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'Fresh Air' Remembers Actor Eli Wallach

Friday, June 27, 2014

Wallach made a career of playing the villain in films like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and The Magnificent Seven. He died Tuesday at the age of 98. Wallach talked with Terry Gross in 1990.
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'Most Dangerous Book': A Rich Treasury Charting James Joyce's 'Ulysses'

Thursday, June 26, 2014

There are many heroes in Kevin Birmingham's new book about the novel that sparked a revolution, but James Joyce isn't one of them. The strength of The Most Dangerous Book lies in its subtle details.
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Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Has A Firm Grasp On Pop History

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Lana Del Rey continues a time-honored pop tradition of developing a public persona that challenges fans to decide what's real and what's not.
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The Women Behind 'Obvious Child' Talk Farts, Abortion And Stage Fright

Thursday, June 26, 2014

For her first feature film, director Gillian Robespierre says she wanted to cast Jenny Slate in the role as an empowered, funny woman. They tell Fresh Air what shaped them as women in comedy.
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Dexter Filkins On ISIS And The 'Bitter Consequences' Of The Iraq War

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The journalist who covered the war in Iraq, and its aftermath, details the militant Sunni Islamist group, the power it has in Iraq and Syria and how its war is destabilizing neighboring countries.
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Mary Gauthier De-Romanticizes Romantic Love

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Trouble & Love is about a relationship that went bad. "I think that this is one where Mary finally gets the lesson," Gauthier tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
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50 Years Ago, Students Fought For Black Rights During 'Freedom Summer'

Monday, June 23, 2014

A PBS documentary about the 1964 movement to get blacks to vote in Mississippi airs Tuesday. Freedom Summer director Stanley Nelson and organizer Charles Cobb discuss the dangers the students faced.
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'Fresh Air' Remembers Writer And Middle East Scholar Fouad Ajami

Monday, June 23, 2014

In 1988, Ajami spoke with Terry Gross about an essay he'd written about how political catastrophe came to Beruit, Lebanon, and how the city where he grew up became a land of cruelty and hatred.
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Fresh Air Weekend: John Oliver, Parquet Courts And Joshua Ferris

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Comedian John Oliver pokes fun on his new show on HBO; Ken Tucker reviews Parquet Courts' third record; and writer Joshua Ferris discusses his latest novel about a dentist wrestling with his atheism.
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A Reclusive Novelist Reckons With His Legacy '& Sons'

Friday, June 20, 2014

David Gilbert tells the story of a famous, aging writer whose children do not feel as warmly toward him as his readers do. Originally broadcast July 23, 2013.
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Remembering Horace Silver, Hard Bop Pioneer

Friday, June 20, 2014

Jazz pianist, bandleader and composer Horace Silver died Wednesday at age 85. Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead says that Silver had been off the scene awhile, but his influence is as strong as ever.
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'Jersey Boys' And 'Venus In Fur' Are Just As Intense On Screen

Friday, June 20, 2014

Two veteran directors adapted the Broadway shows to film. And while many such translations are too stage-bound, critic David Edelstein says Clint Eastwood and Roman Polanski got the balance right.
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John Oliver Is No One's Friend On His New HBO Show

Thursday, June 19, 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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A Double Dose Of Ronald Shannon Jackson's Free-Funk

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decoding Society's Man Dance and its sequel Barbeque Dog are now available again as downloads, after being out of print for ages.
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Someday Soon You May Swallow A Computer With Your Pill

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Fresh Air tech contributor Alexis Madrigal explains how a tiny computer attaches to a pill you ingest to record how your body responds. It sounds crazy, he says, but it was approved by the FDA.
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Writer Reflects On Aircraft Carrier's Mission To The Persian Gulf

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Geoff Dyer spent two weeks aboard the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush for his book Another Great Day at Sea. He talks with Fresh Air about his book, and the carrier's latest position for possible air strikes.
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Joshua Ferris Takes On Atheism In 'To Rise Again'

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

In Joshua Ferris' third novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, the protagonist is a dentist wrestling with his atheism. Ferris says his character, like all dentists, is "chronically misunderstood."
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Parquet Courts' Misery Is Exhilarating

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The quartet has drawn comparisons to the Velvet Underground, the New York Dolls, and Sonic Youth, but rock critic Ken Tucker says this album proves Parquet Courts is an original.
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'Fresh Air' Remembers Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott

Monday, June 16, 2014

Scott, who had a rare genetic condition that made him sound like a woman, was popular in '50s but didn't make any records between 1975 and 1992. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1992 about his comeback.
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'Fargo' TV Series Captures The Best And Worst Of America

Monday, June 16, 2014

The finale of the Fargo TV series airs Tuesday. The characters are different, like a deputy sheriff played by Allison Tolman. But writer Noah Hawley says the Coen brothers told him he "nailed it."
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