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Fresh Air Weekend: Al Michaels, Review Of Sleater-Kinney's New Album, David Morris

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Broadcaster Al Michaels talks about anchoring the Super Bowl; Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Sleater-Kinney's latest album; Journalist David Morris talks about his book The Evil Hours about PTSD.
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In The World's 'Sixth Extinction,' Are Humans The Asteroid?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Scientists think an asteroid killed the dinosaurs. In today's extinction, humans are the culprit. Originally broadcast Feb. 12, 2014.
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Producer Cosimo Matassa Always Believed In New Orleans

Friday, January 23, 2015

In the '60s, musicians left New Orleans, major labels lost interest, and Motown and Memphis took over the black music charts. But one producer didn't give up.
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Tom Varner's Got 'Nine Surprises' And A Big Band Is All Of Them

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In 2005, jazz composer and french horn player Tom Varner left New York for Seattle, where he put together a nine-piece band of local players.
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Broadcaster Al Michaels Gets Ready To Provide 'Lyrics' For The Super Bowl

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Michaels will anchor the Feb. 1 game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. He tells Fresh Air about falling in love with sports and the hardest sport to announce.
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Sleater-Kinney Comes Roaring Back With 'No Cities To Love'

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Few bands re-form with their power as intact as Sleater-Kinney have; fewer still brag about their power, and make the claim something more than a brag.
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Benedict Cumberbatch On Alan Turing's Awkwardness And Sherlock's Sex Appeal

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The actor gained critical acclaim — and a big following — for his role in Sherlock. Now he's up for an Oscar for his portrayal of eccentric mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.
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'Leviathan' And 'Red Army' Deliver A Peek Inside Russia, Now And Then

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Leviathan follows a man who fights back after a corrupt mayor uses eminent domain to claim his house, and Red Army recounts the story of the Soviet Union's famous hockey team.
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'The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore' Debuts In Slot Vacated By Stephen Colbert

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

On Monday night, Comedy Central premiered former Daily Show correspondent Larry Wilmore's new show. While Wilmore's sarcastic comments on clips were funny, the round-table discussion didn't sparkle.
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In 'The Evil Hours,' A Journalist Shares His Struggle With PTSD

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

While embedded with troops in Iraq, David Morris almost died when a Humvee he was riding in ran over a roadside bomb. His book explores the history and science of post-traumatic stress disorder.
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In 'Broad City,' Two Women Make Comedy From The 'Muck' Of New York Living

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Comedy Central show is about single 20-somethings who sit around and make each other laugh. Stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer poke fun at New Yorkers' "sick, masochistic romance" with the city.
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Fresh Air Remembers National Book Award Winner Robert Stone

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Stone wrote eight novels, including Dog Soldiers, and a memoir. He died Saturday at the age of 77. In 1986 and 2007, Stone talked with Terry Gross about, among other things, writing and his childhood.
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The Magic Of The 'Boyhood' Experiment: Time And Patience

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

If the story fell apart after 12 years of filming, it would have been a "real drag," says Patricia Arquette, and a "colossal waste of time," says Ethan Hawke. Instead, it won three Golden Globes.
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'Man Seeking Woman' Examines How It Feels To Be Single, Dating And Rejected

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The new comedy series on FXX is a cross between an early Woody Allen comedy and a very edgy late-night comedy sketch. It's part literal, part impressionistic — even surrealist — and very different.
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Ty Segall Goes 3-D On 'Mr. Face'

Monday, January 12, 2015

Ty Segall's new EP comes on two 7-inch discs that double as a pair of 3-D glasses.
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Why OCD Is 'Miserable': A Science Reporter's Obsession With Contracting HIV

Monday, January 12, 2015

David Adam has had obsessive-compulsive disorder for 20 years. In The Man Who Couldn't Stop, he chronicles his experiences — and how medical understanding and treatment of OCD have changed over time.
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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Selma' Director Ava DuVernay And Writer George Pelecanos

Saturday, January 10, 2015

DuVernay talks about her film that dramatizes a turning point in civil rights history; Pelecanos explores crime, adoption and writing from an African-American point of view in The Martini Shot.
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Son Of A Secret Smuggler Digs Up The Truth About His Dad

Friday, January 09, 2015

Tony Dokoupil's father was once busted for distributing enough marijuana "to roll a joint for every college-age person in America." In The Last Pirate, Dokoupil reflects on his dad's time as a dealer.
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The 'Selma' Criticism For How It Portrays Lyndon B. Johnson: Is It Fair?

Friday, January 09, 2015

The film about Martin Luther King's marches for voting rights is being accused of alleged historical inaccuracies. Critic David Edelstein says that's "not entirely" fair, and it's still a great movie.
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The Sounds, Space And Spirit Of 'Selma': A Director's Take

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Ava DuVernay's new film dramatizes a turning point in civil rights history. She says she wanted to "elevate [Selma] from a page in your history book and really just get it ... into your DNA."
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