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Benedict Cumberbatch On Alan Turing's Awkwardness And Sherlock's Sex Appeal

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:13am

The actor gained critical acclaim — and a big following — for his role in Sherlock. Now he's up for an Oscar for his portrayal of eccentric mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

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'The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore' Debuts In Slot Vacated By Stephen Colbert

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 1:01pm

On Monday night, Comedy Central premiered former Daily Show correspondent Larry Wilmore's new show. While Wilmore's sarcastic comments on clips were funny, the round-table discussion didn't sparkle.

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In 'The Evil Hours,' A Journalist Shares His Struggle With PTSD

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 1:01pm

While embedded with troops in Iraq, David Morris almost died when a Humvee he was riding in ran over a roadside bomb. His book explores the history and science of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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'Gateway To Freedom': Heroes, Danger And Loss On The Underground Railroad

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 11:30am

While writing his new book, historian Eric Foner relied on a recently discovered record of slaves' escapes. He says the documents paint a "revealing picture" of life on the Underground Railroad.

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'Still Alice' Is A Triumph For Julianne Moore, But The Rest Of Film Is Thin

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:55pm

The movie is based on neuroscientist Lisa Genova's novel about a linguistics professor with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. While Moore is fascinating, the rest of the characters are half-formed.

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Skeptic Takes A Tour Of Self-Help's 'Promise Land'

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:55pm

Despite being the daughter of a child psychologist and self-help author, Jessica Lamb-Shapiro has spent her life recoiling from the self-help industry. She talks about how the industry helped her.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Boyhood' Stars, 'Broad City' Co-Creators, A Review Of Ty Segall

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:52pm

Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke talk about filming Boyhood; Broad City stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer discuss their Comedy Central show; Ken Tucker reviews Segall's new album.

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How Orwell's 'Animal Farm' Led A Radical Muslim to Moderation

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 1:05pm

When Maajid Nawaz was 16, he joined a radical Islamist group. After four years in prison in Egypt, he decided to leave it. "I'm very, very lucky to have been able to get through it," he says.

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Fresh Air Remembers National Book Award Winner Robert Stone

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 1:08pm

Stone wrote eight novels, including Dog Soldiers, and a memoir. He died Saturday at the age of 77. In 1986 and 2007, Stone talked with Terry Gross about, among other things, writing and his childhood.

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In 'Broad City,' Two Women Make Comedy From The 'Muck' Of New York Living

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 1:08pm

The Comedy Central show is about single 20-somethings who sit around and make each other laugh. Stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer poke fun at New Yorkers' "sick, masochistic romance" with the city.

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'Man Seeking Woman' Examines How It Feels To Be Single, Dating And Rejected

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 1:10pm

The new comedy series on FXX is a cross between an early Woody Allen comedy and a very edgy late-night comedy sketch. It's part literal, part impressionistic — even surrealist — and very different.

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The Magic Of The 'Boyhood' Experiment: Time And Patience

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 1:10pm

If the story fell apart after 12 years of filming, it would have been a "real drag," says Patricia Arquette, and a "colossal waste of time," says Ethan Hawke. Instead, it won three Golden Globes.

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Ty Segall Goes 3-D On 'Mr. Face'

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 1:31pm

Ty Segall's new EP comes on two 7-inch discs that double as a pair of 3-D glasses.

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Why OCD Is 'Miserable': A Science Reporter's Obsession With Contracting HIV

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 1:07pm

David Adam has had obsessive-compulsive disorder for 20 years. In The Man Who Couldn't Stop, he chronicles his experiences — and how medical understanding and treatment of OCD have changed over time.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Selma' Director Ava DuVernay And Writer George Pelecanos

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 8:03am

DuVernay talks about her film that dramatizes a turning point in civil rights history; Pelecanos explores crime, adoption and writing from an African-American point of view in The Martini Shot.

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Son Of A Secret Smuggler Digs Up The Truth About His Dad

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 1:37pm

Tony Dokoupil's father was once busted for distributing enough marijuana "to roll a joint for every college-age person in America." In The Last Pirate, Dokoupil reflects on his dad's time as a dealer.

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The 'Selma' Criticism For How It Portrays Lyndon B. Johnson: Is It Fair?

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:14pm

The film about Martin Luther King's marches for voting rights is being accused of alleged historical inaccuracies. Critic David Edelstein says that's "not entirely" fair, and it's still a great movie.

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The Sounds, Space And Spirit Of 'Selma': A Director's Take

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 1:03pm

Ava DuVernay's new film dramatizes a turning point in civil rights history. She says she wanted to "elevate [Selma] from a page in your history book and really just get it ... into your DNA."

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Did Editorials Influence Obama's Decision To Normalize Relations With Cuba?

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:26pm

The New York Times' Ernesto Londono wrote editorials urging Obama to end the embargo. He tells of the changes he saw when he visited Cuba last month and how he sees the new relationship evolving.

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Matt LeBlanc Has Quietly Made 'Episodes' A Must-See Comedy

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:19pm

The show, in its fourth season, was created by David Crane, who worked with LeBlanc on Friends. TV critic David Bianculli says its brand of satire is particularly timely and laugh-out-loud funny.

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