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'Justified' Creator Aims To Stay True To The Late Writer Elmore Leonard

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:07pm

The FX series, now in its final season, is based on Leonard's novella Fire in the Hole. Showrunner Graham Yost says, "I look at this show as Elmore Leonard's show, and we're all in service of him."

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Journalist Says Ted Cruz's Message Is Clear That 'Compromise Is For Losers'

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:26pm

When Cruz announced his presidency, he said: "It's time to reclaim the constitution." The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin discusses the strict legal philosophy that has shaped Cruz's political agenda.

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Do You Believe In Ghosts? You Might After Reading This Book

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:26pm

Sante Fe's most famous ghost is Hannah Nordhaus' great-great-grandmother. Her new book American Ghost is mix of memoir, cultural history, genealogical detective story and paranormal investigation.

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'American Crime': A Series Packed With 'Emotional Honesty' About Race

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:39pm

The show revolves around a murder case in which nearly all the characters are part victim and part aggressor. Creator John Ridley and actor Benito Martinez explain.

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James Corden Hits Late-Night TV With His Own Skill Set And Mindset

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 1:39pm

The Late Late Show with James Corden fills the post-David Letterman time slot on CBS. TV critic David Bianculli says that based on first impressions, Corden will "settle in nicely."

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Former Orca Trainer For SeaWorld Condemns Its Practices

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 4:11pm

John Hargrove says he left SeaWorld after seeing "devastating effects of captivity" on orcas. His new book is Beneath The Surface. SeaWorld disputes such claims and says it treats whales with respect.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Daniel Genis, 'Seymour' Documentary And Norman Blake

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

Genis, who served 10 years in prison for armed robbery, writes about prison life; John Powers reviews Seymour: An Introduction; Bluegrass musician Norman Blake releases an album of original songs.

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In 'Redeployment,' Former Marine Explores The Challenges Of Coming Home

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 1:01pm

Phil Klay served in Iraq from January 2007 to February 2008. He recently won a National Book Critics Circle award for his collection of short stories. Originally broadcast Nov. 25, 2014.

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Fresh Air Remembers Blues And Jazz Historian Samuel Charters

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 1:01pm

Charters helped ignite the blues revival of the '50s and '60s. He made field recordings of forgotten and previously undiscovered performers. He also wrote two books. He died Wednesday; he was 85.

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'Seymour': A Loving Portrait Of An Acclaimed Classical Pianist

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 1:01pm

Seymour: An Introduction is an inspiring new documentary by the actor Ethan Hawke. It's about Seymour Bernstein, who quit a successful concert career at the age of 50 to become a piano teacher.

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'A Little Life': An Unforgettable Novel About The Grace Of Friendship

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 1:09pm

In Hanya Yanagihara's deeply moving novel, college friends rise, lose their bearings, fall in love, squabble and wrestle with life's tragedies in New York City.

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Bluegrass Musician Norman Blake Releases An Album Of Original Songs

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 1:09pm

Blake has performed for more than 60 years. He was in Johnny Cash's band and played on Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline album. Now 77, his new album is called Wood, Wire and Words.

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Prepare To Weep: 'Little Life' Follows 4 Friends' Path To Redemption

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 1:09pm

In Hanya Yanagihara's deeply moving novel, a group of college friends rise, lose their bearings, fall in love, squabble and wrestle with life's tragedies in New York City.

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Saxophonist Tony Malaby's New Quartet Brings Out His Rowdy Side

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 1:14pm

Malaby has merged his two trios — with a cello and a tuba — into a quartet called Tubacello. Their new album is Scorpion Eater. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says he hopes to hear from them again.

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Released From Prison, 'Apologetic Bandit' Writes About Life Inside

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 1:10pm

Daniel Genis, son of Soviet emigre writer Alexander Genis, served 10 years for armed robbery. The crimes fueled his heroin addiction. "It was so obvious I didn't fit in," he says.

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Remastering 78s: A Company Brings Clarity To Pianist Artur Schnabel's Works

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 1:10pm

Many historic recordings have been transferred to CD, but not always as accurately as desirable. But a small record company in France has been remastering these recordings in a revolutionary way.

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Forget Binge Watching: Great Television Happens When Networks Pace Shows

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 1:10pm

The perfect example, says critic David Bianculli, is HBO's The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. Spread out over six weeks, the finale had the most chilling TV moment he's seen in years.

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WWII Novel-Memoir Explores The Blurry Line Between Fact And Fiction

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 1:10pm

In Dan Torday's The Last Flight of Poxl West, a Jewish refugee tells his heroic World War II story in a best-selling — and partly fabricated — memoir.

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Brandi Carlile's Surging Voice Grounds 'The Firewatcher's Daughter'

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 12:34pm

Carlile has been releasing albums for the past 10 years, and Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says her new one, called The Firewatcher's Daughter, is her best yet.

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