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Son Of A Secret Smuggler Digs Up The Truth About His Dad

Friday, January 09, 2015

Tony Dokoupil's father was once busted for distributing enough marijuana "to roll a joint for every college-age person in America." In The Last Pirate, Dokoupil reflects on his dad's time as a dealer.
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The 'Selma' Criticism For How It Portrays Lyndon B. Johnson: Is It Fair?

Friday, January 09, 2015

The film about Martin Luther King's marches for voting rights is being accused of alleged historical inaccuracies. Critic David Edelstein says that's "not entirely" fair, and it's still a great movie.
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The Sounds, Space And Spirit Of 'Selma': A Director's Take

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Ava DuVernay's new film dramatizes a turning point in civil rights history. She says she wanted to "elevate [Selma] from a page in your history book and really just get it ... into your DNA."
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Did Editorials Influence Obama's Decision To Normalize Relations With Cuba?

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The New York Times' Ernesto Londono wrote editorials urging Obama to end the embargo. He tells of the changes he saw when he visited Cuba last month and how he sees the new relationship evolving.
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Matt LeBlanc Has Quietly Made 'Episodes' A Must-See Comedy

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The show, in its fourth season, was created by David Crane, who worked with LeBlanc on Friends. TV critic David Bianculli says its brand of satire is particularly timely and laugh-out-loud funny.
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Horace Tapscott's Giant Re-Awakened In A Reissue

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Horace Tapscott led a big band in 1969, but his debut was for a quintet drawn from its ranks. Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissue of The Giant is Awakened.
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D.C. Author George Pelecanos Writes What He Knows In 'The Martini Shot'

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

In his new collection of short stories and a novella, Pelecanos explores crime, adoption and writing from an African-American point of view. He says he's "aware of the responsibility" to get it right.
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At The Peak Of Her Powers: Barbara Lynn's 'Complete Atlantic Recordings'

Monday, January 05, 2015

Fresh Air rock historian Ed Ward has a look in to a vital part of Lynn's career.
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'America's Bitter Pill' Makes Case For Why Health Care Law 'Won't Work'

Monday, January 05, 2015

Journalist Steven Brill's latest book critiques the Affordable Care Act, which he calls "unsustainable." In the next few years, "something is going to snap," he says. "We cannot pay for this."
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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Serial' Host Sarah Koenig; Scott Saul On Richard Pryor

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Koenig talks about her reinvestigation of the 1999 murder of Maryland high school student Hae Min Lee; Saul discuss his book Becoming Richard Pryor.
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For Working Moms, Key To Balance May Lie In Elusive Leisure Time

Friday, January 02, 2015

If waiting for help when your car breaks down doesn't strike you as a leisurely activity, it may be time to reconsider. A new book looks at time management challenges of being a working parent.
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'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And Death

Friday, January 02, 2015

In late 2012, filmmaker Steve James and Roger Ebert began talking about filming a documentary based on Ebert's memoir. Ebert's wife, Chaz, agreed. They didn't know that he would die within months.
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What's It Like To Be Neil Patrick Harris? He Gives You Options

Thursday, January 01, 2015

The actor says he's been able to do a lot of different things in his life. So when he sat down to write a memoir, he made it a "Choose Your Own Adventure." Originally broadcast October 13.
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John Oliver Is No One's Friend On His New HBO Show

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The comedian who was a correspondent on The Daily Show for 7 1/2 years now pokes fun on Last Week Tonight. Oliver talks about tasing his leg, temping for a thief and remaining an outsider.
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In 'Death By Pastrami,' Charming Stories Of New York's Garment District

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Leonard S. Bernstein — the writer, not the composer — once owned and managed a garment factory. In his first work of fiction the octogenarian crafts quaint parables about the comic futility of life.
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For Comic Hari Kondabolu, Explaining The Joke IS The Joke

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Many comedians think that explaining jokes ruins jokes, but Hari Kondabolu doesn't mind. Especially when it comes to jokes about race and ethnicity, he's willing to explain until everyone gets it.
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A Cartoonist's Funny, Heartbreaking Take On Caring For Aging Parents

Tuesday, December 30, 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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Louis C.K. On His 'Louie' Hiatus: 'I Wanted The Show To Feel New Again'

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The comic tells Fresh Air that after Season 3, he "aggressively forgot the show existed for a few months." Then he got back to work — for Louie's fourth season. Originally broadcast May 19.
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New Yorker Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us Get It

Monday, December 29, 2014

Humor is both a creative and a cognitive process, says Bob Mankoff, who has contributed cartoons to The New Yorker since 1977. His memoir is called How About Never — Is Never Good For You?
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At 90, 'Fiddler' Lyricist Tells His Story

Monday, December 29, 2014

"Any successful lyricist has to be part playwright and has to be able to put himself into the minds and the hearts and the souls of the characters," Sheldon Harnick tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
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