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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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'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs

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

In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it, lucidly tracing the moral, political and psychological curlicues of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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How Crimea's Annexation Plays To Russians' Soviet Nostalgia

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:00am

For those who viewed the end of the Soviet Union as a tragedy, Crimea was a chance to showcase Russia's strength. Now Russia may have changed its relationship with the outside world for years to come.

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'Thief' Delivers An Unfiltered Depiction Of Life In Lagos

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:00am

Teju Cole's latest book describes a young New York doctor's visit back to his Nigerian hometown, where he encounters a Clockwork Orange world of misery and corruption.

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After A Painful Year, Bud Powell's Triumpant 1953 Return

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:31pm

On Feb. 5, 1953, Powell was uncommunicative face to face at the New York jazz club Birdland. But when he sat at the keys, it was a whole other story.

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New Yorker Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us 'Get It'

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:01pm

Humor is both a creative and a cognitive process, says Bob Mankoff, who has contributed cartoons to The New Yorker since 1977. His memoir is called How About Never — Is Never Good For You?

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Blood Will Out,' An Opera Powerhouse And A Reading

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 8:00am

Author Walter Kirn explores the depths of Clark Rockefeller's deception, mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick reflects on her career and Lloyd Schwartz shares a poem about friendship and loss.

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Criminologist Believes Violent Behavior Is Biological

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 10:00am

Adrian Raine argues that violent behavior has biological roots just like depression or schizophrenia. This raises questions about treatment, accountability and punishment, including the death penalty.

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'Nymphomaniac': Chasing Sex, But Only On Her Terms

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 8:59pm

Charlotte Gainsbourg and newcomer Stacy Martin anchor Lars von Trier's four-hour inquiry into the nature of impulse and desire.

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