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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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The Animals: The British Invasion That Wasn't

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:22am

Largely ignored today, the rough-and-tumble quintet from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne gets reassessed in a new box set, titled The Mickie Most Years & More.

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'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner On The End Of Don Draper's Journey

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:22am

Weiner is currently writing and shooting the show's final episodes. He tells Fresh Air, "I'm going to be leaving these characters in a place where they belong."

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At 90, 'Fiddler' Lyricist Tells His Story

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 1:27pm

"Any successful lyricist has to be part playwright and has to be able to put himself into the minds and the hearts and the souls of the characters," Sheldon Harnick tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Exploring 'What We Left Behind' In Iraq

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 2:28pm

New Yorker writer Dexter Filkins finds an increasingly authoritarian prime minister — Nouri al-Maliki — sectarian violence, and concern for the future. Iraq holds parliamentary elections Wednesday.

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For Alan Cumming, Life Is (Once Again) A Cabaret

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 12:59pm

This is the third time Cumming has starred in the musical. He talks about the new production — everything from his costume (which he calls a "Wonder Bra" for men) to the darker themes of the show.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Seth Meyers And Hari Kondabolu

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 2:53pm

Seth Meyers talks about leaving Saturday Night Live to take over Late Night from Jimmy Fallon. And Hari Kondabolu describes his career path from immigrant-rights organizer to comedian.

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A Poetry Reading: 'To My Oldest Friend, Whose Silence Is Like A Death'

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 12:31pm

Fresh Air's classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz published a poem about friendship and loss on Poets.org.

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Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco: 'I Finally Felt Like I Was Home'

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 12:31pm

Blanco, who read his poem "One Today" at Obama's second inauguration, is the first immigrant, Latino and openly gay poet chosen to read at an inauguration.

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Poet Marie Howe On 'What The Living Do' After Loss

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 12:31pm

"Poetry holds the knowledge that we are alive and that we know we're going to die," Howe says.

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In 'Locke,' A Man's Life Unravels En Route To London

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 12:31pm

Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) is the only person the audience sees in this daring film by Steven Knight. Viewers spend an hour and a half in the car with him, on a solo drive from Birmingham to London.

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Tyler Hicks Tells The Story Behind His Pulitzer-Winning Nairobi Mall Photos

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 2:16pm

The New York Times photojournalist happened to be nearby when Islamist militants launched an attack on shoppers inside an upscale Kenyan mall — he rushed inside and took photos as the event unfolded.

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Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' Challenge: What To Do With His Hands?

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 1:41pm

Meyers left a dream job hosting Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update to take over Late Night from Jimmy Fallon. Meyers says not having a mic in hand — like he did in standup — took some adjusting.

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For Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sometimes Sanity Is The Better Option

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:51am

Make My Head Sing... is an album of contradictions. It's full of unreliable narrators who sometimes revel in jealousy, willful insanity and drugs, even as her voice and the music suggest otherwise.

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'Forcing The Spring' Tells One Chapter In Story Of Marriage Equality

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 2:51pm

The strategy of going to the Supreme Court to challenge Proposition 8 was controversial within the gay rights movement. Now, Jo Becker's new book is proving to be controversial as well.

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For Comic Hari Kondabolu, Explaining The Joke IS The Joke

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 1:14pm

Many comedians think that explaining jokes ruins jokes, but Hari Kondabolu doesn't mind. Especially when it comes to jokes about race and ethnicity, he's willing to explain until everyone gets it.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Missing Microbes,' 'The Both,' And Mike Judge's 'Silicon Valley'

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 8:03am

Dr. Martin Blaser explains why modern medicine may not be doing your microbiome any favors. Aimee Mann and Ted Leo team up to become the duo "The Both." And Mike Judge pokes fun at programmers.

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