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Movie Reviews
1:26 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Pixar's 'Inside Out' Is A Mind-Opening Masterpiece

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Movie Interviews
1:46 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

'Love & Mercy' Brings The Life Of Brian Wilson To The Big Screen

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Television
1:08 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

HBO's New Sunday Lineup Is Full Of Pleasant Surprises

In Ballers, Dwayne Johnson (left) plays an ex-Dolphin who is trying to make the transition from pro football player to financial planner for wealthy athletes. His boss is played by Rob Corddry, from The Daily Show.
Jeff Daly HBO

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 5:55 pm

Last weekend, HBO presented the season finales of its three Sunday night prime-time spring series, Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley and Veep. This weekend, HBO unveils its new Sunday night lineup: the all-new second season of True Detective, and two new comedies, Ballers, starring Dwayne Johnson, formerly known as the wrestler called The Rock, and The Brink, starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black.

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Author Interviews
1:08 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Judd Apatow: A Comedy-Obsessed Kid Becomes 'Champion Of The Goofball'

Apatow (who dressed up as Harpo Marx for Halloween in 1975) was one of the youngest kids in his grade. "When you're little, that year is impactful," he says. "You are smaller, you are behind in every possible way."
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Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 1:07 am

As a kid, Judd Apatow was obsessed with comedy. "No other kids in my school cared about it at all," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "There was no one to talk about it with."

That's all different now. Today, Apatow says there's a "giant culture of comedy nerds." But as a kid, he was on his own — and in some ways, that worked in his favor. "Back then I was alone and I had a little confidence about it because I felt like: 'This is my thing. This is the only thing that only I know about,'" he says.

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Author Interviews
1:47 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

What Etgar Keret Learned From His Father About Storytelling And Survival

Etgar Keret's work has been published in The New Yorker and The New York Times, and he's contributed to This American Life.
Yanai Yechiel Courtesy of Riverhead Books

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 12:01 pm

As Israeli writer Etgar Keret waited for his son to be born, victims of a terrorist attack were being brought into the same hospital. "The idea that you bring your son into a world in which he can be hurt and killed by a random and violent act — it's kind of discouraging," Keret tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "It's scary enough ... assuming the responsibility of being a parent without having that in your face the day that your son is being born."

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Book Reviews
3:37 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Morally Messy Stories, Exquisitely Told, In Mia Alvar's 'In The Country'

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 5:00 pm

The initial "selling point" of Mia Alvar's debut short story collection, In the Country, is its fresh subject matter: namely, Filipinos living under martial law in the 1970s in their own country and in exile, working as maids, engineers, teachers, health care workers and hired hands in the Middle East and the United States.

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Music Reviews
3:25 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Dawes' New Album Grapples With Regret Without Getting You Down

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This is FRESH AIR. Rock critic Ken Tucker has a review of the new fourth album from the band Dawes called "All Your Favorite Bands." The California quartet is led by lead vocalist and main songwriter Taylor Goldsmith.

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It's All Politics
3:15 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Fueled By Fear, How Richard Nixon Became 'One Man Against The World'

In his new book One Man Against the World, Tim Weiner explores some of the questions surrounding the presidency of Richard Nixon, pictured above in the Oval Office on Feb. 19, 1970.
National Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 4:52 pm

Richard Nixon's presidency has always been one surrounded by questions and controversy: Why did he wiretap his own aides and diplomats? Why did he escalate the war in Vietnam? Why did he lie about his war plans to his secretary of defense and secretary of state? What were the Watergate burglars searching for, and why did Nixon tape conversations that included incriminating evidence?

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Fresh Air Weekend
11:06 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Inside Out,' Shamir Bailey And 'The End Of Plenty'

The new animated Disney/Pixar film Inside Out takes us inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl — a mind controlled by five emotions, each voiced by a different actor. From left: Sadness, Anger, Fear (behind Anger), Disgust and Joy.
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Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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Remembrances
11:42 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Listen Back To A 1990 Interview With Actor Christopher Lee

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 1:43 pm

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Music Reviews
11:42 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Michael Gibbs And Bill Frisell Team Up On A New Big Band Record

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 1:43 pm

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Movie Reviews
11:42 am
Fri June 12, 2015

A 'Wolfpack' Of Brothers Who Met The World Through Movies

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 1:43 pm

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Pop Culture
1:37 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

What's A Thamakau? Spelling Bee Is More About Entertainment Than English

Nathan J. Marcisz of Marion, Ind., focuses intently as he spells a word during the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
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We English-speakers take a perverse pride in the orneriness of our spelling, which is one reason why the spelling bee has been a popular entertainment since the 19th century. It's fun watching schoolchildren getting difficult words right. It can be even more entertaining to watch literate adults getting them wrong.

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Music Reviews
1:28 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Shamir Bailey Invites Everyone In, With Plenty Of Pop Star Potential

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Politics
1:28 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Journalist Explores How Conservative Allies Paved Way For Walker's Candidacy

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Pop Culture
2:27 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

For Comedian Kumail Nanjiani, Getting Personal Is Complicated

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Nanjiani moved to the U.S. for college and stayed to pursue his comedy career. He stars in the HBO series Silicon Valley, now ending its second season. The new season of his Comedy Central show, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, premieres June 30.
Jason Kempin Getty Images for One Kid One World

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 4:02 pm

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Movie Interviews
2:27 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

It's All In Your Head: Director Pete Docter Gets Emotional In 'Inside Out'

The new animated Disney/Pixar film Inside Out takes us inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl — a mind controlled by five emotions, each voiced by a different actor. From left: Sadness, Anger, Fear (behind Anger), Disgust and Joy.
Disney/Pixar

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 3:14 pm

Why do songs get stuck in your head? Where did that weird dream come from last night? The new Disney Pixar film Inside Out takes an animated peek into the inner workings of our minds.

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Music Interviews
2:14 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Remembering Les Paul, On What Would Have Been His 100th Birthday

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Author Interviews
2:14 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

India's 1947 Partition And The 'Deadly Legacy' That Persists To This Day

British Maj. T.J. Monaghan (left) and Pvt. H. Farabrother of the Inniskilling Regiment of Northern Ireland, walk through wreckage after riots destroyed parts of the Punjab suburb of Amritsar, India, in March 1947.
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Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 3:49 pm

Mahatma Gandhi, who used passive resistance in the fight for Indian independence, is known worldwide as a symbol of peace. But Americans know much less about the violence that erupted when the British pulled out of India in 1947.

After Muslim leaders demanded their own state, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs attacked each other in riots and massacres. In his new book, Midnight's Furies, Nisid Hajari explores the partition that created Pakistan as a separate state, the violence surrounding the partition and why those tensions persist to this day.

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Music Reviews
1:26 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

New Release Brings Overdue Recognition For Soul Singer Jackie Moore

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 2:20 pm

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