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Remembering Ruth Rendell, Master Of Smart And Socially Aware Suspense

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 12:34pm

The British novelist set shocking crimes in mundane settings — always adding a dash of social criticism. Critic Maureen Corrigan says she is forever giving Rendell's books away to friends.

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Gangsters, Goons And 'Grievious Bodily Harm' In Ted Lewis' London

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 1:32pm

Soho Press recently reissued the late British crime writer's final novel. Critic John Powers says Lewis' GBH is a pulp-fiction triumph worthy of Jim Thompson or James Ellroy.

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'Mad Men' Creator On Don Draper's Losses And The End Of The Road

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 1:31pm

With just two episodes to go until the AMC series wraps for good, showrunner Matthew Weiner talks about the state of his main character's career and family life — and what the show is all about.

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Cuban Drummer Dafnis Prieto's Crisp Rhythms Are 'Good For Jazz'

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 12:58pm

Triangles and Circles, the new album from Dafnis Prieto, blends Afro-Cuban beats, blues feeling and spontaneous rhythmic variations. Critic Kevin Whitehead says that drums are at the album's heart.

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Meet The Power Couple Behind 'The Good Wife'

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 12:34pm

Robert and Michelle King, the real-life husband and wife team who created the CBS show, say that when it came to creating the series' main character, it was a question of art imitating life.

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The Allure Of Gore: 'Walking Dead' Producer On Zombies And Mean Tweets

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 11:49am

The AMC series' habit of killing off characters without warning has led to explosions of fan grief and rage on social media. Much of the audience's ire has landed on Scott M. Gimple.

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'One Of Us' Examines The Damaged Inner Terrain Of Norwegian Mass Shooter

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:19pm

Journalist Asne Seierstad chronicles the 2011 shooting massacre in her country in her latest book. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls the work "engrossing, important and undeniably difficult to read."

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'Tales' Of Pig Intelligence, Factory Farming And Humane Bacon

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:15pm

Journalist Barry Estabrook wanted to know more about the animal and its journey from the farm to his plate. In a new book, he explores the dichotomies of the industry that's raising our pork chops.

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'Tales' Of Pig Intelligence, Factory Farming And Humane Bacon

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:15pm

Journalist Barry Estabrook wanted to know more about the animal and its journey from the farm to his plate. In a new book, he explores the dichotomies of the industry that's raising our pork chops.

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Last Days Of Dave: Paying Homage To Letterman's Weird And Quirky Legacy

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 12:23pm

The off-beat funnyman retires this month after 33 years hosting late-night television. Fresh Air's David Bianculli says that David Letterman's humor "provided a new blueprint for the TV talk show."

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Silence On The Sidelines: An MLB Insider's 'Manifesto' On Youth Sports

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 12:23pm

Baseball's Mike Matheny speaks with Fresh Air's Dave Davies about his playing career, managing in the big leagues and the pressures of youth sports. Matheny is the author of The Matheny Manifesto.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Louis C.K, A Memoirist's 'Struggle', Pokey LaFarge

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 8:03am

Comic C.K. talks about the pain of his first-ever open mic experience; John Powers reviews Karl Ove Knausgaard's 'My Struggle'; LeFarge performs new songs and some favorites from the 1920s and '30s.

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Timothy Spall Takes On Painter J.M.W. Turner, A 'Master Of The Sublime'

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 1:49pm

Spall had to "dig deep" to play the title role in Mr. Turner, which is now out on DVD. The 19th century painter was a "man of massive contradictions," he says. Originally broadcast Dec. 15, 2014.

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Nellie McKay Celebrates The '60s With 'My Weekly Reader'

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 1:49pm

McKay's new album My Weekly Reader is a collection of covers of songs made famous in the 1960s. The range of material is wide — from the Beatles' "If I Fell" to Frank Zappa's "Hungry Freaks, Daddy."

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Hollywood Offers Up A Bevy Of Superheroes In 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 1:49pm

Reviewer David Edelstein says Joss Whedon's new film plays like "a strategic set-up for a Hollywood franchise." Viewers will be blitzed by sound and fury — and a certain amount of "gobbledegook."

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Two Takes On Billie Holiday

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 1:36pm

Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead looks at a couple tribute albums to the jazz singer.

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Drought In Calif. Creates Water Wars Between Farmers, Developers, Residents

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 1:36pm

Fresno native Mark Arax has written about the war over water in his state for decades. "It used to be the farmers against the delta smelt fish, and now it's the urbanite against the almond," he says.

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Brooklyn Rider Blurs Classical Boundaries On 'Almanac'

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 2:35pm

The string quartet invited composers like Vijay Iyer and Bill Frisell to compose pieces inspired by something outside of their world.

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Ohio Kidnapping Survivors Recount Captivity, Escape From Horror

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 2:34pm

In 2013, three young women who had vanished years earlier escaped from a house where they had been held captive. Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, along with writer Mary Jordan, discuss their new memoir.

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3,600-Page Autobiographical Novel Is An Honest And Masterful 'Selfie'

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 1:38pm

My Struggle is about Karl Ove Knausgaard's wrangle with his father, with death, with his Muse and on. The 46-year-old Norwegian's pointedly un-literary book has become a literary sensation.

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