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'The Merry Widow' Opera Resurfaces With Renee Fleming

2 hours 18 min ago

The Metropolitan Opera will be celebrating New Year's Eve with Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow in a new production starring soprano Fleming. But its greatest incarnations have been on film.

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Stephen King On Growing Up, Believing In God And Getting Scared

2 hours 18 min ago

"The more carny it got, the better I liked it," King says of his new thriller, Joyland. King talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about his career writing horror, and about what scares him now.

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In The Life Of 'Olive Kitteridge,' It's The Little Things That Add Up

2 hours 19 min ago

The HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand is based on a collection of stories about residents in a small town in Maine. It's about family, friends and the tenuous relationships that make up life.

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Taylor Swift: The Peppiest Pop Star We Have Right Now

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 1:25pm

1989 sidesteps country music entirely to become Swift's first pure pop album.

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Funny, Dirty, Sad: The 'Holy Trinity' For 'Transparent' Creator Jill Soloway

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 1:24pm

When writer Jill Soloway's father came out as a trans woman, Soloway says, it was a huge relief. And it helped her create the series Transparent about "boundaries, legacy, gender, family."

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With New Campaign Finance Rules, You Can't Really Follow The Money

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:39pm

Campaign finance rules allow some groups to not disclose their donors. The New York Times' Nick Confessore says there could be "influence peddling ... because we can't see the money changing hands."

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The Incredible Story Of Chilean Miners Rescued From The 'Deep Down Dark'

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:39pm

Hector Tobar had exclusive access to the 33 miners to report his new book detailing the claustrophobic horror they faced when they were trapped for 69 days in 2010. The result is a doozy.

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The Mysterious Case of Arthur Conley, Otis Redding's Protege

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:38pm

Singer Conley had a number of hits before disappearing in the '70s, a few years after his mentor Redding died in a plane crash. So where did he go? To Europe, where he changed his name.

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A Candid Memoir From Comedian Amy Poehler? 'Yes Please'

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:16pm

Poehler joins Fresh Air's Terry Gross to talk about fighting the body image "demon," being a "world-class snooper" and how she was once told that she had a "great face for wigs."

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Fresh Air Weekend: Ed Norton, Nostaglic DVD Releases, America's Test Kitchen

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 8:03am

Norton talks about making Birdman; new box-set DVD releases are aimed at baby boomers and Gen X-ers; The Cook's Illustrated Meat Book gives tips on how to shop for, store, season and cook meat.

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Ben Bradlee On Journalism: Be 'Fair' And 'Honest,' But Don't 'Back Down'

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:31pm

Bradlee was the executive editor for the Washington Post from 1968 to 1991. He published the Pentagon Papers and covered Watergate. Bradlee, who died Tuesday at 93, talked with Terry Gross in 1995.

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Disappearing Religions Charted In 'Heirs To Forgotten Kingdoms'

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:31pm

When Gerard Russell was a diplomat in the Middle East, he met followers of ancient religions facing extinction. His new book includes the origins of the Yazidis, who are fleeing the Islamic State.

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Nostalgia, Now Out On DVD, With 'Wonder Years' And 'Pee-wee' Releases

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:09pm

In what may be a last gasp for DVD collections, some of the new boxed-set releases are aimed at Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers with favorites like The Wonder Years and Pee-Wee's Playhouse.

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Ed Norton On 'Birdman,' Wes Anderson And Why $40 Makes Him Proud

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:53pm

Making Birdman "was one of the most creatively satisfying experiences I've had," Norton says. He also talks about why Anderson's films are deep and getting royalties for the music in Death to Smoochy.

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Ex Hex's 'Rips' Does What It Says On The Cover

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:00pm

The initial triumph of Rips is that nearly every one of its songs is sing-along-catchy, immediately memorable.

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One Lawyer's Fight For Young Blacks And 'Just Mercy'

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:00pm

When police pulled a gun on Bryan Stevenson as he was sitting quietly in his car in Atlanta, he knew he had to effect change. His memoir describes his attempts, including freeing men on death row.

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'Why Kids Sext' Describes Nude Photos As 'Social Currency' Among Teens

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:50pm

Teenage girls explained to writer Hanna Rosin that boys collect sexts like baseball cards or Pokemon cards. "There's so much free porn out there that these pictures serve a different role," she says.

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'The Assassination Of Margaret Thatcher' And Other Stories From Hilary Mantel

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:50pm

Heads tend to roll, figuratively and otherwise, in Mantel's writing. Critic Maureen Corrigan says this new short story collection — about grotesque characters in the modern world — is breathtaking.

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Tove Lo Chronicles Three Stages Of A Love Affair

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:34am

The Swedish pop singer-songwriter has a knack for capturing the thoughts of the romantic mind in a delightfully wordy.

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An Unofficial Memorial For Jazz Greats Jim Hall And Charlie Haden

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 12:28pm

Hall and Haden performed as a duo at a concert in Montreal in 1990. Plans to release the album, Charlie Haden - Jim Hall, were in place before both artists passed away within the last year.

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