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1936 'Show Boat': A Multiracial, Musical Melodrama, Now Out On DVD

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 2:19pm

With an unforgettable story and score, the 1927 musical tackled complex racial issues. Music critic Lloyd Schwartz says the 1936 film version of Show Boat is the best — and it's now out on DVD.

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Miranda Lambert's 'Platinum' Has Backyard Swagger

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 2:26pm

Platinum continues Miranda Lambert's ongoing project to create songs about women who are complex, fun-loving, and assertive.

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'Burning Down The House' Makes The Case Against Juvenile Incarceration

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 2:19pm

In her new book, Nell Bernstein says America's juvenile justice system is overdue for reform. Time in jail as a child or teen, she says, is the best predictor of adult criminality and incarceration.

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Have We Reached The End Of The Line For The Conference Call?

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:57pm

Fresh Air tech contributor Alexis Madrigal considers why people still jump on frustrating conference calls. While tech startups aim to kill the PIN, he says, the phone bridges generations.

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A 'New Yorker' Writer's Take On China's 'Age Of Ambition'

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:57pm

On the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square, author Evan Osnos discusses his new book that explores the tensions between China's economic expansion and its commitment to authoritarian rule.

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Golem Ain't Your Grandparents' Klezmer

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:57pm

The New York City band Golem describes its music as punk-klezmer. On Tanz, they mange to find new ways to balance urban irreverence with folk tradition.

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'Raisin In The Sun' Revival: A Uniquely American Story Is Back On Broadway

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 2:07pm

Denzel Washington and LaTanya Richardson Jackson star in the latest production of the play, which debuted in 1959. The revival's run is nearing its end — and Jackson says she's "in tears."

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John Fullbright's Uneven 'Songs' Finds A Way To Fascinate

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 12:56pm

Songs feels like the work of an artist who's still figuring out who he is, where he wants to go, and what he wants to elaborate upon — or invent anew.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Chris O'Dowd, The Nazi War On Modern Art And Cannes

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 1:59pm

The actor plays Lenny in a revival of the theatrical adaptation of Of Mice and Men; a New York exhibit reunites works from two Nazi art shows; critic John Powers discusses the festival's winners.

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Jazz Pianist Ted Rosenthal Has A Feel For Gershwin

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 10:47am

Rosenthal has played George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" solo and with symphonic and jazz orchestras. Now he's recorded a version for jazz trio as part of an all-Gershwin album.

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Phoenix To Self: 'Why Am I Talking About This? ... Joaquin, Shut Up'

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 10:47am

The elusive actor tells Fresh Air about his new film, Her -- but he insists he's not really that interesting. "If I was driving and I heard this, I'd change the channel," he says.

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From The Screen To Broadway: Chris O'Dowd Takes On 'Of Mice And Men'

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 1:18pm

The Irish actor was introduced to a large American audience through the film Bridesmaids. He's now playing Lenny in the revival of the theatrical adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic.

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'Degenerate' Exhibit Recalls Nazi War On Modern Art

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 1:18pm

In 1937, two Nazi art shows aimed to teach the public to despise modernist art and to show them what art should be. An exhibit at New York's Neue Galerie reunites works from both landmark shows.

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Highlights From The Cannes Film Festival

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 1:43pm

The festival concluded Saturday. Fresh Air critic John Powers discusses the winners and the films that generated the biggest responses — both positive and negative.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Poet And Memoirist Maya Angelou

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 1:43pm

In 1986, Angelou spoke to Terry Gross about Southern influences in her writing, her love of autobiography and how, as a traumatized young girl, poetry inspired her to start speaking again.

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The Bronze Buckaroo Rides Off Into The Sunset

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 1:54pm

The black singing cowboy Herb Jeffries sang a Duke Ellington hit and appeared in 1930s westerns like Harlem Rides the Range and The Bronze Buckaroo.

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150 Years After Marx, 'Capital' Still Can't Shake Loose Of 'Das Kapital'

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 1:54pm

Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century evokes another famous tome with "capital" in its title, and makes comparisons inevitable.

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China Turns To Africa For Resources, Jobs And Future Customers

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 1:54pm

In China's Second Continent, Howard French explores the Chinese presence in 15 African countries. The relationship goes beyond economics: more than a million Chinese citizens have migrated to Africa.

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Two New Items From Hank Williams

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 1:03pm

Williams is commonly considered the most important country music songwriter. Critic Ken Tucker has a review of a newly released CD of radio broadcasts and DVD of TV performances.

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During World War II, Even Filmmakers Reported For Duty

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 1:03pm

A new book looks at how the military and Hollywood directors teamed up during the war. The films they made helped show Americans what was at stake, and served as evidence during the Nuremberg Trials.

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