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As A Lyricist And Novelist, The Mountain Goats' Lead Man Writes About Pain

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

John Darnielle's novel, Wolf in White Van, is about a man who survives a trauma. The songwriter tells Fresh Air about his difficult childhood and finding shelter in music and the Incredible Hulk.
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13 Days Of High Emotion That Led To The Egypt-Israel Peace

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lawrence Wright's new book examines the 1978 peace deal President Carter brokered between Egypt and Israel. During the tense summit, Carter had "never been angrier," Wright says.
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Australian Comic Finds Humor In Humiliation For His Sitcom 'Please Like Me'

Monday, September 15, 2014

Josh Thomas, 27, stars in the show geared toward 20-somethings on the new cable channel Pivot. He talks about coming out to his dad via text message and dealing with his mom's suicide attempts.
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'Fresh Air' Remembers Pulitzer-Prize Winning Editorial Cartoonist Tony Auth

Monday, September 15, 2014

Auth worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 41 years. He died Sunday at the age of 72. In 1988, Auth talked with Terry Gross about how the Reagan era marked a turning point for political cartoonists.
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For Duo Tennis, Pop Is A Natural Language

Monday, September 15, 2014

Can you re-invent lively pop from the distant past? Fresh Air music critic Milo Miles says the songwriting team Tennis does just that with their new third album, Ritual in Repeat.
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Fresh Air Weekend: 'So We Read On,' Roosevelt Documentary And Terence Winter

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Book critic Maureen Corrigan looks at the story behind The Great Gatsby; the new PBS biography of three Roosevelts is Ken Burns' best yet; Boardwalk Empire creator reminisces about how the show began.
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Woodrow Wilson Brought New Executive Style To The White House

Friday, September 12, 2014

Wilson used a groundbreaking moral argument to get the U.S. involved in World War I. A. Scott Berg's book fills in missing pieces of the president's life. Original interview broadcast Sept. 10, 2013.
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'Fresh Air' Remembers Jazz Composer Gerald Wilson

Friday, September 12, 2014

Wilson, who was also a trumpet player, wrote the arrangements for such greats as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles. He died Monday at 96 years old. He spoke with Terry Gross in 2006.
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In 'The Drop,' Mob Bosses Bully Sad Characters At A Bar In Brooklyn

Friday, September 12, 2014

The film based on Dennis Lehane's short story Animal Rescue is supposed be a thriller, but the narrative doesn't have much urgency. The reason it's worth seeing? James Gandolfini is at his peak.
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Futuristic 'Bone Clocks' Encompasses A Strange, Rich World Of Soul-Stealers

Thursday, September 11, 2014

David Mitchell's latest fantasy is an odyssey into the dark side, spanning from 1984 to 2043. It's about a teenager who runs away from her London home and becomes prey to a ghastly gang of mystics.
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As 'Boardwalk Empire' Comes To A Close, Creator Reminisces About Its Start

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The HBO show began its final season Sunday. Terence Winter says he wrote the Prohibition-era drama in part to work with Martin Scorsese. It was "something I couldn't possibly ... pass up," he says.
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KCRW Presents: Interpol

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Watch the brooding New York post-punk band perform the standout single from El Pintor, "All The Rage Back Home," live at Mack Sennett Studio in Los Angeles.
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Islamic State Was Fueled By 'Epic American Failure In Iraq,' Reporter Says

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The New York Times Baghdad bureau chief Tim Arango has been reporting from Iraq for five years and has watched the rise of the Islamic State militants. He gives Fresh Air his take on the situation.
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3 Roosevelts Come Alive In PBS Documentary, Ken Burns' Best Yet

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A 14-hour biography of Theodore, Eleanor and Franklin Delano starts Sunday. Actors including Paul Giamatti and Meryl Streep put on Emmy-worthy vocal performances reading from an Emmy-worthy script.
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In A Brilliantly Disorienting Film, A Teenager Is 'Starred Up' To An Adult Prison

Monday, September 08, 2014

The British drama depicts remarkable characters, including an angry teenager who meets two father figures behind bars. It's a prison film that's shattering beyond physical violence.
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How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel

Monday, September 08, 2014

In So We Read On, Maureen Corrigan looks at the story behind The Great Gatsby, from F. Scott Fitzgerald's life to the era in which it's set. She says it's her favorite novel, but it wasn't always.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Neil Oxman, The New Pornographers, Dana Goldstein

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Neil Oxman, who has managed political ad campaigns, talks about what works and what doesn't; Ken Tucker reviews The New Pornographers' new album; Dana Goldstein talks about her book The Teachers Wars.
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With Age, Joan Rivers Learned To Say Anything: 'It Has Freed Me Totally'

Friday, September 05, 2014

The comedian died Thursday at the age of 81. Rivers talked with Fresh Air in 1991, 2010 and 2012 about how her comedy evolved — and why she didn't care what others thought of her.
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'The Chair' Charts Two Filmmakers' Journeys As They Make Movies From The Same Script

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The new 10-episode reality show on Starz! follows Anna Martemucci, a graduate from NYU film school, and Shane Dawson, who's been making YouTube videos for eight years. They compete for $250,000.
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Reporter Reflects On Obama's Stalled Effort to Close Guantanamo

Thursday, September 04, 2014

New York Times' Charlie Savage visited the prison last month. He tells Fresh Air that it is decaying and exorbitantly expensive, but still holds 149 detainees who can't be sent anywhere else.
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