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Fresh Air Remembers Lesley Gore Who Sang Hits Including 'You Don't Own Me'

Friday, February 20, 2015

Gore is known for her Top 40 sensations such as It's My Party, produced by Quincy Jones. Her last album was released in 2005, the year she came out as a lesbian. She died Monday at the age of 68.
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For Host Larry Wilmore, A Year Of 'Extraordinary' Highs And 'Humbling' Lows

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wilmore is still fine-tuning The Nightly Show, which fills the late-night spot on Comedy Central vacated by Stephen Colbert. The show launched just as Wilmore's 20-year marriage was coming to an end.
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David Remnick Looks Back On Tough Decisions As 'The New Yorker' Turns 90

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Remnick, who became editor in 1998, talks about his early days at the magazine and his biggest regret: He says he'd "love to have another crack" at covering Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction.
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Robert Earl Keen Delves Into Bluegrass With A Texan Twang

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The singer-songwriter usually follows in the story-song tradition of his forebears Townes Van Zant and Guy Clark. But in Happy Prisoner he brings enthusiastic curiosity to covers of bluegrass greats.
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In Richard Price's New Novel, Haunted Cops And Cases They Couldn't Close

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Price says that in every precinct there's one cop who just can't let go of a case. "They all reminded me of Ahab ... looking for their whales," he says. Price's latest is called The Whites.
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The Furniture Company That Sang The Blues

Monday, February 16, 2015

In the mid-1920s, Paramount Records was the leading blues label in America. The second box set featuring this music was released in late 2014.
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The Politics Of Passing 1964's Civil Rights Act

Monday, February 16, 2015

The act, which turned 50 last year, ended the era of legal segregation in public accommodations, like restaurants and hotels. Author Todd Purdum talks about the battles that surrounded it.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Photojournalist Lynsey Addario And Michael Keaton

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Addario, who was taken captive in 2011 while covering Libya's civil war, talks about her new book It's What I Do; Keaton talks about Birdman, Batman and growing up the youngest of seven.
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Twice Kidnapped, Photographer Returns To War Zone: 'It's What I Do'

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Lynsey Addario was taken captive in 2011 while covering Libya's civil war. With a gun to her head, she says she was thinking, "Will I ever get my cameras back?"
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New Comedy 'Schitt's Creek' From Canada Is A Reboot Of 'Green Acres'

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The sitcom on Pop network is about a wealthy family that is thrust into poverty. Their interactions with the locals is the main story, and the main source of comedy — and it's worth checking out.
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From 'Batman' To 'Birdman,' Michael Keaton Knows Suits And Superheroes

Monday, February 09, 2015

Keaton says his 1989 bat suit was downright claustrophobic, but he somehow made it work. In the existential comedy Birdman, Keaton plays a washed up, insecure actor looking for a second shot at fame.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Bradley Cooper, Review Of 'Better Call Saul,' David Linden

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Cooper says the conversation about American Sniper is moving way the film's message about vets; the prequel to Breaking Bad is as good as its parent series; Linden talks about his new book Touch.
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Bob Odenkirk Brings Some Laughs To 'Breaking Bad'

Friday, February 06, 2015

Lawyer Saul Goodman knows how to bend the law, or break it, depending on his clients' needs. Odenkirk talks about playing the comedic character, and the origins of Saul's comb-over.
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Second 'Spongebob' Movie Is A Nonsensical, Loud, Choppy Triumph

Friday, February 06, 2015

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is visually an eyesore — a kaleidoscope of bright, mismatched colors, and in 3-D to make your headache stronger. The movie makers hit the bull's-eye.
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Fresh Air Remembers Charlie Sifford, Who Broke Barriers In Golf

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Sifford died Tuesday at 92. During his career, he won more than $1 million and was the first black golfer inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1992.
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Novelist's 'Disgruntled' Heroine Is Drawn From Her Own Childhood

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Asali Solomon's novel is about a girl growing up in West Philadelphia whose parents were black nationalists. "My parents taught us to revere Africa — people at school made fun of Africa," she says.
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Fingertips To Hair Follicles: Why 'Touch' Triggers Pleasure And Pain

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

In his latest book, neuroscientist David Linden explains the science of touch. He tells Fresh Air how pain protects, why fingertips are so sensitive and why you can't read Braille with your genitals.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Benedict Cumberbatch, 'American Sniper' Review And 'Teenage Brain'

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Cumberbatch portrays the eccentric mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game; John Powers reviews American Sniper; neuroscientist Frances Jensen discusses why teens should protect their brains.
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In 'Outline,' A Series Of Conversations Are Autobiographies In Miniature

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Rachel Cusk's novel centers on a writer and mother recovering from divorce who teaches a summer course in Athens, Greece. The narrator has 10 conversations filled with holes, lies and self-deceptions.
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Editor Picks Religions For The First Norton Anthology of World Religions

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The anthology includes ancient and contemporary interpretations of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Daoism. Editor Jack Miles discusses primary texts, extremism and death.
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