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'The Strain' And 'Extant' Play On Fears Of Forces Out Of Our Control

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

This week, two new TV series begin in the threats-from-nowhere genre: Extant on CBS and The Strain on FX. The better of the two, The Strain, about a disease outbreak, is effectively creepy.
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The Hazards Of Probing The Internet's Dark Side

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Brian Krebs, who broke the Target security breach story last year, says cybercriminals are "some very bad people." He tells Terry Gross about how they have found creative ways to taunt him.
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'Violette' Evokes Exasperating Self-Pity, A Trait The French Like

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The film Violette is a fictionalized portrait of Violette Leduc, the trailblazing French novelist who was considered difficult. The strangely gripping movie captures a key moment in feminist history.
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'Fresh Air' Remembers Screenwriter Paul Mazursky

Monday, July 07, 2014

Mazursky wrote such films as Next Stop, Greenwich Village; An Unmarried Woman; and Down and Out in Beverly Hills. He died last week at the age of 84. He talked with Terry Gross in 1991 and 1999.
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The Westerlies Come On Home With Horvitz

Monday, July 07, 2014

The brass players' debut album is a set of pieces by Seattle-based composer and improviser Wayne Horvitz
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'Fresh Air' Remembers Actor Meshach Taylor

Monday, July 07, 2014

Taylor was best known for his role as Anthony Bouvier on the TV sitcom Designing Women. Taylor's other TV series included Buffalo Bill and Dave's World. He chatted with Terry Gross in 1990.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Joel McHale, 'Friendship,' And 'The Great Fish Swap'

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Comedian Joel McHale talks bad TV and filming a thriller; Maureen Corrigan says Friendship is a startlingly nice novel; and author Paul Greenberg discusses why most of the fish we eat is imported.
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In Big Bill Broonzy's Blues, Brothers Find A Way To Sing Together

Friday, July 04, 2014

Dave and Phil Alvin have made their first full album together in nearly 30 years, a tribute to one of their early influences. Originally broadcast June 11, 2014.
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In Charming Film 'Begin Again,' Music Can Save A Life

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Keira Knightley plays a heartbroken singer-songwriter who teams up with a drunken producer in Begin Again. Irish director John Carney, who had a surprise hit with the musical Once, hit his mark again.
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'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And Death

Thursday, July 03, 2014

In late 2012, filmmaker Steve James and Roger Ebert began talking about filming a documentary based on Ebert's memoir. Ebert's wife, Chaz, agreed. They didn't know that he would die within months.
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As Supreme Court Term Ends, Journalist Examines Its Decisions

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The Supreme Court term ended Monday. The New York Times correspondent and lawyer Adam Liptak talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about what the decisions reveal about the nine justices.
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'Friendship': A Startlingly Nice Novel By A Tough-Girl Blogger

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Emily Gould's first novel stars 30-something single women in New York City who are figuring out what's important in life. It's worth picking up for its sharp social observations and inspired wordplay.
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Strand Of Oaks: Songs Heal All Wounds

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

If you're going to be downbeat, glum, or morose, it's best to do it the way Timothy Showalter does it
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Do Feelings Compute? If Not, The Turing Test Doesn't Mean Much

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

For the first time, a computer passed the test for machines engaging in intelligent thought. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says the real test is whether computers can behave the same way thinking people do.
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'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

One-third of the seafood Americans catch is sold abroad, but most of the seafood we eat here is imported and often of lower quality. Why? Author Paul Greenberg says it has to do with American tastes.
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Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller

Monday, June 30, 2014

The host of The Soup co-stars in the thriller Deliver Us From Evil. "I felt like a 12-year-old getting to be in an action film," McHale tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Mary Gauthier, Miranda Lambert, The Women Behind 'Obvious Child'

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Singer Mary Gauthier discusses what inspired Trouble & Love; Ken Tucker reviews Miranda Lambert's latest album Platinum; and the women behind Obvious Child talk farts, abortion and stage fright.
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In The Mood For Apocalypse? Skip 'Transformers,' See 'Snowpiercer'

Friday, June 27, 2014

Film critic David Edelstein says Snowpiercer — a dystopian film based on a French graphic novel — is far more invigorating and potent than Transformers 4: Age of Extinction.
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After The Rapture, Who Are 'The Leftovers'?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Tom Perrotta's 2011 novel examined the aftermath of an unexplained rapturelike event. A new HBO series inspired by The Leftovers begins Sunday. Originally broadcast Aug. 25, 2011.
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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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