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Duke Ellington's 'Plank Session' Offers Snapshots Of A Jazz Master At Work

Friday, July 10, 2015

In July 1970, Duke Ellington recorded two tunes engineered by Conny Plank. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says The Conny Plank Session, which is now on CD, is a window onto Ellington's working method.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Weighing In On What It Means To 'Sound Gay'

Friday, July 10, 2015

In Do I Sound Gay?, director David Thorpe discusses the so-called "gay voice" and reveals his own attempt (with speech pathologist Susan Sankin) to sound "less gay." Originally broadcast July 7, 2015.
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'Tangerine', A Teeny-Budget Comedy That Packs An Emotional Wallop

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Sean Baker's bleak, boisterous farce follows two transgender sex workers on Christmas Eve in Los Angeles. David Edelstein says Tangerine is "brilliantly shaped, edited, scored and performed."
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From DOMA To Marriage Equality: How The Tide Turned For Gay Marriage

Thursday, July 09, 2015

For 25 years, attorney Mary Bonauto and activist Evan Wolfson helped shape the gay marriage movement. They discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling, which represented the culmination of their efforts.
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Documentary Seeks To Free Amy Winehouse From Her Tabloid Legacy

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

In the dawning of the digital age, "She was the unlucky one to be having a nervous breakdown in public at the time," Amy director Asif Kapadia tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
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Examining The War On Mexican Drug Cartels, Through Film And Fiction

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Two new works of art — the documentary film Cartel Land and the novel The Cartel — shine a light on the seemingly endless drug war in Mexico. John Powers says both works are bleak, but gripping.
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Filmmaker And Speech Pathologist Weigh In On What It Means To 'Sound Gay'

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

In Do I Sound Gay?, director David Thorpe searches for the origin of the so-called "gay voice" and documents his own attempts (with speech pathologist Susan Sankin) to sound "less gay."
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The New Science Behind Our 'Unfair' Criminal Justice System

Monday, July 06, 2015

"Good people with the best of intentions ... can get things terribly, terribly wrong," says legal scholar Adam Benforado. His book, Unfair, explores the intrinsic flaws of the American justice system.
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Country's Kacey Musgraves Mixes Wit And Sincerity In 'Pageant Material'

Monday, July 06, 2015

The 26-year-old singer focuses on cleverly constructed lyrics — instead of rebellion — in her new record. Critic Ken Tucker says the singer falls short of creating a "sustained great album."
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Dead-Cinch Thrillers: 4 Books To Get Your Heart Pounding

Monday, July 06, 2015

Summer and suspense fiction go together like the Fourth of July and firecrackers. Book critic Maureen Corrigan recommends four books that are deadly accurate in their aim to entertain.
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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Loving Day'; Cable's Faux Newsmen; 'Dope' Director

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Mat Johnson discusses his book Loving Day. David Bianculli says cable comics keep news-makers honest. Rick Famuyiwa calls Dope a celebration of kids whose interests don't fit into pop-culture norms.
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It's All In Your Head: Director Pete Docter Gets Emotional In 'Inside Out'

Friday, July 03, 2015

The new film illustrates the inner workings of an 11-year-old's mind. Her emotions — Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Joy — are the stars. Originally broadcast June 10, 2015.
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Pokey LaFarge Mines His Midwestern Roots, Finds 'Something In The Water'

Friday, July 03, 2015

The singer-songwriter brings his acoustic guitar to the Fresh Air studio to sing some new songs as well as some of his favorites from the 1920s and '30s. Originally broadcast April 27, 2014.
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Not All Sequels Are Equal: Following Up To 'Terminator', 'Magic Mike'

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Film critic David Edelstein calls Terminator Genesys "strenuously witless" and "lousy." But, he adds, the loose and fun Magic Mike XXL is "anything but a typical machine-tooled sequel."
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Was This Past Supreme Court Session 'A Liberal Term For The Ages'?

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Adam Liptak of The New York Times discusses the court's most recent session and says the rulings reveal deep philosophical differences regarding the role of judges and the Constitution.
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'Dope' Director On Geekdom, The N-Word And Confronting Racism With Comedy

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Rick Famuyiwa's new film is about a black high-school student who's into 90s hip hop and Japanese comic books. He calls Dope a celebration of kids whose interests don't fit into pop-culture norms.
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From SCOTUS To The Confederate Flag, Cable Comedians Keep Tabs On The News

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Critic David Bianculli says the commentary, questioning and ridicule of Jon Stewart, Larry Wilmore, John Oliver and Bill Maher help keep news outlets — and news-makers — honest.
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Jerry Douglas' Tribute To Bluegrass Legends Lester Flatt And Earl Scruggs

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jerry Douglas, considered by many to be the best dobro player in the world, brings his instrument to the studio and talks about his new album, The Earls of Leceister, a tribute to Flatt and Scruggs.
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How A Stolen Backpack In Casablanca Inspired A Novel About Shifting Identity

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The main character in Vendela Vida's new novel is alone in Morocco when her bag with her passport and credit cards is stolen. Vida says The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty was inspired by her own travels.
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'BrotherLee Love' Offers A Fearless, Fresh Tribute To Trumpeter Lee Morgan

Monday, June 29, 2015

Terell Stafford and his quintet bring a warm and hefty tone to a tribute album honoring the late Philadelphia horn player Lee Morgan. Kevin Whitehead says the new album is risky — but successful.
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