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Fresh Air Weekend: Larry Wilmore, The Smart Home And Bill Gifford

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Wilmore talks about how he's is still fine-tuning The Nightly Show; Alexis Madrigal explores a home full of appliances with computers; Gifford discusses his new book Spring Chicken about longevity.

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'Maps To The Stars': Either The Funniest Horror Movie, Or The Most Horrific Comedy

Friday, February 27, 2015

In the film about a toxic Hollywood, John Cusack plays a self-help guru whose clients include Julianne Moore. It's full of anxious shoptalk and name dropping, druggy kids and druggier grown-ups.

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Fresh Air Remembers Former Notre Dame President Rev. Theodore Hesburgh

Friday, February 27, 2015

Hesburgh died Thursday. He was 97. He was an author, theologian and activist who took on the Vatican over issues of academic freedom. Hesburgh spoke with Terry Gross in 1990.

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From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle'

Friday, February 27, 2015

Colson Whitehead's book, now out in paperback, was born of an assignment to write about the World Series of Poker. It's a sharp observational tale of poker: those who play it and how it changed him.

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'Battle Creek' Has The Flavor Of A TV Throwback From An Earlier Age

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The new CBS show about two very mismatched investigative partners plays like a comedy. The characters are complicated and surprising, and the dialogue is crisp and quick. It's "a lot of fun to watch."

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From Naked Mole Rats To Dog Testicles: A Writer Explores The Longevity Quest

Thursday, February 26, 2015

"Nature knows how to let animals live a very long time," says Bill Gifford, whose latest book is Spring Chicken, a look at the history of anti-aging schemes and current ways people try to live longer.

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Mavericks' Singer Raul Malo Restlessly Explores Genres

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

In the band's latest album Mono, Malo demonstrates how he likes to make music that confounds the usual expectations of what a country hit-maker can do.

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A Hard Look At The Risks Of Transporting Oil On Rail Tanker Cars

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Marcus Stern has spent the past year investigating the practice. Recent accidents in Canada and U.S. show that the cars aren't built for carrying so much oil, he says, and tracks are deteriorating.

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The World Loves The Smartphone. So How About A Smart Home?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The ultimate smart-home vision is a home that basically runs itself, from coffee makers to washing machines. But we're not there yet: The real world is a hard place for little computers to operate in.

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After His Brother's Suicide, Writer Seeks Comfort In 'All The Wrong Places'

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

In his new memoir, Philip Connors writes about "living in the shadow of a suicide." Wracked by guilt and haunted by what-ifs, Connors investigated his brother's death and learned a terrible secret.

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Fair Warning: Watch One 'Foyle's War' Episode, And You'll Want To Watch Them All

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The British series is set during and after World War II. Detective Foyle tackles crimes connected to the war โ€” murder and spying, black markets and profiteering. It's "terrifically entertaining."

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Victorian Romance Meets 'House Of Cards' In 'Mr. And Mrs. Disraeli'

Monday, February 23, 2015

Daisy Hay's new book is a joint biography of 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and his wife, Mary Anne, whose fortune and status as a gentile helped boost her husband's career.

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How The Man Behind The Trailers Sparks An Urge To See A Movie

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mark Woollen has created trailers for many Oscar-nominated films, including Boyhood, The Theory of Everything and Birdman. He talks about how he crafts an audience's first glimpse of a film.

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Prisoners Of War And Ojibwe Reservation Make Unlikely Neighbors In 'Prudence'

Monday, February 23, 2015

Native American writer David Treuer bases the World War II camp for German prisoners on a real-life one that existed near the village of Bena, Minn., on the Leech Lake Reservation where he grew up.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Writer Richard Price And 'The New Yorker's David Remnick

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The author of Clockers and others talks about his latest, The Whites; Editor David Remnick looks back on tough decisions he's made as The New Yorker turns 90.

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In These Six 'Wild Tales,' Humans Morph Into Destructive Forces Of Nature

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Argentinean film co-produced by Pedro Almodovar is up for an Oscar for best foreign language film. It features a drunk teenager who runs over a woman and an angry bride at a glitzy Jewish wedding.

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Ornette Coleman Returns With His Unmistakable Sound

Friday, February 20, 2015

Jazz saxophonist Coleman, who is almost 85, rarely makes records any more. In New Vocabulary, he joins up trumpet and drums โ€” and peppers his solos with his signature catchy and earthy pet phrases.

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Fresh Air Remembers Lesley Gore Who Sang Hits Including 'You Don't Own Me'

Friday, February 20, 2015

Gore is known for her Top 40 sensations such as It's My Party, produced by Quincy Jones. Her last album was released in 2005, the year she came out as a lesbian. She died Monday at the age of 68.

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Fresh Air Remembers Former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine

Friday, February 20, 2015

Levine's work often reflected the hardships and dignity of manual labor. He died Feb. 14 in Fresno, Calif. He was 87. In 1991, Levine spoke with Terry Gross about his collection What Work Is.

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For Host Larry Wilmore, A Year Of 'Extraordinary' Highs And 'Humbling' Lows

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wilmore is still fine-tuning The Nightly Show, which fills the late-night spot on Comedy Central vacated by Stephen Colbert. The show launched just as Wilmore's 20-year marriage was coming to an end.

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