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The 'Mad Men' Ending: A 'Twisted' And 'Perfect' Conclusion

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 1:08pm

After all eight seasons of drama, the TV series about men and women in advertising ended with a full-length ad. TV critic David Bianculli says the conclusion was "so unexpected, yet so appropriate."

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Ramon Valle's 'Take Off' Lands Like 'Spun Sugar On An Already Sweet Cake'

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 1:08pm

Despite its clarity and cohesion, Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says the new album from Cuban pianist Ramon Valle and his trio is half knock-out, half schmaltzy.

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Attention White-Collar Workers: The Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 1:05pm

The machines have long been used in manufacturing, but Martin Ford, author of Rise of the Robots, says they're now poised to replace humans as teachers, lawyers and even journalists.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Contemplating Life, Sex And Elevators In Space

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 8:03am

Astronomer Chris Impey discusses the future of space travel, sex in space and the connection between science and Buddhism. Originally broadcast May 11, 2015.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Tom Brokaw Reflects On His 'Lucky Life'

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 8:03am

The former NBC anchorman says his multiple myeloma diagnosis two years ago made him "more conscious of the fact that the days are more numbered." Originally broadcast May 13, 2015.

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Heavy-Handed And Preachy, 'Good Kill' Misses Its Mark

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 8:03am

Andrew Niccol's film follows an Air Force commander engaged in state-of-the-art drone warfare. Justin Chang says the movie feels more like "a series of talking points than a fully developed drama."

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Souped-Up Vehicles And Road Warriors Reign In 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 2:04pm

It has been 36 years since the first Mad Max film crash landed into theaters. David Edelsein says the forth installment of the series is "basically one long chase with ever more insane variables."

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B.B. King On Life, Plantation Living And His 'Droopy-Drawers' Sound

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 2:00pm

"I developed in my head that I'm never any better than my last concert or the last time I played," B.B. King told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 1996.

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Historian Says Don't 'Sanitize' How Our Government Created The Ghettos

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:16pm

Historian Richard Rothstein studies residential segregation in America. His conclusion: "federal, state and local governments purposely created racial boundaries in these cities."

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Country Hit Writer Chris Stapleton Breaks Out On His Own In 'Traveller'

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:06pm

The Nashville songwriter has written countless hits for other artists. Critic Ken Tucker says that Stapleton's debut solo album showcases a wide range of musical styles with a distinctive sound.

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'The In Crowd': An Audience-Fueled Jazz-Pop Crossover Hit

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 1:53pm

Fifty years ago in a Washington, DC nightclub, the Ramsey Lewis Trio recorded "The In Crowd," a rare jazz single that landed on the pop charts. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the fans were half the show.

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Tom Brokaw Reflects On Cancer, 'Nightly News' And His 'Lucky Life'

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 1:53pm

The former NBC anchorman says his multiple myeloma diagnosis two years ago made him "more conscious of the fact that the days are more numbered." His new memoir is A Lucky Life Interrupted.

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Misadventures And Absurdist Charm Take Root In 'George Orwell's House'

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 12:40pm

In Andrew Ervin's comic novel, a disillusioned advertising executive rents the cottage once inhabited by dystopian author George Owell. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the funny book has a serious core.

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Making Art Out Of Bodies: Sally Mann Reflects On Life And Photography

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 1:31pm

Mann has published pictures that show her young children naked, her husband's muscular dystrophy and dead bodies decomposing. She reflects on her life and work in a new memoir called Hold Still.

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An Indian Coming-Of-Age Trilogy, Restored To Its 'True Splendor'

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 1:03pm

Indian director Satyajit Ray first came to prominence in the '50s with the three films known as The Apu Trilogy. John Powers says that even half a century later, the films "still expand our horizons."

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The Great 'Beyond': Contemplating Life, Sex And Elevators In Space

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 12:51pm

Astronomer Chris Impey discusses the future of space travel, sex in space and the connection between science and Buddhism. Impey is the author of Beyond: Our Future in Space.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Inside 'Mad Men'; British Pulp Fiction; Youth Sports

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 8:03am

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner talks about the end of the road for Don Draper; John Powers reviews Ted Lewis' GBH; Baseball's Mike Matheny talks about his career and the pressures of youth sports.

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Schwarzenegger Meets Zombies In A Haunting, Slow-Paced New Film

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 12:35pm

The zombie movie Maggie examines an array of cultural anxieties such as plague, environmental catastrophe and big government. Critic David Edelstein says the film is more art flick than blockbuster.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Mystery Novelist Ruth Rendell

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 12:35pm

The British author wrote crime novels for 50 years, many featuring Chief Inspector "Reg" Wexford. Rendell died May 2. Originally broadcast in 1989 and 2005.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Soul Singer Ben E. King

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 12:35pm

The crooner sang lead for the Drifters and became famous for the classic hit "Stand By Me." King died April 30th. Fresh Air remembers him with this interview. Originally broadcast in 1988.

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