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David Foster Wallace: The 'Fresh Air' Interview

Friday, August 14, 2015

In 1996, Wallace's novel Infinite Jest was a critical and popular success. The new movie The End of The Tour recreates the author's tour for that book. Originally broadcast March 5, 1997.
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'Show Me A Hero' Offers A Nuanced Take On Public Housing Discrimination

Friday, August 14, 2015

David Simon's new HBO mini-series, Show Me a Hero, examines racial biases in New York City's public housing laws. Critic David Bianculli says, "This 25-year-old true story couldn't seem more timely."
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On Screen, 'Diary Of A Teenage Girl' Packs The Punch Of A Good Graphic Novel

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The new film directed by Marielle Heller is a sexual coming-of-age story about a 15- year-old girl who loses her virginity to her mother's boyfriend. Critic David Edelstein has a review.
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A 'Diary' Unlocked: A Teenage Coming-Of-Age Story Put On Film

Thursday, August 13, 2015

When she was 15, Phoebe Gloeckner lost her virginity to her mother's boyfriend. Gloeckner wrote about the experience in The Diary of a Teenage Girl, which Marielle Heller adapted into a film.
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Poetry Is Set To Melody In Iris DeMent's 'The Trackless Woods'

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Poems by the Russian writer Anna Akhmatova form the basis of singer Iris DeMent's new album. Critic Ken Tucker says Akhmatova and DeMent share an urge to articulate "sorrow, sacrifice and gratitude."
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GPS Trackers In Fake Elephant Tusks Reveal Ivory Smuggling Route

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Some 30,000 African elephants die each year as a result of poaching. Journalist Bryan Christy wanted to see where their tusks were going, so he ordered fake tusks and fitted them with trackers.
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Legislating Desire: An Author's Take On 'Bad Laws And Good Sex'

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

American sex laws have not always kept pace with society's changing standards. In The Boundaries of Desire, Eric Berkowitz explores how the legal system has addressed sex in the last century.
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Confronting Mortality In An Unsettling, Inspiring 'Tour Of Bones'

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Before her death in 2014, author Denise Inge took a spiritual journey to bone houses throughout Europe. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the resulting book, The Tour of Bones, is "strange and chaotic."
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Music Journalist Chronicles The 'Wild Obsessive Hunt' For Rare 78 RPM Records

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

In Do Not Sell At Any Price, Amanda Petrusich details the extreme measures collectors take in pursuit of rare 78s. "You can still find quite a few of them around at junk shops," she says.
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Block The Vote: A Journalist Discusses Voting Rights And Restrictions

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed racial discrimination in voting. But author Ari Berman says a 2013 Supreme Court ruling blocks the act's enforcement — and opened the door for new restrictions.
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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Friday Night Lights' At 25; 'Dargonfish'; Dolphin Life

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Buzz Bissinger discusses his book about small-town high school football. Maureen Corrigan reviews Dragonfish, by Vu Tran. Susan Casey describes the life of dolphins and new threats the animals face.
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Family Dysfunction Is Set To A Melancholic Beat In 'Ricki And The Flash'

Friday, August 07, 2015

In Ricki and the Flash, Meryl Streep plays a singer who left her husband and kids decades ago to pursue her rock 'n roll dream. Reviewer David Edelstein says Streep "tears up the screen" in the film.
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Jon Stewart Makes A Laugh-Filled, Sentimental Exit From 'The Daily Show'

Friday, August 07, 2015

After 16 years as host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, Jon Stewart presented his farewell program last night. TV critic David Bianculli says it was an entertaining finale from start to finish.
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'Blood Will Out' Reveals Secrets Of A Murderous Master Manipulator

Friday, August 07, 2015

Author Walter Kirn thought he was befriending an eccentric Rockefeller, but his pal turned out to be an impostor wanted for murder. Originally broadcast March 10, 2014.
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Jon Stewart On His 'Daily Show' Run: 'It So Far Exceeded My Expectations'

Thursday, August 06, 2015

As Stewart says goodbye, Fresh Air replays parts of interviews with the host. "I don't know that there will ever be anything that I will ever be as well-suited for," he said.
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Journalist Says Lax Policing Allowed NFL Player To Get Away With Serial Rape

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Former NFL player Darren Sharper pleaded guilty to rape charges involving nine women in four states. ProPublica reporter T. Christian Miller says local police weren't sharing information.
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Trombonist Ku-umba Frank Lacy Brings 'Ernest Intensity' To 'Mingus Sings'

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Ku-umba Frank Lacy provides vocals on the new record by the Mingus Big Band. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says the album, which is dedicated to the late Charles Mingus, is "worthy of the Mingus brand."
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Daniel Romano's Eccentric 'Countrypolitan' Sound Blends Sincerity And Irony

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Canadian musician Daniel Romano specializes in country music that's a throwback to a bygone era. Rock critic Ken Tucker calls his new album, If I've Only One Time Askin', a "moving collection."
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'Dragonfish' Offers A Noir Vision Of An 'American Dream Gone Rancid'

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

The debut novel by Vu Tran is a crime drama involving a white cop, his Vietnamese-born ex-wife and her new husband, a violent crime boss. Maureen Corrigan calls Dragonfish a "haunting literary novel."
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Exploring The 'Wild And Haunting World Of Dolphins'

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

In her new book, Voices in the Ocean, Susan Casey describes the life of dolphins and details some new threats the animals face, such as organized dolphin kills and man-made sounds in the ocean.
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