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Former Orca Trainer For SeaWorld Condemns Its Practices

Monday, March 23, 2015

John Hargrove says he left SeaWorld after seeing "devastating effects of captivity" on orcas. His new book is Beneath The Surface. SeaWorld's Christopher Dold says such criticism is "unfounded."
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Fresh Air Weekend: Daniel Genis, 'Seymour' Documentary And Norman Blake

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Genis, who served 10 years in prison for armed robbery, writes about prison life; John Powers reviews Seymour: An Introduction; Bluegrass musician Norman Blake releases an album of original songs.
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'Seymour': A Loving Portrait Of An Acclaimed Classical Pianist

Friday, March 20, 2015

Seymour: An Introduction is an inspiring new documentary by the actor Ethan Hawke. It's about Seymour Bernstein, who quit a successful concert career at the age of 50 to become a piano teacher.
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Fresh Air Remembers Blues And Jazz Historian Samuel Charters

Friday, March 20, 2015

Charters helped ignite the blues revival of the '50s and '60s. He made field recordings of forgotten and previously undiscovered performers. He also wrote two books. He died Wednesday; he was 85.
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In 'Redeployment,' Former Marine Explores The Challenges Of Coming Home

Friday, March 20, 2015

Phil Klay served in Iraq from January 2007 to February 2008. He recently won a National Book Critics Circle award for his collection of short stories. Originally broadcast Nov. 25, 2014.
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Bluegrass Musician Norman Blake Releases An Album Of Original Songs

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Blake has performed for more than 60 years. He was in Johnny Cash's band and played on Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline album. Now 77, his new album is called Wood, Wire and Words.
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'A Little Life': An Unforgettable Novel About The Grace Of Friendship

Thursday, March 19, 2015

In Hanya Yanagihara's deeply moving novel, college friends rise, lose their bearings, fall in love, squabble and wrestle with life's tragedies in New York City.
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Saxophonist Tony Malaby's New Quartet Brings Out His Rowdy Side

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Malaby has merged his two trios — with a cello and a tuba — into a quartet called Tubacello. Their new album is Scorpion Eater. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says he hopes to hear from them again.
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Released From Prison, 'Apologetic Bandit' Writes About Life Inside

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Daniel Genis, son of Soviet emigre writer Alexander Genis, served 10 years for armed robbery. The crimes fueled his heroin addiction. "It was so obvious I didn't fit in," he says.
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Forget Binge Watching: Great Television Happens When Networks Pace Shows

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The perfect example, says critic David Bianculli, is HBO's The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. Spread out over six weeks, the finale had the most chilling TV moment he's seen in years.
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WWII Novel-Memoir Explores The Blurry Line Between Fact And Fiction

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

In Daniel Torday's The Last Flight of Poxl West, a Jewish refugee tells his heroic World War II story in a best-selling — and partly fabricated — memoir.
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Remastering 78s: A Company Brings Clarity To Pianist Artur Schnabel's Works

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Many historic recordings have been transferred to CD, but not always as accurately as desirable. But a small record company in France has been remastering these recordings in a revolutionary way.
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Barney Frank's Journey From Closeted To An Openly Gay Member Of Congress

Monday, March 16, 2015

In his new memoir, Frank describes how early in politics he feared people would "draw inferences" if he supported gay rights. But his drive to fight discrimination was stronger.
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Brandi Carlile's Surging Voice Grounds 'The Firewatcher's Daughter'

Monday, March 16, 2015

Carlile has been releasing albums for the past 10 years, and Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says her new one, called The Firewatcher's Daughter, is her best yet.
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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Better Call Saul,' James McMurtry And America's Test Kitchen

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Better Call Saul's co-creator talks about the prequel to Breaking Bad; critic Ken Tucker reviews McMurtry's new album Complicated Game; America's Test Kitchen has a new vegetarian cookbook.
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They're Not Only '60s Songwriting Superstars, But They're Also Married

Friday, March 13, 2015

Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, who wrote "We Gotta Get Out of this Place," have been a team for more than 50 years. Terry Gross spoke with them in 2000, when they were depicted in the musical Beautiful.
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Drummer Hal Blaine Talks About Making Music Over The Years

Friday, March 13, 2015

Blaine is featured in the new documentary The Wrecking Crew about a group of anonymous intensely successful musicians who recorded together. Terry Gross spoke with him in 2001.
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Horror Film Fans Beware: 'It Follows' Isn't The Fun Kind Of Scare

Friday, March 13, 2015

The film is about a teenage girl who sleeps with a boy and is suddenly under a curse. Critic David Edelstein says he didn't enjoy feeling "sick with dread," but the ending is unexpectedly moving.
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Inspired By Monks, A Writer Embraces His Life Of Solitude

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fenton Johnson says that while alone, people can "find the richest possible ways of being in the world." He's lived alone for more than 20 years. His Harper's article describes his pursuit.
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Don't You Dare Use 'Comprised Of' On Wikipedia: One Editor Will Take It Out

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Wikipedia editor Bryan Henderson has made it his crusade to edit out the phrase "comprised of" in more than 5 million articles. While his quest is harmless, it shows that zealots can dominate the Web.
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