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One Final Offering From John Coltrane

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 2:12pm

Eight months before he died of cancer, John Coltrane played a concert at Temple University in Philadelphia that proved too much for some listeners.

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The Great Bluff That Led To A 'Magical' Pill And A Sexual Revolution

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 2:09pm

In the '50s, four people collaborated to create a pill so women could enjoy sex. They fibbed about their motivations and skirted the law. Jonathan Eig details the history in The Birth of the Pill.

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'Florence Gordon' Isn't Friend Material, But You'll Appreciate Her

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:33pm

Brian Morton's novel features a 75-year-old woman — an icon of the Second Wave Women's Movement — who's a self-described "difficult woman." It's a witty, nuanced and ultimately moving novel.

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How The Cold War And George Orwell Helped Make The Internet What It Is

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:30pm

In The Innovators, Walter Isaacson explains that Pentagon officials wanted a system the Russians couldn't attack, and 1984 made the public wary of new technology's Big Brother potential.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Lena Dunham And Matt Bai

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 8:03am

Lena Dunham talks about sex, oversharing and her new essay collection Not That Kind of Girl; Matt Bai discusses his book All The Truth Is Out about Gary Hart's 1987 affair and political journalism.

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'Gone Girl': A Gripping Film That's More Fun Than The Book

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 1:35pm

Based on a screenplay by author Gillian Flynn, the movie is sensationally effective. It's made like a classic noir — evenly paced, with an elegance that in context is deeply perverse.

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Bio Credits Manson's Terrible Rise To Right Place And Time

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 1:35pm

California parolee Charles Manson arrived in San Francisco in 1967, when the city was full of young seeking a guru. In Manson, Jeff Guinn says it was the perfect spot for him to enact his cult vision.

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'Homeland' Regains Urgency With Twin Protagonists And Divided Loyalties

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 1:35pm

Last year, the Showtime drama about a CIA agent with a bipolar disorder lost its way. But the show's intensity is back in Season 4 when the CIA accidentally bombs a wedding in Pakistan.

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As He Considers A Run For President, Rand Paul Tries to Rebrand Himself

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 1:20pm

The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza says the Republican's earlier views on foreign policy and his opposition to the Civil Rights Act may dog him, as well as the extreme libertarianism of his father, Ron Paul.

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Blake Mills' Restless 'Heigh Ho' Is A Roundabout Journey

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 1:20pm

Mills' new album, his second, is notable for the diversity of its sound.

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Marty Stuart: Keeper Of Country Music's Cowboy Couture

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:44pm

Out of love and necessity, Stuart has become a country-music historian. "People were throwing things away," he says. "I just took it as a family matter."

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'All The Truth Is Out' Examines How Political Journalism Went Tabloid

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:21pm

Matt Bai says that while voters have always cared about candidates' characters, some news used to be off limits. His new book looks at Gary Hart's 1987 affair that destroyed his political ambitions.

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Lena Dunham On Sex, Oversharing And Writing About Lost 'Girls'

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 1:05pm

Dunham says when she started writing HBO's Girls, she was drawn to characters with "a bit of a Zelda Fitzgerald lost, broken woman quality." Her new essay collection is called Not That Kind of Girl.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Jimi Hendrix Movie, 'Transparent' And Ron Perlman

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 8:03am

Director John Ridley and star Andre Benjamin discuss the film Jimi: All Is By My Side; David Bianculli reviews the new drama Transparent; Ron Perlman talks about his book Easy Street (The Hard Way).

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What's Mittens Thinking? Make 'Sense' Of Your Pet's Behavior

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 3:32pm

Animal behaviorist John Bradshaw's books Cat Sense and Dog Sense detail what cat and dog owners should expect from their animals. Cat Sense originally aired Sept. 5, 2013. Dog Sense originally aired May 26, 2011.

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British Coalminers Strike With A Gay Coalition In 'Pride,' A Crowd-Pleaser

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 3:29pm

The film is based on a true story about the '80s strike Margaret Thatcher vowed to break. It's full of the Britain's best actors, and nearly every line makes you cackle or puts a lump in your throat.

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In 'Transparent,' A 70-Year-Old Divorced Dad Becomes A Woman

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 3:29pm

The new drama, which launches Friday on Amazon Prime, stars Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender woman coming out to her three grown kids. Tambor acts the role without any hint of cheap humor.

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After Childhood Abuse, 'Times' Columnist Says He Chose Life Over Vengeance

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 3:05pm

Charles Blow says he was 7 years old when he was sexually abused by a cousin. His new memoir, Fire Shut Up In My Bones, is about what he says happened, his recovery and his bisexuality.

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From Sideman To Star: A New Film Captures Jimi Hendrix's Pivotal Year

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 2:31pm

Jimi: All Is By My Side focuses on the year Hendrix changed his name and recorded his first album. Director John Ridley and star André Benjamin (a.k.a. André 3000) talk about portraying the guitarist.

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After WWI, A Mother And Daughter Must Take In 'Paying Guests'

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:45pm

Sarah Waters' spellbinding novel — about two women in 1920s London — is no simple period piece. Waters is a superb storyteller with a gift for capturing the layered nuances of character and mood.

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