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'Burning Down The House' Makes The Case Against Juvenile Incarceration

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 2:19pm

In her new book, Nell Bernstein says America's juvenile justice system is overdue for reform. Time in jail as a child or teen, she says, is the best predictor of adult criminality and incarceration.

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Have We Reached The End Of The Line For The Conference Call?

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:57pm

Fresh Air tech contributor Alexis Madrigal considers why people still jump on frustrating conference calls. While tech startups aim to kill the PIN, he says, the phone bridges generations.

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A 'New Yorker' Writer's Take On China's 'Age Of Ambition'

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:57pm

On the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square, author Evan Osnos discusses his new book that explores the tensions between China's economic expansion and its commitment to authoritarian rule.

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Golem Ain't Your Grandparents' Klezmer

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:57pm

The New York City band Golem describes its music as punk-klezmer. On Tanz, they mange to find new ways to balance urban irreverence with folk tradition.

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'Raisin In The Sun' Revival: A Uniquely American Story Is Back On Broadway

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 2:07pm

Denzel Washington and LaTanya Richardson Jackson star in the latest production of the play, which debuted in 1959. The revival's run is nearing its end — and Jackson says she's "in tears."

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John Fullbright's Uneven 'Songs' Finds A Way To Fascinate

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 12:56pm

Songs feels like the work of an artist who's still figuring out who he is, where he wants to go, and what he wants to elaborate upon — or invent anew.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Chris O'Dowd, The Nazi War On Modern Art And Cannes

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 1:59pm

The actor plays Lenny in a revival of the theatrical adaptation of Of Mice and Men; a New York exhibit reunites works from two Nazi art shows; critic John Powers discusses the festival's winners.

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Jazz Pianist Ted Rosenthal Has A Feel For Gershwin

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 10:47am

Rosenthal has played George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" solo and with symphonic and jazz orchestras. Now he's recorded a version for jazz trio as part of an all-Gershwin album.

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Phoenix To Self: 'Why Am I Talking About This? ... Joaquin, Shut Up'

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 10:47am

The elusive actor tells Fresh Air about his new film, Her -- but he insists he's not really that interesting. "If I was driving and I heard this, I'd change the channel," he says.

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From The Screen To Broadway: Chris O'Dowd Takes On 'Of Mice And Men'

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 1:18pm

The Irish actor was introduced to a large American audience through the film Bridesmaids. He's now playing Lenny in the revival of the theatrical adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic.

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'Degenerate' Exhibit Recalls Nazi War On Modern Art

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 1:18pm

In 1937, two Nazi art shows aimed to teach the public to despise modernist art and to show them what art should be. An exhibit at New York's Neue Galerie reunites works from both landmark shows.

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