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For Comedian Kumail Nanjiani, Getting Personal Is Complicated

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Nanjiani moved to the U.S. for college. "I have a very conflicted relationship to where I'm from ..." he says. "It's still a struggle to negotiate some of it."
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Remembering Les Paul, On What Would Have Been His 100th Birthday

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Les Paul, a guitar legend and music innovator, died in 2009 at the age of 94. To mark what would have been his 100th birthday, we'll listen back to a conversation he had with Terry Gross in 1992.
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India's 1947 Partition And The 'Deadly Legacy' That Persists To This Day

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

In his new book, Midnight's Furies, Nisid Hajari describes the riots and massacres that ensued after Pakistan was established as a separate state, and how those tensions are still playing out.
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New Release Brings Overdue Recognition For Soul Singer Jackie Moore

Monday, June 08, 2015

Much of Moore's music was unreleased at the time of recording and some of her best work didn't get the attention it deserved. A double disc compilation of her recordings has just been released.
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As Global Population Grows, Is The Earth Reaching The 'End Of Plenty'?

Monday, June 08, 2015

In his new book journalist Joel Bourne says humanity is facing a major problem: The world is running out of food. There are promising developments to meet the threat, he says, but time is running out.
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Bombs Blast And Time Marches On In 'A God In Ruins'

Monday, June 08, 2015

Kate Atkinson's novel both mourns the passing of the World War II generation and allows readers to vicariously enter into the experience of the war. It's a companion to her 2013 book, Life After Life.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Carry Mulligan, The Apple Watch, A Neurosurgeon's Memoir

Saturday, June 06, 2015

English actress Carey Mulligan talks about her role in the Broadway revival of Skylight; Alexis Madrigal reviews the Apple Watch; Henry Marsh reflects on the enigmas of the brain and consciousness.
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'Gershwins And Me' Tells The Stories Behind 12 Songs

Friday, June 05, 2015

Musician Michael Feinstein chronicles his experience working as an archivist and cataloger for legendary songwriter Ira Gershwin. Originally broadcast Oct. 17, 2012.
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In 'Spy', Melissa McCarthy Shines Amid Crude Jokes And Chase Scenes

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Melissa McCarthy plays a James-Bond-style undercover secret agent in the espionage comedy Spy. Critic David Edelstein says the movie lurches between slapstick, violence and crude humor.
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Pregnant Women With Depression Face Tough Choices, No Easy Answers

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Andrew Solomon, the author of The Noonday Demon, discusses the challenges of pregnancy for women who are depressed. The long-term effects of antidepressants taken during pregnancy are unclear.
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Malian Bandleader Bassekou Kouyate Merges Rock And Soul In 'Ba Power'

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

The new album by the veteran musician and his band Ngoni Ba conveys the restless march of time and the transience of all human conditions. Milo Miles calls it "the most satisfying sort of catchy."
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Infiltrating 'The Dark Net,' Where Criminals, Trolls And Extremists Reign

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Jamie Bartlett exposes an encrypted underworld to the Internet in his book The Dark Net: "Anybody with something to hide, whether it's for good reasons or for ill, finds a very natural home there."
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The Gary Peacock Trio Balances Introspection And Drive In 'Now This'

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Bassist Gary Peacock, pianist Marc Copland and drummer Joey Baron bring an airy, elastic swing to their new album, Now This. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the players pull the melodies together well.
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Actress Carey Mulligan Stands Out Amid The 'Madding Crowd'

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

The English actress has been nominated for a Tony Award for her role in the Broadway revival of Skylight. She also stars in the film adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel Far From the Madding Crowd.
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Four Books That Deliver Unexpected And Delightful Surprises This Summer

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Travel (near and far), literary souvenirs and the crucial companionship of humankind's best friend are the subjects of the books on Maureen Corrigan's early summer reading list.
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Those Yoga Poses May Not Be Ancient After All, And Maybe That's OK

Monday, June 01, 2015

In her new book, Michelle Goldberg traces the Western practice of yoga to a Russian woman named Indra Devi. Goldberg says that many of the poses in modern yoga can't be traced beyond 150 years ago.
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Apple's Watch: A Timepiece Designed To Give You Back Your Time

Monday, June 01, 2015

Apple's newest product is a screen on your wrist, with its own operating system and software. Tech correspondent Alexis Madrigal calls the Apple Watch "a powerful extension of what your phone can do."
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Fresh Air Weekend: David Oyelowo, Highlights (And Lowlights) Of Cannes

Saturday, May 30, 2015

British-born Nigerian actor David Oyelowo talks about playing an American veteran in Nightingale. John Powers returns from the French film festival to discuss this year's new international films.
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Joanna Gruesome's 'Peanut Butter' Rises Above The Band's Gimmicky Name

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Welsh band's name is a play on that of singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom. Ken Tucker likens the group's second album to a high-wire act accompanied by "furiously strummed punk-rock guitar chords."
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In 'Moone Boy,' Actor Chris O'Dowd Shares Memories Of Growing Up Irish

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Irish actor appeared in the film Bridesmaids and the TV series Girls. The third season of O'Dowd's British comedy series Moone Boy was recently released on Hulu. Originally broadcast May 29, 2014.
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