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°F Slightly cooler today with showers possible this afternoon. Hear what this means for four very different New Yorkers.

'Buzzin' The Blues' Revisits The Declarative Harmonica Style Of Slim Harpo

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Born in Baton Rouge in 1924, the blues musician known as Slim Harpo influenced rock bands like the Rolling Stones, the Kinks and Pink Floyd. Rock Historian Ed Ward shares Harpo's story.
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A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

In his new book, The Man Who Wasn't There, Anil Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves — and how those perceptions can be distorted by certain brain conditions.
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'Call Me Lucky': A Documentary Of Friendship, Childhood Abuse And Survival

Monday, July 27, 2015

Barry Crimmins mentored Bobcat Goldthwait when they were up-and-coming comics in the '80s. A film directed by Goldthwait details their relationship — and the sexual abuse Crimmins suffered as a child.
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New Release Features Jazz Flutist Sam Most's 'Breathy, Punchy Sound'

Monday, July 27, 2015

From the Attic of My Mind is a batch of reissues drawn from the old Xanadu catalog of Sam Most recordings. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the late flutist makes "every note in a fast phrase pop out."
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Fresh Air Weekend: Jake Gyllenhaal; Making A Comedy About LA's Sex Workers

Saturday, July 25, 2015

"I don't like getting hit, but it was important for the movie," Gyllenhaal says of his role as a boxer in Southpaw. Director Sean Baker and actress Mya Taylor talk about their film, Tangerine.
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'Fresh Air' Remembers Broadcast News Pioneer Marlene Sanders

Friday, July 24, 2015

Reporter and newscaster Sanders died Tuesday at the age of 84. In 1964, she made broadcast history when she was the first woman to anchor a network evening newscast. Originally broadcast in 1988.
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Rediscovering The Thrill Of George Balanchine's New York City Ballet

Friday, July 24, 2015

Lloyd Schwartz discusses the timeless appeal of the late choreographer George Balanchine. "[He] was our Shakespeare. ... watching a Balanchine ballet is like watching music come alive," he says.
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A Holocaust Survivor Searches For Her Past In Christian Petzold's 'Phoenix'

Friday, July 24, 2015

A concentration camp survivor seeks a reunion with the husband who may have betrayed her in a new film set in post-war Berlin. Critic David Edelstein calls Phoenix a "morbidly romantic drama."
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'Fresh Air' Remembers 'Billy Bathgate' Author E. L. Doctorow

Friday, July 24, 2015

Doctorow, who died Tuesday at the age of 84, was the author of dozens of novels, many of which combined fictional characters and real people in a historical context. Originally broadcast in 1989.
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Infidelity Is Steeped In Suspense In 'Among The Ten Thousand Things'

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Julia Pierpont's debut novel opens with a young girl's discovery of her father's infidelity. Maureen Corrigan says that what follows is so unexpected and tense that it's a "fresh pleasure to read."
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From Upspeak To Vocal Fry: Are We 'Policing' Young Women's Voices?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Journalist Jessica Grose, linguistics professor Penny Eckert and speech pathologist Susan Sankin discuss upspeak, vocal fry and why women's voices are changing — and whether or not that's a problem.
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Reissue Of Thelonious Monk's 'Riverside Recordings' Shows A Star On The Rise

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissue of The Complete Riverside Recordings of pianist Thelonious Monk. He says it's really the story of two men: Monk and late record producer Orrin Keepnews.
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Jake Gyllenhaal On Throwing (And Taking) Punches: 'It's Very Primal'

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

In Southpaw, Gyllenhaal plays a boxer who grew up in foster care and is struggling to become a father to his daughter. "I don't like getting hit, but it was important for the movie," he says.
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'Sonic Trickster' Miguel Blends Genres And Melodies On 'Wildheart'

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Singer-songwriter Miguel mixes rock, pop, hip-hop, reggae and funk on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says the musical slight-of-hand that results is "excitingly diverse and vivid."
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A Downtrodden LA Corner Inspires Comedy And Friendship In 'Tangerine'

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Director Sean Baker wanted to make a film about LA's transgender sex workers, but first he needed to find someone who knew that world well. Then he met Mya Taylor, and together they made Tangerine.
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Revisiting The Career Of Gospel-Singer-Turned-Hit-Maker Garnet Mimms

Monday, July 20, 2015

All but forgotten today, Garnet Mimms was one of the early voices of soul. Now, Looking For You, a new collection of his records, is available on Kent Records. Rock historian Ed Ward has Mimms' story.
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At 76, Actor Ian McKellen Embodies An Older Sherlock In 'Mr. Holmes'

Monday, July 20, 2015

The acclaimed British actor talks about playing a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes, serving as grand marshal to New York City's gay pride march and his Lord of the Rings tattoo.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Amy Schumer And Judd Apatow; Jason Isbell; Ta-Nehisi Coates

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow discuss working together on Trainwreck. Ken Tucker reviews Jason Isbell's new album. Ta-Nehisi Coates's new book, Between the World and Me, is an open letter to his son.
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'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

Friday, July 17, 2015

One-third of the seafood Americans catch is sold abroad, but most of the seafood we eat is imported and often of lower quality. Author Paul Greenberg explains why. Originally broadcast July 1, 2014.
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In 'Trainwreck', A Screwball Comedy Fades To Family-Values Formulaic

Friday, July 17, 2015

Amy Schumer plays a writer who dodges lovers' pleas for commitment in Trainwreck, directed by Judd Apatow. Critic David Edelstein says the film loses its "delightful momentum" when it gets serious.
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