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The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle Finds Refuge In The Ring

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says The Mountain Goats' concept album about pro wrestling is filled with a remarkable range of melodies and moods.
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Forget Right And Wrong: 'House Of Cards' Is About Pragmatism And Power

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Kevin Spacey strangles a dog in the pilot, which creator Beau Willimon says producers balked at because they'd lose viewers. But "why not provide that litmus test right at the beginning?" he says.
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'The Children's Crusade': A Heavily Plotted Family Saga To Dive Into And Savor

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ann Packer's latest is about a young Navy doctor who, after the Korean War, builds a house south of San Francisco. Fifty years later, his four adult children argue over the property.
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Fresh Air Remembers Historian Stanley Kutler

Monday, April 13, 2015

In the '90s, Kutler helped uncover secrets of the Nixon administration: He and an advocacy group sued the National Archives for about 200 hours of White House tapes. Kutler died Tuesday; he was 80.
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How Young People Went Underground During The '70s 'Days Of Rage'

Monday, April 13, 2015

Bryan Burrough's new book describes the Weather Underground and other militant groups' tactics to protest the government. He interviews former radicals who had never gone on the record before.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Adam Driver, Kendrick Lamar's New Album, Philip Glass

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Driver, who stars in While We're Young, talks about his days in the military; Ken Tucker reviews Lamar's latest album To Pimp A Butterfly; Philip Glass discusses his new memoir Words Without Music.
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Practicing 'Extreme Medicine,' From Deep Sea To Outer Space

Friday, April 10, 2015

Dr. Kevin Fong explores how humans survive extremes of heat, cold, outer space and deep sea. He compares the exploration of medicine with the "explorers of the 20th century and every age before them."
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In 'Clouds Of Sils Maria,' An Actress Faces Past, Present And Future In An Instant

Friday, April 10, 2015

Juliette Binoche plays an aging movie star who's about to appear in a play opposite an infamous young Hollywood actress. It's a hall of mirrors that sounds convoluted in the telling, but plays easily.
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There Is A Rich World In Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly'

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Fresh Air music critic Ken Tucker says the rapper's second album has an excitingly adventurous sound.
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Former Marine Adam Driver On What Acting And The Military Have In Common

Thursday, April 09, 2015

"You have a group of people trying to accomplish a mission that's greater than themselves," the actor says. "It's not about one person." Driver stars in the new film comedy While We're Young.
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'Louie' Hits Its Mark While 'The Comedians' Hasn't Yet Fully Succeeded

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Louis C.K.'s comedy and the new mockumentary The Comedians start Thursday on the FX cable network. Both are unusual and ambitious, says critic David Bianculli, but only one hits the ground running.
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'Displacement': The Frustrations, Fears And Absurdities Of A Cruise Upended

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

When Lucy Knisley agreed to go on a Caribbean cruise with her grandparents, she didn't know she'd spend 10 days basically keeping them alive. She writes about it in her new cartoon memoir.
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The Creepy, Crawly World Of Bedbugs And How They Have 'Infested' Homes

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Brooke Borel's new book describes their history and how they hide, bite and reproduce. Borel, who has combated them herself, says an infestation "does mess with your mind a little bit."
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Tracing The Roots Of 'The Brothers' And The Boston Marathon Bombing

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

As jurors deliberate whether to convict Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Masha Gessen says there are still some "gaping holes" in the case. Her new book is The Brothers.
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Billie Holiday's Voice Was Always Her Own

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Holiday was born 100 years ago Tuesday in Philadelphia. Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead has some thoughts on Holiday's changing style, her influences, and singers she influenced.
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Philip Glass On Legacy: 'The Future ... It's All Around Us'

Monday, April 06, 2015

For the composer, life is how the past and the future connect. Glass' new memoir, Words Without Music, looks back on his childhood, travels through Asia and when his music provoked violence.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Russell T. Davies, Captain Beefheart And Bruce Eric Kaplan

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Davies, who made Queer As Folk, has two new shows premiering in the U.S.: Cucumber and Banana; Critic Ken Tucker profiles the band Captain Beefheart; Kaplan's new illustrated memoir is I Was A Child.
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The PBS Version Of 'Wolf Hall' Unfolds Like A Real-Life House Of Cards

Friday, April 03, 2015

The show, based on Hilary Mantel's acclaimed novel, stars Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's chief minister. Critic John Powers says it's darkly lit, finely acted and thoroughly compelling.
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Mantel Takes Up Betrayal, Beheadings In 'Bodies'

Friday, April 03, 2015

Hilary Mantel is the first woman to win the Man Booker Prize twice, first for her 2009 novel, Wolf Hall, and also for its 2012 sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. She discusses the books with Terry Gross.
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'New Yorker' Cartoonist And TV Producer Writes 'Honest Portrait' Of His Parents

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Bruce Eric Kaplan's illustrated memoir I Was A Child describes his life in Maplewood, N.J., in the '60s and '70s. He says it's a way of keeping his parents alive, "not just for me, but for the world."
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