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New Meds Block Heroin Craving, But Reporter Finds Treatment Centers Don't Use Them

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:44pm

The Huffington Post's Jason Cherkis investigated the heroin epidemic in Kentucky, and found that the abstinence-based approach used in most treatment centers was leading to many fatal relapses.

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Bob Dylan Looks To The Ageless American Songbook

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 12:48pm

Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says Dylan both infuses the songs with his personality, while also allowing them to be heard anew.

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Fingertips To Hair Follicles: Why 'Touch' Triggers Pleasure And Pain

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 12:42pm

In his latest book, neuroscientist David Linden explains the science of touch. He tells Fresh Air how pain protects, why fingertips are so sensitive and why you can't read Braille with your genitals.

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Bradley Cooper: 'Sniper' Controversy Distracts From Film's Message About Vets

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 1:44pm

As the film's depiction of the Iraq War has come under scrutiny, Cooper, who portrays Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, says the discussion is moving away from "the fact that 22 vets commit suicide each day."

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Fresh Air Weekend: Benedict Cumberbatch, 'American Sniper' Review And 'Teenage Brain'

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 8:03am

Cumberbatch portrays the eccentric mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game; John Powers reviews American Sniper; neuroscientist Frances Jensen discusses why teens should protect their brains.

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When Islamists Impose Their Will In 'Timbuktu,' One Family Resists

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 1:24pm

The movie, one of five Academy Award nominees for best foreign language film this year, is about radical Islamists occupying the city in Mali. Remarkably, it's often on the verge of being a comedy.

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Fresh Air Remembers Long-Time New York TV And Radio Personality Joe Franklin

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 1:23pm

Franklin was a talk-show host for more than 40 years. Guests ranged from Elvis Presley, Woody Allen and Barbra Streisand. He died Jan. 24 at 88 years old. In 1988, Franklin talked with Terry Gross.

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Are We Having Fun Yet? New Book Explores The Paradox Of Parenting

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 1:23pm

Kids can be magical and maddening. The title of Jennifer Senior's book — All Joy and No Fun — contrasts the strains of day-to-day parenting with the transcendent experience of raising a child.

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In 'Outline,' A Series Of Conversations Are Autobiographies In Miniature

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:21pm

Rachel Cusk's novel centers on a writer and mother recovering from divorce who teaches a summer course in Athens, Greece. The narrator has 10 conversations filled with holes, lies and self-deceptions.

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Editor Picks Religions For The First Norton Anthology of World Religions

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:39pm

The anthology includes ancient and contemporary interpretations of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Daoism. Editor Jack Miles discusses primary texts, extremism and death.

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Full Of Complexity And Ambivalence, 'American Sniper' Shows The Cost Of War

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:37pm

The film about a Navy SEAL whose service in Iraq made him a mythic figure has become a cultural lightning rod. But the squabbles are too simple for a low-key movie striking in its lack of stridency.

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Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:03pm

New research shows that teenagers' brains aren't fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.

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At The BBC, The Beatles Shocked An Institution

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 12:23pm

Between 1962 and 1965, The Beatles were featured on 53 BBC radio programs. For The Beatles: The BBC Archives, Kevin Howlett had to search for many of these recordings, and they weren't easy to find.

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'Ghettoside' Explores Why Murders Are Invisible In Los Angeles

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:14pm

In her new book, journalist Jill Leovy studies the epidemic of unsolved murders in African-American neighborhoods and the relationships between police and victims' relatives, witnesses and suspects.

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These 13 'Almost Famous Women' Stirred Up Trouble, Or Trouble Found Them

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:14pm

Megan Mayhew Bergman's stories about historical women is littered with bad-girl paraphernalia, like smashed-up motorcycles and morphine needles. In this collection, their lives are richly imagined.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Al Michaels, Review Of Sleater-Kinney's New Album, David Morris

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 8:03am

Broadcaster Al Michaels talks about anchoring the Super Bowl; Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Sleater-Kinney's latest album; Journalist David Morris talks about his book The Evil Hours about PTSD.

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Producer Cosimo Matassa Always Believed In New Orleans

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:20pm

In the '60s, musicians left New Orleans, major labels lost interest, and Motown and Memphis took over the black music charts. But one producer didn't give up.

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In The World's 'Sixth Extinction,' Are Humans The Asteroid?

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:20pm

Scientists think an asteroid killed the dinosaurs. In today's extinction, humans are the culprit. Originally broadcast Feb. 12, 2014.

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Tom Varner's Got 'Nine Surprises' And A Big Band Is All Of Them

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:14pm

In 2005, jazz composer and french horn player Tom Varner left New York for Seattle, where he put together a nine-piece band of local players.

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Broadcaster Al Michaels Gets Ready To Provide 'Lyrics' For The Super Bowl

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:12pm

Michaels will anchor the Feb. 1 game between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots. He tells Fresh Air about when he fell in love with sports and the hardest sport to announce.

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