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Prepare For 'The End Of College': Here's What Free Higher Ed Looks Like

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

In his new book, Kevin Carey envisions a future in which online education programs solve two of colleges' biggest problems: costs and admissions.
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Fresh Air Remembers 'Jazz Master' Orrin Keepnews

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Keepnews co-founded two of the most important independent record labels of the 1950s and '60s. The Grammy-winning producer passed away Sunday. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1988.
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'Welcome To Braggsville' Isn't Quite 'Invisible Man,' But It's Close

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

T. Geronimo Johnson's latest follows four Berkeley students who take an American history class that leads to disaster. It's an ambitious book about race that wants to say something big about America.
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'Now Is The Time' For Organist Chris Foreman

Monday, March 02, 2015

Foreman is one of a few Chicago jazz heroes who should be better known outside the city limits.
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Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father, The Pornographer'

Monday, March 02, 2015

Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. The writer tells Fresh Air his dad believed he would be "extremely famous" for it.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Larry Wilmore, The Smart Home And Bill Gifford

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Wilmore talks about how he's is still fine-tuning The Nightly Show; Alexis Madrigal explores a home full of appliances with computers; Gifford discusses his new book Spring Chicken about longevity.
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'Maps To The Stars': Either The Funniest Horror Movie, Or The Most Horrific Comedy

Friday, February 27, 2015

In the film about a toxic Hollywood, John Cusack plays a self-help guru whose clients include Julianne Moore. It's full of anxious shoptalk and name dropping, druggy kids and druggier grown-ups.
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From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle'

Friday, February 27, 2015

Colson Whitehead's book, now out in paperback, was born of an assignment to write about the World Series of Poker. It's a sharp observational tale of poker: those who play it and how it changed him.
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Fresh Air Remembers Former Notre Dame President Rev. Theodore Hesburgh

Friday, February 27, 2015

Hesburgh died Thursday. He was 97. He was an author, theologian and activist who took on the Vatican over issues of academic freedom. Hesburgh spoke with Terry Gross in 1990.
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'Battle Creek' Has The Flavor Of A TV Throwback From An Earlier Age

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The new CBS show about two very mismatched investigative partners plays like a comedy. The characters are complicated and surprising, and the dialogue is crisp and quick. It's "a lot of fun to watch."
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From Naked Mole Rats To Dog Testicles: A Writer Explores The Longevity Quest

Thursday, February 26, 2015

"Nature knows how to let animals live a very long time," says Bill Gifford, whose latest book is Spring Chicken, a look at the history of anti-aging schemes and current ways people try to live longer.
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A Hard Look At The Risks Of Transporting Oil On Rail Tanker Cars

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Marcus Stern has spent the past year investigating the practice. Recent accidents in Canada and U.S. show that the cars aren't built for carrying so much oil, he says, and tracks are deteriorating.
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Mavericks' Singer Raul Malo Restlessly Explores Genres

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

In the band's latest album Mono, Malo demonstrates how he likes to make music that confounds the usual expectations of what a country hit-maker can do.
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The World Loves The Smartphone. So How About A Smart Home?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The ultimate smart-home vision is a home that basically runs itself, from coffee makers to washing machines. But we're not there yet: The real world is a hard place for little computers to operate in.
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After His Brother's Suicide, Writer Seeks Comfort In 'All The Wrong Places'

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

In his new memoir, Philip Connors writes about "living in the shadow of a suicide." Wracked by guilt and haunted by what-ifs, Connors investigated his brother's death and learned a terrible secret.
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Fair Warning: Watch One 'Foyle's War' Episode, And You'll Want To Watch Them All

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The British series is set during and after World War II. Detective Foyle tackles crimes connected to the war — murder and spying, black markets and profiteering. It's "terrifically entertaining."
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Victorian Romance Meets 'House Of Cards' In 'Mr. And Mrs. Disraeli'

Monday, February 23, 2015

Daisy Hay's new book is a joint biography of 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and his wife, Mary Anne, whose fortune and status as a gentile helped boost her husband's career.
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How The Man Behind The Trailers Sparks An Urge To See A Movie

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mark Woollen has created trailers for many Oscar-nominated films, including Boyhood, The Theory of Everything and Birdman. He talks about how he crafts an audience's first glimpse of a film.
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Prisoners Of War And Ojibwe Reservation Make Unlikely Neighbors In 'Prudence'

Monday, February 23, 2015

Native American writer David Treuer bases the World War II camp for German prisoners on a real-life one that existed near the village of Bena, Minn., on the Leech Lake Reservation where he grew up.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Writer Richard Price And 'The New Yorker's David Remnick

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The author of Clockers and others talks about his latest, The Whites; Editor David Remnick looks back on tough decisions he's made as The New Yorker turns 90.
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