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Cuban Drummer Dafnis Prieto's Crisp Rhythms Are 'Good For Jazz'

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Triangles and Circles, the new album from Dafnis Prieto, blends Afro-Cuban beats, blues feeling and spontaneous rhythmic variations. Critic Kevin Whitehead says that drums are at the album's heart.
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Meet The Power Couple Behind 'The Good Wife'

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Robert and Michelle King, the real-life husband and wife team who created the CBS show, say that when it came to creating the series' main character, it was a question of art imitating life.
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The Allure Of Gore: 'Walking Dead' Producer On Zombies And Mean Tweets

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

The AMC series' habit of killing off characters without warning has led to explosions of fan grief and rage on social media. Much of the audience's ire has landed on Scott M. Gimple.
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'One Of Us' Examines The Damaged Inner Terrain Of Norwegian Mass Shooter

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Journalist Asne Seierstad chronicles the 2011 shooting massacre in her country in her latest book. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls the work "engrossing, important and undeniably difficult to read."
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'Tales' Of Pig Intelligence, Factory Farming And Humane Bacon

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Journalist Barry Estabrook wanted to know more about the animal and its journey from the farm to his plate. In a new book, he explores the dichotomies of the industry that's raising our pork chops.
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Last Days Of Dave: Paying Homage To Letterman's Weird And Quirky Legacy

Monday, May 04, 2015

The off-beat funnyman retires this month after 33 years hosting late-night television. Fresh Air's David Bianculli says that David Letterman's humor "provided a new blueprint for the TV talk show."
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Silence On The Sidelines: An MLB Insider's 'Manifesto' On Youth Sports

Monday, May 04, 2015

Baseball's Mike Matheny speaks with Fresh Air's Dave Davies about his playing career, managing in the big leagues and the pressures of youth sports. Matheny is the author of The Matheny Manifesto.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Louis C.K, A Memoirist's 'Struggle', Pokey LaFarge

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Comic C.K. talks about the pain of his first-ever open mic experience; John Powers reviews Karl Ove Knausgaard's 'My Struggle'; LeFarge performs new songs and some favorites from the 1920s and '30s.
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Timothy Spall Takes On Painter J.M.W. Turner, A 'Master Of The Sublime'

Friday, May 01, 2015

Spall had to "dig deep" to play the title role in Mr. Turner, which is now out on DVD. The 19th century painter was a "man of massive contradictions," he says. Originally broadcast Dec. 15, 2014.
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Nellie McKay Celebrates The '60s With 'My Weekly Reader'

Friday, May 01, 2015

McKay's new album My Weekly Reader is a collection of covers of songs made famous in the 1960s. The range of material is wide โ€” from the Beatles' "If I Fell" to Frank Zappa's "Hungry Freaks, Daddy."
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Hollywood Offers Up A Bevy Of Superheroes In 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Friday, May 01, 2015

Reviewer David Edelstein says Joss Whedon's new film plays like "a strategic set-up for a Hollywood franchise." Viewers will be blitzed by sound and fury โ€” and a certain amount of "gobbledegook."
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Two Takes On Billie Holiday

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead looks at a couple tribute albums to the jazz singer.
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Drought In Calif. Creates Water Wars Between Farmers, Developers, Residents

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fresno native Mark Arax has written about the war over water in his state for decades. "It used to be the farmers against the delta smelt fish, and now it's the urbanite against the almond," he says.
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Brooklyn Rider Blurs Classical Boundaries On 'Almanac'

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The string quartet invited composers like Vijay Iyer and Bill Frisell to compose pieces inspired by something outside of their world.
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Ohio Kidnapping Survivors Recount Captivity, Escape From Horror

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

In 2013, three young women who had vanished years earlier escaped from a house where they had been held captive. Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, along with writer Mary Jordan, discuss their new memoir.
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3,600-Page Autobiographical Novel Is An Honest And Masterful 'Selfie'

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My Struggle is about Karl Ove Knausgaard's wrangle with his father, with death, with his muse and so on. The 46-year-old Norwegian's pointedly unliterary book has become a literary sensation.
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Louis C.K. On Life And Stand-Up: 'I Live In Service For My Kids'

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The star of the FX series Louie talks about the pain of his first-ever open mic experience and the "massive gift" of taking care of others before himself.
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Pokey LaFarge Mines His Midwestern Roots, Finds 'Something In The Water'

Monday, April 27, 2015

To mark the release of his seventh album, the singer-songwriter brings his acoustic guitar to the Fresh Air studio to sing some new songs as well as some of his favorites from the 1920s and '30s.
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From TED Talks To Taco Bell, Abuzz With Silicon Valley-Style 'Disruption'

Monday, April 27, 2015

Linguist Geoff Nunberg considers the roots and resonance of the latest tech buzzword to catapult into the mainstream. "Disrupt" may be ubiquitous now, but could the term be on the eve of a disruption?
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Alabama Shakes Opens New Territory On 'Sound & Color'

Monday, April 27, 2015

Over the course of Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes messes with what had already, after its first album, become its signature sound. Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker has this review.
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