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Lesbian Cartoonist Alison Bechdel Countered Dad's Secrecy By Being Out And Open

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 1:45pm

The musical and graphic novel Fun Home describe Bechdel's coming out, and her dad's closeted homosexuality. She says, "In many ways ... my professional career has been a reaction to my father's life."

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Fresh Air Weekend: Elephant Poachers; 'Mistress America'; A Teenage 'Diary'

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 8:03am

Journalist Bryan Christy talks about using GPS trackers to follow elephant poachers. Justin Chang reviews Mistress America. Phoebe Gloeckner and Marielle Heller discuss The Diary of a Teenage Girl.

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Jason Segel On Breakups, Bromances And 'Freaks And Geeks'

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 1:04pm

The star of the The End of the Tour may be best known for his "bromance" films. "These kind of buddy movies are allowing men to open up a little bit," Segel says. Originally broadcast March 23, 2009.

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David Foster Wallace: The 'Fresh Air' Interview

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 1:04pm

In 1996, Wallace's novel Infinite Jest was a critical and popular success. The new movie The End of The Tour recreates the author's tour for that book. Originally broadcast March 5, 1997.

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'Show Me A Hero' Offers A Nuanced Take On Public Housing Discrimination

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 11:28am

David Simon's new HBO mini-series, Show Me a Hero, examines racial biases in New York City's public housing laws. Critic David Bianculli says, "This 25-year-old true story couldn't seem more timely."

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On Screen, 'Diary Of A Teenage Girl' Packs The Punch Of A Good Graphic Novel

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 1:09pm

The new film directed by Marielle Heller is a sexual coming-of-age story about a 15- year-old girl who loses her virginity to her mother's boyfriend. Critic David Edelstein has a review.

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A 'Diary' Unlocked: A Teenage Coming-Of-Age Story Put On Film

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 1:04pm

When she was 15, Phoebe Gloeckner lost her virginity to her mother's boyfriend. Gloeckner wrote about the experience in The Diary of a Teenage Girl, which Marielle Heller adapted into a film.

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Poetry Is Set To Melody In Iris DeMent's 'The Trackless Woods'

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:43pm

Poems by the Russian writer Anna Akhmatova form the basis of singer Iris DeMent's new album. Critic Ken Tucker says Akhmatova and DeMent share an urge to articulate "sorrow, sacrifice and gratitude."

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GPS Trackers In Fake Elephant Tusks Reveal Ivory Smuggling Route

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:33pm

Some 30,000 African elephants die each year as a result of poaching. Journalist Bryan Christy wanted to see where their tusks were going, so he ordered fake tusks and fitted them with trackers.

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Confronting Mortality In An Unsettling, Inspiring 'Tour Of Bones'

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:37pm

Before her death in 2014, author Denise Inge took a spiritual journey to bone houses throughout Europe. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the resulting book, The Tour of Bones, is "strange and chaotic."

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Legislating Desire: An Author's Take On 'Bad Laws And Good Sex'

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:37pm

American sex laws have not always kept pace with society's changing standards. In The Boundaries of Desire, Eric Berkowitz explores how the legal system has addressed sex in the last century.

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Music Journalist Chronicles The 'Wild Obsessive Hunt' For Rare 78 RPM Records

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 11:42am

In Do Not Sell At Any Price, Amanda Petrusich details the extreme measures collectors take in pursuit of rare 78s. "You can still find quite a few of them around at junk shops," she says.

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Block The Vote: A Journalist Discusses Voting Rights And Restrictions

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 1:21pm

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed racial discrimination in voting. But author Ari Berman says a 2013 Supreme Court ruling blocks the act's enforcement — and opens the door for new restrictions.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Friday Night Lights' At 25; 'Dargonfish'; Dolphin Life

Sat, 08/08/2015 - 8:03am

Buzz Bissinger discusses his book about small-town high school football. Maureen Corrigan reviews Dragonfish, by Vu Tran. Susan Casey describes the life of dolphins and new threats the animals face.

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Jon Stewart Makes A Laugh-Filled, Sentimental Exit From 'The Daily Show'

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 2:07pm

After 16 years as host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, Jon Stewart presented his farewell program last night. TV critic David Bianculli says it was an entertaining finale from start to finish.

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'Blood Will Out' Reveals Secrets Of A Murderous Master Manipulator

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 2:07pm

Author Walter Kirn thought he was befriending an eccentric Rockefeller, but his pal turned out to be an impostor wanted for murder. Originally broadcast March 10, 2014.

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Family Dysfunction Is Set To A Melancholic Beat In 'Ricki And The Flash'

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 2:07pm

In Ricki and the Flash, Meryl Streep plays a singer who left her husband and kids decades ago to pursue her rock 'n roll dream. Reviewer David Edelstein says Streep "tears up the screen" in the film.

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Jon Stewart On His 'Daily Show' Run: 'It So Far Exceeded My Expectations'

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 1:25pm

As Stewart says goodbye to The Daily Show, Fresh Air listens back to interviews with the host. "I don't know that there will ever be anything that I will ever be as well-suited for," he said.

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Trombonist Ku-umba Frank Lacy Brings 'Ernest Intensity' To 'Mingus Sings'

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 12:26pm

Ku-umba Frank Lacy provides vocals on the new record by the Mingus Big Band. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says the album, which is dedicated to the late Charles Mingus, is "worthy of the Mingus brand."

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Journalist Says Lax Policing Allowed NFL Player To Get Away With Serial Rape

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 12:26pm

Former NFL player Darren Sharper pleaded guilty to rape charges involving nine women in four states. ProPublica reporter T. Christian Miller says local police weren't sharing information.

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