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Fresh Air Weekend: Toni Morrison, Ross Macdonald's Crime Fiction, Will Forte

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Nobel laureate Morrison reflects on her life and her regrets; Maureen Corrigan reviews a reissue of four of Macdonald's 1950s novels; SNL alum Forte discusses comedy and Bruce Dern's acting advice.

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Deception And Suspense By The Sea In The Iranian Mystery 'About Elly'

Friday, April 24, 2015

Recently released in the U.S., Asghar Farhadi's 2009 film follows a teacher invited on a beach trip by the mother of one of her students. David Edelstein calls the film "Hitchockian" in its suspense.

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'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church

Friday, April 24, 2015

Historian David Kertzer says the Catholic Church lent organizational strength and moral legitimacy to Mussolini's fascist regime. Kertzer recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his book.

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Dwight Yoakam's 'Second Hand Heart' Is First Class

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says the album is one of Yoakam's most stylistically diverse.

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Saudi Bombing In Yemen Has Led To New Gains For Al-Qaida

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Reporter Gregory Johnsen talks about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, how the chaos is impacting the U.S. fight against al-Qaida and how he escaped a kidnapping attempt in Yemen last year.

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How The Met Opera's Chorus Master Gets 150 To Sound Like One

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Donald Palumbo is the Metropolitan Opera's chorus master. He tells Fresh Air about "stagger breathing," the ways singers protect their voices and his own lack of formal training.

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'Last Man' Will Forte On Beards, Comedy And Bruce Dern's Acting Advice

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Forte tells Fresh Air about landing a job on Saturday Night Live and learning on the set of Nebraska that acting is "all about commitment."

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After 20 Years On The Job, NYC Police Officer Tells His Intense Stories

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

"Your heart is pounding; your adrenaline is shooting out of your ears," Steve Osborne says. "And you got one second to get it right." He retired from the force in 2003. His memoir is called The Job.

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Revisiting A Suburbia-Gone-Sour In Ross Macdonald's Crime Fiction

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A reissue of four of the detective writer's 1950s novels excavates the dark depths of California's suburban decay. Maureen Corrigan praises Macdonald's "psychological depth" and "penetrating vision."

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

Monday, April 20, 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." Her latest book is God Help the Child.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Mark Ronson, The Mountain Goats, Beau Willimon

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Music producer Ronson gives the story behind the hit song "Uptown Funk"; Ken Tucker reviews the Mountain Goats' new album Beat The Champ; House of Cards creator Willimon discusses the show.

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Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller

Friday, April 17, 2015

The host of The Soup co-stars in the thriller Deliver Us From Evil. "I felt like a 12-year-old getting to be in an action film," McHale tells Terry Gross. Originally broadcast June 30, 2014.

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In 'True Story,' A Shamed Journalist Interviews A Fugitive Who Stole His Identity

Friday, April 17, 2015

In 2001, Michael Finkel was fired for making up a story. Then he learns that a suspected murderer is posing as him, so he gets to know him. The best word for the drama is "dumb," says David Edelstein.

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On YouTube, A Global Archive Of Daily Life, Both Humble And Transcendent

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The video-sharing website is now 10 years old. YouTube estimates that each day 432,000 hours of video gets posted on the service: a stunning record of our current civilization.

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The Long, Labored Process Behind Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Funk'

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The producer says there was a moment when his co-writers thought, "Maybe this song wasn't meant to be." He also describes working with Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars.

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'Justified' Ends With An Unpredictable, Poetic And Memorable Finale

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

After six seasons on the FX network, Justified ended Tuesday. "What a triumph," says critic David Bianculli who adds that he loved the finale's "touches of grace" and "emphasis on character and tone."

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Billy Crystal And Josh Gad: Separated By A Generation But United By Laughs

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The two play satirical versions of themselves on the new FX show The Comedians. But in real life they share "a lot of commonalities," says Crystal.

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The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle Finds Refuge In The Ring

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says The Mountain Goats' concept album about pro wrestling is filled with a remarkable range of melodies and moods.

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Forget Right And Wrong: 'House Of Cards' Is About Pragmatism And Power

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Kevin Spacey strangles a dog in the pilot, which creator Beau Willimon says producers balked at because they'd lose viewers. But "why not provide that litmus test right at the beginning?" he says.

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'The Children's Crusade': A Heavily Plotted Family Saga To Dive Into And Savor

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ann Packer's latest is about a young Navy doctor who, after the Korean War, builds a house south of San Francisco. Fifty years later, his four adult children argue over the property.

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