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For Actress Maria Bello, Family May Be Complicated, But 'Love Is Love'

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:23pm

In her memoir Whatever ... Love is Love, Bello describes the evolution of her "modern family," which includes her romantic partner (a woman), her adolescent son and her son's father.

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A Critic Takes On Cannes: Highlights (And Lowlights) Of The 2015 Festival

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:22am

Critic John Powers returns from the French film festival to talk about this year's new international films. Top among his picks is The Assassin, a martial arts film by director Hou Hsiao-Hsien.

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A Neurosurgeon Reflects On The 'Awe And Mystery' Of The Brain

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 1:30pm

In his memoir Do No Harm, Henry Marsh confesses to the uncertainties he's dealt with as a surgeon, revisits his triumphs and failures and reflects on the enigmas of the brain and consciousness.

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Revisiting The Crystal Clarity Created By The 'Decca Sound' Revolution

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 1:25pm

In the 1940s, recording engineers perfected new sound techniques that were used in World War II — and which launched a hi-fi revolution. Lloyd Schwartz reviews the new 53-CD Decca box set.

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Philip Glass On Legacy: 'The Future ... It's All Around Us'

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 8:03am

For the composer, life is how the past and the future connect. Glass' memoir, Words Without Music, looks back on his childhood, travels and music. Originally broadcast April 6, 2015.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Marc Maron Interviews Terry Gross, Letterman's Producer

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 8:03am

WTF host Marc Maron asks the Fresh Air host about her childhood, her start in radio and her record-strewn apartment; Rob Burnett recounts the silly and somber moments of his tenure with the Late Show.

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The Future Is Bright In The Time-And-Space Twisting 'Tomorrowland'

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:36pm

Brad Bird's new sci-fi adventure film features George Clooney, Britt Robertson and an endless sense of possibilities. David Edelstein says the film makes a "near-hysterical case" against pessimism.

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How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:36pm

In So We Read On, Maureen Corrigan looks at the story behind The Great Gatsby, from F. Scott Fitzgerald's life to the era in which it's set. Originally broadcast Sept. 8, 2014.

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Letterman Signs Off, With A Heartfelt Guest-Filled Finale

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 2:07pm

Last night, after 33 years on TV as a late-night talk show host, David Letterman presented his final program. David Bianculli says Letterman's final show was a strong end to an illustrious career.

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Letterman's Executive Producer: 'He's Meant A Lot To A Lot Of People'

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 2:05pm

Rob Burnett started working with David Letterman as an intern in 1985. He talks with Terry Gross about the absurd and somber moments of his three-decade tenure with the Late Show.

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Terry Gross To Marc Maron: 'Life Is Harder Than Radio'

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:51pm

The WTF host asks the Fresh Air host about her childhood, her start in radio and her record-strewn apartment. Gross says Maron's "no bulls***" style made her feel comfortable opening up.

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Reporting On Rape Kit Backlog Leads To New Law And Arrests In Ohio

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 1:04pm

While researching sexual assaults for Cleveland's The Plain Dealer, Rachel Dissell unearthed a backlog of untested rape kits dating back to 1993. Ohio has since mandated the testing of these kits.

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Elizabeth Banks On Success: 'You Don't Get What You Don't Ask For'

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 1:01pm

The Hunger Games actress and Pitch Perfect 2 director also runs her own production company. Her secret to success? "I raise my hand a lot," Banks tells Fresh Air's Ann Marie Baldonado.

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The 'Mad Men' Ending: A 'Twisted' And 'Perfect' Conclusion

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 1:08pm

After all eight seasons of drama, the TV series about men and women in advertising ended with a full-length ad. TV critic David Bianculli says the conclusion was "so unexpected, yet so appropriate."

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Ramon Valle's 'Take Off' Lands Like 'Spun Sugar On An Already Sweet Cake'

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 1:08pm

Despite its clarity and cohesion, Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says the new album from Cuban pianist Ramon Valle and his trio is half knock-out, half schmaltzy.

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Attention White-Collar Workers: The Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 1:05pm

The machines have long been used in manufacturing, but Martin Ford, author of Rise of the Robots, says they're now poised to replace humans as teachers, lawyers and even journalists.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Contemplating Life, Sex And Elevators In Space

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 8:03am

Astronomer Chris Impey discusses the future of space travel, sex in space and the connection between science and Buddhism. Originally broadcast May 11, 2015.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Tom Brokaw Reflects On His 'Lucky Life'

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 8:03am

The former NBC anchorman says his multiple myeloma diagnosis two years ago made him "more conscious of the fact that the days are more numbered." Originally broadcast May 13, 2015.

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Heavy-Handed And Preachy, 'Good Kill' Misses Its Mark

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 8:03am

Andrew Niccol's film follows an Air Force commander engaged in state-of-the-art drone warfare. Justin Chang says the movie feels more like "a series of talking points than a fully developed drama."

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Souped-Up Vehicles And Road Warriors Reign In 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 2:04pm

It has been 36 years since the first Mad Max film crash landed into theaters. David Edelsein says the forth installment of the series is "basically one long chase with ever more insane variables."

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