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Fresh Air Weekend: The Best Of 2014 For Films, Books, Music And TV

Saturday, December 27, 2014

David Edelstein finds some greats in a "depressing" year for films; Maureen Corrigan picks 12 books of the year; Ken Tucker names his top nine albums; David Bianculli says 2014 was a good year.
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Sam Baker: Finding Grace In The Wake Of Destruction

Friday, December 26, 2014

In 1986, a bomb planted by the Peruvian terrorist group Shining Path exploded in the luggage rack above Sam Baker. Somehow, during his long recovery, songs focused on empathy started coming to him.
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Naive, Yet Revolutionary: Ray Davies On 50 Years Of The Kinks

Thursday, December 25, 2014

"I think if I had been an accomplished songwriter I wouldn't have written 'You Really Got Me,' " Davies tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. Originally broadcast Nov. 26.
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Bianculli's Top 10: 2014 Was A 'Good Year For Programming'

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

TV critic David Bianculli says that he's encouraged by how far TV has come. He picks The Good Wife as the best show of 2014, having "the deepest roster of really strong regulars and guest stars."
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In A 'Depressing' Year For Films, Edelstein Finds Some Greats

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Film critic David Edelstein says in 2014 none of the great material came from Hollywood studios. But, he says, it was a "wonderful year" for indie films. He names Boyhood as the best of the year.
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Serial Host Sarah Koenig Says She Set Out To Report, Not Exonerate

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The podcast is a reinvestigation of the 1999 murder of Maryland high school student Hae Min Lee. Her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed is serving a life sentence but has always maintained his innocence.
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Nick Lowe Brings His 'Quality Holiday Revue' To America

Monday, December 22, 2014

"We think it's all a bit vulgar, you know, cashing in on Christmas," Lowe says of the British. He says he took it as a challenge: Quality Street tackles old classics and adds originals to the mix.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Timothy Spall, Review Of D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah,' John Cleese

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Spall plays J.M.W. Turner in the new film Mr. Turner; Ken Tucker says Black Messiah is as adventurous as any fan could hope for; Cleese'smemoir, So, Anyway..., covers his boyhood and early career.
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J.K. Simmons On Playing A Neo-Nazi On HBO's 'Oz'

Friday, December 19, 2014

Simmons was a regular on the HBO drama, which depicts the brutality of life in a maximum security prison. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1998.
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Meryl Streep: The Fresh Air Interview

Friday, December 19, 2014

Meryl Streep won a Golden Globe for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. She talks about preparing for that role and how her perceptions of herself have changed over the years.
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The Strange World — And Life — Of 'Mr. Turner'

Friday, December 19, 2014

The biopic of landscape painter J. M. W. Turner depicts a man whose mind is barely engaged by anything other than his work. He's a mystery, and his art is magically indefinite — just like the movie.
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A Tribute To Stephen Colbert, A Self-Proclaimed 'Junkie For Exhaustion'

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ahead of The Colbert Report's last episode, Fresh Air listens back to interviews with Colbert. "I didn't realize quite how liberal I was until I was asked to make passionate comedic choices," he said.
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D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Collapses Years, Genres

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says Black Messiah is as adventurous as any fan could hope for.
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Between World Wars, Gay Culture Flourished In Berlin

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy describes the rise of a gay subculture in the 1920s and '30s, how it contributed to our understanding of gay identity and how it was eradicated by the Nazis.
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Early On, Comedian John Cleese Says, He Had Good Timing But Little Else

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The co-founder of the Monty Python troupe admits he wasn't "naturally gifted" at physical comedy, and learned a lot by imitation. His new memoir, So, Anyway..., covers his boyhood and early career.
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Ken Tucker's Top 9 Albums Of 2014, Plus A Book

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Making new sounds while staying mindful of the past is a common theme in the Fresh Air music critic's year-end list.
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Timothy Spall Takes On Painter J.M.W. Turner, A 'Master Of The Sublime'

Monday, December 15, 2014

The 19th century painter wasn't always "very pleasant" and he was a "man of massive contradictions," Spall says. So Spall says he had to "dig deep" to play the title role in Mr. Turner.
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Sometimes You Can't Pick Just 10: Maureen Corrigan's Favorite Books Of 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

This year, Fresh Air's book critic rejects the tyranny of the decimal system and picks 12 titles published in 2014 — all with characters, scenes and voices that linger long past the last page.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Chris Rock, Nunberg's Word Of The Year, Jacqueline Woodson

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Chris Rock talks about finding the line between funny and "too far"; Geoff Nunberg declares "God view" as the word of the year; National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson talks about her memoir.
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Filmed Over 12 Years, 'Boyhood' Follows A Kid's Coming Of Age

Friday, December 12, 2014

Writer-director Richard Linklater says picking the film's star was vital because he had to guess what he'd be like at 18. "I just went with a kid who seemed kind of the most interesting."
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