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Released From Prison, 'Apologetic Bandit' Writes About Life Inside

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Daniel Genis, son of Soviet emigre writer Alexander Genis, served 10 years for armed robbery. The crimes fueled his heroin addiction. "It was so obvious I didn't fit in," he says.
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WWII Novel-Memoir Explores The Blurry Line Between Fact And Fiction

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

In Daniel Torday's The Last Flight of Poxl West, a Jewish refugee tells his heroic World War II story in a best-selling โ€” and partly fabricated โ€” memoir.
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Forget Binge Watching: Great Television Happens When Networks Pace Shows

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The perfect example, says critic David Bianculli, is HBO's The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. Spread out over six weeks, the finale had the most chilling TV moment he's seen in years.
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Remastering 78s: A Company Brings Clarity To Pianist Artur Schnabel's Works

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Many historic recordings have been transferred to CD, but not always as accurately as desirable. But a small record company in France has been remastering these recordings in a revolutionary way.
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Brandi Carlile's Surging Voice Grounds 'The Firewatcher's Daughter'

Monday, March 16, 2015

Carlile has been releasing albums for the past 10 years, and Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says her new one, called The Firewatcher's Daughter, is her best yet.
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Barney Frank's Journey From Closeted To An Openly Gay Member Of Congress

Monday, March 16, 2015

In his new memoir, Frank describes how early in politics he feared people would "draw inferences" if he supported gay rights. But his drive to fight discrimination was stronger.
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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Better Call Saul,' James McMurtry And America's Test Kitchen

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Better Call Saul's co-creator talks about the prequel to Breaking Bad; critic Ken Tucker reviews McMurtry's new album Complicated Game; America's Test Kitchen has a new vegetarian cookbook.
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They're Not Only '60s Songwriting Superstars, But They're Also Married

Friday, March 13, 2015

Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, who wrote "We Gotta Get Out of this Place," have been a team for more than 50 years. Terry Gross spoke with them in 2000, when they were depicted in the musical Beautiful.
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Horror Film Fans Beware: 'It Follows' Isn't The Fun Kind Of Scare

Friday, March 13, 2015

The film is about a teenage girl who sleeps with a boy and is suddenly under a curse. Critic David Edelstein says he didn't enjoy feeling "sick with dread," but the ending is unexpectedly moving.
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Drummer Hal Blaine Talks About Making Music Over The Years

Friday, March 13, 2015

Blaine is featured in the new documentary The Wrecking Crew about a group of anonymous intensely successful musicians who recorded together. Terry Gross spoke with him in 2001.
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Inspired By Monks, A Writer Embraces His Life Of Solitude

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fenton Johnson says that while alone, people can "find the richest possible ways of being in the world." He's lived alone for more than 20 years. His Harper's article describes his pursuit.
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Don't You Dare Use 'Comprised Of' On Wikipedia: One Editor Will Take It Out

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Wikipedia editor Bryan Henderson has made it his crusade to edit out the phrase "comprised of" in more than 5 million articles. While his quest is harmless, it shows that zealots can dominate the Web.
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'Dirty Old London': A History Of The Victorians' Infamous Filth

Thursday, March 12, 2015

In the 1800s, the Thames River was thick with human sewage and the streets were covered with horse dung, the removal of which, according to Lee Jackson, presented an "impossible challenge."
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How We Deal With Loss In Different Ways In Two Beautifully Written Memoirs

Thursday, March 12, 2015

In Abigail Thomas' What Comes Next and How to Like It, the aging process robs the 70-something of beauty and energy. In H Is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald trains a goshawk after her father dies.
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A Writer Moves To 'Bettyville' To Care For His Elderly Mom

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

In 2011, George Hodgman visited his mother Betty for her 91st birthday in Paris, Missouri. When he saw she needed care, he left Manhattan to live with her. But she still hasn't accepted that he's gay.
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50 Years Of The Hollies

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Not many bands can celebrate a silver anniversary, which is why Fresh Air music historian Ed Ward wishes more people made a bigger deal out of The Hollies.
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Fresh Air Remembers Pioneering Documentary Filmmaker Albert Maysles

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Maysles and his late brother David made the 1976 film Grey Gardens, a study of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' relatives who lived in squalor in their decaying mansion. He died last week at age of 88.
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'Test Kitchen': How To Make Vegetarian Dishes Pop With A Little Umami

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Cooking with plant foods naturally high in compounds called glutamates can stimulate the same taste receptors that meat does. America's Test Kitchen explains in The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook.
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'Better Call Saul' Breathes New Life Into 'Breaking Bad' Characters

Monday, March 09, 2015

The new show's co-creator says it became a writers' room joke on Breaking Bad that if something didn't fit it would go on the Saul Goodman show, or what is now AMC's Better Call Saul.
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James McMurtry Is More Expressive Than Ever On 'Complicated Game'

Monday, March 09, 2015

Complicated Game demonstrates a new range of style and subject matter for McMurtry.
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