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Do Feelings Compute? If Not, The Turing Test Doesn't Mean Much

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 2:36pm

For the first time, a computer passed the test for machines engaging in intelligent thought. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says the real test is whether computers can behave the same way thinking people do.

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'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:35pm

One-third of the seafood Americans catch is sold abroad, but most of the seafood we eat here is imported and often of lower quality. Why? Author Paul Greenberg says it has to do with American tastes.

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Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 1:44pm

The host of The Soup co-stars in the thriller Deliver Us From Evil. "I felt like a 12-year-old getting to be in an action film," McHale tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Mary Gauthier, Miranda Lambert, The Women Behind 'Obvious Child'

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 8:03am

Singer Mary Gauthier discusses what inspired Trouble & Love; Ken Tucker reviews Miranda Lambert's latest album Platinum; and the women behind Obvious Child talk farts, abortion and stage fright.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Actor Eli Wallach

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:58am

Wallach made a career of playing the villain in films like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and The Magnificent Seven. He died Tuesday at the age of 98. Wallach talked with Terry Gross in 1990.

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After The Rapture, Who Are 'The Leftovers'?

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:58am

Tom Perrotta's 2011 novel examined the aftermath of an unexplained rapturelike event. A new HBO series inspired by The Leftovers begins Sunday. Originally broadcast Aug. 25, 2011.

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In The Mood For Apocalypse? Skip 'Transformers,' See 'Snowpiercer'

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:58am

Film critic David Edelstein says Snowpiercer — a dystopian film based on a French graphic novel — is far more invigorating and potent than Transformers 4: Age of Extinction.

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Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Has A Firm Grasp On Pop History

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 1:07pm

Lana Del Rey continues a time-honored pop tradition of developing a public persona that challenges fans to decide what's real and what's not.

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'Most Dangerous Book': A Rich Treasury Charting James Joyce's 'Ulysses'

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 1:07pm

There are many heroes in Kevin Birmingham's new book about the novel that sparked a revolution, but James Joyce isn't one of them. The strength of The Most Dangerous Book lies in its subtle details.

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The Women Behind 'Obvious Child' Talk Farts, Abortion And Stage Fright

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:33pm

For her first feature film, director Gillian Robespierre says she wanted to cast Jenny Slate in the role as an empowered, funny woman. They tell Fresh Air about what shaped them as women in comedy.

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Dexter Filkins On ISIS And The 'Bitter Consequences' Of The Iraq War

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 2:22pm

The writer who covered the war in Iraq, and its aftermath, details the militant Sunni Islamist group, the power it has in Iraq and Syria and how its war is destabilizing neighboring countries.

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Mary Gauthier De-Romanticizes Romantic Love

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 11:36am

Trouble & Love is about a relationship that went bad. "I think that this is one where Mary finally gets the lesson," Gauthier tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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50 Years Ago, Students Fought For Black Rights During 'Freedom Summer'

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 2:12pm

A PBS documentary about the 1964 movement to get blacks to vote in Mississippi airs Tuesday. Freedom Summer director Stanley Nelson and organizer Charles Cobb discuss the dangers the students faced.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Writer And Middle East Scholar Fouad Ajami

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 2:00pm

In 1988, Ajami spoke with Terry Gross about an essay he'd written about how political catastrophe came to Beruit, Lebanon, and how the city where he grew up became a land of cruelty and hatred.

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Fresh Air Weekend: John Oliver, Parquet Courts And Joshua Ferris

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 8:03am

Comedian John Oliver pokes fun on his new show on HBO; Ken Tucker reviews Parquet Courts' third record; and writer Joshua Ferris discusses his latest novel about a dentist wrestling with his atheism.

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A Reclusive Novelist Reckons With His Legacy '& Sons'

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 2:00pm

David Gilbert tells the story of a famous, aging writer whose children do not feel as warmly toward him as his readers do. Originally broadcast July 23, 2013.

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'Jersey Boys' And 'Venus In Fur' Are Just As Intense On Screen

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 2:00pm

Two veteran directors adapted the Broadway shows to film. And while many such translations are too stage-bound, critic David Edelstein says Clint Eastwood and Roman Polanski got the balance right.

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Remembering Horace Silver, Hard Bop Pioneer

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 2:00pm

Jazz pianist, bandleader and composer Horace Silver died Wednesday at age 85. Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead says that Silver had been off the scene awhile, but his influence is as strong as ever.

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John Oliver Is No One's Friend On His New HBO Show

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 12:23pm

The comedian who was a correspondent on The Daily Show for seven-and-a-half years now pokes fun on Last Week Tonight. Oliver talks about tasing his leg, temping for a thief and remaining an outsider.

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Writer Reflects On Aircraft Carrier's Mission To The Persian Gulf

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 1:59pm

Geoff Dyer spent two weeks aboard the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush for his book Another Great Day at Sea. He talks with Fresh Air about his book, and the carrier's latest position for possible air strikes.

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