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Box Set Looks Back On Pioneering '5' Royales

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 2:38pm

With the release of the 131-track collection Soul and Swagger: The Complete "5" Royales, the group has finally gotten the recognition they deserve.

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Seeking Proof For Why We Feel Terrible After Too Many Drinks

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 2:35pm

Author Adam Rogers says there are lots of myths about what causes hangovers. His new book, Proof: The Science of Booze, explores these and other scientific mysteries of alcohol's effect on the body.

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'Sweetness #9' Satirizes Food Wars And Artificial America

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 1:46pm

The novel is about a flavor chemist who tests a sweetener on lab rats and monkeys and finds side effects the company covers up. Author Stephan Eirik Clark says he was inspired by Fast Food Nation.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Eric Schlosser, Spoon's New Album And 'The Knick' Creators

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 8:03am

Eric Schlosser's discusses his new book Command and Control; Ken Tucker reviews Spoon's They Want My Soul; The Knick creators talk about their new drama set in a New York hospital in 1900.

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At 49, Jamie Moyer's Pitching Career Goes Into Extra Innings

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 1:11pm

In a new memoir called Just Tell Me I Can't, Moyer explains how he became a better pitcher in his 40s than his 20s. Originally broadcast Oct. 2, 2013.

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In Acting And In Life, Lauren Bacall 'Loved The Idea Of Adventure'

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 1:09pm

Lauren Bacall died Tuesday in New York at the age of 89. In 1994, she talked with Fresh Air about her early career, working with Marilyn Monroe and her intense love affair with Humphrey Bogart.

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A Scientist's Mission To Break The Itch-Scratch Cycle

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 1:49pm

Dr. Gil Yosipovitch is a leading scientist in the field of itch. He says he hopes to gain more respect for the debilitating power of chronic itch — and to get more doctors on the search for a cure.

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How 'The Knick' Creators Capture Turn-Of-The-Century Operating Scenes

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 1:49pm

The drama is set in a New York hospital in 1900, when surgeons were developing new techniques. Series creators Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and medical historian Stanley Burns talk about the show.

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Two Tenors Inspired By A Saxophone Colossus

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 1:49pm

Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two albums by Thelonious Monk jazz competition winners: Melissa Aldana and Joshua Redman.

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British Comedians Take A Trip To Italy And Make Fun Of Each Other

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 1:49pm

In the sequel to The Trip, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon drive around Italy, instead of England, and engage in lively banter. The film isn't freighted with ambition, but it's extremely enjoyable.

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'This Is A Congress That's Really Doing Nothing,' Says NYT Reporter

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 1:32pm

Congressional reporter Jonathan Weisman gives his take on the 113th Congress, including how House Speaker John Boehner has little sway, and business in the Senate has virtually ground to a halt.

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Case Closed: Agatha Christie's Detective Poirot Solves His Last TV Mystery

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 1:32pm

After decades on air, Poirot's 13th and final season begins Aug. 25. David Suchet still stars as detective Hercule Poirot, but you won't find the show on PBS. So where is it?

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In A Funny New Novel, A Weary Professor Writes To 'Dear Committee Members'

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:15pm

Julie Schumacher's anti-hero pens recommendations for junior colleagues, lackluster students and former lovers. The novel deftly mixes comedy with social criticism and righteous outrage.

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Robin Williams: In Looking For Laughs, 'You Have To Be Deeply Honest'

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:13pm

The comedian and actor died Monday at age 63. In 2006, Williams spoke with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about improvising, his training and how people expected him to act crazy.

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At 74, Outlaw Billy Joe Shaver Is Still An Outlier

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 2:34pm

Billie Joe Shaver has just released his first new studio album in six years, called Long in the Tooth.

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Nuclear 'Command And Control': A History Of False Alarms And Near Catastrophes

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 2:33pm

Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, spent six years researching America's nuclear weapons. In Command and Control, he details explosions, false attack alerts and accidentally dropped bombs.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Allison Janney, Jason Hamacher, Pinterest And Interactive TV

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 8:03am

Allison Janney talks sex, Sorkin and being the tallest women in the room; Jason Hamacher preserved Syrian chants; Pinterest offers "guided search"; and interactive TV has a long history.

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Jaki Byard, A Post-Bebop Pianist Who Was A Master Of Stride Piano

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 1:43pm

On The Late Show, a set of previously unheard solo music from 1979, the jazz pianist employs techniques like suspenseful dropouts. He had a rare ability to sound archaic — and way ahead of his time.

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In The Irish Film 'Cavalry,' A Priest's Crisis Of Faith Is Weirdly Jokey

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 1:43pm

John Michael McDonagh's new movie stars Brendan Gleeson as a priest who must eventually face off against a killer. It's excruciatingly obvious and inept, but Gleeson brings it alive.

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For Novelist Jonathan Lethem, Radicalism Runs In The Family

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 1:42pm

His new book, Dissident Gardens, follows three generations of an activist family. The book is fiction, but its characters were inspired by Lethem's own story. Originally broadcast Sept. 9, 2013.

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