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Hollywood Offers Up A Bevy Of Superheroes In 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Friday, May 01, 2015

Reviewer David Edelstein says Joss Whedon's new film plays like "a strategic set-up for a Hollywood franchise." Viewers will be blitzed by sound and fury โ€” and a certain amount of "gobbledegook."
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Nellie McKay Celebrates The '60s With 'My Weekly Reader'

Friday, May 01, 2015

McKay's new album My Weekly Reader is a collection of covers of songs made famous in the 1960s. The range of material is wide โ€” from the Beatles' "If I Fell" to Frank Zappa's "Hungry Freaks, Daddy."
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Two Takes On Billie Holiday

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead looks at a couple tribute albums to the jazz singer.
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Drought In Calif. Creates Water Wars Between Farmers, Developers, Residents

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fresno native Mark Arax has written about the war over water in his state for decades. "It used to be the farmers against the delta smelt fish, and now it's the urbanite against the almond," he says.
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Brooklyn Rider Blurs Classical Boundaries On 'Almanac'

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The string quartet invited composers like Vijay Iyer and Bill Frisell to compose pieces inspired by something outside of their world.
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Ohio Kidnapping Survivors Recount Captivity, Escape From Horror

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

In 2013, three young women who had vanished years earlier escaped from a house where they had been held captive. Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, along with writer Mary Jordan, discuss their new memoir.
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3,600-Page Autobiographical Novel Is An Honest And Masterful 'Selfie'

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My Struggle is about Karl Ove Knausgaard's wrangle with his father, with death, with his muse and so on. The 46-year-old Norwegian's pointedly unliterary book has become a literary sensation.
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Louis C.K. On Life And Stand-Up: 'I Live In Service For My Kids'

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The star of the FX series Louie talks about the pain of his first-ever open mic experience and the "massive gift" of taking care of others before himself.
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From TED Talks To Taco Bell, Abuzz With Silicon Valley-Style 'Disruption'

Monday, April 27, 2015

Linguist Geoff Nunberg considers the roots and resonance of the latest tech buzzword to catapult into the mainstream. "Disrupt" may be ubiquitous now, but could the term be on the eve of a disruption?
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Alabama Shakes Opens New Territory On 'Sound & Color'

Monday, April 27, 2015

Over the course of Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes messes with what had already, after its first album, become its signature sound. Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker has this review.
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Pokey LaFarge Mines His Midwestern Roots, Finds 'Something In The Water'

Monday, April 27, 2015

To mark the release of his seventh album, the singer-songwriter brings his acoustic guitar to the Fresh Air studio to sing some new songs as well as some of his favorites from the 1920s and '30s.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Toni Morrison, Ross Macdonald's Crime Fiction, Will Forte

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Nobel laureate Morrison reflects on her life and her regrets; Maureen Corrigan reviews a reissue of four of Macdonald's 1950s novels; SNL alum Forte discusses comedy and Bruce Dern's acting advice.
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'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church

Friday, April 24, 2015

Historian David Kertzer says the Catholic Church lent organizational strength and moral legitimacy to Mussolini's fascist regime. Kertzer recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his book.
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Deception And Suspense By The Sea In The Iranian Mystery 'About Elly'

Friday, April 24, 2015

Recently released in the U.S., Asghar Farhadi's 2009 film follows a teacher invited on a beach trip by the mother of one of her students. David Edelstein calls the film "Hitchockian" in its suspense.
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Dwight Yoakam's 'Second Hand Heart' Is First Class

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says the album is one of Yoakam's most stylistically diverse.
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Saudi Bombing In Yemen Has Led To New Gains For Al-Qaida

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Reporter Gregory Johnsen talks about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, how the chaos is impacting the U.S. fight against al-Qaida and how he escaped a kidnapping attempt in Yemen last year.
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How The Met Opera's Chorus Master Gets 150 To Sound Like One

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Donald Palumbo is the Metropolitan Opera's chorus master. He tells Fresh Air about "stagger breathing," the ways singers protect their voices and his own lack of formal training.
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'Last Man' Will Forte On Beards, Comedy And Bruce Dern's Acting Advice

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Forte tells Fresh Air about landing a job on Saturday Night Live and learning on the set of Nebraska that acting is "all about commitment."
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After 20 Years On The Job, NYC Police Officer Tells His Intense Stories

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

"Your heart is pounding; your adrenaline is shooting out of your ears," Steve Osborne says. "And you got one second to get it right." He retired from the force in 2003. His memoir is called The Job.
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Revisiting A Suburbia-Gone-Sour In Ross Macdonald's Crime Fiction

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A reissue of four of the detective writer's 1950s novels excavates the dark depths of California's suburban decay. Maureen Corrigan praises Macdonald's "psychological depth" and "penetrating vision."
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