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A Lost Piece Of Soul History Appears

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

In the early 1960s when soul star Sam Cooke had his own record label, SAR, he recorded songs by his younger brother, L.C. Cooke. Fifty years years, the complete set's finally issued.
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Spoon Wants Your Soul

Monday, August 04, 2014

They Want My Soul is another fine Spoon album in a career that has now come to display a remarkable consistency
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How Interactive TV Is Older Than TV Itself

Monday, August 04, 2014

As technology gets more complex, TV producers aim to take advantage of it, such as relying on phoned-in votes from viewers. The interactive talent show, it turns out, predates TV itself.
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Allison Janney On Sex, Sorkin And Being The Tallest Woman In The Room

Monday, August 04, 2014

Allison Janney has been nominated for Emmys for her roles on Masters of Sex and Mom. She says her relationships with her mother and her brother, who was an addict, helped inform her characters.
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Fresh Air Weekend: George Takei, 'The Honorable Woman,' Dom Flemons

Saturday, August 02, 2014

George Takei talks about the new documentary To Be Takei; David Bianculli says The Honorable Woman is not to miss; Dom Flemons discusses his first album since leaving Carolina Chocolate Drops.
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Sailing Through Space With 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'? Hilarious

Friday, August 01, 2014

The newest Marvel comic adaptation features five motley warriors, including a raccoon and a tree, against an armada of space villains. The big-budget effects-laden movie is light and funny.
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Fresh Air Pays Tribute To James Brown, 'Godfather Of Funk'

Friday, August 01, 2014

James Brown is featured in the new biopic Get On Up. In '80s and '90s, Terry Gross talked with his biographer and two musicians who played in his band. And in 2005, she talked with Brown himself.
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Maggie Gyllenhaal Is 'The Honorable Woman': A Series Both Ruthless And Rewarding

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The eight-part drama that begins Thursday stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a British baroness with an Israeli passport. She's a fearless actor in a show full of kidnappings, seductions and betrayals.
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Kidnapping Is A Lucrative Business For Al-Qaida, Documents Show

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Last year, journalist Rukmini Callimachi found thousands of al-Qaida documents in Timbuktu in Mali. She tells Fresh Air about al-Qaida's strategy of kidnapping Europeans and demanding ransoms.
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Dom Flemons Holds On To Those Old-Time Roots

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Prospect Hill is Flemons' first album since leaving the band Carolina Chocolate Drops. By coincidence, the multi-instrumentalist recorded the album the day Pete Seeger died.
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Can Pinterest Compete With Google's Search?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pinterest has created a database of things that matter to humans. And with a programming team that's largely been hired away from Google, the company has begun offering what it calls "guided search."
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'Ride Around Shining' Reimagines Gatsby's Nouveau-Riche Excess

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Chris Leslie-Hynan's debut novel follows a white grad student who's a chauffeur to a black basketball player. It references The Great Gatsby often with fresh takes on race, manhood and meritocracy.
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In 'Blue Eyed Boy,' Author Reveals Long Recovery From Facial Burns

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Robert Timberg, who was disfigured by a land mine as a Marine in Vietnam, went on to become a successful journalist. His new memoir Blue Eyed Boy charts his struggle to recover from his wounds.
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From 'Star Trek' To LGBT Spokesman, What It Takes 'To Be Takei'

Monday, July 28, 2014

George Takei is famous for his role as Mr. Sulu on Star Trek. Now a new documentary, To Be Takei, delves into his personal story โ€” including growing up in Japanese internment camps, and coming out.
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Jenny Lewis' 'The Voyager' Is An Album To Spend Time With

Monday, July 28, 2014

Jenny Lewis achieved musical fame as part of the indie band Rilo Kiley, which broke up in 2011. Her third solo album announces a new chapter in her career โ€” and perhaps her life.
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Jessica Williams On Piano Jazz

Monday, July 28, 2014

Dave Brubeck called her "one of the greatest jazz pianists I have ever heard." She digs up an old tune and calls two Monk numbers on this 1992 episode of the program.
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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves,' 'Hard Day's Night,' Arthur Allen

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A new book is a manual for transgender; John Powers reviews the restoration of A Hard Day's Night; Arthur Allen talks about his book The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl.
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U.S. Embassy Compound In Libya Shut Down Amid Fighting

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The State Department says personnel are being moved to an alternate location amid an escalation of fighting among rival militant factions in the capital, Tripoli.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman Leaves Indelible Bond In 'Most Wanted Man'

Friday, July 25, 2014

The late actor hit his peak in the adaptation of John le Carre's 2008 novel. The movie isn't a clean piece of storytelling, but Hoffman connects with viewers on a level most actors never approach.
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Tim Gunn: On And Off The Runway, 'Life Is A Big Collaboration'

Friday, July 25, 2014

"Make it work," the fashion guru tells designers on Project Runway. But life hasn't always "worked" for Gunn. Originally broadcast on Feb. 5, 2014.
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