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'Fresh Air' Remembers Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott

Monday, June 16, 2014

Scott, who had a rare genetic condition that made him sound like a woman, was popular in '50s but didn't make any records between 1975 and 1992. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1992 about his comeback.
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'Fargo' TV Series Captures The Best And Worst Of America

Monday, June 16, 2014

The finale of the Fargo TV series airs Tuesday. The characters are different, like a deputy sheriff played by Allison Tolman. But writer Noah Hawley says the Coen brothers told him he "nailed it."
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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Supermensch,' Conference Calls And John Waters

Saturday, June 14, 2014

This week Mike Myers talks about his Shep Gordan documentary, Alexis Madrigal explains why we still need conference calls, and Waters hitchhikes across America.
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'Lawrence' Of Arabia: From Archaeologist To War Hero

Friday, June 13, 2014

Scott Anderson's book explains how British officer T.E. Lawrence used his knowledge of Arab culture and medieval history to advance British causes. Originally broadcast Aug. 19, 2013.
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'Obvious Child': A Momentous Film Of Small, Embarrassing Truths

Friday, June 13, 2014

The indie film depicts a standup comic who decides to have an abortion after a one-night stand. David Edelstein lauds director Gillian Robespierre's courage.
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Hillary Clinton: The Fresh Air Interview

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Clinton's new memoir, Hard Choices, outlines her four years as secretary of state under President Obama. She talks about her vote for the Iraq War, women's rights and political "gamers."
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In Big Bill Broonzy's Blues, Brothers Find A Way To Sing Together

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dave and Phil Alvin have made their first full album together in nearly 30 years, a tribute to one of their early influences. "His persona was so big to me," Phil Alvin tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
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John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, And Lives To Write About It

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The 68-year-old film director hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco for his book Carsick. He says hitchhiking is "the worst beauty regimen ever" and admits he always kept his luggage with him.
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'Rise And Fall' Carries On Vagabond Adventure Tale Tradition

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Rise and Fall of Great Powers — the latest from Imperfectionists author Tom Rachman — follows the travels of a young bookstore proprietor. It's a "strange" book that requires a bit of patience.
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Invisible 'Supermensch' Avoided The Spotlight While Making Others Famous

Monday, June 09, 2014

Mike Myers' documentary Supermensch chronicles the work of Shep Gordon, who has "jump-started" the careers of superstar musicians and chefs. Now, it's Gordon's turn for a taste of celebrity.
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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Raisin In The Sun,' 'Orange Is The New Black,' China's 'Ambition'

Saturday, June 07, 2014

A Raisin in the Sun returns to Broadway, Orange Is the New Black begins season two, and writer Evan Osnos talks about about China's economic expansion.
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Beautiful Acting Aside, It Isn't Hard To Find Fault In 'Our Stars'

Friday, June 06, 2014

The adaptation of John Green's bestselling young adult novel The Fault in Our Stars — about two teens with cancer — is among the year's most anticipated films, but David Edelstein wasn't impressed.
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New Season Of 'Orange Is The New Black' Has A Strong, Unsettling Start

Friday, June 06, 2014

Netflix's women-in-prison series, based on a memoir by Piper Kerman, returns Friday. Fresh Air listens back to interviews with Kerman and series creator Jenji Kohan.
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For Jockey Donna Barton Brothers, Horse Racing Runs In The Family

Thursday, June 05, 2014

At the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, former jockey Donna Barton Brothers will interview the winner on horseback. Now an analyst for NBC, Brothers won more than 1,100 races before retiring in 1998.
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1936 'Show Boat': A Multiracial, Musical Melodrama, Now Out On DVD

Thursday, June 05, 2014

With an unforgettable story and score, the 1927 musical tackled complex racial issues. Music critic Lloyd Schwartz says the 1936 film version of Show Boat is the best — and it's now out on DVD.
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Miranda Lambert's 'Platinum' Has Backyard Swagger

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Platinum continues Miranda Lambert's ongoing project to create songs about women who are complex, fun-loving, and assertive.
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'Burning Down The House' Makes The Case Against Juvenile Incarceration

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

In her new book, Nell Bernstein says America's juvenile justice system is overdue for reform. Time in jail as a child or teen, she says, is the best predictor of adult criminality and incarceration.
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Golem Ain't Your Grandparents' Klezmer

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The New York City band Golem describes its music as punk-klezmer. On Tanz, they mange to find new ways to balance urban irreverence with folk tradition.
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Have We Reached The End Of The Line For The Conference Call?

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Fresh Air tech contributor Alexis Madrigal considers why people still jump on frustrating conference calls. While tech startups aim to kill the PIN, he says, the phone bridges generations.
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A 'New Yorker' Writer's Take On China's 'Age Of Ambition'

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

On the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square, author Evan Osnos discusses his new book that explores the tensions between China's economic expansion and its commitment to authoritarian rule.
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