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'Displacement': The Frustrations, Fears And Absurdities Of A Cruise Upended

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:57pm

When Lucy Knisley agreed to go on a Caribbean cruise with her grandparents, she didn't know she'd spend 10 days basically keeping them alive. She writes about it in her new cartoon memoir.

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The Creepy, Crawly World Of Bedbugs And How They Have 'Infested' Homes

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:56pm

Brooke Borel's new book describes the history of bedbugs and how they hide, bite and reproduce. Borel, who has combated them herself, says an infestation "does mess with your mind a little bit."

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Tracing The Roots Of 'The Brothers' And The Boston Marathon Bombing

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 2:06pm

As the jurors start deliberations Tuesday whether to convict Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Masha Gessen says there are still some "gaping holes" in the case. Her new book is The Brothers.

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Billie Holiday's Voice Was Always Her Own

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 1:51pm

Holiday was born 100 years ago Tuesday in Philadelphia. Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead has some thoughts on Holiday's changing style, her influences, and singers she influenced.

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

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 2:18pm

For the composer, life is how the past and the future connect. Glass' new memoir, Words Without Music, looks back on his childhood, travels through Asia and when his music provoked violence.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Russell T. Davies, Captain Beefheart And Bruce Eric Kaplan

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 8:03am

Davies, who made Queer As Folk, has two new shows premiering in the U.S.: Cucumber and Banana; Critic Ken Tucker profiles the band Captain Beefheart; Kaplan's new illustrated memoir is I Was A Child.

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The PBS Version Of 'Wolf Hall' Unfolds Like A Real-Life House Of Cards

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 2:13pm

The show, based on Hilary Mantel's acclaimed novel, stars Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's chief minister. Critic John Powers says it's darkly lit, finely acted and thoroughly compelling.

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Mantel Takes Up Betrayal, Beheadings In 'Bodies'

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 2:13pm

Hilary Mantel is the first woman to win the Man Booker Prize twice, first for her 2009 novel, Wolf Hall, and also for its 2012 sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. She discusses the books with Terry Gross.

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'New Yorker' Cartoonist And TV Producer Writes 'Honest Portrait' Of His Parents

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 1:32pm

Bruce Eric Kaplan's illustrated memoir I Was A Child describes his life in Maplewood, N.J., in the '60s and '70s. He says it's a way of keeping his parents alive, "not just for me, but for the world."

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In Her Life After John, Cynthia Lennon Didn't Stop Loving Him

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 1:25pm

John Lennon's first wife died Wednesday at 75. In 1985, Cynthia Lennon talked with Fresh Air about her marriage to John, going on tour to America, and meeting Yoko Ono.

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New Frank Sinatra Documentary Charts His Professional Ups And Downs

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:50pm

Alex Gibney intersperses recently unearthed concert footage from 1971 with vintage and newly recorded interviews to make Sinatra: All or Nothing At All. It's illuminating and by no means a puff piece.

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Rare Latin Grooves Excavated In Anthology

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:50pm

The mostly instrumental cuts draw on salsa, funk, soul and rock from vintage and new performers.

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From 'Banana' To 'Cucumber,' New Series Spans The Spectrum Of Sex

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:50pm

Cucumber tells the adventures of a middle-aged gay man; Banana is a series of short stories. Russell T. Davies, who made Queer As Folk, says the titles came from a scientific institute in Switzerland.

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Alabama Judge Says Raising Money To Be Elected Is 'Tawdry'

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:15pm

Mixing judges with campaign contributions can lead to conflicts of interest. Fresh Air talks to retired Judge Sue Bell Cobb and the Center for American Progress' Billy Corriher.

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No Hits, No Problem: Captain Beefheart's Major Label Run

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:15pm

In 1970, Warner Bros. Records had an unusual philosophy: they'd sign artists and, instead of wanting a hit single immediately, they'd develop them over several albums. Hence, Captain Beefheart.

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Open A Critic's 'Poetry Notebook' And Find The Works That Shaped Him

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 2:29pm

Clive James was diagnosed with leukemia a few years ago. "There is a grief in all poetry," he writes in his latest book of essays. "Poetry holds itself together, and eventually we ourselves do not."

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Art Pepper's Startling Intensity Captured On Live Recordings

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 2:29pm

Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says that Art Pepper played like he was making up for lost time.

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How 'One Nation' Didn't Become 'Under God' Until The '50s Religious Revival

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 2:29pm

Kevin Kruse's book looks at how industrialists in the '30s and '40s recruited clergy to preach free enterprise. And under the Eisenhower administration, Christianity and capitalism moved center stage.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Graham Yost, Review Of Courtney Barnett, 'American Crime'

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 8:03am

Graham Yost stays true to writer Elmore Leonard while making the FX show Justified; Ken Tucker reviews Barnett's first full album; creator John Ridley and actor Benito Martinez discuss American Crime.

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In 'While We're Young,' The Border Between Ridicule And Sympathy Is Thin

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:09pm

Noah Baumbach's new comedy is about a couple in their 40s who befriend 20-something hipsters and go wild. It gets off to a fun start, but two-thirds of the way through takes a surprising turn.

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