad guy! In this game, we've rewritten The Romantics song "What I Like About You" from the perspective of famous fictional villains, complaining about their arch-enemies.

Heard on Alia Shawkat And Jeremy Saulnier: In The 'Green Room'

Celebrity Reboots

Apr 29, 2016

In this game, we mash-up famous directors and celebrities. For example, "The captain from the TV series Enterprise finds out he's a replicant" is a description of "Ridley Scott Bakula."

Heard on Alia Shawkat And Jeremy Saulnier: In The 'Green Room'

Able Was I

Apr 29, 2016

Buckle up in your racecar and get ready to ride, because this game is all about palindromes! Each answer is a word that can be read the same both forwards and backwards.

Heard on Alia Shawkat And Jeremy Saulnier: In The 'Green Room'

Stump Jonathan Coulton

Apr 29, 2016

In this installment of Stump Jonathan Coulton, we ask him to tell us what color the sun is from space.

Heard on Alia Shawkat And Jeremy Saulnier: In The 'Green Room'

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50/50 Chance

Apr 29, 2016

The answer to every clue is either "more than 50," or "fewer than 50." That's all you need to know. May the odds be in your favor.

Heard on Alia Shawkat And Jeremy Saulnier: In The 'Green Room'

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Netflix And NOT Chill

Apr 29, 2016

This game is a play on the slang term "Netflix and Chill," but every answer ends with a word rhyming with "Chill." Like, "Hey baby. Wanna watch a movie and have a barbecue?" You'd answer, "Netflix and Grill."

Heard on Alia Shawkat And Jeremy Saulnier: In The 'Green Room'

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