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Those Yoga Poses May Not Be Ancient After All, And Maybe That's OK

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 1:35pm

In her new book, Michelle Goldberg traces the Western practice of yoga to a Russian woman named Indra Devi. Goldberg says that many of the poses in modern yoga can't be traced beyond 150 years ago.

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Apple's Watch: A Timepiece Designed To Give You Back Your Time

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 9:50am

Apple's newest product is a screen on your wrist, with its own operating system and software. Tech correspondent Alexis Madrigal calls the Apple Watch "a powerful extension of what your phone can do."

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Fresh Air Weekend: David Oyelowo, Highlights (And Lowlights) Of Cannes

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 8:03am

British-born Nigerian actor David Oyelowo talks about playing an American veteran in Nightingale. John Powers returns from the French film festival to discuss this year's new international films.

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Are DVD Box Sets A Dying Business? Studios Hope The Answer Is 'Not Yet'

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 2:02pm

As viewers turn to streaming sites to watch old TV shows, studios are issuing new DVD box sets of classic shows to a shrinking market. Critic Dave Bianculli suggests a few sets that are worth buying.

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In 'Moone Boy,' Actor Chris O'Dowd Shares Memories Of Growing Up Irish

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 2:02pm

The Irish actor appeared in the film Bridesmaids and the TV series Girls. The third season of O'Dowd's British comedy series Moone Boy was recently released on Hulu. Originally broadcast May 29, 2014.

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Joanna Gruesome's 'Peanut Butter' Rises Above The Band's Gimmicky Name

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 2:02pm

The Welsh band's name is a play on that of singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom. Ken Tucker likens the group's second album to a high-wire act accompanied by "furiously strummed punk-rock guitar chords."

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David Oyelowo On Acting, His Royal Roots And The One Role He Won't Take

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 1:33pm

The British-born Nigerian actor talks about playing an American veteran in Nightingale, the reasons he stays in character for weeks at a time and his aversion to playing "the black best friend."

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For Actress Maria Bello, Family May Be Complicated, But 'Love Is Love'

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:23pm

In her memoir Whatever ... Love is Love, Bello describes the evolution of her "modern family," which includes her romantic partner (a woman), her adolescent son and her son's father.

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A Critic Takes On Cannes: Highlights (And Lowlights) Of The 2015 Festival

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:22am

Critic John Powers returns from the French film festival to talk about this year's new international films. Top among his picks is The Assassin, a martial arts film by director Hou Hsiao-Hsien.

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A Neurosurgeon Reflects On The 'Awe And Mystery' Of The Brain

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 1:30pm

In his memoir Do No Harm, Henry Marsh confesses to the uncertainties he's dealt with as a surgeon, revisits his triumphs and failures and reflects on the enigmas of the brain and consciousness.

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Revisiting The Crystal Clarity Created By The 'Decca Sound' Revolution

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 1:25pm

In the 1940s, recording engineers perfected new sound techniques that were used in World War II — and which launched a hi-fi revolution. Lloyd Schwartz reviews the new 53-CD Decca box set.

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Philip Glass On Legacy: 'The Future ... It's All Around Us'

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 8:03am

For the composer, life is how the past and the future connect. Glass' memoir, Words Without Music, looks back on his childhood, travels and music. Originally broadcast April 6, 2015.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Marc Maron Interviews Terry Gross, Letterman's Producer

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 8:03am

WTF host Marc Maron asks the Fresh Air host about her childhood, her start in radio and her record-strewn apartment; Rob Burnett recounts the silly and somber moments of his tenure with the Late Show.

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The Future Is Bright In The Time-And-Space Twisting 'Tomorrowland'

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:36pm

Brad Bird's new sci-fi adventure film features George Clooney, Britt Robertson and an endless sense of possibilities. David Edelstein says the film makes a "near-hysterical case" against pessimism.

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How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:36pm

In So We Read On, Maureen Corrigan looks at the story behind The Great Gatsby, from F. Scott Fitzgerald's life to the era in which it's set. Originally broadcast Sept. 8, 2014.

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Letterman Signs Off, With A Heartfelt Guest-Filled Finale

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 2:07pm

Last night, after 33 years on TV as a late-night talk show host, David Letterman presented his final program. David Bianculli says Letterman's final show was a strong end to an illustrious career.

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Letterman's Executive Producer: 'He's Meant A Lot To A Lot Of People'

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 2:05pm

Rob Burnett started working with David Letterman as an intern in 1985. He talks with Terry Gross about the absurd and somber moments of his three-decade tenure with the Late Show.

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Terry Gross To Marc Maron: 'Life Is Harder Than Radio'

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:51pm

The WTF host asks the Fresh Air host about her childhood, her start in radio and her record-strewn apartment. Gross says Maron's "no bulls***" style made her feel comfortable opening up.

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Reporting On Rape Kit Backlog Leads To New Law And Arrests In Ohio

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 1:04pm

While researching sexual assaults for Cleveland's The Plain Dealer, Rachel Dissell unearthed a backlog of untested rape kits dating back to 1993. Ohio has since mandated the testing of these kits.

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Elizabeth Banks On Success: 'You Don't Get What You Don't Ask For'

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 1:01pm

The Hunger Games actress and Pitch Perfect 2 director also runs her own production company. Her secret to success? "I raise my hand a lot," Banks tells Fresh Air's Ann Marie Baldonado.

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