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Three Songs That Expose Frayed Nerves And Yearning

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 2:49pm

Critic Ken Tucker considers three songs by three artists: Elvis Costello's "I Can't Turn It Off," Lana Del Rey's cover of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and Eleanor Friedberger's "Alphabet City."

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Film Shines A 'Spotlight' On Boston's Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 1:36pm

A new movie chronicles the team of journalists who uncovered the clergy sex abuse scandal in Boston. Director Tom McCarthy and former Globe editor Walter Robinson join Fresh Air to discuss Spotlight.

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From 'Carol Burnett' To 'Mad Men', Here Are Four DVD Box Sets Worth Buying

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 12:48pm

Despite the popularity of streaming services, DVD box sets continue to be released, and embraced, by serious fans and collectors. TV critic David Bianculli details four recent releases he treasures.

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Spellbinding 'Witches' Offers A Fresh Take On A Familiar Story

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 12:48pm

In her new book, Stacy Shiff evokes the world of Salem, Mass., and the bitter winter of 1692 when 19 people were hanged for witchcraft. Reviewer Maureen Corrigan calls The Witches a "haunting" tale.

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Oncologist Discusses Advancements In Treatment And The Ongoing War On Cancer

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 12:48pm

During his decades-long career, oncologist Vincent DeVita helped develop the combination chemotherapy regimen that cures most cases of Hodgkin's lymphoma. His new book is The Death of Cancer.

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Remembering San Antonio's Horn-Infused Doo-Wop Scene

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 12:35pm

From the early '60s until the mid '70s, a multi-cultural music scene thrived on the west side of San Antonio, Texas. Ed Ward looks at two releases on Numero that open a small window on this music.

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'Modern Girl' Carrie Brownstein Describes Finding (And Hiding) Herself In Music

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 12:17pm

The Sleater-Kinney guitarist and singer is known for her defiant performances, but it was vulnerability that initially drew her to music. Brownstein's new memoir is Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl.

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CBS' 'Supergirl' Struggles To Get Off The Ground

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 12:18pm

In the new series, Melissa Benoist's Supergirl is overshadowed by her boss, played by Calista Flockhart. David Bianculli asks: "Shouldn't the most interesting character in Supergirl be ... Supergirl?"

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At 81, Feminist Gloria Steinem Finds Herself Free Of The 'Demands Of Gender'

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 11:42am

As she approached 60, the co-founder of Ms. magazine says, she entered a new phase in life, one in which "you can do what you want." Steinem's new memoir is My Life on the Road.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Sarah Silverman; 'Bridge Of Spies'; 'The Living Bird'

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 8:03am

Sarah Silverman opens up about depression and comedy. Critic John Powers reviews Bridge of Spies. Photographer Gerrit Vyn and writer Scott Weidensaul discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds.

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Patti Smith Looks Back On Life Before She Became The Godmother Of Punk

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 12:29pm

The singer joins Fresh Air for a conversation about her career and her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Smith's new memoir is M Train. Originally broadcast in 1996 and 2010.

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'Experimenter' Revisits A Decades-Old Trial Of Free Will And Compassion

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 12:29pm

A new film revisits a controversial 1961 social science experiment in which volunteer subjects were asked to administer electrical shocks to other human beings. David Edelstein reviews Experimenter.

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'Portrait of an American Singer' Revives The Memory Of Tennessee Ernie Ford

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 1:27pm

Tennessee Ernie Ford was a hugely popular singer in the 1950s and 60s. Now, a new 5-disc boxed set attempts to reintroduce Ford to a new audience. Rock critic Ken Tucker has a review.

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Sarah Silverman Opens Up About Depression, Comedy And Troublemaking

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 12:46pm

Throughout her life, comedian Sarah Silverman has experienced varying degrees of depression, which she likens to a "chemical change." She plays a profoundly depressed woman in the film I Smile Back.

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For Iris DeMent, Music Is The Calling That Forces Her Into The Spotlight

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 2:02pm

DeMent describes herself as extremely shy, but says that "when the songs started coming to me, I felt I didn't have the option to hide and avoid" the stage. Her latest album is The Trackless Woods.

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Poetic And Expansive, 'City On Fire' Ultimately Falls Short Of Its Reach

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 1:53pm

Garth Risk Hallberg's 900-page debut novel is an intricately-plotted story set in chaotic 1970s New York. Critic Maureen Corrigan says City On Fire has much to admire, even if its ending falls flat.

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Flights Of Fancy: Exploring The Songs And Pathways Of 'The Living Bird'

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 1:53pm

Wildlife photographer Gerrit Vyn and essayist Scott Weidensaul share bird calls and discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds. Both men contributed to a new book about North American birds.

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'Bridge Of Spies' Offers A Fresh, Measured Take On The Cold War

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 1:18pm

Tom Hanks plays an American attorney charged with defending a captured Soviet spy in Stephen Spielberg's latest film. Critic John Powers calls Bridge of Spies a "highly entertaining new thriller."

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'Becoming Nicole' Recounts One Family's Acceptance Of Their Transgender Child

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 1:15pm

When Kelly and Wayne Maines adopted identical twin boys in 1997, they didn't anticipate raising one of their sons as a daughter. They tell their story, with author Amy Ellis Nutt, in Becoming Nicole.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Justin Theroux; Randall Park; 'Bloom County'; 'The Assassin'

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 8:03am

Actor Justin Theroux gets spiritual on HBO's The Leftovers. Randall Park steers clear of racist jokes on Fresh Off The Boat. Bloom County returns, 25 years later. Justin Chang reviews The Assassin.

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