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Pregnant Women With Depression Face Tough Choices, No Easy Answers

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 1:54pm

Andrew Solomon, the author of The Noonday Demon, discusses the challenges of pregnancy for women who are depressed. The long-term effects of antidepressants taken during pregnancy are unclear.

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Malian Bandleader Bassekou Kouyate Merges Rock And Soul In 'Ba Power'

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 3:35pm

The new album by the veteran musician and his band Ngoni Ba conveys the restless march of time and the transience of all human conditions. Milo Miles calls it "the most satisfying sort of catchy."

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Infiltrating 'The Dark Net', Where Criminals, Trolls And Extremists Reign

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 3:34pm

Jamie Bartlett exposes an encrypted underworld to the Internet in his book The Dark Net: "Anybody with something to hide, whether it's for good reasons or for ill, finds a very natural home there."

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Four Books That Deliver Unexpected And Delightful Surprises This Summer

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 12:12pm

Travel (near and far), literary souvenirs and the crucial companionship of humankind's best friend are the subjects of the books on Maureen Corrigan's early summer reading list.

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The Gary Peacock Trio Balances Introspection And Drive In 'Now This'

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 12:12pm

Bassist Gary Peacock, pianist Marc Copland and drummer Joey Baron bring an airy, elastic swing to their new album, Now This. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the players pull the melodies together well.

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Actress Carey Mulligan Stands Out Amid The 'Madding Crowd'

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 12:12pm

The English actress has been nominated for a Tony Award for her role in the Broadway revival of Skylight. She also stars in the film adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel Far From the Madding Crowd.

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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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