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Still 'Out To Lunch' 50 Years Later

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 11:02am

Eric Dolphy's creativity was exploding early in 1964, and he was finding more players who could keep up. Out to Lunch is free and focused, dissonant and catchy, wide open and swinging all at once.

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During World War I, Germany Unleashed 'Terrorist Cell In America'

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 10:00am

In Dark Invasion, Howard Blum explores the campaign of sabotage that Germany inflicted on an unsuspecting U.S. As ships and factories blew up, "no one really suspected a spy network," he says.

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Vertical Scratchers: Slashed Chords, Fractured Poetry

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 1:03pm

Daughter of Everything is a superb pop album with one foot in the past and another in the future.

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If You Think You're Anonymous Online, Think Again

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 10:00am

In Dragnet Nation, Julia Angwin describes an oppressive blanket of electronic data surveillance. "There's a price you pay for living in the modern world," she says. "... You have to share your data."

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Fresh Air Weekend: David O. Russell, 'Last Of The Unjust,' And 'Sonic Wonders'

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 8:00am

At last, Russell is making the films "he was meant to make." For a rabbi who worked with the Nazis, is judgment "unjust"? And we follow one man's quest to find the "sonic wonders of the world."

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'Wind Rises' Is Exquisite, And Likely To Be Hayao Miyazaki's Last

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 12:14pm

The new film from the acclaimed Japanese animator spans 30 years and centers on a young man who dreams of designing the perfect airplane in the early 1930s. (Recommended)

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Matthew McConaughey, Getting Serious Again

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 10:00am

The leading man known for his good looks and charm has lately been taking on more serious roles in films such as Bernie, Magic Mike and Mud. We'll listen back to excerpts from an April 2013 interview.

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Director Alexander Payne On Mining Every Film For Comic Potential

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 10:00am

Payne says he first read Nebraska — about a man who is showing signs of dementia — as a comedy. We'll listen back to an interview with Payne originally broadcast on Dec. 2, 2013.

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Russell Says At Last, He's Making The Films He 'Was Meant To Make'

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 2:17pm

David O. Russell, director of American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook first spoke with Terry Gross back in 1994. On Thursday, he tells her that after 20 years, he's finally met his aspirations.

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For A Rabbi Who Worked With The Nazis, Is Judgment 'Unjust'?

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 10:00am

Claude Lanzmann's documentary profiles a Viennese rabbi put to work in a Czech concentration camp. Although Benjamin Murmelstein was himself not a free man, he was despised by fellow Jewish prisoners.

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One Man's Quest To Find The 'Sonic Wonders Of The World'

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 10:00am

Acoustic engineer Trevor Cox has traveled around the globe to hear whispering arches and singing sand dunes. Closer to home, he can also explain why your singing sounds better in the shower.

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With Humor And A Nod To History, Fallon Takes Over 'The Tonight Show'

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 12:09pm

On Monday night, Jimmy Fallon paid homage to 60 years of Tonight Show history while claiming his own place in line. "I just want to do the best I can and take care of the show for a while," he said. "If you guys let me stick around long enough maybe I'll get the hang of it."

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Teens Rehearse For Adulthood In Wolitzer's 'Interestings'

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 10:00am

Meg Wolitzer's novel is about lifelong friendship tinged with jealousy. It begins at a summer camp in 1974 and follows a group of friends through middle age. Wolitzer says her teen years were a rehearsal for her adult life and that today she is "different" but "in the same shell."

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In 'Passage,' Caro Mines LBJ's Changing Political Roles

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 10:00am

The fourth volume in Robert Caro's monumental biography of Lyndon Johnson is The Passage of Power; it explores the period between 1958 and 1964 during which Johnson went from powerful Senate majority leader to powerless vice president to — suddenly — president of the United States. Originally broadcast on May 13, 2013.

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Don't Know What To Do With Your Life? Neither Did Thoreau

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 10:00am

A new biography reveals that young Thoreau took quite a few detours on his path to Walden. A gossipy young man who loved eating popcorn, ice skating and listening to his music box, schoolmates and neighbors found him standoffish and regarded his fascination with plants and Indian relics as downright odd.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Extreme Medicine,' Lake Street Dive, 'When We Get Home'

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 8:00am

Dr. Kevin Fong practices "extreme medicine" from deep sea to outer space. Lake Street Dive comes out with a new album called Bad Self Portraits. And a military couple describes their long recovery in Plenty of Time When We Get Home.

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At 77, Robert Redford Goes Back To His Roots

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 10:00am

Redford says filming All Is Lost was a "pure cinematic experience — the way films used to be." He talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about how it's been "sort of weird" being known for his good looks, and about how he nearly wasn't cast in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. (Originally broadcast on Dec. 12, 2013.)

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A Closer Look At How Corporations Influence Congress

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 10:00am

Eric Lipton, an investigative reporter for The New York Times, has been writing about how corporations work in opaque ways to shape debates. He also explains the revolving door between Congress and lobby groups, and how non-profit think tanks aren't always what they seem.

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In 'Whole Gritty City,' Marching Bands Vie For Coveted Mardi Gras Spots

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 10:00am

"New Orleans buries too many of its young," Wynton Marsalis says in the documentary's introduction. The Whole Gritty City, airing Saturday on CBS, follows young students who take refuge in New Orleans marching bands.

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Lake Street Dive: 'Portraits' Of Heartache

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 3:04pm

The band prides itself on technique over originality, but is nonetheless passionate about its craft.

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