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NBC Hostage Drama 'Crisis' Takes Viewers On A Rare TV Trip

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:00am

The show's season-long crime story follows a busload of kids whose field trip gets detoured by kidnappers. Critic David Bianculli says it could wind up being just as good — and intense-- as 24.

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In Digestion: Mary Roach Explains What Happens To The Food We Eat

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:00am

With books like Stiff and Spook, Roach has built a reputation for making unpalatable subjects entertaining. In Gulp, she tackles the human digestive system, from the mouth on down.

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For Sandy Hook Killer's Father, Tragedy Outweighs Love For His Son

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 10:00am

Peter Lanza opened up to writer Andrew Solomon about Adam's life and how he tried to help him. Solomon says, "[Peter] would've liked to save the world and himself from the horror of what happened. "

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Box Set Illustrates Clifford Jordan's Impeccable Taste In Musicians

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 10:00am

Starting in the late 1960s, the jazz saxophonist produced a series of recordings that came out on the musicians-owned Strata-East label. Those seven albums are now collected in a box set.

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A Poetry Reading: 'To My Oldest Friend, Whose Silence Is Like A Death'

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 10:00am

Fresh Air's classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz recently published a poem about friendship and loss on Poets.org.

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Wes Anderson: 'We Made A Pastiche' Of Eastern Europe's Greatest Hits

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 10:00am

The Grand Budapest Hotel takes place in the fictional European country of Zobrowka on the eve of war. Anderson shot much of the film in Germany, drawing inspiration from the surrounding landscape.

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Angel Olsen: A Voice Of Confounding Power

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 10:00am

Olsen has often been called a folk singer, but Ken Tucker says her new album — her first with a backing band — takes her music into an unclassifiable realm.

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For Working Moms, Key To Balance May Lie In Elusive Leisure Time

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 10:00am

If waiting for help when your car breaks down doesn't strike you as a leisurely activity, it may be time to reconsider. A new book looks at time management challenges of being a working parent.

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

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:00am

Author Walter Kirn thought he was befriending an eccentric Rockefeller, but his pal turned out to be an impostor wanted for murder. Kirn's new book explores the depths of that deception.

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Fresh Air Weekend: WWII Filmmakers, Kevin Young And Solitary Confinement

Sat, 03/08/2014 - 8:00am

A look at how the military and Hollywood teamed up during World War II; poet Kevin Young says his new book has a blues sensibility; and how California convicts organized a statewide hunger strike.

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Fresh Air Remembers Surgeon And 'How We Die' Author Sherwin Nuland

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 1:33pm

Nuland's book won a National Book Award and impacted the national debate about end-of-life care. He died on Monday at 83. Nuland spoke to Fresh Air in 1994.

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'Americanah' Author Explains 'Learning' To Be Black In The U.S.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 1:32pm

When Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie moved from Nigeria to the U.S., she was suddenly confronted with what it meant to be a person of color in America. Her novel explores race in contemporary America.

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'Grand Budapest Hotel': Kitsch, Cameos And A Gloriously Stylized Europe

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:00am

Wes Anderson's new feature takes place at a resort hotel, between World Wars I and II. Fresh Air's critic says the visuals are so witty they transcend camp, but the dialogue isn't quite at that level.

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Pharrell, Just Exhilaratingly Happy

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 10:00am

To hear GIRL, you'd think Pharrell's world consisted of grooving on catchy beats and flirting with women. It's a lightweight image leant gravitas by his prolific work ethic.

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How Four Inmates Launched A Statewide Hunger Strike From Solitary

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 10:00am

The California convicts overcame the extreme isolation of their imprisonment to organize a 30,000-prisoner-strong movement. Their goal? To end long-term incarceration in solitary confinement.

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'Schmuck' Revisits The Golden Age Of Radio, And A Bygone Manhattan

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 10:00am

Ross Klavan's novel follows two radio sidekicks in midcentury New York: golden-voiced straight man Ted Fox, who has an eye for a good-looking dame, and funnyman Jerry Elkin, a veteran of World War II.

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The Case For Tammany Hall Being On The Right Side Of History

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 10:00am

In a new book, Terry Golway takes a sympathetic view of Manhattan's infamous political machine. He says, "Tammany Hall was there for the poor immigrant who was otherwise friendless in New York."

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Fresh Air Remembers Literary Biographer Justin Kaplan

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 10:00am

Kaplan died Sunday at 88. His biography of Mark Twain won a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize. He also edited two editions of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. Kaplan spoke to Fresh Air in 1992.

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By The Time Your Car Goes Driverless, You Won't Know The Difference

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 10:00am

The once-futuristic concept is closer than ever to becoming a reality. Parallel parking? Let the car find the perfect approach. Squeezing into a tight space? Hop out and use your smart phone.

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Kevin Young On Blues, Poetry And 'Laughing To Keep From Crying'

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 10:00am

The poet describes his new book — about the death of his father and the birth of his son — as having a blues sensibility. "There are moments of humor even in the sorrow," he says.

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