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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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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Inside Out,' Shamir Bailey And 'The End Of Plenty'

Sat, 06/13/2015 - 10:06am

Director Pete Docter gets emotional in the animated film Inside Out. Singer and songwriter Shamir Bailey releases his debut album. And Joel Bourne explores whether the world is running out of food.

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Listen Back To A 1990 Interview With Actor Christopher Lee

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:42am

Christopher Lee died Sunday in London at the age of 93. He had more than 250 TV and film appearances, and was best known for his roles in Dracula and Star Wars. In 1990 he was working on Gremlins 2.

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Michael Gibbs And Bill Frisell Team Up On A New Big Band Record

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:42am

In the 1970s guitarist Bill Frisell was a student of jazz composer and arranger Michael Gibbs at Boston's Berklee College of Music. This is the album some Frisell fans have been wishing for.

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A 'Wolfpack' Of Brothers Who Met The World Through Movies

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:42am

This stunning film follows the Angulo brothers, whose father kept them locked inside a New York apartment. But their father loved movies, and the pulpy, violent films he showed them were a lifeline.

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Fresh Air Remembers Jazz Innovator Ornette Coleman

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:42am

Coleman died Thursday, at the age of 85. We'll listen back to a 1987 conversation with the saxophonist and composer, as well as interviews with members of his quartet, Don Cherry and Charlie Haden.

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Shamir Bailey Invites Everyone In, With Plenty Of Pop Star Potential

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 12:03pm

The young singer and songwriter lets his voice soar on his debut album, Ratchet. Rock critic Ken Tucker says it's one of the year's most striking collections, full of energy and optimism.

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Journalist Explores How Conservative Allies Paved Way For Walker's Candidacy

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 12:03pm

Patrick Healy writes that Gov. Scott Walker is a product of a loose network of conservative donors, think tanks and talk radio hosts who spent years preparing the road for his likely presidential run.

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What's A Thamakau? Spelling Bee Is More About Entertainment Than English

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 12:03pm

Linguist Geoff Nunberg says it's fitting that the Scripps National Spelling Bee is broadcast by ESPN. (And, by the way, a thamakau is a kind of canoe used in Fiji.)

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It's All In Your Head: Director Pete Docter Gets Emotional In 'Inside Out'

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 1:16pm

The new film illustrates the inner workings of an 11-year-old's mind. Her emotions — Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Joy — are the stars, voiced by the likes of Amy Poehler and Louis Black.

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For Comedian Kumail Nanjiani, Getting Personal Is Complicated

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 12:50pm

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Nanjiani moved to the U.S. for college. "I have a very conflicted relationship to where I'm from ..." he says. "It's still a struggle to negotiate some of it."

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Remembering Les Paul, On What Would Have Been His 100th Birthday

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 12:49pm

Les Paul, a guitar legend and music innovator, died in 2009 at the age of 94. To mark what would have been his 100th birthday, we'll listen back to a conversation he had with Terry Gross in 1992.

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India's 1947 Partition And The 'Deadly Legacy' That Persists To This Day

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 12:49pm

In his new book, Midnight's Furies, Nisid Hajari describes the riots and massacres that ensued after Pakistan was established as a separate state, and how those tensions are still playing out.

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New Release Brings Overdue Recognition For Soul Singer Jackie Moore

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 12:16pm

Much of Moore's music was unreleased at the time of recording and some of her best work didn't get the attention it deserved. A double disc compilation of her recordings has just been released.

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As Global Population Grows, Is The Earth Reaching The 'End Of Plenty'?

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 12:16pm

In his new book journalist Joel Bourne says humanity is facing a major problem: The world is running out of food. There are promising developments to meet the threat, he says, but time is running out.

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Bombs Blast And Time Marches On In 'A God In Ruins'

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 12:16pm

Kate Atkinson's novel both mourns the passing of the World War II generation and allows readers to vicariously enter into the experience of the war. It's a companion to her 2013 book, Life After Life.

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