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In 'Blue Eyed Boy,' Author Reveals Long Recovery From Facial Burns

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 1:01pm

Robert Timberg, who was disfigured by a land mine as a Marine in Vietnam, went on to become a successful journalist. His new memoir Blue Eyed Boy charts his struggle to recover from his wounds.

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'Ride Around Shining' Reimagines Gatsby's Nouveau-Riche Excess

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 1:01pm

Chris Leslie-Hynan's debut novel follows a white grad student who's a chauffeur to a black basketball player. It references The Great Gatsby often with fresh takes on race, manhood and meritocracy.

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From Star Trek To LGBT Spokesman, What It Takes 'To Be Takei'

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 1:47pm

George Takei is famous for his role as Mr. Sulu on Star Trek. Now a new documentary, To Be Takei, delves into his personal story — including growing up in Japanese internment camps, and coming out.

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Jenny Lewis' 'The Voyager' Is An Album To Spend Time With

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 1:44pm

Jenny Lewis achieved musical fame as part of the indie band Rilo Kiley, which broke up in 2011. Her third solo album announces a new chapter in her career — and perhaps her life.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves,' 'Hard Day's Night,' Arthur Allen

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 8:03am

A new book is a manual for transgender; John Powers reviews the restoration of A Hard Day's Night; Arthur Allen talks about his book The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Leaves Indelible Bond In 'Most Wanted Man'

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:13pm

The late actor hit his peak in the adaptation of John le Carre's 2008 novel. The movie isn't a clean piece of storytelling, but Hoffman connects with viewers on a level most actors never approach.

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Tim Gunn: On And Off The Runway, 'Life Is A Big Collaboration'

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:13pm

"Make it work," the fashion guru tells designers on Project Runway. But life hasn't always "worked" for Gunn. Originally broadcast on Feb. 5, 2014.

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Human Rights Watch Researcher Reports ISIS Abuses In Iraq

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:26pm

Letta Tayler recently returned from Iraq where she documented stories about the militant Islamist group ISIS expelling or killing religious and ethnic minorities. She tells Fresh Air what she heard.

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'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:26pm

Yelena Akhtiorskaya's debut novel is about a family that emigrates from Odessa to the Russian enclave of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, N.Y. It's a funny tale full of insider knowledge and offbeat words.

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'A Hard Day's Night': A Pop Artifact That Still Crackles With Energy

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:56pm

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of A Hard Day's Night, a spectacular restoration is in theaters and on DVD. The black-and-white photography of the Beatles is gorgeous, and the movie isn't half bad.

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Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA, And Other Animal Behavior Explained

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:56pm

Veterinarian Vint Virga works with pets and zoo animals on behavior disorders. He talks about how house cats are more fulfilled when they forage for food, and how to show animals affection.

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How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 2:33pm

Arthur Allen's new book, The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl, describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis.

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Fresh Air Remembers Actress And Singer Elaine Stritch

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 2:31pm

The Broadway star used to describe herself as a Catholic, diabetic, alcoholic. She died July 17 at the age of 89. In 1999, she talked with Terry Gross when she was starring in a revival of Sail Away.

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On 'Tomlinson Hill,' Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 2:20pm

Chris Tomlinson covered conflict, including apartheid in Africa, for 11 years. Then the great, great grandson of Texas slaveholders realized he needed to write a book about his family's history.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Angela Ricketts; Chaz Ebert And Steve James

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 8:03am

In her book No Man's War, Angela Ricketts writes about raising three kids while her husband deployed. Filmmaker Steve James and Chaz Ebert discuss Life Itself, a documentary about Robert Ebert.

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'Live In The Present': Charlie Haden Remembered

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:54am

"You have to see your unimportance before you can see your importance and your significance to the world," Haden told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 1992. The bassist died on July 11.

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'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves': A Modern Manual By And For Trans People

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 1:33pm

Modeled after the groundbreaking feminist health manual Our Bodies, Ourselves, the book details the social, political and medical issues faced by transgender people.

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Every Composer Needs A Great Storyteller

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:54pm

EMI has just reissued a broad spectrum of German conductor Otto Klemperer's recordings, including a box set of one of the composers he's most associated with: Gustav Mahler.

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Nigeria's Boko Haram 'More Extreme Than Al-Qaida,' Journalist Says

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:54pm

Journalist Alex Perry wrote the new e-book The Hunt for Boko Haram: Investigating the Terror Tearing Nigeria Apart. He says Boko Haram doesn't have logical reasons for the atrocious acts it commits.

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The Cowboy That Wasn't A Cowboy Sings

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 2:01pm

A new album from Cowboy Jack Clement has the prolific producer performing many of his best-known compositions with help of Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Rodney Crowell and John Prine.

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