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At 74, Outlaw Billy Joe Shaver Is Still An Outlier

Monday, August 11, 2014

Billie Joe Shaver has just released his first new studio album in six years, called Long in the Tooth.
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Nuclear 'Command And Control': A History Of False Alarms And Near Catastrophes

Monday, August 11, 2014

Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, spent six years researching America's nuclear weapons. In Command and Control, he details explosions, false attack alerts and accidentally dropped bombs.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Allison Janney, Jason Hamacher, Pinterest And Interactive TV

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Allison Janney talks sex, Sorkin and being the tallest women in the room; Jason Hamacher preserved Syrian chants; Pinterest offers "guided search"; and interactive TV has a long history.
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Jaki Byard, A Post-Bebop Pianist Who Was A Master Of Stride Piano

Friday, August 08, 2014

On The Late Show, a set of previously unheard solo music from 1979, the jazz pianist employs techniques like suspenseful dropouts. He had a rare ability to sound archaic โ€” and way ahead of his time.
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In The Irish Film 'Cavalry,' A Priest's Crisis Of Faith Is Weirdly Jokey

Friday, August 08, 2014

John Michael McDonagh's new movie stars Brendan Gleeson as a priest who must eventually face off against a killer. It's excruciatingly obvious and inept, but Gleeson brings it alive.
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For Novelist Jonathan Lethem, Radicalism Runs In The Family

Friday, August 08, 2014

His new book, Dissident Gardens, follows three generations of an activist family. The book is fiction, but its characters were inspired by Lethem's own story. Originally broadcast Sept. 9, 2013.
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Douglas and Caine Find 'Present Joys' In The Sacred Harp Songbook

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Virtuoso jazz musicians Dave Douglas and Uri Caine perform from their new album of duets. It features hymns based on a tradition called shape-note singing, which dates to the early 1800s.
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Before War, A Punk Drummer Preserved Syrian Chants

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Jason Hamacher wasn't trained as a photographer, a musicologist or a member of a religious community. The former Frodus drummer simply felt compelled to document this music.
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Stick With 'The Knick,' A Medical Drama With Amazing Inventions

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The new Cinemax show stars Clive Owen as a rude doctor in a New York City hospital in 1900. It may take a few episodes, but you'll care about the characters and their inventions.
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A Label Paramount To Early Blues And Jazz

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Between 1917 and 1932, the label released thousands of records. Jack White's Third Man Records has joined with the reissue label Revenant to release the first of two packages documenting Paramount.
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Malaysia Flight Wreckage Was 'Like The End Of The World'

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The New York Times' Sabrina Tavernise was among the first to arrive at the site of the downed flight in Ukraine in late July. She says it's hard to get the faces of the dead out of her mind.
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A Lost Piece Of Soul History Appears

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

In the early 1960s when soul star Sam Cooke had his own record label, SAR, he recorded songs by his younger brother, L.C. Cooke. Fifty years years, the complete set's finally issued.
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How Ronald Reagan Used An 'Invisible Bridge' To Win Over Americans

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Rick Perlstein's new book describes how Reagan emerged as the leader of a potent political movement during the turbulent mid-'70s. He says the soul of Reagan's appeal was how he made people feel good.
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How Interactive TV Is Older Than TV Itself

Monday, August 04, 2014

As technology gets more complex, TV producers aim to take advantage of it, such as relying on phoned-in votes from viewers. The interactive talent show, it turns out, predates TV itself.
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Spoon Wants Your Soul

Monday, August 04, 2014

They Want My Soul is another fine Spoon album in a career that has now come to display a remarkable consistency
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Allison Janney On Sex, Sorkin And Being The Tallest Woman In The Room

Monday, August 04, 2014

Allison Janney has been nominated for Emmys for her roles on Masters of Sex and Mom. She says her relationships with her mother and her brother, who was an addict, helped inform her characters.
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Fresh Air Weekend: George Takei, 'The Honorable Woman,' Dom Flemons

Saturday, August 02, 2014

George Takei talks about the new documentary To Be Takei; David Bianculli says The Honorable Woman is not to miss; Dom Flemons discusses his first album since leaving Carolina Chocolate Drops.
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Sailing Through Space With 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'? Hilarious

Friday, August 01, 2014

The newest Marvel comic adaptation features five motley warriors, including a raccoon and a tree, against an armada of space villains. The big-budget effects-laden movie is light and funny.
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Fresh Air Pays Tribute To James Brown, 'Godfather Of Funk'

Friday, August 01, 2014

James Brown is featured in the new biopic Get On Up. In '80s and '90s, Terry Gross talked with his biographer and two musicians who played in his band. And in 2005, she talked with Brown himself.
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Maggie Gyllenhaal Is 'The Honorable Woman': A Series Both Ruthless And Rewarding

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The eight-part drama that begins Thursday stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a British baroness with an Israeli passport. She's a fearless actor in a show full of kidnappings, seductions and betrayals.
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