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Pokey LaFarge Mines His Midwestern Roots, Finds 'Something In The Water'

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 12:19pm

To mark the release of his seventh album, the singer-songwriter brings his acoustic guitar to the Fresh Air studio to sing some new songs as well as some of his favorites from the 1920s and '30s.

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Alabama Shakes Opens New Territory On 'Sound & Color'

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 12:19pm

Over the course of Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes messes with what had already, after its first album, become its signature sound. Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker has this review.

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From TED Talks To Taco Bell, Abuzz With Silicon Valley-Style 'Disruption'

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 12:19pm

Linguist Geoff Nunberg considers the roots and resonance of the latest tech buzzword to catapult into the mainstream. "Disrupt" may be ubiquitous now, but could the term be on the eve of a disruption?

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Fresh Air Weekend: Toni Morrison, Ross Macdonald's Crime Fiction, Will Forte

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 8:03am

Nobel laureate Morrison reflects on her life and her regrets; Maureen Corrigan reviews a reissue of four of Macdonald's 1950s novels; SNL alum Forte discusses comedy and Bruce Dern's acting advice.

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'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:58pm

Historian David Kertzer says the Catholic Church lent organizational strength and moral legitimacy to Mussolini's fascist regime. Kertzer recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his book.

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Deception And Suspense By The Sea In The Iranian Mystery 'About Elly'

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:58pm

Recently released in the U.S., Asghar Farhadi's 2009 film follows a teacher invited on a beach trip by the mother of one of her students. David Edelstein calls the film "Hitchockian" in its suspense.

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Saudi Bombing In Yemen Has Led To New Gains For Al-Qaida

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 2:09pm

Reporter Gregory Johnsen talks about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, how the chaos is impacting the U.S. fight against al-Qaida and how he escaped a kidnapping attempt in Yemen last year.

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Dwight Yoakam's 'Second Hand Heart' Is First Class

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 2:09pm

Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says the album is one of Yoakam's most stylistically diverse.

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How The Met Opera's Chorus Master Gets 150 To Sound Like One

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 2:39pm

Donald Palumbo is the Metropolitan Opera's chorus master. He tells Fresh Air about "stagger breathing," how singers protect their voices and how he never had formal training.

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'Last Man' Will Forte On Beards, Comedy And Bruce Dern's Acting Advice

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 1:49pm

Forte tells Fresh Air about landing a job on Saturday Night Live and learning on the set of Nebraska that acting is "all about commitment."

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After 20 Years On 'The Job,' NYC Police Officer Tells His Intense Stories

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 2:25pm

"Your heart is pounding; your adrenaline is shooting out of your ears," Steve Osborne says. "And you got one second to get it right." He retired from the force in 2003. His memoir is called The Job.

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Revisiting A Suburbia-Gone-Sour In Ross Macdonald's Crime Fiction

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 2:11pm

A reissue of four of the detective writer's 1950s novels excavates the dark depths of California's suburban decay. Maureen Corrigan praises Macdonald's "psychological depth" and "penetrating vision."

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'I Regret Everything': Toni Morrison Looks Back On Her Personal Life

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 1:58pm

"It's not profound regret," Morrison tells Fresh Air. "It's just a wiping up of tiny little messes that you didn't recognize as mess when they were going on." Her latest book is God Help the Child.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Mark Ronson, The Mountain Goats, Beau Willimon

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 8:03am

Music producer Ronson gives the story behind the hit song "Uptown Funk"; Ken Tucker reviews the Mountain Goats' new album Beat The Champ; House of Cards creator Willimon discusses the show.

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In 'True Story,' A Shamed Journalist Interviews A Fugitive Who Stole His Identity

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:17pm

In 2001, Michael Finkel was fired for making up a story. Then he learns that a suspected murderer is posing as him, so he gets to know him. The best word for the drama is "dumb," says David Edelstein.

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Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:17pm

The host of The Soup co-stars in the thriller Deliver Us From Evil. "I felt like a 12-year-old getting to be in an action film," McHale tells Terry Gross. Originally broadcast June 30, 2014.

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On YouTube, A Global Archive Of Daily Life, Both Humble And Transcendent

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 1:59pm

The video-sharing website is now 10 years old. YouTube estimates that each day 432,000 hours of video gets posted on the service: a stunning record of our current civilization.

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The Long, Labored Process Behind Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Funk'

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 1:54pm

The producer says there was a moment when his co-writers thought, "Maybe this song wasn't meant to be." He also describes working with Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars.

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'Justified' Ends With An Unpredictable, Poetic And Memorable Finale

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:05pm

After six seasons on the FX network, Justified ended Tuesday. "What a triumph," says critic David Bianculli who adds that he loved the finale's "touches of grace" and "emphasis on character and tone."

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Billy Crystal And Josh Gad: Separated By A Generation But United By Laughs

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:05pm

The two play satirical versions of themselves on the new FX show The Comedians. But in real life they share "a lot of commonalities," says Crystal.

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