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John Oliver Is No One's Friend On His New HBO Show

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 12:23pm

The comedian who was a correspondent on The Daily Show for seven-and-a-half years now pokes fun on Last Week Tonight. Oliver talks about tasing his leg, temping for a thief and remaining an outsider.

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Writer Reflects On Aircraft Carrier's Mission To The Persian Gulf

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 1:59pm

Geoff Dyer spent two weeks aboard the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush for his book Another Great Day at Sea. He talks with Fresh Air about his book, and the carrier's latest position for possible air strikes.

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Someday Soon You May Swallow A Computer With Your Pill

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 1:59pm

Fresh Air tech contributor Alexis Madrigal explains how a tiny computer attaches to a pill you ingest to record how your body responds. It sounds crazy, he says, but it was approved by the FDA.

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A Double Dose Of Ronald Shannon Jackson's Free-Funk

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 1:59pm

Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decoding Society's Man Dance and its sequel Barbeque Dog are now available again as downloads, after being out of print for ages.

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Parquet Courts' Misery Is Exhilarating

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 1:30pm

The quartet has drawn comparisons to the Velvet Underground, the New York Dolls, and Sonic Youth, but rock critic Ken Tucker says this album proves Parquet Courts is an original.

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Joshua Ferris Takes On Atheism In 'To Rise Again'

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 1:30pm

In the author's third novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, the protagonist is a dentist obsessed with death. Joshua Ferris says he wanted to explore neo-atheism and the meaning of life through him.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 2:41pm

Scott, who had a rare genetic condition that made him sound like a woman, was popular in '50s but didn't make any records between 1975 and 1992. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1992 about his comeback.

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'Fargo' TV Series Captures The Best And Worst Of America

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 2:41pm

The finale of the Fargo TV series airs Tuesday. The characters are different, like a deputy sheriff played by Allison Tolman. But writer Noah Hawley says the Coen brothers told him he "nailed it."

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A-List Celebrities Flock To Late-Night 'Graham Norton Show'

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 2:41pm

The late-night talk show, imported by BBC America, has been around for years. TV critic David Bianculli says it's never been better — it's like eavesdropping on an all-star cocktail party.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Supermensch,' Conference Calls And John Waters

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 8:03am

This week Mike Myers talks about his Shep Gordan documentary, Alexis Madrigal explains why we still need conference calls, and Waters hitchhikes across America.

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'Lawrence' Of Arabia: From Archaeologist To War Hero

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 1:58pm

Scott Anderson's book explains how British officer T.E. Lawrence used his knowledge of Arab culture and medieval history to advance British causes. Originally broadcast Aug. 19, 2013.

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'Obvious Child': A Momentous Film Of Small, Embarrassing Truths

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 1:49pm

The indie film depicts a standup comic who decides to have an abortion after a one-night stand. David Edelstein lauds director Gillian Robespierre's courage.

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Hillary Clinton: The Fresh Air Interview

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 2:59pm

Hillary Clinton's new memoir, Hard Choices, outlines her four years as secretary of state under President Obama. She talks about her vote for the Iraq War, women's rights and political "gamers."

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In Big Bill Broonzy's Blues, Brothers Find A Way To Sing Together

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 2:38pm

Dave and Phil Alvin have made their first full album together in nearly 30 years, a tribute to one of their early influences. "His persona was so big to me," Phil Alvin tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, And Lives To Write About It

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 3:04pm

The 68-year-old film director hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco for his book Carsick. He says hitchhiking is "the worst beauty regimen ever" and admits he always kept his luggage with him.

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'Rise And Fall' Carries On Vagabond Adventure Tale Tradition

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 2:29pm

The Rise and Fall of Great Powers — the latest from Imperfectionists author Tom Rachman — follows the travels of a young bookstore proprietor. It's a "strange" book that requires a bit of patience.

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Invisible 'Supermensch' Avoided The Spotlight While Making Others Famous

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 2:33pm

Mike Myers' documentary Supermensch chronicles the work of Shep Gordon, who has "jump-started" the careers of superstar musicians and chefs. Now, it's Gordon's turn for a taste of celebrity.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Raisin In The Sun,' 'Orange Is The New Black,' China's 'Ambition'

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 8:03am

A Raisin in the Sun returns to Broadway, Orange Is the New Black begins season two, and writer Evan Osnos talks about about China's economic expansion.

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New Season Of 'Orange Is The New Black' Has A Strong, Unsettling Start

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 12:02pm

Netflix's women-in-prison series, based on a memoir by Piper Kerman, returns Friday. Fresh Air listens back to interviews with Kerman and series creator Jenji Kohan.

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Beautiful Acting Aside, It Isn't Hard To Find Fault In 'Our Stars'

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 12:02pm

The adaptation of John Green's bestselling young adult novel The Fault in Our Stars — about two teens with cancer — is among the year's most anticipated films, but David Edelstein wasn't impressed.

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