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The Great 'Beyond': Contemplating Life, Sex And Elevators In Space

Monday, May 11, 2015

Astronomer Chris Impey discusses the future of space travel, sex in space and the connection between science and Buddhism. Impey is the author of Beyond: Our Future in Space.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Inside 'Mad Men'; British Pulp Fiction; Youth Sports

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner talks about the end of the road for Don Draper; John Powers reviews Ted Lewis' GBH; Baseball's Mike Matheny talks about his career and the pressures of youth sports.
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'Fresh Air' Remembers Soul Singer Ben E. King

Friday, May 08, 2015

The crooner sang lead for the Drifters and became famous for the classic hit "Stand By Me." King died April 30th. Fresh Air remembers him with this interview. Originally broadcast in 1988.
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Schwarzenegger Meets Zombies In A Haunting, Slow-Paced New Film

Friday, May 08, 2015

The zombie movie Maggie examines an array of cultural anxieties such as plague, environmental catastrophe and big government. Critic David Edelstein says the film is more art flick than blockbuster.
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'Fresh Air' Remembers Mystery Novelist Ruth Rendell

Friday, May 08, 2015

The British author wrote crime novels for 50 years, many featuring Chief Inspector "Reg" Wexford. Rendell died May 2. Originally broadcast in 1989 and 2005.
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Remembering Ruth Rendell, Master Of Smart And Socially Aware Suspense

Friday, May 08, 2015

The British novelist set shocking crimes in mundane settings — always adding a dash of social criticism. Critic Maureen Corrigan says she is forever giving Rendell's books to friends.
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Gangsters, Goons And 'Grievous Bodily Harm' In Ted Lewis' London

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Soho Press recently reissued the late British crime writer's final novel. Critic John Powers says Lewis' GBH is a pulp-fiction triumph worthy of Jim Thompson or James Ellroy.
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'Mad Men' Creator On Don Draper's Losses And The End Of The Road

Thursday, May 07, 2015

With just two episodes to go until the AMC series wraps for good, showrunner Matthew Weiner talks about the state of his main character's career and family life — and what the show is all about.
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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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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 — and a certain amount of "gobbledegook."
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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 — from the Beatles' "If I Fell" to Frank Zappa's "Hungry Freaks, Daddy."
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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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