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The Rise And Fall Of Comedian Bob Hope

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hope was a comedy trailblazer, but in his twilight years he alienated young audiences with his political views. "He had, unfortunately, stuck around too long," says Hope biographer Richard Zoglin.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Norman Lear, A Review Of Basement Tapes, Jon Stewart

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Lear, co-creator of All In The Family, talks about his new memoir; Ken Tucker reviews an album of musicians using Bob Dylan's lyrics; Stewart talks about his future hosting the Daily Show.
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Fresh Air Remembers Film And Broadway Director Mike Nichols

Friday, November 21, 2014

Nichols directed such movies as The Graduate and Birdcage and Broadway musicals such as Spamalot. He won nine Tony Awards. Nichols died Wednesday at 83. He talked with Terry Gross in 2001.
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For Alan Cumming, Life Is (Once Again) A Cabaret

Friday, November 21, 2014

This is the third time Cumming has starred in the musical. He talks about the new production — everything from his costume (which he calls a "Wonder Bra" for men) to the darker themes of the show.
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'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs

Thursday, November 20, 2014

In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it. On Wednesday, he won the National Book Award for fiction.
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Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic'

Thursday, November 20, 2014

When journalist Alec MacGillis started looking into McConnell's early politics, he says he was "startled" by how moderate the Republican used to be. The book traces McConnell's shift to the right.
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Jon Stewart On The 'Daily Show': 'I'm Still Really Proud Of The Work We Do'

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Stewart talks about his future hosting the show known for its political satire. "It is unclear to me," he tells Fresh Air. "The minute I say I'm not going to do it anymore, I will miss it like crazy."
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Bennett Miller On Making The True-Life Crime Film 'Foxcatcher'

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Foxcatcher is about wealthy heir John du Pont who hosted Olympic wrestlers on his estate. The director talks about casting Steve Carrell, the challenge of filming wrestling scenes and his film Capote.
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Bob Dylan's Atmosphere Captured In New Basement Tapes

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A batch of lyrics that Bob Dylan wrote in the late 1960s were given by Dylan to producer T-Bone Burnett, who came up with the idea to have some contemporary musicians set the words to music.
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How A Feud Between Two Russian Companies Fueled A 'Spam Nation'

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Brian Krebs' new book tells the story of how two companies groomed spammers, and then destroyed each other. In the process, Krebs got access to documents that illuminated how cybercriminals operate.
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Norman Lear Looks Back On His Long Life In 'Even This I Get To Experience'

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Lear, who co-created All In The Family, has written a new memoir at the age of 92. He tells Fresh Air about getting involved in politics and how his storylines addressed subjects like racism.
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Holy Smokes 'Batman,' The '60s Series Is Out On DVD

Monday, November 17, 2014

Various rights issues kept the original Batman from home-video release until now. Young viewers may be surprised by its pop-art sensibility, vibrant colors — and that it was played for laughs.
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An In-Depth Look At The U.S. Cyber War, The Military Alliance And Its Pitfalls

Monday, November 17, 2014

In the book @War, Shane Harris reports that U.S. intelligence agencies, sometimes aided by corporations, are trying to dominate cyberspace. It's "changing the Internet in fundamental ways," he says.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Jon Stewart, Peter Mendelsund And A Review Of Bob Dylan

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Stewart talks about his debut film Rosewater; Mendelsund discusses how he designs book covers; Ed Ward reviews Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes.
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Eric Hofbauer Takes On Stravinsky, Messiaen

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Boston jazz guitarist tackles the Rite of Spring and Quartet for the End of Time on a pair of new CDs.
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'Getting On' With It: A New HBO Show Doesn't Tiptoe Around Death

Friday, November 14, 2014

Set in the geriatric extended-care wing of a California hospital, Getting On is a different kind of workplace comedy. Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer adapted the show from a BBC series.
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'Foxcatcher': A Bloated True-Crime Story Based On Wealthy Heir John du Pont

Friday, November 14, 2014

The film is based on du Pont's fraught relationship with two Olympic wrestlers. Wealth isn't enough — his identity hinges on winning. It's a fascinating case study, but as drama, it's one sick joke.
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Jon Stewart's Debut Film Shows 'Humor Survives' In The Bleakest Conditions

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Rosewater is based on Maziar Bahari's experience of being tortured in an Iranian prison. "His humor sustained him," the Daily Show host says. "And I found that incredibly empowering."
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Author Richard Ford Says 'Let Me Be Frank' About Aging And Dying

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer's new book centers on Frank Bascombe, a 68-year-old man dealing with his aging body, a dying friend and his ex-wife, who has Parkinson's.
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Bob Dylan's 'Basement Tapes' Formed A Legend

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

During a hiatus, some tapes surfaced of new songs Bob Dylan been writing: the infamous Basement Tapes. These songs have been collected in a box set.
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