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Fresh Air Weekend: Alison Bechdel's 'Fun Home'; 'Blackout' Drunkenness

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel talks about how her dad's closeted homosexuality affected her. Sarah Hepola examines how alcohol fit in with — and distorted — her idea of being an empowered woman.

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From 'Batman' To 'Birdman,' Michael Keaton Knows Suits And Superheroes

Friday, August 28, 2015

Keaton says his 1989 bat suit was claustrophobic, but he somehow made it work. In Birdman, Keaton plays a washed-up, insecure actor looking for a second shot at fame. Originally broadcast Feb 9, 2015.

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Jazz Vocalist Issues A Convincing Calling Card With 'Nothing But Soul'

Friday, August 28, 2015

In her debut album, Tiffany Austin puts her own improvisational, jazzy spin on songs by the late composer Hoagy Carmichael. Critic Kevin Whitehead calls Austin "a singer to keep an ear on."

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Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father, The Pornographer'

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. Originally broadcast March 2, 2015.

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Larry David's First Time On Broadway: 'It's Not So Easy!'

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The comedian wrote and stars in Fish in the Dark, a play about rivalries and dysfunction when a family patriarch dies. Originally broadcast March 5, 2015.

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Former Marine Adam Driver On What Acting And The Military Have In Common

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"You have a group of people trying to accomplish a mission that's greater than themselves," the actor says. Driver stars in the film comedy While We're Young. Originally broadcast April 9, 2015.

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Vigilante Computer Geeks Reign In The Addictive 'Mr. Robot'

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The USA Network show centers on a brilliant computer wizard who gets involved with a mysterious cell of fellow hackers. Critic John Powers calls Mr. Robot an "addictive new psychological thriller."

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In Richard Price's Latest Novel, Haunted Cops And Cases They Couldn't Close

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Price says that in every precinct there's one cop who just can't let go of a case. "They all reminded me of Ahab ... looking for their whales," he says. Originally broadcast Feb. 17, 2015.

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'Public Morals' — Or Lack Thereof — On Display In TNT's New Cop Show

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Set in New York City in the 1960s, Ed Burns' new 10-hour series features corrupt cops and gritty gangsters. Critic David Bianculli says Public Morals has the look and feel of a classic police drama.

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'I Regret Everything': Toni Morrison Looks Back On Her Personal Life

Monday, August 24, 2015

"It's not profound regret," Morrison tells Fresh Air. "It's just a wiping up of tiny little messes that you didn't recognize as mess when they were going on." Originally broadcast April 20, 2015.

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'A Manual For Cleaning Women' Showcases A Gritty, One-Of-A-Kind Voice

Monday, August 24, 2015

A posthumously published collection of stories steers recognition to Lucia Berlin, whose fictional narrators are the sort who have seen it all and aren't afraid to tell you about their crappy day.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Larry Wilmore; 'Best Of Enemies'; Lily Tomlin

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The host of The Nightly Show talks about his show's first 100 episodes. Critic John Powers weighs in on the 1968 Buckley-Vidal debates. Lily Tomlin discusses great roles, old cars and coming out.

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One Lawyer's Fight For Young Blacks And 'Just Mercy'

Friday, August 21, 2015

Attorney Bryan Stevenson represents those who have been abandoned. His clients include abused and neglected children and people on death row. Originally broadcast Oct. 20, 2014.

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Climbing Documentary 'Meru' Is A Hair-Raising 'Peak Experience'

Friday, August 21, 2015

A new documentary charts the attempts of a trio of American climbers to be the first to scale Mount Meru, a 21,000-foot Himalayan peak. Critic David Edelstein says Meru is "cunning" — and terrifying.

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'Fear The Walking Dead' And 'Documentary Now!' Riff On Familiar Themes

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Fresh Air TV critic David Bianculli reviews two very different new television projects – IFC's spoof show, Documentary Now!, and AMC's prequel series, Fear the Walking Dead.

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How Close Are We Really To A Robot-Run Society?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

From self-driving cars to automated warehouses, humans are being pushed out of the equation. Soon, robots will "do a million other things we can't even conceive of," author John Markoff says.

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With 100th Episode, Larry Wilmore's 'Nightly Show' Has Found Its Voice

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The self-deprecating host of Comedy Central's The Nightly Show says it took a few months to get comfortable in his new role. "People are holding your feet to the fire immediately," he says.

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Lily Tomlin At 75: The Actress Discusses Great Roles, Old Cars And Coming Out

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The star of the film Grandma and the Netflix series Grace and Frankie married her partner of 42 years, Jane Wagner, in 2013. Tomlin discusses her work and her decision to be open about her sexuality.

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'The Thompson Fields' Mixes Prairie Dreaming With A Big-Band Beat

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Composer Maria Schneider draws on her rural Minnesota roots in her new album. Critic Kevin Whitehead says that while Schneider can do grandeur, "once in awhile, the majesty gets a little too purple."

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Documentary Revisits The 'Dazzling' Polemics Of The Buckley-Vidal Debates

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Best of Enemies chronicles the 1968 debates between conservative editor William F. Buckley and liberal novelist Gore Vidal. Critic John Powers weighs in on the legacy of their verbal crossfire.

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