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Heavy-Handed And Preachy, 'Good Kill' Misses Its Mark

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Andrew Niccol's film follows an Air Force commander engaged in state-of-the-art drone warfare. Justin Chang says the movie feels more like "a series of talking points than a fully developed drama."
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Fresh Air Weekend: Contemplating Life, Sex And Elevators In Space

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Astronomer Chris Impey discusses the future of space travel, sex in space and the connection between science and Buddhism. Originally broadcast May 11, 2015.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Tom Brokaw Reflects On His 'Lucky Life'

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The former NBC anchorman says his multiple myeloma diagnosis two years ago made him "more conscious of the fact that the days are more numbered." Originally broadcast May 13, 2015.
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Souped-Up Vehicles And Road Warriors Reign In 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Friday, May 15, 2015

It has been 36 years since the first Mad Max film crash landed into theaters. David Edelsein says the forth installment of the series is "basically one long chase with ever more insane variables."
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B.B. King On Life, Plantation Living And His 'Droopy-Drawers' Sound

Friday, May 15, 2015

"I developed in my head that I'm never any better than my last concert or the last time I played," B.B. King told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 1996.
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Historian Says Don't 'Sanitize' How Our Government Created Ghettos

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Richard Rothstein, who studies residential segregation in America, concludes: "Federal, state and local governments purposely created racial boundaries in these cities."
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Country Hit Writer Chris Stapleton Breaks Out On His Own In 'Traveller'

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Nashville songwriter has written countless hits for other artists. Critic Ken Tucker says that Stapleton's debut solo album showcases a wide range of musical styles with a distinctive sound.
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'The In Crowd': An Audience-Fueled Jazz-Pop Crossover Hit

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fifty years ago in a Washington, DC nightclub, the Ramsey Lewis Trio recorded "The In Crowd," a rare jazz single that landed on the pop charts. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the fans were half the show.
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Tom Brokaw Reflects On Cancer, 'Nightly News' And His 'Lucky Life'

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The former NBC anchorman says his multiple myeloma diagnosis two years ago made him "more conscious of the fact that the days are more numbered." His new memoir is A Lucky Life Interrupted.
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Misadventures And Absurdist Charm Take Root In 'George Orwell's House'

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

In Andrew Ervin's comic novel, a disillusioned advertising executive rents the cottage once inhabited by dystopian author George Orwell. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the funny book has a serious core.
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Making Art Out Of Bodies: Sally Mann Reflects On Life And Photography

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mann has published pictures that show her young children naked, her husband's muscular dystrophy and dead bodies decomposing. She reflects on her life and work in a new memoir called Hold Still.
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An Indian Coming-Of-Age Trilogy, Restored To Its 'True Splendor'

Monday, May 11, 2015

Indian director Satyajit Ray first came to prominence in the '50s with the three films known as The Apu Trilogy. John Powers says that even half a century later, the films "still expand our horizons."
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The Great 'Beyond': Contemplating Life, Sex And Elevators In Space

Monday, May 11, 2015

Astronomer Chris Impey discusses the future of space travel, sex in space and the connection between science and Buddhism. Impey is the author of Beyond: Our Future in Space.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Inside 'Mad Men'; British Pulp Fiction; Youth Sports

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner talks about the end of the road for Don Draper; John Powers reviews Ted Lewis' GBH; Baseball's Mike Matheny talks about his career and the pressures of youth sports.
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'Fresh Air' Remembers Soul Singer Ben E. King

Friday, May 08, 2015

The crooner sang lead for the Drifters and became famous for the classic hit "Stand By Me." King died April 30th. Fresh Air remembers him with this interview. Originally broadcast in 1988.
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'Fresh Air' Remembers Mystery Novelist Ruth Rendell

Friday, May 08, 2015

The British author wrote crime novels for 50 years, many featuring Chief Inspector "Reg" Wexford. Rendell died May 2. Originally broadcast in 1989 and 2005.
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Schwarzenegger Meets Zombies In A Haunting, Slow-Paced New Film

Friday, May 08, 2015

The zombie movie Maggie examines an array of cultural anxieties such as plague, environmental catastrophe and big government. Critic David Edelstein says the film is more art flick than blockbuster.
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Remembering Ruth Rendell, Master Of Smart And Socially Aware Suspense

Friday, May 08, 2015

The British novelist set shocking crimes in mundane settings — always adding a dash of social criticism. Critic Maureen Corrigan says she is forever giving Rendell's books to friends.
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Gangsters, Goons And 'Grievous Bodily Harm' In Ted Lewis' London

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Soho Press recently reissued the late British crime writer's final novel. Critic John Powers says Lewis' GBH is a pulp-fiction triumph worthy of Jim Thompson or James Ellroy.
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'Mad Men' Creator On Don Draper's Losses And The End Of The Road

Thursday, May 07, 2015

With just two episodes to go until the AMC series wraps for good, showrunner Matthew Weiner talks about the state of his main character's career and family life — and what the show is all about.
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