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This one-hour program features Terry Gross' in-depth interviews with prominent cultural and entertainment figures, as well as distinguished experts on current affairs and news.
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'Thief' Delivers An Unfiltered Depiction Of Life In Lagos

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:00am

Teju Cole's latest book describes a young New York doctor's visit back to his Nigerian hometown, where he encounters a Clockwork Orange world of misery and corruption.

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After A Painful Year, Bud Powell's Triumpant 1953 Return

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:31pm

On Feb. 5, 1953, Powell was uncommunicative face to face at the New York jazz club Birdland. But when he sat at the keys, it was a whole other story.

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New Yorker Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us 'Get It'

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:01pm

Humor is both a creative and a cognitive process, says Bob Mankoff, who has contributed cartoons to The New Yorker since 1977. His memoir is called How About Never — Is Never Good For You?

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Blood Will Out,' An Opera Powerhouse And A Reading

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 8:00am

Author Walter Kirn explores the depths of Clark Rockefeller's deception, mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick reflects on her career and Lloyd Schwartz shares a poem about friendship and loss.

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Criminologist Believes Violent Behavior Is Biological

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:00am

Adrian Raine argues that violent behavior has biological roots just like depression or schizophrenia. This raises questions about treatment, accountability and punishment, including the death penalty.

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'Nymphomaniac': Chasing Sex, But Only On Her Terms

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 8:59pm

Charlotte Gainsbourg and newcomer Stacy Martin anchor Lars von Trier's four-hour inquiry into the nature of impulse and desire.

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Sara Evans: Country Power Ballads With A Punch

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 10:07am

Surrounded on the charts by younger men and their big hits about drinking and partying, Sara Evans' hit-single success of Slow Me Down's title song all the more heartening.

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'Test Kitchen': Have Your (Gluten-Free) Cake, And Love Eating It Too

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 8:33am

America's Test Kitchen knows how to make gluten-free food taste just as good as the regular stuff. They tell Fresh Air about the best packaged pasta, and the secrets of gluten-free baking.

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When Your Best Friend Is A Star — And You're Her Minion

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 10:06am

The British import Doll & Em is another inside-Hollywood comedy from HBO; Emily Mortimer and her real-life friend Dolly Wells play outsize versions of themselves.

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For Opera Powerhouse Dolora Zajick, 'Singing Is Connected To The Body'

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 10:00am

The mezzo-soprano discovered opera as a 22-year-old pre-med student. She took "a crack at a singing career" and has been at the Metropolitan Opera for 25 years. Now she's helping emerging singers.

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Jazz Composer Tries Something New With 'A Trumpet In The Morning'

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 10:00am

Musician Marty Ehrlich doesn't play much on his new album; instead, he conducts an ensemble that performs his compositions. He tells Fresh Air about his first album devoted to his orchestral music.

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Cannibals And Colonialism: Solving The Mystery Of Michael Rockefeller

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 10:00am

The son of one of America's wealthiest families disappeared off the island of New Guinea in 1961. Writer Carl Hoffman explains how he thinks Rockefeller died and why the truth was kept hidden.

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What U.S. Learned From 'Heathen School' Wasn't Part Of The Lesson Plan

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 10:00am

The 19th century, Connecticut school sought to convert young men from Hawaii, China, India and the Native American nations and then send them home as Christian missionaries. It did not go as planned.

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Author Penelope Lively Shares 'The View From Old Age'

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 12:20pm

In Dancing Fish And Ammonites, the British writer reflects on growing older. She tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross about adjusting to her husband's death and losing the desire for new things.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Comedian David Brenner

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 10:00am

Brenner appeared on The Tonight Show more than 150 times, often as the substitute host. The comic died Saturday at 78. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1990.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Wes Anderson, Driverless Cars And 'Overwhelmed'

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 8:00am

The filmmaker discusses his latest project, The Grand Budapest Hotel; the once-futuristic concept is closer to becoming a reality; and author Brigid Schulte looks at the pressures on working moms.

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NBC Hostage Drama 'Crisis' Takes Viewers On A Rare TV Trip

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:00am

The show's season-long crime story follows a busload of kids whose field trip gets detoured by kidnappers. Critic David Bianculli says it could wind up being just as good — and intense-- as 24.

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In Digestion: Mary Roach Explains What Happens To The Food We Eat

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:00am

With books like Stiff and Spook, Roach has built a reputation for making unpalatable subjects entertaining. In Gulp, she tackles the human digestive system, from the mouth on down.

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For Sandy Hook Killer's Father, Tragedy Outweighs Love For His Son

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 10:00am

Peter Lanza opened up to writer Andrew Solomon about Adam's life and how he tried to help him. Solomon says, "[Peter] would've liked to save the world and himself from the horror of what happened. "

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Box Set Illustrates Clifford Jordan's Impeccable Taste In Musicians

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 10:00am

Starting in the late 1960s, the jazz saxophonist produced a series of recordings that came out on the musicians-owned Strata-East label. Those seven albums are now collected in a box set.

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