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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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Ray LaMontagne Finds The Bright Side On 'Supernova'

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:09pm

The achievement of Supernova is that, five albums in, LaMontagne hasn't settled into a formula or a fall-back recurring mood. Here, the singer-songwriter explores a sunny, psychedelic side.

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'Frontline' Doc Explores How Sept. 11 Created Today's NSA

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 2:58pm

PBS looks at the origins of the agency's surveillance program and the extraordinary steps top government officials took to give it legal cover and keep it hidden.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Sam Baker And Roz Chast

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 8:03am

A musician finds grace in the wake of destruction and a cartoonist reflects on caring for aging parents.

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'Penny Dreadful' Is Wonderful, But 'Rosemary's Baby' Is Dreadful

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 11:11am

Critic David Bianculli reviews the two new TV programs in the horror genre competing for viewers and attention: NBC's modern-day remake of Rosemary's Baby and Showtime's Victorian Penny Dreadful.

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'God's Pocket' Is Horrifying, Humanist And Heartbreaking

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 11:11am

Many people will find God's Pocket depressing, but once you get past the despair and carnage it's full of life. In one of his last film roles, Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as hapless Mickey Scarpato.

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Marc Maron: A Life Fueled By 'Panic And Dread'

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 11:11am

The comedian turned his life around when he started "WTF with Marc Maron" out of his garage in 2009. He has parlayed the popularity of the podcast into a new television show called Maron.

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A Cartoonist's Funny, Heartbreaking Take On Caring For Aging Parents

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 11:40am

In Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast combines text, cartoons, sketches and photos to describe her interactions with her parents during the last years of their lives.

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Two Italys Take A Road Trip In 'Il Sorpasso'

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 11:40am

The 1962 comic drama follows two young men: one who smacks of Italy's joyless '50s and one who embodies the prosperity and recklessness of the '60s. The film is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

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'Hill Street Blues' Created Two Eras For TV Drama: Before And After

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 11:44am

In 1981, NBC presented a new police series that went on to make TV history. Hill Street Blues has just been released on DVD in its entirety for the first time.

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From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle'

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 11:44am

Colson Whitehead's new book was born of an assignment to write about the World Series of Poker for Grantland. It's a sharp observational tale of the game, those who play it and how it changed him.

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Sam Baker: Finding Grace In The Wake Of Destruction

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 11:25am

In 1986, a bomb planted by the Peruvian terrorist group Shining Path exploded in the luggage rack above Sam Baker. Somehow, during his long recovery, songs focused on empathy started coming to him.

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Todd Barry's New Stand-Up Strategy: 'Does Anyone Want To Talk To Me?'

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 12:43pm

Last year, the comedian teamed up with Louis C.K. to film a tour in which all he did was crowd work, or engage the audience in improvised conversations.

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In 'Hotel Florida,' Three Couples Chronicle The Spanish Civil War

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 12:43pm

Biographer Amanda Vaill's new book delves deep into the lives of journalists like Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, whose documenting of the war helped shape public perception.

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tUnE-yArDs: Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 9:33am

On Nikki Nack, Merrill Garbus worries over the notion that she's just an accumulation of her influences, and she fights back wonderfully.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Alan Cumming, 'Godzilla' And Matthew Weiner

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

Cumming is starring in Cabaret for a third time, critic John Powers considers the movie monster and Mad Men's creator reflects on the end of Don Draper's journey.

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The Making Of 'Godzilla,' Japan's Favorite 'Mon-Star'

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:04am

Steve Ryfle is the author of a book about the making of the film and its many sequels. He spoke to Fresh Air in 2004, on the film's 50th anniversary.

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'Ida': A Coming-Of-Age Story With An Eerie Luster

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:04am

Polish-born director Pawel Pawlikowski's new film centers on an orphan who learns the secret of her past when she's on the brink of becoming a nun.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers British Actor Bob Hoskins

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:04am

Hoskins, who played a human detective in a world of cartoon characters in the acclaimed movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, died this week after contracting pneumonia. He was 71 years old.

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Review: Drummer Billy Hart's 'One Is The Other'

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:04am

Hart has recorded hundreds of albums, backing, among many others, pianist Herbie Hancock. But he sometimes records under his own name too, especially now that he has a well-seasoned quartet.

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Movie Monsters, Monster Movies And Why 'Godzilla' Endures

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:07am

Unlike Jaws and Alien, whose creatures are soulless things to be destroyed, Godzilla resonates because of something that once defined the best monster movies — a sense of compassion for the monster.

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