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'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves': A Modern Manual By And For Trans People

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 1:33pm

Modeled after the groundbreaking feminist health manual Our Bodies, Ourselves, the book details the social, political and medical issues faced by transgender people.

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Every Composer Needs A Great Storyteller

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:54pm

EMI has just reissued a broad spectrum of German conductor Otto Klemperer's recordings, including a box set of one of the composers he's most associated with: Gustav Mahler.

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Nigeria's Boko Haram 'More Extreme Than Al-Qaida,' Journalist Says

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:54pm

Journalist Alex Perry wrote the new e-book The Hunt for Boko Haram: Investigating the Terror Tearing Nigeria Apart. He says Boko Haram doesn't have logical reasons for the atrocious acts it commits.

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The Cowboy That Wasn't A Cowboy Sings

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 2:01pm

A new album from Cowboy Jack Clement has the prolific producer performing many of his best-known compositions with help of Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Rodney Crowell and John Prine.

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An Army Wife Charts Her Struggles In 'No Man's War'

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 2:01pm

In her new book, Angela Ricketts writes about raising three kids while her husband deployed eight times over 22 years. Each separation "kind of blackens your soul," she says.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers South African Writer Nadine Gordimer

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 2:32pm

Nadine Gordimer has written about the agonies of apartheid in her novels and short stories. She died Sunday at the age of 90. In 1989, she spoke with Terry Gross during a visit to the U.S.

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'Mockingbird Next Door': A Genteel Peek Into Harper Lee's Quiet Life

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 2:32pm

After Harper Lee wrote To Kill A Mockingbird, she became a recluse and lived with her sister, Alice, in Alabama. Reporter Marja Mills uses rich detail to provides glimpses into their twilight years.

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How A Factory Man Fought To Save His Furniture Company

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 2:16pm

Virginia furniture owner John Bassett III was determined to beat out foreign competitors. Author Beth Macy documents him, and the collapse of the U.S. furniture industry, in her new book, Factory Man.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Richard Linklater, Strand Of Oaks And Brian Krebs

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 8:03am

Writer-director Richard Linklater discusses his new film Boyhood; Ken Tucker has a review of the latest Strand Of Oaks album; and blogger Brian Krebs talks about covering cybercriminals.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Soul Singer And Songwriter Bobby Womack

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 1:28pm

Womack sang for a gospel group with his brothers called the Valentinos. It's All Over Now was their first international hit. Womack, who died June 27 at the age of 70, talked with Terry Gross in 1999.

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In A Remarkable Feat, 'Boyhood' Makes Time Visible

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 1:28pm

Boyhood is about a boy in Texas whose parents have separated. Filmed over 12 years, audiences watch him grow up — and his worldview evolve. The cumulative power of the movie is tremendous.

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Filmed Over 12 Years, 'Boyhood' Follows A Kid's Coming Of Age

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 2:02pm

Writer-director Richard Linklater says picking the film's star was vital because he had to guess what he'd be like at 18. "I just went with a kid who seemed kind of the most interesting."

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Fred Hersch Knows His Trios

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 1:59pm

Fred Hersch pulls together jazz piano traditions that have little in common. Kevin Whitehead says the classic piano, bass and drums trio format suits Hersch best of all in a review of Floating.

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10 Years Later, Mystery Heroine 'Maisie Dobbs' Gains New Life

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 1:59pm

Jacqueline Winspear's debut mystery, Maisie Dobbs, set in England around World War I, came out in paperback a decade ago. A new edition testifies to the enduring allure of the traditional mystery.

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If Jim Lauderdale Is A Song, More People Should Hear It

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 1:33pm

Fresh Air critic Ken Tucker says Lauderdale's career is at once admirable and somewhat puzzling.

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Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees'

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 1:33pm

Laurence Packer says humans need to appreciate both domestic bees and the some 20,000 species of wild bees. His book Keeping The Bees explores all types, including some that feed on tears.

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'The Strain' And 'Extant' Play On Fears Of Forces Out Of Our Control

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 1:33pm

This week, two new TV series' begin in the threats-from-nowhere genre: Extant on CBS and The Strain on FX. The better of the two, The Strain, about a disease outbreak, is effectively creepy.

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The Hazards Of Probing The Internet's Dark Side

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:08pm

Brian Krebs, who broke the Target security breach story last year, says cybercriminals are "some very bad people." He tells Terry Gross about how they have found creative ways to taunt him.

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'Violette' Evokes Exasperating Self Pity, A Trait The French Like

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:44pm

The film Violette is a fictionalized portrait of Violette Leduc, the trailblazing French novelist who was considered difficult. The strangely gripping movie captures a key moment in feminist history.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Actor Meshach Taylor

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:18pm

Taylor was best known for his role as Anthony Bouvier on the TV sitcom Designing Women. Taylor's other TV series included Buffalo Bill and Dave's World. He chatted with Terry Gross in 1990.

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