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Fresh Air Weekend: Writer Richard Price And 'The New Yorker's David Remnick

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 8:03am

The author of Clockers and others talks about his latest, The Whites; Editor David Remnick looks back on tough decisions he's made as The New Yorker turns 90.

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In These Six 'Wild Tales,' Humans Morph Into Destructive Forces Of Nature

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:34pm

The Argentinean film co-produced by Pedro Almodovar is up for an Oscar for best foreign language film. It features a drunk teenager who runs over a woman and an angry bride at a glitzy Jewish wedding.

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In These Six 'Wild Tales,' Humans Morph Into Destructive Forces Of Nature

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:34pm

The Argentinean film co-produced by Pedro Almodovar is up for an Oscar for best foreign language film. It features a drunk teenager who runs over a woman and an angry bride at a glitzy Jewish wedding.

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Ornette Coleman Returns With His Unmistakable Sound

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:34pm

Jazz saxophonist Coleman, who is now 80, rarely makes records any more. In New Vocabulary, he joins up trumpet and drums — and peppers his solos with his signature catchy and earthy pet phrases.

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Fresh Air Remembers Former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:34pm

Levine's work often reflected the hardships and dignity of manual labor. He died Feb. 14 in Fresno, Calif. He was 87. In 1991, Levine spoke with Terry Gross about his collection What Work Is.

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In These Six 'Wild Tales,' Humans Morph Into Destructive Forces Of Nature

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:34pm

The Argentinean film co-produced by Pedro Almodovar is up for an Oscar for best foreign language film. It features a drunk teenager who runs over a woman and an angry bride at a glitzy Jewish wedding.

» E-Mail This

Ornette Coleman Returns With His Unmistakable Sound

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:34pm

Jazz saxophonist Coleman, who is almost 85, rarely makes records any more. In New Vocabulary, he joins up trumpet and drums — and peppers his solos with his signature catchy and earthy pet phrases.

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Fresh Air Remembers Lesley Gore Who Sang Hits Including 'You Don't Own Me'

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:34pm

Gore is known for her Top 40 sensations such as It's My Party, produced by Quincy Jones. Her last album was released in 2005, the year she came out as a lesbian. She died Monday at the age of 68.

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Fresh Air Remembers Former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:34pm

Levine's work often reflected the hardships and dignity of manual labor. He died Feb. 14 in Fresno, Calif. He was 87. In 1991, Levine spoke with Terry Gross about his collection What Work Is.

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Fresh Air Remembers Lesley Gore Who Sang Hits Including 'You Don't Own Me'

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:34pm

Gore is known for her Top 40 sensations such as It's My Party, produced by Quincy Jones. Her last album was released in 2005, the year she came out as a lesbian. She died Monday at the age of 68.

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For Host Larry Wilmore, A Year Of 'Extraordinary' Highs And 'Humbling' Lows

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 1:11pm

Wilmore is still fine-tuning The Nightly Show, which fills the late-night spot on Comedy Central vacated by Stephen Colbert. The show launched just as Wilmore's 20-year marriage was coming to an end.

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For Host Larry Wilmore, A Year Of Personal Lows And Professional Highs

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 1:11pm

Wilmore is still fine-tuning The Nightly Show, which fills the late-night spot on Comedy Central vacated by Stephen Colbert. The show launched just as Wilmore's 20-year marriage was coming to an end.

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Robert Earl Keen Delves Into Bluegrass With A Texan Twang

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:45pm

The singer-songwriter usually follows in the story-song tradition of his forebears Townes Van Zant and Guy Clark. But in Happy Prisoner he brings enthusiastic curiosity to covers of bluegrass greats.

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Robert Earl Keen Delves Into Bluegrass With A Texan Twang

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:45pm

The singer-songwriter usually follows in the story-song tradition of his forebears Townes Van Zant and Guy Clark. But in Happy Prisoner he brings enthusiastic curiosity to covers of bluegrass greats.

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David Remnick Looks Back On Tough Decisions As 'The New Yorker' Turns 90

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:45pm

Remnick, who became editor in 1998, talks about his early days at the magazine and his biggest regret: He says he'd "dearly love to have another crack" at covering the weapons of mass destruction.

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In Richard Price's New Novel, Haunted Cops And Cases They Couldn't Close

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 12:07pm

Price says that in every precinct there's one cop who just can't let go of a case. "They all reminded me of Ahab ... looking for their whales," he says. Price's latest is called The Whites.

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The Furniture Company That Sang The Blues

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 2:04pm

In the mid-1920s, Paramount Records was the leading blues label in America. The second box set featuring this music was released in late 2014.

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The Politics Of Passing 1964's Civil Rights Act

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 2:03pm

The act, which turned 50 last year, ended the era of legal segregation in public accommodations, like restaurants and hotels. Author Todd Purdum talks about the battles that surrounded it.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Photojournalist Lynsey Addario And Michael Keaton

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 8:03am

Addario, who was taken captive in 2011 while covering Libya's civil war, talks about her new book It's What I Do; Keaton talks about Birdman, Batman and growing up the youngest of seven.

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If You Strip The Bondage, '50 Shades' Is A Conventional Love Story

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:52pm

The film, based on E.L. James' best-selling novel, has been denounced by decency brigades. But it's a surprisingly mild, corny romance that affirms traditional values: It's Jane Eyre with ropes.

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