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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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'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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A-List Celebrities Flock To Late-Night 'Graham Norton Show'

Monday, June 16, 2014

The late-night talk show, imported by BBC America, has been around for years. TV critic David Bianculli says it's never been better — it's like eavesdropping on an all-star cocktail party.
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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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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Supermensch,' Conference Calls And John Waters

Saturday, June 14, 2014

This week Mike Myers talks about his Shep Gordan documentary, Alexis Madrigal explains why we still need conference calls, and Waters hitchhikes across America.
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'Lawrence' Of Arabia: From Archaeologist To War Hero

Friday, June 13, 2014

Scott Anderson's book explains how British officer T.E. Lawrence used his knowledge of Arab culture and medieval history to advance British causes. Originally broadcast Aug. 19, 2013.
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'Obvious Child': A Momentous Film Of Small, Embarrassing Truths

Friday, June 13, 2014

The indie film depicts a standup comic who decides to have an abortion after a one-night stand. David Edelstein lauds director Gillian Robespierre's courage.
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Hillary Clinton: The Fresh Air Interview

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Clinton's new memoir, Hard Choices, outlines her four years as secretary of state under President Obama. She talks about her vote for the Iraq War, women's rights and political "gamers."
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In Big Bill Broonzy's Blues, Brothers Find A Way To Sing Together

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dave and Phil Alvin have made their first full album together in nearly 30 years, a tribute to one of their early influences. "His persona was so big to me," Phil Alvin tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
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John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, And Lives To Write About It

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The 68-year-old film director hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco for his book Carsick. He says hitchhiking is "the worst beauty regimen ever" and admits he always kept his luggage with him.
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