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A Nonbeliever Tries To Make Sense Of The Visions She Had As A Teen

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:37pm

Barbara Ehrenreich — a rationalist, atheist and scientist by training — has written a new memoir called Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything.

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Peter Matthiessen On Writing And Zen Buddhism

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 1:02pm

Fresh Air listens back to our 1989 interview with Snow Leopard author and Paris Review co-founder Peter Matthiessen, who died Saturday at age 86. His new novel In Paradise comes out Tuesday.

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If Jesus Never Called Himself God, How Did He Become One?

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:42pm

In How Jesus Became God, Bart Ehrman explores how a Jewish preacher from Galilee was transformed into a deity. "Jesus himself didn't call himself God and didn't consider himself God," Ehrman says.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Michael Lewis, Jon Langford, And A Housekeeping How-To

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 8:03am

On a "rigged" Wall Street, milliseconds make all the difference. Jon Langford sings our impulse to destroy. And new cleaning guide that will help even with the embarrassing stains.

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The Politics Of Passing 1964's Civil Rights Act

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:03am

The act, which turns 50 this year, ended the era of legal segregation in public accommodations, like restaurants and hotels.

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Carlene Carter Carries The Heavy Burden Of History Lightly

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:02am

The country singer treats the classic songs on her new album like living, vital pieces of art that can withstand being taken apart, thought about and re-imagined.

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HBO Fills Sunday Night Lineup With Entertaining Power Struggles

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 2:19pm

This week, HBO airs the season premieres of two returning series — Game of Thrones and Veep -- and launches a new series called Silicon Valley. Fresh Air's TV critic has seen them all.

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Embarrassing Stains? This Housekeeping Guide Gets That Life Is Messy

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 2:06pm

Jerry Seinfeld joked that if you have bloodstains on your clothes, you have bigger problems than the laundry. But Jolie Kerr helps with all the stains in a new book, My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag.

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While Warning Of Chinese Cyberthreat, U.S. Launches Its Own Attack

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:00pm

The NSA managed to penetrate the networks of the giant Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei, documents show. Journalist David Sanger says cyber-espionage is an "entirely new field of conflict."

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Jon Langford Sings Our Impulse To Destroy

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:57am

The Mekons and Waco Brothers veteran often places his left-wing politics front and center in his music and his art. Here Be Monsters has a way of mixing pretty melodies with harsh criticisms.

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On A 'Rigged' Wall Street, Milliseconds Make All The Difference

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:28pm

"The stock market is rigged," Michael Lewis says. In his new book Flash Boys, he describes how computerized transactions known as high-frequency trading are creating an uneven playing field.

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This Tightly Choreographed Tale Of Ambition And Ballet Will 'Astonish'

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:00am

Maggie Shipstead tells the story of a disciplined dancer who can't make it into the spotlight. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Shipstead is "Edith Wharton with a millennial generation edge."

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Son Of A Secret Smuggler Digs Up The Truth About His Dad

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 2:46pm

Tony Dokoupil's father was once busted for distributing enough marijuana "to roll a joint for every college-age person in America." In The Last Pirate, Dokoupil reflects on his dad's time as a dealer.

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Fight Sound With Sound: Grateful Dead's Arena Combat

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:51am

In 1974, sound engineer Owsley Stanley crafted a superior live experience with an enormous conglomeration of amps and speakers called the Wall of Sound. Dave's Picks Volume 9 captures this era.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Bryan Cranston, 'Redeployment' And A New Yorker Cartoonist

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 8:00am

Cranston reinvents himself post-Breaking Bad; former Marine Phil Klay explores his Iraq experience through short stories; Bob Mankoff says humor is both a creative and a cognitive process.

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In 'Noah,' Earth And The Bible Get A Computer-Generated Reboot

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 10:00am

Darren Aronofsky's latest film is a big-budget Bible story called, simply, Noah. Russell Crowe plays the title character, and the movie also features Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson.

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'The Good Wife' Delivers A Game-Changing Stunner

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 10:00am

Last Sunday, the CBS drama delivered something major and unexpected. If you don't know what happened, and don't wish to, you may not want to listen, but Fresh Air's critic has a lot to say about it.

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'The Fall Of The House Of Dixie' Built A New U.S.

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 10:00am

In a his book, historian Bruce Levine says that from the destruction of the South emerged an entirely new country, making the Civil War equivalent to a second American Revolution.

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From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:00am

While Breaking Bad fans were watching him portray Walt in the series' final episodes, Cranston was already reinventing himself — playing Lyndon B. Johnson in the play All the Way.

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'Sleep Donation': A Dark, Futuristic Lullaby For Insomniacs

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:00am

Karen Russell's new book imagines a mysterious insomnia epidemic so serious that many are dying from lack of sleep. But the cure — sleep donations from babies — is hard to swallow.

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