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How A Factory Man Fought To Save His Furniture Company

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 2:16pm

Virginia furniture owner John Bassett III was determined to beat out foreign competitors. Author Beth Macy documents him, and the collapse of the U.S. furniture industry, in her new book, Factory Man.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Richard Linklater, Strand Of Oaks And Brian Krebs

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 8:03am

Writer-director Richard Linklater discusses his new film Boyhood; Ken Tucker has a review of the latest Strand Of Oaks album; and blogger Brian Krebs talks about covering cybercriminals.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Soul Singer And Songwriter Bobby Womack

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 1:28pm

Womack sang for a gospel group with his brothers called the Valentinos. It's All Over Now was their first international hit. Womack, who died June 27 at the age of 70, talked with Terry Gross in 1999.

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In A Remarkable Feat, 'Boyhood' Makes Time Visible

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 1:28pm

Boyhood is about a boy in Texas whose parents have separated. Filmed over 12 years, audiences watch him grow up — and his worldview evolve. The cumulative power of the movie is tremendous.

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Filmed Over 12 Years, 'Boyhood' Follows A Kid's Coming Of Age

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 2:02pm

Writer-director Richard Linklater says picking the film's star was vital because he had to guess what he'd be like at 18. "I just went with a kid who seemed kind of the most interesting."

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Fred Hersch Knows His Trios

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 1:59pm

Fred Hersch pulls together jazz piano traditions that have little in common. Kevin Whitehead says the classic piano, bass and drums trio format suits Hersch best of all in a review of Floating.

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10 Years Later, Mystery Heroine 'Maisie Dobbs' Gains New Life

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 1:59pm

Jacqueline Winspear's debut mystery, Maisie Dobbs, set in England around World War I, came out in paperback a decade ago. A new edition testifies to the enduring allure of the traditional mystery.

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If Jim Lauderdale Is A Song, More People Should Hear It

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 1:33pm

Fresh Air critic Ken Tucker says Lauderdale's career is at once admirable and somewhat puzzling.

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Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees'

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 1:33pm

Laurence Packer says humans need to appreciate both domestic bees and the some 20,000 species of wild bees. His book Keeping The Bees explores all types, including some that feed on tears.

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'The Strain' And 'Extant' Play On Fears Of Forces Out Of Our Control

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 1:33pm

This week, two new TV series' begin in the threats-from-nowhere genre: Extant on CBS and The Strain on FX. The better of the two, The Strain, about a disease outbreak, is effectively creepy.

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The Hazards Of Probing The Internet's Dark Side

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:08pm

Brian Krebs, who broke the Target security breach story last year, says cybercriminals are "some very bad people." He tells Terry Gross about how they have found creative ways to taunt him.

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'Violette' Evokes Exasperating Self Pity, A Trait The French Like

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:44pm

The film Violette is a fictionalized portrait of Violette Leduc, the trailblazing French novelist who was considered difficult. The strangely gripping movie captures a key moment in feminist history.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Actor Meshach Taylor

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:18pm

Taylor was best known for his role as Anthony Bouvier on the TV sitcom Designing Women. Taylor's other TV series included Buffalo Bill and Dave's World. He chatted with Terry Gross in 1990.

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The Westerlies Come On Home With Horvitz

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:18pm

The brass players' debut album is a set of pieces by Seattle-based composer and improviser Wayne Horvitz

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Screenwriter Paul Mazursky

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:18pm

Mazursky wrote such films as Next Stop, Greenwich Village; An Unmarried Woman; and Down and Out in Beverly Hills. He died last week at the age of 84. He talked with Terry Gross in 1991 and 1999.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Joel McHale, 'Friendship,' And 'The Great Fish Swap'

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 8:03am

Comedian Joel McHale talks bad TV and filming a thriller; Maureen Corrigan says Friendship is a startlingly nice novel; and author Paul Greenberg discusses why most of the fish we eat is imported.

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In Big Bill Broonzy's Blues, Brothers Find A Way To Sing Together

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 2:35pm

Dave and Phil Alvin have made their first full album together in nearly 30 years, a tribute to one of their early influences. Originally broadcast June 11, 2014.

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In Charming Film 'Begin Again,' Music Can Save A Life

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 1:14pm

Keira Knightley plays a heartbroken singer-songwriter who teams up with a drunken producer in Begin Again. Irish director John Carney, who had a surprise hit with the musical Once, hit his mark again.

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'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And Death

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 1:14pm

In late 2012, filmmaker Steve James and Roger Ebert began talking about filming a documentary based on Ebert's memoir. Ebert's wife, Chaz, agreed. They didn't know that he would die within months.

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'Friendship': A Startlingly Nice Novel By A Tough-Girl Blogger

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 1:47pm

Emily Gould's first novel stars 30-something single women in New York City who are figuring out what's important in life. It's worth picking up for its sharp social observations and inspired wordplay.

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