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Prayers And Holy Water Can't Exorcise The Terrifying 'Babadook'

Friday, December 05, 2014

In the Australian chiller, a bogeyman announces himself in a rhyming, pop-up book on a 7-year-old's shelf. But the real horror is that the boy's mom, a grieving widow, is battling psychic demons.
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Fresh Air Remembers British Rock Keyboardist Ian McLagan

Friday, December 05, 2014

McLagan, who died at 69, helped define the sound of '60s British rock with his bands Small Faces and Faces. He toured with the Rolling Stones, Dylan and Billy Bragg. He appeared on Fresh Air in 2004.
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A Punk Memoir That Makes The Ordinary Seem Transcendent

Friday, December 05, 2014

Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says that one of the best books he's ever read about punk rock is a new memoir by Viv Albertine.
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Set In Appalachia, This Rewarding Story Collection Is 'Rich And Strange'

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Ron Rash's best short stories from the past 20 years take you to a land apart psychologically and geographically. His writing is powerful, stripped down and very still.
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After Decades Acting, Josh Brolin Still Wonders If He's 'Good Enough'

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Brolin co-stars in an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice. He says as an actor he's always wondering: "Can I live up to what this person has written? There's always a fear around that."
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Three Books For The Jazz Lover On Your List

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a singer's biography, a pianist's autobiography, and a fat coffee table book.
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President Obama And The Courts: A Shift In Balance

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Journalist Jeffrey Toobin notes how Obama's appointees are a new mix of ethnic minorities, women and gay judges. But a couple of these courts are hearing suits that could undo some of Obama's actions.
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Peter Pan's Magic Is In The Pixie Dust

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

NBC is airing a live version of Peter Pan on Thursday, nearly 60 years after the first live telecast. Critic David Bianculli says the cast and the revival of the medium are genius.
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How Girls Are Developing Earlier In An Age Of 'New Puberty'

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Two doctors wrote a book that probes the environmental, biological and socioeconomic factors contributing to early puberty. These girls face risks like anxiety and depression, one author says.
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Indian Court Says Elephant Who Was Chained For 50 Years Is Free

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Raju the elephant appeared to shed tears last July when he was freed from his shackles. He will now be allowed to remain with his rescuers. His previous owner had wanted him back.
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P.D. James Believed Mysteries Were Made Of Clues, Not Coincidences

Monday, December 01, 2014

The best-selling author died Thursday. She was 94. In 1987, James told Terry Gross that while the "shock of finding the bodies is important" in her novels, she personally doesn't like "messy lives."
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Historian Illustrates Racial Intolerance In The Northeast In Post-War U.S.

Monday, December 01, 2014

In his new book All Eyes Are Upon Us, Jason Sokol writes about how Northerners were blind to patterns of segregation, discrimination and racial violence in such states as New York and Massachusetts.
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Fresh Air Weekend: A Bob Hope Bio, Christmas Albums And An Accordionist

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Richard Zoglin talks about Hope's life and legacy; rock critic Ken Tucker recommends holiday listening; and Will Holshouser plays songs from his new album.
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How The Four Seasons Clashed, Dealt With The Mob And Made Lasting Hits

Friday, November 28, 2014

Bob Gaudio wrote most of The Four Seasons' hits, some of which are compiled in a new anthology. He tells Fresh Air about the band's history, including why its songs had some "anger" in them.
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Marty Stuart: Keeper Of Country Music's Cowboy Couture

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Out of love and necessity, Stuart has become a country-music historian. "People were throwing things away," he says. "I just took it as a family matter."
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Naive, Yet Revolutionary: Ray Davies On 50 Years Of The Kinks

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

"I think if I had been an accomplished songwriter I wouldn't have written 'You Really Got Me,' " Davies tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
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In 'Redeployment,' Former Marine Explores The Challenges Of Coming Home

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Phil Klay served in Iraq from January 2007 to February 2008. He recently won a National Book Award for his collection of short stories.
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Benedict Cumberbatch Lifts Above Biopic Formula In 'Imitation Game'

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cumberbatch stars as British mathematician and World War II code breaker Alan Turing in a film directed by Morten Tyldum and co-staring Keira Knightley as Turing's comrade in arms.
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Four Holiday Goodies, Including 'Christmas At Downton Abbey'

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It's not too early to be releasing Christmas albums, and Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker has been listening to a lot of them.
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Decades Later, Laurie Colwin's Books 'Will Not Let You Down'

Monday, November 24, 2014

A digital publisher has released a bounty of Colwin's books: four novels, three short-story collections and a collection of cooking essays. Colwin, who died in 1992 at age 48, had an "elusive magic."
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