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Fresh Air Weekend: Neil Oxman, The New Pornographers, Dana Goldstein

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:54am

Neil Oxman, who has managed political ad campaigns, talks about what works and what doesn't; Ken Tucker reviews The New Pornographers' new album; Dana Goldstein talks about her book The Teachers Wars.

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With Age, Joan Rivers Learned To Say Anything: 'It Has Freed Me Totally'

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 2:28pm

The comedian died Thursday at the age of 81. Rivers talked with Fresh Air in 1991, 2010 and 2012 about how her comedy evolved — and why she didn't care what others thought of her.

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In Tenor Saxophonist Mark Turner's New Album, The Music Unfolds Like A Narrative

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:56pm

Turner's new quartet album Lathe of Heaven gets its name from Ursula K. LeGuin's novel. A lot of action happens at thoughtful medium tempos, and there's beautiful dissonance in the two-horn harmonies.

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Reporter Reflects On Obama's Stalled Effort to Close Guantanamo

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:56pm

New York Times' Charlie Savage visited the prison last month. He tells Fresh Air that it is decaying and exorbitantly expensive, but still holds 149 detainees who can't be sent anywhere else.

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In 'The Chair,' Two Filmmakers Make Movies From The Same Script

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:56pm

The new 10-episode reality show on Starz follows Anna Martemucci, a graduate of NYU film school, and Shane Dawson, who's been making YouTube videos for eight years. They compete for $250,000.

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'10:04': A Strange, Spectacular Novel Connecting Several Plotlines

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:26pm

Ben Lerner's new novel is about a writer who gets an advance for a second work of fiction, is diagnosed with an aortic heart valve problem and agrees to be the sperm donor for a close friend.

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Campaign Expert Neil Oxman Talks About How He Makes Political Ads

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:08pm

Oxman is the founder of The Campaign Group, which has managed ad campaigns for more than 700 races around the country. Ahead of the Congressional elections, he talks about what works and what doesn't.

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The New Pornographers Return With A 'Celebration Record' That's Fun To Figure Out

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:08pm

Brill Bruisers is a collection of lushly arranged and harmonized pop. While Neko Case, Dan Bejar and A.C. Newman make moody music individually, there's a brightness when they come together.

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The Story Of Little Feat's Fame, Destruction And Revival

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 12:39pm

The archetypal '70s band had a charismatic frontman and wonderful songs, but they also had drug problems and kept breaking up. Their Warner Bros. recordings are in a new box set called Rad Gumbo.

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Dom Flemons Holds On To Those Old-Time Roots

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 12:39pm

Prospect Hill is Flemons' first album since leaving the band Carolina Chocolate Drops. By coincidence, the multi-instrumentalist recorded it the day Pete Seeger died. Originally broadcast July 30.

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Florida-Grown Fiction: Hiaasen Satirizes The Sunshine State

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:14pm

Novelist and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen writes with passion about the state he loves. His book, Bad Monkey, is an offbeat murder mystery set in Key West. Originally broadcast June 13, 2013.

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John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, And Lives To Write About It

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:14pm

The 68-year-old film director hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco for his book Carsick. He says hitchhiking is "the worst beauty regimen ever." Originally broadcast June 10.

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Louis C.K. Reflects On 'Louie,' Loss, Love And Life

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:55pm

C.K. won an Emmy for outstanding writing in a comedy series for an episode on his FX show Louie. In 2011, C.K. told Fresh Air about making his comedy special and his relationship with other comedians.

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Aaron Paul On Playing A Meth Dealer On 'Breaking Bad'

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:55pm

Paul won the Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for playing student-turned-drug dealer Jesse Pinkman. In 2011, he said his character was supposed to die in the first season.

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Sarah Silverman Discusses Her Movie 'Jesus Is Magic'

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:55pm

Silverman won the Emmy for best writing for a variety special for her HBO special We Are Miracles. In 2005, she spoke with Fresh Air about her movie based on her acts in New York and Los Angeles.

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At 71, Elvin Bishop Is Still Vigorous, And Can Do Wrong Right

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:44pm

The white bluesman whose corny jokes have made his music enduring and fun has a new album Can't Even Do Wrong Right. He has a raspy chuckle in his singing, and he plays the guitar precisely.

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From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:44pm

While fans were watching him portray Walt in Breaking Bad's final episodes, Cranston was already reinventing himself — playing Lyndon B. Johnson in the play All the Way. Originally broadcast March 27.

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Allison Janney On Sex, Sorkin And Being The Tallest Woman In The Room

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:24pm

Allison Janney has been nominated for Emmys for her roles on Masters of Sex and Mom. She says her relationships with her family members helped inform her characters. Originally broadcast Aug. 4.

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Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' Challenge: What To Do With His Hands

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:24pm

Meyers is hosting the Emmys Monday. In April, he told Fresh Air why he left Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update to take over Late Night from Jimmy Fallon in February. Originally broadcast April 23.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'The Simpsons' And Author Stephan Eirik Clark

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 8:03am

Fresh Air listens backs to interviews with The Simpsons' creator, writers and actors ahead of the show's marathon on FXX. Author Stephan Eirik Clark talks about his new novel Sweetness #9.

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