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'The End of the Tour' Offers A Hint Of David Foster Wallace's Inner Struggle

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 2:29pm

A new film revisits a five-day interview that took place between writer David Foster Wallace and a reporter for Rolling Stone in 1996. Critic David Edelstein calls it a "very good movie."

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A Path From 'Blackout' Drunkenness To Sobriety And Self-Acceptance

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 2:24pm

Writer Sarah Hepola once got so drunk before giving a presentation to 300 people that she didn't remember it the next day. In Blackout, her memoir, Hepola wrestles with her reasons for drinking.

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Ashley Monroe's 'Blade' Blends Country Sentiment And Delicate Phrasings

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 1:03pm

Rock critic Ken Tucker says the third studio album from country star Ashley Monroe "is a collection of deceptively pretty songs that cohere as a strong, serious piece of work."

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A Hollywood Animal Trainer's Secrets For Getting Dogs To Act On Cue

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 1:03pm

Teresa Ann Miller often works with distracted performers, but the Hungarian film White God was especially challenging. "The dogs just thought it was a party," she says of the film's dog-pack scene.

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A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:17pm

In his new book, The Man Who Wasn't There, Anil Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves — and how those perceptions can be distorted by certain brain conditions.

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'Buzzin' The Blues' Revisits The Declarative Harmonica Style Of Slim Harpo

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:17pm

Born in Baton Rouge in 1924, the blues musician known as Slim Harpo influenced rock bands like the Rolling Stones, the Kinks and Pink Floyd. Rock Historian Ed Ward shares Harpo's story.

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A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:17pm

In his new book, The Man Who Wasn't There, Anil Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves — and how those perceptions can be distorted by certain brain conditions.

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New Release Features Jazz Flutist Sam Most's 'Breathy, Punchy Sound'

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 1:05pm

From the Attic of My Mind is a batch of reissues drawn from the old Xanadu catalog of Sam Most recordings. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the late flutist makes "every note in a fast phrase pop out."

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'Call Me Lucky': A Documentary Of Friendship, Childhood Abuse And Survival

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 1:05pm

Barry Crimmins mentored Bobcat Goldthwait when they were up-and-coming comics in the '80s. A film directed by Goldthwait details their relationship — and the sexual abuse Crimmins suffered as a child.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Jake Gyllenhaal; Making A Comedy About LA's Sex Workers

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 8:03am

"I don't like getting hit, but it was important for the movie," Gyllenhaal says of his role as a boxer in Southpaw. Director Sean Baker and actress Mya Taylor talk about their film, Tangerine.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Broadcast News Pioneer Marlene Sanders

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:21pm

Reporter and newscaster Sanders died Tuesday at the age of 84. In 1964, she made broadcast history when she was the first woman to anchor a network evening newscast. Originally broadcast in 1988.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers 'Billy Bathgate' Author E L. Doctorow

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:21pm

Doctorow, who died Tuesday at the age of 84, was the author of dozens of novels, many of which combined fictional characters and real people in a historical context. Originally broadcast in 1989.

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Rediscovering The Thrill Of George Balanchine's New York City Ballet

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:21pm

Lloyd Schwartz discusses the timeless appeal of the late choreographer George Balanchine. "[He] was our Shakespeare. ... watching a Balanchine ballet is like watching music come alive," he says.

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A Holocaust Survivor Searches For Her Past In Christian Petzold's 'Phoenix'

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:21pm

A concentration camp survivor seeks a reunion with the husband who may have betrayed her in a new film set in post-war Berlin. Critic David Edelstein calls Phoenix a "morbidly romantic drama."

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Infidelity Is Steeped In Suspense In 'Among The Ten Thousand Things'

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 12:51pm

Julia Pierpont's debut novel opens with a young girl's discovery of her father's infidelity. Maureen Corrigan says that what follows is so unexpected and tense that it's a "fresh pleasure to read."

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From Upspeak To Vocal Fry: Are We 'Policing' Young Women's Voices?

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 12:49pm

Journalist Jessica Grose, linguistics professor Penny Eckert and speech pathologist Susan Sankin discuss upspeak, vocal fry and why women's voices are changing — and whether or not that's a problem.

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Reissue Of Thelonious Monk's 'Riverside Recordings' Shows A Star On The Rise

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 12:29pm

Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissue of The Complete Riverside Recordings of pianist Thelonious Monk. He says it's really the story of two men: Monk and late record producer Orrin Keepnews.

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Jake Gyllenhaal On Throwing (And Taking) Punches: 'It's Very Primal'

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 12:29pm

In Southpaw, Gyllenhaal plays a boxer who grew up in foster care and is struggling to become a father to his daughter. "I don't like getting hit, but it was important for the movie," he says.

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'Sonic Trickster' Miguel Blends Genres And Melodies On 'Wildheart'

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 1:03pm

Singer-songwriter Miguel mixes rock, pop, hip-hop, reggae and funk on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says the musical slight-of-hand that results is "excitingly diverse and vivid."

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A Downtrodden L.A. Corner Inspires Comedy And Friendship In 'Tangerine'

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 1:02pm

Director Sean Baker wanted to make a film about L.A.'s transgender sex workers, but first he needed to find someone who knew that world well. Then he met Mya Taylor, and together they made Tangerine.

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