What's on This Week

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We explore the fine art of comedy writing with Simon Rich, Bob Odenkirk and Megan Amram.  And we dissect a cultural icon -- "The New Yorker" cartoon with the magazine's cartoon...
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Television used to be formulaic. Today, it’s the best gig around. We examine the explosion of high quality TV, from The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men, and talk with the creator...

On Our Minds

Writing Funny
“Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” -Gene Fowler If Fowler was right, then what would he say...
A new movie about Moses is out in theaters. Will it change your life? Maybe. But former Slate editor David Plotz says reading the Old Testament changed his.
Ghost Computer
Ever wonder what might happen to your digital self after you die? In this short-story-turned-radio-drama, one listener shares his vision of a virtual "afterlife."
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The multiple passwords that we use in our digital lives unlock more than just our email clients and favorite websites — the unlock stories about our past, present, and future...
P.D. James
This week, we're remembering the British mystery writer P.D. James, who died recently at the age of 94. James wrote some of the most widely admired literary crime fiction of...

Ask a Mortician

When a loved one dies, many of us turn to a professional — someone like Caitlin Doughty. She's a licensed mortician, death activist, and creator of the popular web series "Ask A Mortician". We had a chance to talk with Caitlin about what happens to a body as it's prepared for burial. We also assembled some of our favorite "Ask a Mortician" videos. Click here to watch and listen.