Every good hero needs someone to tell their tale. In the Netflix series The Witcher (based on a book series by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski), that hero is Geralt of Rivia, played by Henry Cavill. He's paid to slay the monsters that plague poor villagers in this medieval fantasy world, and his exploits are detailed by an enthusiastic bard named Jaskier (Joey Batey).
At the end of the second episode, Jaskier has an artistic breakthrough, and pens an epic earworm.
This new year, how about some new music? Music that maybe you've told yourself you really don't like — like opera, hip-hop or country. This month, we're bringing in some people to help you mix up your playlists. First up, we asked NPR's senior arts editor, Tom Cole, on how to get into jazz.
On-air challenge: This week's puzzle is a look back on the people and things you probably never heard of until 2019, but who sprang to prominence during the past 12 months. Tell me who and what they are:
2020 could be a banner year for the U.S. space program. If all goes well, two commercial companies may be able to send astronauts into space. This country hasn't been able to do that since the shuttle program ended in 2011. Also next year, a new six-wheeled rover is supposed to head off to Mars. And hundreds of small satellites are scheduled to go into orbit. And that will provide global Internet coverage. Here to talk about the year ahead in space is NPR science correspondent Joe Palca. Hey, Joe.
On-air challenge: This week's puzzle is a variation on last week's. It's more like a quiz. I'm going to give four words. Three of them have something in common. I'll tell you what that something in common is. You tell me which word is the odd one out.
1. Words that are both flowers and girls' names: Violet, Lily, Iris, Cowslip
2. Words that start the names of state capitals: Big, Rich, Mad, Tall
3. Adjectives that are the titles of well-known movies: Frozen, Notorious, Sweet, Unforgiven
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The impeachment of President Trump is now inevitable. The House Judiciary Committee released a report yesterday outlining what the Constitution defines as impeachable offenses. And this week, Democrats are expected to begin drafting articles of impeachment against the president.