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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 — 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 — 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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Human Rights Watch Researcher Reports ISIS Abuses In Iraq

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Letta Tayler recently returned from Iraq, where she documented stories about the militant Islamist group ISIS and abuses by the Iraqi government. She tells Fresh Air what she learned.

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'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Yelena Akhtiorskaya's debut novel is about a family that emigrates from Odessa to the Russian enclave of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, N.Y. It's a funny tale full of insider knowledge and offbeat words.

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'A Hard Day's Night': A Pop Artifact That Still Crackles With Energy

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of A Hard Day's Night, a spectacular restoration is in theaters and on DVD. The black-and-white photography of the Beatles is gorgeous, and the movie isn't half bad.

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Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA, And Other Animal Behavior Explained

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Veterinarian Vint Virga works with pets and zoo animals on behavior disorders. He talks about how house cats are more fulfilled when they forage for food, and how to show animals affection.

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How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Arthur Allen's new book, The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl, describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis.

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Fresh Air Remembers Actress And Singer Elaine Stritch

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Broadway star used to describe herself as a Catholic, diabetic alcoholic. She died last week at the age of 89. In 1999, she talked with Terry Gross when she was starring in a revival of Sail Away.

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On 'Tomlinson Hill,' Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation

Monday, July 21, 2014

Chris Tomlinson covered conflict, including apartheid in Africa, for 11 years. Then the great-great-grandson of Texas slaveholders realized he needed to write a book about his family's history.

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