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For Comedian Kumail Nanjiani, Getting Personal Is Complicated

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 12:50pm

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Nanjiani moved to the U.S. for college. "I have a very conflicted relationship to where I'm from ..." he says. "It's still a struggle to negotiate some of it."

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Remembering Les Paul, On What Would Have Been His 100th Birthday

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 12:49pm

Les Paul, a guitar legend and music innovator, died in 2009 at the age of 94. To mark what would have been his 100th birthday, we'll listen back to a conversation he had with Terry Gross in 1992.

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India's 1947 Partition And The 'Deadly Legacy' That Persists To This Day

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 12:49pm

In his new book, Midnight's Furies, Nisid Hajari describes the riots and massacres that ensued after Pakistan was established as a separate state, and how those tensions are still playing out.

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New Release Brings Overdue Recognition For Soul Singer Jackie Moore

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 12:16pm

Much of Moore's music was unreleased at the time of recording and some of her best work didn't get the attention it deserved. A double disc compilation of her recordings has just been released.

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As Global Population Grows, Is The Earth Reaching The 'End Of Plenty'?

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 12:16pm

In his new book journalist Joel Bourne says humanity is facing a major problem: The world is running out of food. There are promising developments to meet the threat, he says, but time is running out.

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Bombs Blast And Time Marches On In 'A God In Ruins'

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 12:16pm

Kate Atkinson's novel both mourns the passing of the World War II generation and allows readers to vicariously enter into the experience of the war. It's a companion to her 2013 book, Life After Life.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Carry Mulligan, The Apple Watch, A Neurosurgeon's Memoir

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 8:03am

English actress Carey Mulligan talks about her role in the Broadway revival of Skylight; Alexis Madrigal reviews the Apple Watch; Henry Marsh reflects on the enigmas of the brain and consciousness.

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'Gershwins And Me' Tells The Stories Behind 12 Songs

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 12:10pm

Musician Michael Feinstein chronicles his experience working as an archivist and cataloger for legendary songwriter Ira Gershwin. Originally broadcast Oct. 17, 2012.

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In 'Spy', Melissa McCarthy Shines Amid Crude Jokes And Chase Scenes

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 2:36pm

Melissa McCarthy plays a James-Bond-style undercover secret agent in the espionage comedy Spy. Critic David Edelstein says the movie lurches between slapstick, violence and crude humor.

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Pregnant Women With Depression Face Tough Choices, No Easy Answers

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 1:54pm

Andrew Solomon, the author of The Noonday Demon, discusses the challenges of pregnancy for women who are depressed. The long-term effects of antidepressants taken during pregnancy are unclear.

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Malian Bandleader Bassekou Kouyate Merges Rock And Soul In 'Ba Power'

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 3:35pm

The new album by the veteran musician and his band Ngoni Ba conveys the restless march of time and the transience of all human conditions. Milo Miles calls it "the most satisfying sort of catchy."

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Infiltrating 'The Dark Net', Where Criminals, Trolls And Extremists Reign

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 3:34pm

Jamie Bartlett exposes an encrypted underworld to the Internet in his book The Dark Net: "Anybody with something to hide, whether it's for good reasons or for ill, finds a very natural home there."

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Four Books That Deliver Unexpected And Delightful Surprises This Summer

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 12:12pm

Travel (near and far), literary souvenirs and the crucial companionship of humankind's best friend are the subjects of the books on Maureen Corrigan's early summer reading list.

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The Gary Peacock Trio Balances Introspection And Drive In 'Now This'

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 12:12pm

Bassist Gary Peacock, pianist Marc Copland and drummer Joey Baron bring an airy, elastic swing to their new album, Now This. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the players pull the melodies together well.

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Actress Carey Mulligan Stands Out Amid The 'Madding Crowd'

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 12:12pm

The English actress has been nominated for a Tony Award for her role in the Broadway revival of Skylight. She also stars in the film adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel Far From the Madding Crowd.

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Those Yoga Poses May Not Be Ancient After All, And Maybe That's OK

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 1:35pm

In her new book, Michelle Goldberg traces the Western practice of yoga to a Russian woman named Indra Devi. Goldberg says that many of the poses in modern yoga can't be traced beyond 150 years ago.

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Apple's Watch: A Timepiece Designed To Give You Back Your Time

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 9:50am

Apple's newest product is a screen on your wrist, with its own operating system and software. Tech correspondent Alexis Madrigal calls the Apple Watch "a powerful extension of what your phone can do."

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Fresh Air Weekend: David Oyelowo, Highlights (And Lowlights) Of Cannes

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 8:03am

British-born Nigerian actor David Oyelowo talks about playing an American veteran in Nightingale. John Powers returns from the French film festival to discuss this year's new international films.

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Are DVD Box Sets A Dying Business? Studios Hope The Answer Is 'Not Yet'

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 2:02pm

As viewers turn to streaming sites to watch old TV shows, studios are issuing new DVD box sets of classic shows to a shrinking market. Critic Dave Bianculli suggests a few sets that are worth buying.

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In 'Moone Boy,' Actor Chris O'Dowd Shares Memories Of Growing Up Irish

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 2:02pm

The Irish actor appeared in the film Bridesmaids and the TV series Girls. The third season of O'Dowd's British comedy series Moone Boy was recently released on Hulu. Originally broadcast May 29, 2014.

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