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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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Bradley Cooper: 'Sniper' Controversy Distracts From Film's Message About Vets

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 1:44pm

As the film's depiction of the Iraq War has come under scrutiny, Cooper, who portrays Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, says the discussion is moving away from "the fact that 22 vets commit suicide each day."

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Fresh Air Weekend: Benedict Cumberbatch, 'American Sniper' Review And 'Teenage Brain'

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 8:03am

Cumberbatch portrays the eccentric mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game; John Powers reviews American Sniper; neuroscientist Frances Jensen discusses why teens should protect their brains.

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When Islamists Impose Their Will In 'Timbuktu,' One Family Resists

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 1:24pm

The movie, one of five Academy Award nominees for best foreign language film this year, is about radical Islamists occupying the city in Mali. Remarkably, it's often on the verge of being a comedy.

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Fresh Air Remembers Long-Time New York TV And Radio Personality Joe Franklin

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 1:23pm

Franklin was a talk-show host for more than 40 years. Guests ranged from Elvis Presley, Woody Allen and Barbra Streisand. He died Jan. 24 at 88 years old. In 1988, Franklin talked with Terry Gross.

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Are We Having Fun Yet? New Book Explores The Paradox Of Parenting

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 1:23pm

Kids can be magical and maddening. The title of Jennifer Senior's book — All Joy and No Fun — contrasts the strains of day-to-day parenting with the transcendent experience of raising a child.

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In 'Outline,' A Series Of Conversations Are Autobiographies In Miniature

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:21pm

Rachel Cusk's novel centers on a writer and mother recovering from divorce who teaches a summer course in Athens, Greece. The narrator has 10 conversations filled with holes, lies and self-deceptions.

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Editor Picks Religions For The First Norton Anthology of World Religions

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:39pm

The anthology includes ancient and contemporary interpretations of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Daoism. Editor Jack Miles discusses primary texts, extremism and death.

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Full Of Complexity And Ambivalence, 'American Sniper' Shows The Cost Of War

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:37pm

The film about a Navy SEAL whose service in Iraq made him a mythic figure has become a cultural lightning rod. But the squabbles are too simple for a low-key movie striking in its lack of stridency.

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Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:03pm

New research shows that teenagers' brains aren't fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.

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At The BBC, The Beatles Shocked An Institution

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 12:23pm

Between 1962 and 1965, The Beatles were featured on 53 BBC radio programs. For The Beatles: The BBC Archives, Kevin Howlett had to search for many of these recordings, and they weren't easy to find.

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