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Fresh Air Weekend: Amy Schumer And Judd Apatow; Jason Isbell; Ta-Nehisi Coates

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 8:03am

Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow discuss working together on Trainwreck. Ken Tucker reviews Jason Isbell's new album. Ta-Nehisi Coates's new book, Between the World and Me, is an open letter to his son.

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In 'Trainwreck', A Screwball Comedy Fades To Family-Values Formulaic

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 2:13pm

Amy Schumer plays a writer who dodges lovers' pleas for commitment in Trainwreck, directed by Judd Apatow. Critic David Edelstein says the film loses its "delightful momentum" when it gets serious.

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'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 2:13pm

One-third of the seafood Americans catch is sold abroad, but most of the seafood we eat is imported and often of lower quality. Author Paul Greenberg explains why. Originally broadcast July 1, 2014.

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Amy Schumer And Judd Apatow Talk Storytelling, Commitment And Spooning

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 3:26pm

In 2011, Apatow heard Schumer on the radio and was struck by her candor. The two went on to collaborate on the film, Trainwreck, about a woman who doesn't want a relationship.

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'Cartel' Author Spins A Grand Tale Of Mexico's Drug Wars

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 2:14pm

Novelist Don Winslow spent 10 years researching the Mexican drug wars. His new novel, The Cartel, reveals "a new generation of cartel leaders that are more violent, more sadistic" than ever before.

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Tracing The Origin Of The Campaign Promise To 'Tell It Like It Is'

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:45pm

It's a common pledge of candor for a roster of presidential hopeful. As linguist Geoff Nunberg explains, the promise to "tell it like it is" has its roots in black speech from the '40s and '50s.

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Jason Isbell's 'Something More Than Free' Rings With The Promise of Joy

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 2:14pm

The former member of the Drive-by Truckers unleashes his storytelling skills in his new album, Something More Than Free. Rock critic Ken Tucker says Isbell's lyrics reward a close listen.

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When Weed Is The Cure: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 1:59pm

Dr. David Casarett used to think of medical marijuana as "a joke." But after taking a deeper look, he's changed his mind. Casarett's new book is Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates On Police Brutality, The Confederate Flag And Forgiveness

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 12:59pm

Growing up in Baltimore, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates faced threats from both the streets and the police. His book, Between the World and Me, is an open letter to his teenage son.

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Harper Lee's 'Watchman' Is A Mess That Makes Us Reconsider A Masterpiece

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 11:52am

Depending on whom you ask, Go Set a Watchman is either a recently discovered first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird — or a failed sequel. Either way, critic Maureen Corrigan calls it "kind of a mess."

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A Big-Hearted, 'Tangerine' Vision Of L.A.'s Crime-Riddled Streets

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 8:03am

Reviewer Justin Chang says a new film about transgender sex workers on Christmas Eve is a "warts-and-all immersion in one of L.A.'s seamier subcultures — and a terrific girlfriend movie to boot."

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Fresh Air Weekend: Freeing Amy Winehouse From Her Tabloid Legacy

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 8:03am

In the dawning of the digital age, "She was the unlucky one to be having a nervous breakdown in public at the time," Amy director Asif Kapadia tells Fresh Air. Originally broadcast July 8, 2015.

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Duke Ellington's 'Plank Session' Offers Snapshots Of A Jazz Master At Work

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 12:28pm

In July 1970, Duke Ellington recorded two tunes engineered by Conny Plank. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says The Conny Plank Session, which is now on CD, is a window onto Ellington's working method.

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The Man Behind Wonder Woman Was Inspired By Both Suffragists And Centerfolds

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 12:28pm

Wonder Woman's creator had a few secrets of his own. Historian Jill Lepore describes William Moulton Marstothe's unusual life in The Secret History of Wonder Woman. Originally broadcast Oct. 27, 2014.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Weighing In On What It Means To 'Sound Gay'

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 8:03am

In Do I Sound Gay?, director David Thorpe discusses the so-called "gay voice" and reveals his own attempt (with speech pathologist Susan Sankin) to sound "less gay." Originally broadcast July 7, 2015.

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From DOMA To Marriage Equality: How The Tide Turned For Gay Marriage

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 12:20pm

For 25 years, attorney Mary Bonauto and activist Evan Wolfson helped shape the gay marriage movement. They discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling, which represented the culmination of their efforts.

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'Tangerine', A Teeny-Budget Comedy That Packs An Emotional Wallop

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 12:20pm

Sean Baker's bleak, boisterous farce follows two transgender sex workers on Christmas Eve in Los Angeles. David Edelstein says Tangerine is "brilliantly shaped, edited, scored and performed."

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Documentary Seeks To Free Amy Winehouse From Her Tabloid Legacy

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 2:00pm

In the dawning of the digital age, "She was the unlucky one to be having a nervous breakdown in public at the time," Amy director Asif Kapadia tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Examining The War On Mexican Drug Cartels, Through Film And Fiction

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 2:19pm

Two new works of art — the documentary film Cartel Land and the novel The Cartel — shine a light on the seemingly endless drug war in Mexico. John Powers says both works are bleak, but gripping.

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Filmmaker And Speech Pathologist Weigh In On What It Means To 'Sound Gay'

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 2:19pm

In Do I Sound Gay?, director David Thorpe searches for the origin of the so-called "gay voice" and documents his own attempts (with speech pathologist Susan Sankin) to sound "less gay."

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