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Released From Prison, 'Apologetic Bandit' Writes About Life Inside

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 1:10pm

Daniel Genis, son of Soviet emigre writer Alexander Genis, served 10 years for armed robbery. The crimes fueled his heroin addiction. "It was so obvious I didn't fit in," he says.

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Remastering 78s: A Company Brings Clarity To Pianist Artur Schnabel's Works

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 1:10pm

Many historic recordings have been transferred to CD, but not always as accurately as desirable. But a small record company in France has been remastering these recordings in a revolutionary way.

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Forget Binge Watching: Great Television Happens When Networks Pace Shows

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 1:10pm

The perfect example, says critic David Bianculli, is HBO's The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. Spread out over six weeks, the finale had the most chilling TV moment he's seen in years.

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WWII Novel-Memoir Explores The Blurry Line Between Fact And Fiction

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 1:10pm

In Dan Torday's The Last Flight of Poxl West, a Jewish refugee tells his heroic World War II story in a best-selling — and partly fabricated — memoir.

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Brandi Carlile's Surging Voice Grounds 'The Firewatcher's Daughter'

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 12:34pm

Carlile has been releasing albums for the past 10 years, and Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says her new one, called The Firewatcher's Daughter, is her best yet.

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Barney Frank's Journey From Closeted To An Openly Gay Member Of Congress

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 12:34pm

In his new memoir, Frank describes how early in politics he feared people would "draw inferences" that he was gay if he supported gay rights. But his drive to fight discrimination was stronger.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Better Call Saul,' James McMurtry And America's Test Kitchen

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 8:03am

Better Call Saul's co-creator talks about the prequel to Breaking Bad; critic Ken Tucker reviews McMurtry's new album Complicated Game; America's Test Kitchen has a new vegetarian cookbook.

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Horror Film Fans Beware: 'It Follows' Isn't The Fun Kind Of Scare

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 12:36pm

The film is about a teenage girl who sleeps with a boy and is suddenly under a curse. Critic David Edelstein says he didn't enjoy feeling "sick with dread," but the ending is unexpectedly moving.

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Drummer Hal Blaine Talks About Making Music Over The Years

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 12:36pm

Blaine is featured in the new documentary The Wrecking Crew about a group of anonymous intensely successful musicians who recorded together. Terry Gross spoke with him in 2001.

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They're Not Only '60s Songwriting Superstars, But They're Also Married

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 12:36pm

Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, who wrote "We Gotta Get Out of this Place," have been a team for more than 50 years. Terry Gross spoke with them in 2000, when they were depicted in the musical Beautiful.

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How We Deal With Loss In Different Ways In Two Beautifully Written Memoirs

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 2:35pm

In Abigail Thomas' What Comes Next and How to Like It, the aging process robs the 70-something of beauty and energy. In H Is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald trains a goshawk after her father dies.

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Don't You Dare Use 'Comprised Of' On Wikipedia: One Editor Will Take It Out

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 2:35pm

Wikipedia editor Bryan Henderson has made it his crusade to edit out the phrase "comprised of" in more than 5 million articles. While his quest is harmless, it shows that zealots can dominate the Web.

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Inspired By Monks, A Writer Embraces His Life Of Solitude

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 2:35pm

Fenton Johnson says that while alone, people can "find the richest possible ways of being in the world." He's lived alone for more than 20 years. His Harper's article describes his pursuit.

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'Dirty Old London': A History Of The Victorians' Infamous Filth

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 2:35pm

In the 1800s, the Thames River was thick with human sewage and the streets were covered with horse dung, the removal of which, according to Lee Jackson, presented an "impossible challenge."

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