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How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 12:16pm

Writer Arthur Allen describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis. Originally broadcast July 22, 2014.

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Leon Bridges Offers Retro R&B With A Twist In 'Coming Home'

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 2:15pm

The Texas-raised singer connects to R&B music from the past — and challenges himself to give it an updated sound — in his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says Bridges' album packs an emotional punch.

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How A Historical Blunder Helped Create The Water Crisis In The West

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 2:06pm

In 1922, seven states drew up a plan for dividing the waters of the Colorado River. But they overestimated how much water the river could provide — and now 40 million Americans face a water crisis.

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'Project Fatherhood' Teaches Parenting Skills To Inner-City Dads

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 1:05pm

Mike Cummings and Jorja Leap are working with men in Los Angeles — many of whom are former gang members — to help them find something that was missing from their lives as they grew up: fatherhood.

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'Patience And Fortitude' And The Fight To Save NYC's Storied Public Library

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 1:05pm

In his new book, Scott Sherman describes how bottom-line business logic nearly gutted New York's preeminent public library. Maureen Corrigan calls it a "slim, smart book" full of colorful characters.

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Algerian Writer Kamel Daoud Stands Camus' 'The Stranger' On Its Head

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 12:45pm

His first novel, The Meursault Investigation, Kamel Daoud retells The Stranger from an Arab perspective. John Powers says that Daoud's retelling will forever change the way you read the Camus classic.

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'Me And Earl' Director Taces Path From Scorsese's Assistant To Sundance

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 12:45pm

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl won the audience award and the grand jury prize at Sundance. He talks about how losing his dad shaped his approach to the film.

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Could The Masterpiece Be A Fake? Profit, Revenge And 'The Art Of Forgery'

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 12:45pm

The art world is "fertile ground for criminals," says art scholar Noah Charney. In his new book, The Art of Forgery, he traces a tradition of fakes and forgeries that dates back to the Renaissance.

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Listen Back To A 1988 Conversation With Composer Gunther Schuller

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 1:03pm

The composer, conductor, teacher and music historian who coined the term Third Stream for his synthesis of jazz and classical music, died Sunday in Boston from complications of leukemia. He was 89.

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Obama Visits Marc Maron's Garage; Cats Annoyed They Were Shut In Bedroom

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 1:03pm

Several months ago, the White House contacted the comedian to see if he'd be interested in having the president as his guest. "I just didn't think that it would ever happen," Maron says.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Apatow, 'Inside Out,' And Kumail Nanjiani

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 10:22am

Judd Apatow discusses his new book Sick in the Head; critic Justin Chang says the Pixar movie Inside Out reduced him to a sobbing wreck; and a conversation with comedian Kumail Nanjiani.

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Pixar's 'Inside Out' Is A Mind-Opening Masterpiece

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 12:26pm

Director Pete Docter had the idea for this movie a little over five years ago after he saw his own 11-year-old daughter become sad and tried to imagine how the world looked through her eyes.

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Jacqueline Woodson On Growing Up, Coming Out And Saying Hi To Strangers

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 12:26pm

Woodson, the author of the young adult novel Brown Girl Dreaming, says that growing up in South Carolina, she knew that the safest place was with her family. Originally broadcast Dec. 10, 2014.

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'Love & Mercy' Brings The Life Of Brian Wilson To The Big Screen

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 12:46pm

Screenwriter Oren Moverman talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about the film's depiction of the Beach Boy's troubled life. We'll also listen back to an interview Gross recorded with Wilson in 1988.

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HBO's New Sunday Lineup Is Full Of Pleasant Surprises

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 12:06pm

Ballers feels like the football equivalent of the hip-hop world of Empire, and The Brink is reminiscent of Dr. Strangelove, but has its own modern take on the nonsense of war.

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Judd Apatow: A Comedy-Obsessed Kid Becomes 'Champion Of The Goofball'

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 12:06pm

When Apatow was a teen he landed interviews with an impressive roster of comics for his high school radio show. Sick in the Head is a collection of those conversations, and more recent ones as well.

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What Etgar Keret Learned From His Father About Storytelling And Survival

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 12:29pm

The Seven Good Years spans the time between the birth of his son and the death of his father. Keret says his father, who was a Holocaust survivor, taught him to "look reality straight in the face."

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Dawes' New Album Grapples With Regret Without Getting You Down

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 2:18pm

The California quartet, led by lead vocalist and main songwriter Taylor Goldsmith, has a new album called "All Your Favorite Bands." It explores sadness and doubt without being downbeat.

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Morally Messy Stories, Exquisitely Told, In Mia Alvar's 'In The Country'

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 2:18pm

Alvar was born in Manila and grew up in Bahrain and New York City. Her back story is shared by many of her Filipino characters in her debut short story collection.

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Fueled By Fear, How Richard Nixon Became 'One Man Against The World'

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 2:14pm

In his new book, New York Times journalist Tim Weiner paints a portrait of a president overwhelmed by wars at home and abroad, whose self-destructive behavior resulted in "political suicide."

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