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'I Regret Everything': Toni Morrison Looks Back On Her Personal Life

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 1:58pm

"It's not profound regret," Morrison tells Fresh Air. "It's just a wiping up of tiny little messes that you didn't recognize as mess when they were going on." Her latest book is God Help the Child.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Mark Ronson, The Mountain Goats, Beau Willimon

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 8:03am

Music producer Ronson gives the story behind the hit song "Uptown Funk"; Ken Tucker reviews the Mountain Goats' new album Beat The Champ; House of Cards creator Willimon discusses the show.

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In 'True Story,' A Shamed Journalist Interviews A Fugitive Who Stole His Identity

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:17pm

In 2001, Michael Finkel was fired for making up a story. Then he learns that a suspected murderer is posing as him, so he gets to know him. The best word for the drama is "dumb," says David Edelstein.

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Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:17pm

The host of The Soup co-stars in the thriller Deliver Us From Evil. "I felt like a 12-year-old getting to be in an action film," McHale tells Terry Gross. Originally broadcast June 30, 2014.

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On YouTube, A Global Archive Of Daily Life, Both Humble And Transcendent

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 1:59pm

The video-sharing website is now 10 years old. YouTube estimates that each day 432,000 hours of video gets posted on the service: a stunning record of our current civilization.

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The Long, Labored Process Behind Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Funk'

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 1:54pm

The producer says there was a moment when his co-writers thought, "Maybe this song wasn't meant to be." He also describes working with Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars.

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'Justified' Ends With An Unpredictable, Poetic And Memorable Finale

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:05pm

After six seasons on the FX network, Justified ended Tuesday. "What a triumph," says critic David Bianculli who adds that he loved the finale's "touches of grace" and "emphasis on character and tone."

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Billy Crystal And Josh Gad: Separated By A Generation But United By Laughs

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:05pm

The two play satirical versions of themselves on the new FX show The Comedians. But in real life they share "a lot of commonalities," says Crystal.

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The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle Finds Refuge In The Ring

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 1:24pm

Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says The Mountain Goats' concept album about pro wrestling is filled with a remarkable range of melodies and moods.

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'The Children's Crusade': A Heavily Plotted Family Saga To Dive Into And Savor

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 1:24pm

Ann Packer's latest is about a young Navy doctor who, after the Korean War, builds a house south of San Francisco. Fifty years later, his four adult children argue over the property's fate.

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Forget Right And Wrong: 'House Of Cards' Is About Pragmatism And Power

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 1:24pm

Kevin Spacey strangles a dog in the pilot, which creator Beau Willimon says producers balked at because they'd lose viewers. But "why not provide that litmus test right at the beginning?" he says.

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Fresh Air Remembers Historian Stanley Kutler

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:46pm

In the '90s, Kutler helped uncover secrets of the Nixon administration: He and an advocacy group sued the National Archives for about 200 hours of White House tapes. Kutler died Tuesday; he was 80.

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How Young People Went Underground During The '70s 'Days Of Rage'

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:46pm

Bryan Burrough's new book describes the Weather Underground and other militant groups' tactics to protest the government. He interviews former radicals who had never gone on the record before.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Adam Driver, Kendrick Lamar's New Album, Philip Glass

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 8:28am

Driver, who stars in While We're Young, talks about his days in the military; Ken Tucker reviews Lamar's latest album To Pimp A Butterfly; Philip Glass discusses his new memoir Words Without Music.

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Practicing 'Extreme Medicine,' From Deep Sea To Outer Space

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:30pm

Dr. Kevin Fong explores how humans survive extremes of heat, cold, outer space and deep sea. He compares the exploration of medicine with the "explorers of the 20th century and every age before them."

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In 'Clouds Of Sils Maria,' An Actress Faces Past, Present And Future In An Instant

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:30pm

Juliette Binoche plays an aging movie star who's about to appear in a play opposite an infamous young Hollywood actress. It's a hall of mirrors that sounds convoluted in the telling, but plays easily.

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There Is A Rich World In Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly'

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:27pm

Fresh Air music critic Ken Tucker says the rapper's second album has an excitingly adventurous sound.

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Former Marine Adam Driver On What Acting And The Military Have In Common

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:26pm

"You have a group of people trying to accomplish a mission that's greater than themselves," the actor says. "It's not about one person." Driver stars in the new film comedy While We're Young.

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'Louie' Hits Its Mark While 'The Comedians' Hasn't Yet Fully Succeeded

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:59pm

Louis C.K.'s comedy and the new mockumentary The Comedians start Thursday on the FX cable network. Both are unusual and ambitious, says critic David Bianculli, but only one hits the ground running.

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'Displacement': The Frustrations, Fears And Absurdities Of A Cruise Upended

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:57pm

When Lucy Knisley agreed to go on a Caribbean cruise with her grandparents, she didn't know she'd spend 10 days basically keeping them alive. She writes about it in her new cartoon memoir.

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