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This one-hour program features Terry Gross' in-depth interviews with prominent cultural and entertainment figures, as well as distinguished experts on current affairs and news.
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Douglas and Caine Find 'Present Joys' In The Sacred Harp Songbook

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:37pm

Virtuoso jazz musicians Dave Douglas and Uri Caine perform from their new album of duets. It features hymns based on a tradition called shape-note singing, which dates to the early 1800s.

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Before War, A Punk Drummer Preserved Syrian Chants

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:39pm

Jason Hamacher wasn't trained as a photographer, a musicologist or a member of a religious community. The former Frodus drummer simply felt compelled to document this music.

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Stick With 'The Knick,' A Medical Drama With Amazing Inventions

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 1:52pm

The new Cinemax show stars Clive Owen as a rude doctor in a New York City hospital in 1900. It may take a few episodes, but you'll care about the characters and their inventions.

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A Label Paramount To Early Blues And Jazz

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 1:55pm

Between 1917 and 1932, the label released thousands of records. Jack White's Third Man Records has joined with the reissue label Revenant to release the first of two packages documenting Paramount.

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Malaysia Flight Wreckage Was 'Like The End Of The World'

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 1:42pm

The New York Times' Sabrina Tavernise was among the first to arrive at the site of the downed flight in Ukraine in late July. She says it's hard to get the faces of the dead out of her mind.

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A Lost Piece Of Soul History Appears

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 2:28pm

In the early 1960s when soul star Sam Cooke had his own record label, SAR, he recorded songs by his younger brother, L.C. Cooke. Fifty years years, the complete set's finally issued.

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How Ronald Reagan Used An 'Invisible Bridge' To Win Over Americans

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 2:28pm

Rick Perlstein's new book describes how Reagan emerged as the leader of a potent political movement during the turbulent mid-'70s. He says the soul of Reagan's appeal was how he made people feel good.

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A Lost Piece Of Soul History Appears

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 2:28pm

In the early 1960s when soul star Sam Cooke had his own record label, SAR, he recorded songs by his younger brother, L.C. Cooke. Fifty years years, the complete set's finally issued.

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How Reagan Used An 'Invisible Bridge' To Win Over Americans

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 2:28pm

Rick Perlstein's new book describes how Reagan emerged as the leader of a potent political movement during the turbulent mid '70s. He says the soul of Reagan's appeal was how he made people feel good.

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How Interactive TV Is Older Than TV Itself

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:28pm

As technology gets more complex, TV producers aim to take advantage of it, such as relying on phoned-in votes from viewers. The interactive talent show, it turns out, predates TV itself.

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Spoon Wants Your Soul

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:28pm

They Want My Soul is another fine Spoon album in a career that has now come to display a remarkable consistency

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How Interactive TV Is Older Than TV Itself

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:28pm

As technology gets more complex, TV producers aim to take advantage of it, such as relying on phoned-in votes from viewers. The interactive talent show, it turns out, predates TV itself.

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Spoon Wants Your Soul

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:28pm

They Want My Soul is another fine Spoon album in a career that has now come to display a remarkable consistency

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Allison Janney On Sex, Sorkin And Being The Tallest Woman In The Room

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:04pm

Allison Janney has been nominated for Emmys for her roles on Masters of Sex and Mom. She says her relationships with her mother and her brother, who was an addict, helped inform her characters.

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Allison Janney On Sex, Sorkin And Being The Tallest Woman In The Room

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:04pm

Allison Janney has been nominated for Emmys for her roles on Masters of Sex and Mom. She says her relationships with her mom and her brother, who was an addict, helped inform her characters.

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Fresh Air Weekend: George Takei, 'The Honorable Woman,' Dom Flemons

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 8:03am

George Takei talks about the new documentary To Be Takei; David Bianculli says The Honorable Woman is not to miss; Dom Flemons discusses his first album since leaving Carolina Chocolate Drops.

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Fresh Air Weekend: George Takei, 'The Honorable Woman,' Dom Flemons

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 8:03am

George Takei talks about the new documentary To Be Takei; David Bianculli says The Honorable Woman is not to miss; Dom Flemons discusses his first album since leaving Carolina Chocolate Drops.

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Fresh Air Pays Tribute To James Brown, 'Godfather Of Funk'

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:04pm

James Brown is featured in the new biopic Get On Up. In '80s and '90s, Terry Gross talked with his biographer and two musicians who played in his band. And in 2005, she talked with Brown himself.

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Sailing Through Space With 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'? Hilarious

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:04pm

The newest Marvel comic adaptation features five motley warriors, including a raccoon and a tree, against an armada of space villains. The big-budget effects-laden movie is light and funny.

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Fresh Air Pays Tribute To James Brown, 'Godfather Of Funk'

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:04pm

James Brown is featured in the new biopic Get On Up. In '80s and '90s, Terry Gross talked with his biographer and two musicians who played in his band. And in 2005, she talked with Brown himself.

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