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Fresh Air Weekend: Glenn Greenwald, 'Godzilla' And Todd Barry

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Greenwald says he "erred on the side of excess caution" when writing about Edward Snowden's NSA leaks; David Edelstein reviews the latest Godzilla; and Barry tries a new stand-up strategy.
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Iestyn Davies: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, May 17, 2014

In Elizabethan England, it was hip to have the blues. Watch the British countertenor mine the art of John Dowland's melancholy songs. He's joined by Thomas Dunford, "the Eric Clapton of the lute."
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In 1970, Miles Davis Played Four Sets For A New Audience

Friday, May 16, 2014

That June, Miles Davis played four nights at the New York rock palace Fillmore East. Those performances are now out in full for the first time.
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Making It In The Big Leagues Was A 'Long Shot' For Catcher Mike Piazza

Friday, May 16, 2014

In his memoir, the catcher opens up about getting drafted in the 62nd round, his feud with Roger Clemens and what it's like to go into retirement. Leaving the game, he says, was "like a small death."
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'Godzilla': A Fire-Breathing Behemoth Returns To The Big Screen

Friday, May 16, 2014

In the Japanese original, he was a thinly disguised symbol of the atom bomb, but in later films he fought other giant monsters and even space aliens. The latest Godzilla is directed by Gareth Edwards.
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Former Ambassador To Russia: Putin Has No Master Plan For Ukraine

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Michael McFaul, ambassador to Russia from January 2012 to February 2014, says, "I've never seen [Putin] devote a speech to the necessity of reuniting Crimea with Russia. That came only recently."
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Greenwald On NSA Leaks: 'We've Erred On The Side Of Excess Caution'

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Journalist Glenn Greenwald says he and his team weighed the public's interest against the potential harm to innocent people when deciding how many of Edward Snowden's leaked documents to make public.
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'Good Doctor' Puts Past Medical Practices Under An Ethical Microscope

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

In a new book, bioethicist and internist Barron Lerner recalls how he came to question some of his father's medical practices — practices that were common among many doctors of that generation.
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Ray LaMontagne Finds The Bright Side On 'Supernova'

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The achievement of Supernova is that, five albums in, LaMontagne hasn't settled into a formula or a fall-back recurring mood. Here, the singer-songwriter explores a sunny, psychedelic side.
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'Frontline' Doc Explores How Sept. 11 Created Today's NSA

Monday, May 12, 2014

PBS looks at the origins of the agency's surveillance program and the extraordinary steps top government officials took to give it legal cover and keep it hidden.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Sam Baker And Roz Chast

Saturday, May 10, 2014

A musician finds grace in the wake of destruction and a cartoonist reflects on caring for aging parents.
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'Penny Dreadful' Is Wonderful, But 'Rosemary's Baby' Is Dreadful

Friday, May 09, 2014

Critic David Bianculli reviews the two new TV programs in the horror genre competing for viewers and attention: NBC's modern-day remake of Rosemary's Baby and Showtime's Victorian Penny Dreadful.
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Marc Maron: A Life Fueled By 'Panic And Dread'

Friday, May 09, 2014

The comedian turned his life around when he started "WTF with Marc Maron" out of his garage in 2009. He has parlayed the popularity of the podcast into a new television show called Maron.
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'God's Pocket' Is Horrifying, Humanist And Heartbreaking

Friday, May 09, 2014

Many people will find God's Pocket depressing, but once you get past the despair and carnage it's full of life. In one of his last film roles, Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as hapless Mickey Scarpato.
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Two Italys Take A Road Trip In 'Il Sorpasso'

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The 1962 comic drama follows two young men: one who smacks of Italy's joyless '50s and one who embodies the prosperity and recklessness of the '60s. The film is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.
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A Cartoonist's Funny, Heartbreaking Take On Caring For Aging Parents

Thursday, May 08, 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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From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle'

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Colson Whitehead's new book was born of an assignment to write about the World Series of Poker for Grantland. It's a sharp observational tale of the game, those who play it and how it changed him.
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'Hill Street Blues' Created Two Eras For TV Drama: Before And After

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

In 1981, NBC presented a new police series that went on to make TV history. Hill Street Blues has just been released on DVD in its entirety for the first time.
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Sam Baker: Finding Grace In The Wake Of Destruction

Tuesday, May 06, 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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Todd Barry's New Stand-Up Strategy: 'Does Anyone Want To Talk To Me?'

Monday, May 05, 2014

Last year, the comedian teamed up with Louis C.K. to film a tour in which all he did was crowd work, or engage the audience in improvised conversations.
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