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Edward Snowden: From 'Geeky' Drop-Out To NSA Leaker

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

What motivated the former NSA contractor to divulge carefully guarded NSA secrets? A new Vanity Fair article takes a look back at the "kid from the Maryland suburbs."

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Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir

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

A crackling new translation of Giorgio Scerbanenco's crime novel Private Venus has just been released. Critic John Powers read it in a single sitting.

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FX's 'Fargo' Is Neither Remake Nor Sequel

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 1:33pm

The cable network premieres a new drama series tonight. It's called Fargo, and has the same title as the 1996 Coen Brothers movie. Critic David Bianculli says it's very definitely a wonderful show in that same wacky spirit – but it's just as important to note what this new Fargo is not. It's not a remake — and it's not a sequel.

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Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 1:25pm

In a new book, New York Times correspondent Carlotta Gall offers new information about how Pakistan has helped the Taliban in Afghanistan, and may have helped hide Osama bin Laden.

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Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:17pm

In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser argues that the overuse of antibiotics, as well as now-common practices like C-sections, may be messing with gut microbes.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Nurse Jackie, Mad Men And Frozen

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 8:03am

Edie Falco discusses sobriety, The Sopranos, and Nurse Jackie's self-medication. We tell you everything we're allowed to about Mad Men, and we talk princesses with the songwriters behind "Let It Go."

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Colbert Moves Into Letterman's Coveted Late Night Spot

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 2:29pm

CBS announced Thursday that the spot held by David Letterman for 21 years will go to Stephen Colbert.

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Without Giving Too Much Away, Here's What We Can Say About 'Mad Men'

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:59am

The AMC period drama returns Sunday, with the usual shroud of secrecy that makes it difficult — but not impossible — to review. Fresh Air critic David Bianculli does his best.

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At Last, David O. Russell Is Making The Films He Was Meant To Make

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:59am

David O. Russell, director of American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook, first spoke with Terry Gross back in 1994. In February, he told her that after 20 years, he's finally met his aspirations.

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Songwriters Behind 'Frozen' Let Go Of The Princess Mythology

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:11pm

Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez tell Terry Gross about the inspiration for "Let It Go" and a "very strong strike across the bow at all princess-myth things" song that didn't make the film.

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Edie Falco On Sobriety, The Sopranos, And Nurse Jackie's Self-Medication

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:41pm

Falco plays ER nurse Jackie Peyton, who is competent at her high-stress job but struggles with addiction. The sixth season of Nurse Jackie begins Sunday on Showtime.

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'Parenthood' Is Hard, But NBC Gets This Family Drama Right

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 1:03pm

Critic David Bianculli says family dramas have always been one of television's most difficult genres to do properly — without getting too sweet, too overwrought, or too predictable.

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A Nonbeliever Tries To Make Sense Of The Visions She Had As A Teen

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:37pm

Barbara Ehrenreich — a rationalist, atheist and scientist by training — has written a new memoir called Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything.

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Peter Matthiessen On Writing And Zen Buddhism

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 1:02pm

Fresh Air listens back to our 1989 interview with Snow Leopard author and Paris Review co-founder Peter Matthiessen, who died Saturday at age 86. His new novel In Paradise comes out Tuesday.

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If Jesus Never Called Himself God, How Did He Become One?

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:42pm

In How Jesus Became God, Bart Ehrman explores how a Jewish preacher from Galilee was transformed into a deity. "Jesus himself didn't call himself God and didn't consider himself God," Ehrman says.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Michael Lewis, Jon Langford, And A Housekeeping How-To

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 8:03am

On a "rigged" Wall Street, milliseconds make all the difference. Jon Langford sings our impulse to destroy. And new cleaning guide that will help even with the embarrassing stains.

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