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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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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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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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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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Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New research shows that teenagers' brains aren't fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.
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These 13 'Almost Famous Women' Stirred Up Trouble, Or Trouble Found Them

Monday, January 26, 2015

Megan Mayhew Bergman's stories about historical women is littered with bad-girl paraphernalia, like smashed-up motorcycles and morphine needles. In this collection, their lives are richly imagined.
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'Ghettoside' Explores Why Murders Are Invisible In Los Angeles

Monday, January 26, 2015

In her new book, journalist Jill Leovy studies the epidemic of unsolved murders in African-American neighborhoods and the relationships between police and victims' relatives, witnesses and suspects.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Al Michaels, Review Of Sleater-Kinney's New Album, David Morris

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Broadcaster Al Michaels talks about anchoring the Super Bowl; Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Sleater-Kinney's latest album; Journalist David Morris talks about his book The Evil Hours about PTSD.
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In The World's 'Sixth Extinction,' Are Humans The Asteroid?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Scientists think an asteroid killed the dinosaurs. In today's extinction, humans are the culprit. Originally broadcast Feb. 12, 2014.
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Producer Cosimo Matassa Always Believed In New Orleans

Friday, January 23, 2015

In the '60s, musicians left New Orleans, major labels lost interest, and Motown and Memphis took over the black music charts. But one producer didn't give up.
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Tom Varner's Got 'Nine Surprises' And A Big Band Is All Of Them

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In 2005, jazz composer and french horn player Tom Varner left New York for Seattle, where he put together a nine-piece band of local players.
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Broadcaster Al Michaels Gets Ready To Provide 'Lyrics' For The Super Bowl

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Michaels will anchor the Feb. 1 game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. He tells Fresh Air about falling in love with sports and the hardest sport to announce.
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Benedict Cumberbatch On Alan Turing's Awkwardness And Sherlock's Sex Appeal

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The actor gained critical acclaim — and a big following — for his role in Sherlock. Now he's up for an Oscar for his portrayal of eccentric mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.
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Sleater-Kinney Comes Roaring Back With 'No Cities To Love'

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Few bands re-form with their power as intact as Sleater-Kinney have; fewer still brag about their power, and make the claim something more than a brag.
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'Leviathan' And 'Red Army' Deliver A Peek Inside Russia, Now And Then

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Leviathan follows a man who fights back after a corrupt mayor uses eminent domain to claim his house, and Red Army recounts the story of the Soviet Union's famous hockey team.
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'The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore' Debuts In Slot Vacated By Stephen Colbert

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

On Monday night, Comedy Central premiered former Daily Show correspondent Larry Wilmore's new show. While Wilmore's sarcastic comments on clips were funny, the round-table discussion didn't sparkle.
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In 'The Evil Hours,' A Journalist Shares His Struggle With PTSD

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

While embedded with troops in Iraq, David Morris almost died when a Humvee he was riding in ran over a roadside bomb. His book explores the history and science of post-traumatic stress disorder.
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