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If You Strip The Bondage, '50 Shades' Is A Conventional Love Story

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:52pm

The film, based on E.L. James' best-selling novel, has been denounced by decency brigades. But it's a surprisingly mild, corny romance that affirms traditional values: It's Jane Eyre with ropes.

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David Carr Called Himself 'Part Pirate, Part Thug' But Also 'A Decent Person'

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:52pm

Carr, media columnist for The New York Times, died Thursday after collapsing in the newsroom. He was 58. Carr talked with Fresh Air in 2008 about his memoir and in 2011 about the future of journalism.

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Fresh Air Remembers '60 Minutes' Correspondent Bob Simon

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:32pm

Simon was killed in a car accident Wednesday. He was 73. He was a CBS reporter for nearly 50 years. In 1991, he was detained by Iraqi soldiers. He talked with guest host Marty Moss Coane in 1992.

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'Ida' Director Made Film To 'Recover The Poland' Of His Childhood

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:32pm

The film is set in 1962 in Poland where director Pawel Pawlikowski lived until he was 14. Up for an Oscar for best foreign language film, Ida is about identity, faith, guilt and socialism.

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Schneider Quartet's Haydn Recordings Reissued

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:32pm

Among the best loved recordings from the 1950s were 15 LPs of Haydn string quartets. They originally appeared on the Haydn Society label, but were never reissued on CD until now.

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Twice Kidnapped, Photographer Returns To War Zone: 'It's What I Do'

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 1:05pm

Lynsey Addario was taken captive in 2011 while covering Libya's civil war. With a gun to her head, she says she was thinking, "Will I ever get my cameras back?"

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New Comedy 'Schitt's Creek' From Canada Is A Reboot Of 'Green Acres'

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 12:59pm

The sitcom on Pop network is about a wealthy family that is thrust into poverty. Their interactions with the locals is the main story, and the main source of comedy — and it's worth checking out.

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Funny If It Weren't So True: A Farce About 'The Importance Of Beauty'

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 12:59pm

Amanda Filipacchi's novel is about a costume designer who wears a fat suit after a suitor commits suicide. It's structured as a mash-up of an old Friends episode, a fairy tale and a murder mystery.

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David Axelrod Recounts His Years As Obama's Adviser And 'Believer'

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 12:59pm

In his new book, the veteran political consultant tells stories about his years at Obama's side. After one debate, Axelrod says, Obama "made clear how he felt about me at that moment, and he bolted."

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From 'Batman' To 'Birdman,' Michael Keaton Knows Suits And Superheroes

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 1:23pm

Keaton says his 1989 bat suit was downright claustrophobic, but he somehow made it work. In the existential comedy Birdman, Keaton plays a washed up, insecure actor looking for a second shot at fame.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Bradley Cooper, Review Of 'Better Call Saul,' David Linden

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 8:03am

Cooper says the conversation about American Sniper is moving way the film's message about vets; the prequel to Breaking Bad is as good as its parent series; Linden talks about his new book Touch.

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Bob Odenkirk Brings Some Laughs To 'Breaking Bad'

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 12:18pm

Lawyer Saul Goodman knows how to bend the law, or break it, depending on his clients' needs. Odenkirk talks about playing the comedic character, and the origins of Saul's comb-over.

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Second 'SpongeBob' Movie Is A Nonsensical, Loud, Choppy Triumph

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 12:18pm

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is visually an eyesore — a kaleidoscope of bright, mismatched colors, and in 3-D to make your headache stronger. The movie makers hit the bull's-eye.

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Fresh Air Remembers Charlie Sifford, Who Broke Barriers In Golf

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 1:54pm

Sifford died Tuesday at 92. During his career, he won more than $1 million and was the first black golfer inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1992.

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Novelist's 'Disgruntled' Heroine Is Drawn From Her Own Childhood

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 1:54pm

Asali Solomon's novel is about a girl growing up in West Philadelphia whose parents were black nationalists. "My parents taught us to revere Africa — people at school made fun of Africa," she says.

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Lennie Tristano: Cool Reputation, Hot Jazz

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

Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a newly released 1951 live recording by the pianist's sextet at Chicago's Blue Note club.

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'Better Call Saul,' The Prequel To 'Breaking Bad,' Is As Good As The First

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

The new AMC show is about public defender Jimmy McGill, who adopts a sleazy new persona as Saul Goodman. The show has the same tight plots, rich characters and delicious twists as its parent series.

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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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