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'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And Death

Friday, January 02, 2015

In late 2012, filmmaker Steve James and Roger Ebert began talking about filming a documentary based on Ebert's memoir. Ebert's wife, Chaz, agreed. They didn't know that he would die within months.
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What's It Like To Be Neil Patrick Harris? He Gives You Options

Thursday, January 01, 2015

The actor says he's been able to do a lot of different things in his life. So when he sat down to write a memoir, he made it a "Choose Your Own Adventure." Originally broadcast October 13.
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In 'Death By Pastrami,' Charming Stories Of New York's Garment District

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Leonard S. Bernstein — the writer, not the composer — once owned and managed a garment factory. In his first work of fiction the octogenarian crafts quaint parables about the comic futility of life.
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John Oliver Is No One's Friend On His New HBO Show

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The comedian who was a correspondent on The Daily Show for 7 1/2 years now pokes fun on Last Week Tonight. Oliver talks about tasing his leg, temping for a thief and remaining an outsider.
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For Comic Hari Kondabolu, Explaining The Joke IS The Joke

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Many comedians think that explaining jokes ruins jokes, but Hari Kondabolu doesn't mind. Especially when it comes to jokes about race and ethnicity, he's willing to explain until everyone gets it.
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A Cartoonist's Funny, Heartbreaking Take On Caring For Aging Parents

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

In Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast combines text, cartoons, sketches and photos to describe her interactions with her parents during the last years of their lives.
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Louis C.K. On His 'Louie' Hiatus: 'I Wanted The Show To Feel New Again'

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The comic tells Fresh Air that after Season 3, he "aggressively forgot the show existed for a few months." Then he got back to work — for Louie's fourth season. Originally broadcast May 19.
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New Yorker Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us Get It

Monday, December 29, 2014

Humor is both a creative and a cognitive process, says Bob Mankoff, who has contributed cartoons to The New Yorker since 1977. His memoir is called How About Never — Is Never Good For You?
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At 90, 'Fiddler' Lyricist Tells His Story

Monday, December 29, 2014

"Any successful lyricist has to be part playwright and has to be able to put himself into the minds and the hearts and the souls of the characters," Sheldon Harnick tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
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Fresh Air Weekend: The Best Of 2014 For Films, Books, Music And TV

Saturday, December 27, 2014

David Edelstein finds some greats in a "depressing" year for films; Maureen Corrigan picks 12 books of the year; Ken Tucker names his top nine albums; David Bianculli says 2014 was a good year.
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Sam Baker: Finding Grace In The Wake Of Destruction

Friday, December 26, 2014

In 1986, a bomb planted by the Peruvian terrorist group Shining Path exploded in the luggage rack above Sam Baker. Somehow, during his long recovery, songs focused on empathy started coming to him.
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Naive, Yet Revolutionary: Ray Davies On 50 Years Of The Kinks

Thursday, December 25, 2014

"I think if I had been an accomplished songwriter I wouldn't have written 'You Really Got Me,' " Davies tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. Originally broadcast Nov. 26.
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Bianculli's Top 10: 2014 Was A 'Good Year For Programming'

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

TV critic David Bianculli says that he's encouraged by how far TV has come. He picks The Good Wife as the best show of 2014, having "the deepest roster of really strong regulars and guest stars."
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In A 'Depressing' Year For Films, Edelstein Finds Some Greats

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Film critic David Edelstein says in 2014 none of the great material came from Hollywood studios. But, he says, it was a "wonderful year" for indie films. He names Boyhood as the best of the year.
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Serial Host Sarah Koenig Says She Set Out To Report, Not Exonerate

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The podcast is a reinvestigation of the 1999 murder of Maryland high school student Hae Min Lee. Her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed is serving a life sentence but has always maintained his innocence.
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Nick Lowe Brings His 'Quality Holiday Revue' To America

Monday, December 22, 2014

"We think it's all a bit vulgar, you know, cashing in on Christmas," Lowe says of the British. He says he took it as a challenge: Quality Street tackles old classics and adds originals to the mix.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Timothy Spall, Review Of D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah,' John Cleese

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Spall plays J.M.W. Turner in the new film Mr. Turner; Ken Tucker says Black Messiah is as adventurous as any fan could hope for; Cleese'smemoir, So, Anyway..., covers his boyhood and early career.
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J.K. Simmons On Playing A Neo-Nazi On HBO's 'Oz'

Friday, December 19, 2014

Simmons was a regular on the HBO drama, which depicts the brutality of life in a maximum security prison. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1998.
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Meryl Streep: The Fresh Air Interview

Friday, December 19, 2014

Meryl Streep won a Golden Globe for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. She talks about preparing for that role and how her perceptions of herself have changed over the years.
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The Strange World — And Life — Of 'Mr. Turner'

Friday, December 19, 2014

The biopic of landscape painter J. M. W. Turner depicts a man whose mind is barely engaged by anything other than his work. He's a mystery, and his art is magically indefinite — just like the movie.
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