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In 'Trainwreck', A Screwball Comedy Fades To Family-Values Formulaic

Friday, July 17, 2015

Amy Schumer plays a writer who dodges lovers' pleas for commitment in Trainwreck, directed by Judd Apatow. Critic David Edelstein says the film loses its "delightful momentum" when it gets serious.
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'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

Friday, July 17, 2015

One-third of the seafood Americans catch is sold abroad, but most of the seafood we eat is imported and often of lower quality. Author Paul Greenberg explains why. Originally broadcast July 1, 2014.
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Amy Schumer And Judd Apatow Talk Storytelling, Commitment And Spooning

Thursday, July 16, 2015

In 2011, Apatow heard Schumer on the radio and was struck by her candor. The two went on to collaborate on the film Trainwreck, about a woman who doesn't want a relationship.
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'Cartel' Author Spins A Grand Tale Of Mexico's Drug Wars

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Novelist Don Winslow spent 10 years researching the Mexican drug wars. His new novel, The Cartel, reveals "a new generation of cartel leaders that are more violent, more sadistic" than ever before.
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Tracing The Origin Of The Campaign Promise To 'Tell It Like It Is'

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

It's a common pledge of candor for a roster of presidential hopefuls. As linguist Geoff Nunberg explains, the promise to "tell it like it is" has its roots in black speech from the '40s and '50s.
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Jason Isbell's 'Something More Than Free' Rings With The Promise of Joy

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The former member of the Drive-by Truckers unleashes his storytelling skills in his new album, Something More Than Free. Rock critic Ken Tucker says Isbell's lyrics reward a close listen.
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When Weed Is The Cure: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Dr. David Casarett used to think of medical marijuana as "a joke." But after taking a deeper look, he's changed his mind. Casarett's new book is Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates On Police Brutality, The Confederate Flag And Forgiveness

Monday, July 13, 2015

Growing up in Baltimore, the writer faced threats from both the streets and the police. His book, Between the World and Me, is an open letter to his teenage son.
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Harper Lee's 'Watchman' Is A Mess That Makes Us Reconsider A Masterpiece

Monday, July 13, 2015

Depending on whom you ask, Go Set a Watchman is either a recently discovered first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird — or a failed sequel. Either way, critic Maureen Corrigan calls it "kind of a mess."
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A Big-Hearted, 'Tangerine' Vision Of L.A.'s Crime-Riddled Streets

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Reviewer Justin Chang says a new film about transgender sex workers on Christmas Eve is a "warts-and-all immersion in one of L.A.'s seamier subcultures — and a terrific girlfriend movie to boot."
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Fresh Air Weekend: Freeing Amy Winehouse From Her Tabloid Legacy

Saturday, July 11, 2015

In the dawning of the digital age, "She was the unlucky one to be having a nervous breakdown in public at the time," Amy director Asif Kapadia tells Fresh Air. Originally broadcast July 8, 2015.
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Duke Ellington's 'Plank Session' Offers Snapshots Of A Jazz Master At Work

Friday, July 10, 2015

In July 1970, Duke Ellington recorded two tunes engineered by Conny Plank. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says The Conny Plank Session, which is now on CD, is a window onto Ellington's working method.
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The Man Behind Wonder Woman Was Inspired By Both Suffragists And Centerfolds

Friday, July 10, 2015

Wonder Woman's creator had a few secrets of his own. Historian Jill Lepore describes William Moulton Marstothe's unusual life in The Secret History of Wonder Woman. Originally broadcast Oct. 27, 2014.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Weighing In On What It Means To 'Sound Gay'

Friday, July 10, 2015

In Do I Sound Gay?, director David Thorpe discusses the so-called "gay voice" and reveals his own attempt (with speech pathologist Susan Sankin) to sound "less gay." Originally broadcast July 7, 2015.
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From DOMA To Marriage Equality: How The Tide Turned For Gay Marriage

Thursday, July 09, 2015

For 25 years, attorney Mary Bonauto and activist Evan Wolfson helped shape the gay marriage movement. They discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling, which represented the culmination of their efforts.
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'Tangerine', A Teeny-Budget Comedy That Packs An Emotional Wallop

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Sean Baker's bleak, boisterous farce follows two transgender sex workers on Christmas Eve in Los Angeles. David Edelstein says Tangerine is "brilliantly shaped, edited, scored and performed."
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Documentary Seeks To Free Amy Winehouse From Her Tabloid Legacy

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

In the dawning of the digital age, "She was the unlucky one to be having a nervous breakdown in public at the time," Amy director Asif Kapadia tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
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Examining The War On Mexican Drug Cartels, Through Film And Fiction

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Two new works of art — the documentary film Cartel Land and the novel The Cartel — shine a light on the seemingly endless drug war in Mexico. John Powers says both works are bleak, but gripping.
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Filmmaker And Speech Pathologist Weigh In On What It Means To 'Sound Gay'

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

In Do I Sound Gay?, director David Thorpe searches for the origin of the so-called "gay voice" and documents his own attempts (with speech pathologist Susan Sankin) to sound "less gay."
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The New Science Behind Our 'Unfair' Criminal Justice System

Monday, July 06, 2015

"Good people with the best of intentions ... can get things terribly, terribly wrong," says legal scholar Adam Benforado. His book, Unfair, explores the intrinsic flaws of the American justice system.
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