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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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Three Jazz Box Sets For Stocking Stuffers

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews three box sets featuring memorable pianists.
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Richard Pryor, A Comedy Pioneer Who Was 'Always Whittling On Dynamite'

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Scott Saul's new book, Becoming Richard Pryor, describes how Pryor went from being raised by a grandmother, who was a bootlegger and madam, to being a transformative figure in entertainment.
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Feeling Watched? 'God View' Is Geoff Nunberg's Word Of The Year

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Uber's "God view" shows a map of the cars in an area and the silhouettes of the people who ordered them. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says Uber-Santa doesn't just know when you've been sleeping, but where.
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Jacqueline Woodson On Growing Up, Coming Out And Saying Hi To Strangers

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Woodson won the National Book Award for young people's literature for her memoir Brown Girl Dreaming. She says that growing up in South Carolina, she knew that the safest place was with her family.
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Reporter In Kabul Wins Award For Courage In Journalism

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Rolling Stone's Matthieu Aikins reported on this year's opium harvest — the biggest in Afghanistan's history. He also talks about traveling with a rescue crew in Syria and a Shia militia in Iraq.
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Steve Lacy's Monk Quartet, Solo Sax Albums Reissues

Monday, December 08, 2014

Lacy ran with Monk's wisdom, beginning with the idea your voice as jazz composer starts with your sound and timing as an improviser.
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Spanish Artist Francisco Goya On Display In Boston: An Extraordinary Exhibit

Monday, December 08, 2014

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has assembled one of the largest exhibits of Goya's artwork ever seen in the U.S. His paintings, prints and drawings range in technique from exquisitely refined to raw.
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Chris Rock On Finding The Line Between Funny And 'Too Far'

Monday, December 08, 2014

"No comedian wants to have to analyze and defend" jokes, says Rock, who wrote, directed and stars in the new film Top Five. He adds: "I'm not a politician; I'm not a thinker. I'm a comedian."
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Fresh Air Weekend: Ray Davies, Books For Jazz Lovers And Josh Brolin

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Ray Davies discusses 50 years with The Kinks; jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews three jazz books out this holiday season; Josh Brolin, who stars in Inherent Vice, still wonders if he's good enough.
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Prayers And Holy Water Can't Exorcise The Terrifying 'Babadook'

Friday, December 05, 2014

In the Australian chiller, a bogeyman announces himself in a rhyming, pop-up book on a 7-year-old's shelf. But the real horror is that the boy's mom, a grieving widow, is battling psychic demons.
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Fresh Air Remembers British Rock Keyboardist Ian McLagan

Friday, December 05, 2014

McLagan, who died at 69, helped define the sound of '60s British rock with his bands Small Faces and Faces. He toured with the Rolling Stones, Dylan and Billy Bragg. He appeared on Fresh Air in 2004.
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A Punk Memoir That Makes The Ordinary Seem Transcendent

Friday, December 05, 2014

Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says that one of the best books he's ever read about punk rock is a new memoir by Viv Albertine.
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Set In Appalachia, This Rewarding Story Collection Is 'Rich And Strange'

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Ron Rash's best short stories from the past 20 years take you to a land apart psychologically and geographically. His writing is powerful, stripped down and very still.
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After Decades Acting, Josh Brolin Still Wonders If He's 'Good Enough'

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Brolin co-stars in an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice. He says as an actor he's always wondering: "Can I live up to what this person has written? There's always a fear around that."
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President Obama And The Courts: A Shift In Balance

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Journalist Jeffrey Toobin notes how Obama's appointees are a new mix of ethnic minorities, women and gay judges. But a couple of these courts are hearing suits that could undo some of Obama's actions.
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Three Books For The Jazz Lover On Your List

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a singer's biography, a pianist's autobiography, and a fat coffee table book.
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Peter Pan's Magic Is In The Pixie Dust

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

NBC is airing a live version of Peter Pan on Thursday, nearly 60 years after the first live telecast. Critic David Bianculli says the cast and the revival of the medium are genius.
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How Girls Are Developing Earlier In An Age Of 'New Puberty'

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Two doctors wrote a book that probes the environmental, biological and socioeconomic factors contributing to early puberty. These girls face risks like anxiety and depression, one author says.
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Indian Court Says Elephant Who Was Chained For 50 Years Is Free

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Raju the elephant appeared to shed tears last July when he was freed from his shackles. He will now be allowed to remain with his rescuers. His previous owner had wanted him back.
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