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A Second Posthumous Collection From Rock Critic Ellen Willis

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 2:24pm

The Essential Ellen Willis focuses on the writer's explicitly feminist culture criticism. It was edited by Willis' daughter, who published an earlier collection of her mother's essays in 2011.

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Civilian Life Taught This Military Dog Some New Tricks

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 2:24pm

As a bomb-detecting Marine, Zenit the German shepherd never chased his tail or dug holes. Those are skills he learned after he was adopted by his one-time professional partner, Cpl. Jose Armenta.

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How The Koch Brothers Remade America's Political Landscape

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 3:10pm

Charles and David Koch have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to bring their libertarian views into the mainstream. In a new book, Daniel Schulman looks at the roots of their ideology.

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'Chameleon' Has Cabaret, Spies And A Plot Fit For Lifetime

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 1:25pm

Francine Prose's latest novel was inspired by a 1932 photo of two lesbians, one of whom was in the Gestapo. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it's an ingenious excursion into the Parisian demimonde.

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'The Maya Rudolph Show' And What It'll Take To Bring Back Variety

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 12:01pm

Rudolph's prime-time NBC special is the latest rare attempt by network TV to revive the long-dormant genre. Fresh Air's critic doesn't think they succeeded, but he encourages TV to try, try again.

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In Life And Fiction, Edward St. Aubyn Sheds The Weight Of His Past

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 12:01pm

The writer is best known for his semi-autobiographical novels about an Englishman from a posh but monstrous family. St. Aubyn's new book marks a departure from his regular writing style.

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Louis C.K. On His 'Louie' Hiatus: 'I Wanted The Show To Feel New Again'

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 1:35pm

The comic tells Fresh Air that after Season 3, he "aggressively forgot the show existed for a few months." Then he got back to work. Louie is now in its fourth season.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Glenn Greenwald, 'Godzilla' And Todd Barry

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 8:03am

Greenwald says he "erred on the side of excess caution" when writing about Edward Snowden's NSA leaks; David Edelstein reviews the latest Godzilla; and Barry tries a new stand-up strategy.

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'Godzilla': A Fire-Breathing Behemoth Returns To The Big Screen

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 11:04am

In the Japanese original, he was a thinly disguised symbol of the atom bomb, but in later films he fought other giant monsters and even space aliens. The latest Godzilla is directed by Gareth Edwards.

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Making It In The Big Leagues Was A 'Long Shot' For Catcher Mike Piazza

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 11:04am

In his memoir, the catcher opens up about getting drafted in the 62nd round, his feud with Roger Clemens and what it's like to go into retirement. Leaving the game, he says, was "like a small death."

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In 1970, Miles Davis Played Four Sets For A New Audience

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 11:04am

That June, Miles Davis played four nights at the New York rock palace Fillmore East. Those performances are now out in full for the first time.

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Former Ambassador To Russia: Putin Has No Master Plan For Ukraine

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 4:25pm

Michael McFaul, ambassador to Russia from January 2012 to February 2014, says, "I've never seen [Putin] devote a speech to the necessity of reuniting Crimea with Russia. That came only recently."

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Greenwald On NSA Leaks: 'We've Erred On The Side Of Excess Caution'

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:50am

Journalist Glenn Greenwald says he and his team weighed the public's interest against the potential harm to innocent people when deciding how much of Edward Snowden's leaked documents to make public.

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'Good Doctor' Puts Past Medical Practices Under An Ethical Microscope

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 4:02pm

In a new book, bioethicist and internist Barron Lerner recalls how he came to question some of his father's medical practices — practices that were common among many doctors of that generation.

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Ray LaMontagne Finds The Bright Side On 'Supernova'

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:09pm

The achievement of Supernova is that, five albums in, LaMontagne hasn't settled into a formula or a fall-back recurring mood. Here, the singer-songwriter explores a sunny, psychedelic side.

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'Frontline' Doc Explores How Sept. 11 Created Today's NSA

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 2:58pm

PBS looks at the origins of the agency's surveillance program and the extraordinary steps top government officials took to give it legal cover and keep it hidden.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Sam Baker And Roz Chast

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 8:03am

A musician finds grace in the wake of destruction and a cartoonist reflects on caring for aging parents.

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'Penny Dreadful' Is Wonderful, But 'Rosemary's Baby' Is Dreadful

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 11:11am

Critic David Bianculli reviews the two new TV programs in the horror genre competing for viewers and attention: NBC's modern-day remake of Rosemary's Baby and Showtime's Victorian Penny Dreadful.

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'God's Pocket' Is Horrifying, Humanist And Heartbreaking

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 11:11am

Many people will find God's Pocket depressing, but once you get past the despair and carnage it's full of life. In one of his last film roles, Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as hapless Mickey Scarpato.

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Marc Maron: A Life Fueled By 'Panic And Dread'

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 11:11am

The comedian turned his life around when he started "WTF with Marc Maron" out of his garage in 2009. He has parlayed the popularity of the podcast into a new television show called Maron.

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