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In The Writer's Room, One Woman Quietly Makes Late Night History

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 4:53am

Robin Thede's wide-ranging career has included stints in both journalism and comedy. Now, at The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, she's the first black woman to work as a head writer in late night TV.

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Fearing Her Mind's Decline, Patricia Marx Scrambles To Get Less Stupid

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 4:09pm

The first woman to write for The Harvard Lampoon, now a New Yorker staffer, Marx still felt as if she was getting dumber with age. So, she put her head to work, doing every brain exercise she could.

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Roger Rees, Welsh-Born Stage, Screen And TV Actor, Dies At 71

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 11:08am

American audiences came to know him as the star of the adaptation of Charles Dickens' The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby on Broadway. He won a Tony Award in the title role.

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Why 'Self/less' Needs A Better Past To Build A Better Future

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 10:03am

Some science-fiction films like Mad Max: Fury Road and Ex Machina get away with giving characters very little history. But a body-jumping transformation story doesn't have that luxury.

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Not My Job: Terry Gross Gets Quizzed On Terry Gene Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan)

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 8:13am

We recorded the show in Philadelphia this week, which means that (for once!) we get to ask Fresh Air's Terry Gross the questions.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Freeing Amy Winehouse From Her Tabloid Legacy

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 8:03am

In the dawning of the digital age, "She was the unlucky one to be having a nervous breakdown in public at the time," Amy director Asif Kapadia tells Fresh Air. Originally broadcast July 8, 2015.

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Winning Is For Losers: The Great Stories Of The Guys Who Finish Last

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 6:40am

Author Max Leonard says that, when it comes to the Tour de France, the riders in the back often have far more interesting stories than the riders in the front. His new book is called Lanterne Rouge.

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In 'New World,' Former British Poet Laureate Returns To 'Treasure Island'

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 6:40am

Andrew Motion's new book was inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island. NPR's Wade Goodwyn speaks with Motion about his novel The New World.

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Old Souls Quit Their Day Jobs And Tour The UK

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 6:40am

This summer we're following one band's summer tour. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to band leader Marty O'Reilly and tour manager James Partridge of the band Marty O'Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra.

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'The Way Things Were' Is A Detailed Epic of Modern India

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 6:03am

This beautifully conceived story of an exiled princeling and his Manhattan-educated son also manages to include sprawling Sanskrit epics, knotty family dynamics and the recent history of India.

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'Who Does That?!' Broadway Stars React To Badly Behaved Audiences

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 5:30am

The Internet erupted this week in protest over the outrageous behavior of New York theater audiences and their mobile devices. Tony Award-winner Patti LuPone is taking matters into her own hands.

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After Death, James Tate's Poetry Continues To Delight

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 7:03pm

Though James Tate died before his new book was published, his influence and appeal persist due to his surrealist style and willingness to blend tragedy and comedy.

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How Harper Lee Went From Wannabe Writer To The Jane Austen Of Alabama

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 4:41pm

Lee once said she wanted to be the chronicler of "small-town, middle-class Southern life." Even without her highly anticipated second novel, Go Set a Watchman, many fans would say she succeeded.

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Be Your Own Self: The Lessons Of 'Do I Sound Gay?' And 'Tangerine'

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 3:43pm

Do I Sound Gay? follows a documentarian as he delves into his voice and the stereotypes associated with it, while Tangerine delivers a cinematic portrait of transgender sex workers in Los Angeles.

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Judicial Differences Take Center Stage In 'Scalia V. Ginsburg'

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 3:30pm

The opera Scalia/Ginsburg debuts this weekend at the Castleton Festival in Virginia. The story originally aired on July 10, 2013 on All Things Considered.

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#NPRReads: Wisconsin's First Lady And Syria's Dueling 'Godfathers'

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 3:06pm

Also this week, an interview with John Lydon (you man known him as Johnny Rotten), race and Instagram filters, and the cost of living in Los Angeles.

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In Harper Lee's Return, First Chapter Swings From Homecoming To Heartbreak

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 1:22pm

The opening chapter of Go Set A Watchman, Lee's first novel in 55 years, is out. Reactions ran from joy to shock — as readers coped with a plot twist and lingering doubts on the timing of its release.

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The Man Behind Wonder Woman Was Inspired By Both Suffragists And Centerfolds

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 12:28pm

Wonder Woman's creator had a few secrets of his own. Historian Jill Lepore describes William Moulton Marstothe's unusual life in The Secret History of Wonder Woman. Originally broadcast Oct. 27, 2014.

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'The Fried Chicken Capital': Where Racial Progress Began Along The Rails

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 12:01pm

Fried chicken is a racially fraught food. But for African-American women in Gordonsville, Va., the dish became a route to financial independence after the Civil War.

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Remembering Omar Sharif, A Star In Two Skies

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 9:19am

Legendary Egyptian actor Omar Sharif has died at the age of 83. He became a global star in the 1960s with films like Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago — but his career started in Cairo.

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