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The Furniture Company That Sang The Blues

Monday, February 16, 2015

In the mid-1920s, Paramount Records was the leading blues label in America. The second box set featuring this music was released in late 2014.
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The Politics Of Passing 1964's Civil Rights Act

Monday, February 16, 2015

The act, which turned 50 last year, ended the era of legal segregation in public accommodations, like restaurants and hotels. Author Todd Purdum talks about the battles that surrounded it.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Photojournalist Lynsey Addario And Michael Keaton

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Addario, who was taken captive in 2011 while covering Libya's civil war, talks about her new book It's What I Do; Keaton talks about Birdman, Batman and growing up the youngest of seven.
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Twice Kidnapped, Photographer Returns To War Zone: 'It's What I Do'

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Lynsey Addario was taken captive in 2011 while covering Libya's civil war. With a gun to her head, she says she was thinking, "Will I ever get my cameras back?"
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New Comedy 'Schitt's Creek' From Canada Is A Reboot Of 'Green Acres'

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The sitcom on Pop network is about a wealthy family that is thrust into poverty. Their interactions with the locals is the main story, and the main source of comedy — and it's worth checking out.
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From 'Batman' To 'Birdman,' Michael Keaton Knows Suits And Superheroes

Monday, February 09, 2015

Keaton says his 1989 bat suit was downright claustrophobic, but he somehow made it work. In the existential comedy Birdman, Keaton plays a washed up, insecure actor looking for a second shot at fame.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Bradley Cooper, Review Of 'Better Call Saul,' David Linden

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Cooper says the conversation about American Sniper is moving way the film's message about vets; the prequel to Breaking Bad is as good as its parent series; Linden talks about his new book Touch.
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Bob Odenkirk Brings Some Laughs To 'Breaking Bad'

Friday, February 06, 2015

Lawyer Saul Goodman knows how to bend the law, or break it, depending on his clients' needs. Odenkirk talks about playing the comedic character, and the origins of Saul's comb-over.
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Second 'Spongebob' Movie Is A Nonsensical, Loud, Choppy Triumph

Friday, February 06, 2015

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is visually an eyesore — a kaleidoscope of bright, mismatched colors, and in 3-D to make your headache stronger. The movie makers hit the bull's-eye.
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Fresh Air Remembers Charlie Sifford, Who Broke Barriers In Golf

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Sifford died Tuesday at 92. During his career, he won more than $1 million and was the first black golfer inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1992.
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Novelist's 'Disgruntled' Heroine Is Drawn From Her Own Childhood

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Asali Solomon's novel is about a girl growing up in West Philadelphia whose parents were black nationalists. "My parents taught us to revere Africa — people at school made fun of Africa," she says.
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Fingertips To Hair Follicles: Why 'Touch' Triggers Pleasure And Pain

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

In his latest book, neuroscientist David Linden explains the science of touch. He tells Fresh Air how pain protects, why fingertips are so sensitive and why you can't read Braille with your genitals.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Benedict Cumberbatch, 'American Sniper' Review And 'Teenage Brain'

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Cumberbatch portrays the eccentric mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game; John Powers reviews American Sniper; neuroscientist Frances Jensen discusses why teens should protect their brains.
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In 'Outline,' A Series Of Conversations Are Autobiographies In Miniature

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Rachel Cusk's novel centers on a writer and mother recovering from divorce who teaches a summer course in Athens, Greece. The narrator has 10 conversations filled with holes, lies and self-deceptions.
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Editor Picks Religions For The First Norton Anthology of World Religions

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The anthology includes ancient and contemporary interpretations of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Daoism. Editor Jack Miles discusses primary texts, extremism and death.
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Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New research shows that teenagers' brains aren't fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.
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'Ghettoside' Explores Why Murders Are Invisible In Los Angeles

Monday, January 26, 2015

In her new book, journalist Jill Leovy studies the epidemic of unsolved murders in African-American neighborhoods and the relationships between police and victims' relatives, witnesses and suspects.
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These 13 'Almost Famous Women' Stirred Up Trouble, Or Trouble Found Them

Monday, January 26, 2015

Megan Mayhew Bergman's stories about historical women is littered with bad-girl paraphernalia, like smashed-up motorcycles and morphine needles. In this collection, their lives are richly imagined.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Al Michaels, Review Of Sleater-Kinney's New Album, David Morris

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Broadcaster Al Michaels talks about anchoring the Super Bowl; Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Sleater-Kinney's latest album; Journalist David Morris talks about his book The Evil Hours about PTSD.
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Producer Cosimo Matassa Always Believed In New Orleans

Friday, January 23, 2015

In the '60s, musicians left New Orleans, major labels lost interest, and Motown and Memphis took over the black music charts. But one producer didn't give up.
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