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Fresh Air Weekend: Norman Lear, A Review Of Basement Tapes, Jon Stewart

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:03am

Lear, co-creator of All In The Family, talks about his new memoir; Ken Tucker reviews an album of musicians using Bob Dylan's lyrics; Stewart talks about his future hosting the Daily Show.

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Fresh Air Remembers Film And Broadway Director Mike Nichols

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:21pm

Nichols directed such movies as The Graduate and Birdcage and Broadway musicals such as Spamalot. He won nine Tony Awards. Nichols died Wednesday at 83. He talked with Terry Gross in 2001.

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For Alan Cumming, Life Is (Once Again) A Cabaret

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:21pm

This is the third time Cumming has starred in the musical. He talks about the new production — everything from his costume (which he calls a "Wonder Bra" for men) to the darker themes of the show.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic'

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:09pm

When journalist Alec MacGillis started looking into McConnell's early politics, he says he was "startled" by how moderate the Republican used to be. The book traces McConnell's shift to the right.

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

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:09pm

In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it. On Wednesday, he won the National Book Award for fiction.

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Jon Stewart On The 'Daily Show': 'I'm Still Really Proud Of The Work We Do'

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:45pm

Stewart talks about his future hosting the show known for its political satire. "It is unclear to me," he tells Fresh Air. "The minute I say I'm not going to do it anymore, I will miss it like crazy."

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Bob Dylan's Atmosphere Captured In New Basement Tapes

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:45pm

A batch of lyrics that Bob Dylan wrote in the late 1960s were given by Dylan to producer T-Bone Burnett, who came up with the idea to have some contemporary musicians set the words to music.

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Bennett Miller On Making The True-Life Crime Film 'Foxcatcher'

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:45pm

Foxcatcher is about wealthy heir John du Pont who hosted Olympians on his estate. The director talks about casting Steve Carrell, the challenge of filming wrestling scenes and his film Capote.

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Norman Lear Looks Back On His Long Life In 'Even This I Get To Experience'

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:33pm

Lear, who co-created All In The Family, has written a new memoir at the age of 92. He tells Fresh Air about getting involved in politics and how his storylines addressed subjects like racism.

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How A Feud Between Two Russian Companies Fueled A 'Spam Nation'

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:33pm

Brian Krebs' new book tells the story of how two companies groomed spammers, and then destroyed each other. In the process, Krebs got access to documents that illuminated how cybercriminals operate.

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An In-Depth Look At The U.S. Cyber War, The Military Alliance And Its Pitfalls

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:18pm

In the book @War, Shane Harris reports that U.S. intelligence agencies, sometimes aided by corporations, are trying to dominate cyberspace. It's "changing the Internet in fundamental ways," he says.

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Holy Smokes 'Batman,' The '60s Series Is Out On DVD

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:18pm

Various rights issues kept the original Batman from home-video release until now. Young viewers may be surprised by its pop-art sensibility, vibrant colors — and that it was played for laughs.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Jon Stewart, Peter Mendelsund And A Review Of Bob Dylan

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 8:03am

Stewart talks about his debut film Rosewater; Mendelsund discusses how he designs book covers; Ed Ward reviews Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes.

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Eric Hofbauer Takes On Stravinsky, Messiaen

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:56pm

The Boston jazz guitarist tackles the Rite of Spring and Quartet for the End of Time on a pair of new CDs.

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'Foxcatcher': A Bloated True-Crime Story Based On Wealthy Heir John du Pont

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:56pm

The film is based on du Pont's fraught relationship with two Olympic wrestlers. Wealth isn't enough — his identity hinges on winning. It's a fascinating case study, but as drama, it's one sick joke.

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'Getting On' With It: A New HBO Show Doesn't Tiptoe Around Death

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:56pm

Set in the geriatric extended-care wing of a California hospital, Getting On is a different kind of workplace comedy. Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer adapted the show from a BBC series.

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Jon Stewart's Debut Film Shows 'Humor Survives' In The Bleakest Conditions

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:32pm

Rosewater is based on Maziar Bahari's experience of being tortured in an Iranian prison. "His humor sustained him," the Daily Show host says. "And I found that incredibly empowering."

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Author Richard Ford Says 'Let Me Be Frank' About Aging And Dying

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 1:20pm

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer's new book centers on Frank Bascombe, a 68-year-old man dealing with his aging body, a dying friend and his ex-wife, who has Parkinson's.

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Bob Dylan's 'Basement Tapes' Formed A Legend

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 1:20pm

During a hiatus, some tapes surfaced of new songs Bob Dylan been writing: the infamous Basement Tapes. These songs have been collected in a box set.

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Oliver Lake: New Music Grounded In Old Truths

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 3:50pm

Since the 1970s, Lake has led numerous bands of his own, including an occasional big band, and an organ quartet. That organ group is one to watch.

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