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The Westerlies Come On Home With Horvitz

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:18pm

The brass players' debut album is a set of pieces by Seattle-based composer and improviser Wayne Horvitz

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Screenwriter Paul Mazursky

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:18pm

Mazursky wrote such films as Next Stop, Greenwich Village; An Unmarried Woman; and Down and Out in Beverly Hills. He died last week at the age of 84. He talked with Terry Gross in 1991 and 1999.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Joel McHale, 'Friendship,' And 'The Great Fish Swap'

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 8:03am

Comedian Joel McHale talks bad TV and filming a thriller; Maureen Corrigan says Friendship is a startlingly nice novel; and author Paul Greenberg discusses why most of the fish we eat is imported.

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In Big Bill Broonzy's Blues, Brothers Find A Way To Sing Together

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 2:35pm

Dave and Phil Alvin have made their first full album together in nearly 30 years, a tribute to one of their early influences. Originally broadcast June 11, 2014.

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In Charming Film 'Begin Again,' Music Can Save A Life

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 1:14pm

Keira Knightley plays a heartbroken singer-songwriter who teams up with a drunken producer in Begin Again. Irish director John Carney, who had a surprise hit with the musical Once, hit his mark again.

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'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And Death

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 1:14pm

In late 2012, filmmaker Steve James and Roger Ebert began talking about filming a documentary based on Ebert's memoir. Ebert's wife, Chaz, agreed. They didn't know that he would die within months.

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'Friendship': A Startlingly Nice Novel By A Tough-Girl Blogger

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 1:47pm

Emily Gould's first novel stars 30-something single women in New York City who are figuring out what's important in life. It's worth picking up for its sharp social observations and inspired wordplay.

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As Supreme Court Term Ends, Journalist Examines Its Decisions

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 1:47pm

The Supreme Court term ended Monday. The New York Times correspondent and lawyer Adam Liptak talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about what the decisions reveal about the nine justices.

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Strand Of Oaks: Songs Heal All Wounds

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 1:47pm

If you're going to be downbeat, glum, or morose, it's best to do it the way Timothy Showalter does it

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Do Feelings Compute? If Not, The Turing Test Doesn't Mean Much

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 2:36pm

For the first time, a computer passed the test for machines engaging in intelligent thought. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says the real test is whether computers can behave the same way thinking people do.

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'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:35pm

One-third of the seafood Americans catch is sold abroad, but most of the seafood we eat here is imported and often of lower quality. Why? Author Paul Greenberg says it has to do with American tastes.

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Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 1:44pm

The host of The Soup co-stars in the thriller Deliver Us From Evil. "I felt like a 12-year-old getting to be in an action film," McHale tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Mary Gauthier, Miranda Lambert, The Women Behind 'Obvious Child'

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 8:03am

Singer Mary Gauthier discusses what inspired Trouble & Love; Ken Tucker reviews Miranda Lambert's latest album Platinum; and the women behind Obvious Child talk farts, abortion and stage fright.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Actor Eli Wallach

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:58am

Wallach made a career of playing the villain in films like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and The Magnificent Seven. He died Tuesday at the age of 98. Wallach talked with Terry Gross in 1990.

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After The Rapture, Who Are 'The Leftovers'?

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:58am

Tom Perrotta's 2011 novel examined the aftermath of an unexplained rapturelike event. A new HBO series inspired by The Leftovers begins Sunday. Originally broadcast Aug. 25, 2011.

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In The Mood For Apocalypse? Skip 'Transformers,' See 'Snowpiercer'

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:58am

Film critic David Edelstein says Snowpiercer — a dystopian film based on a French graphic novel — is far more invigorating and potent than Transformers 4: Age of Extinction.

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Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Has A Firm Grasp On Pop History

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 1:07pm

Lana Del Rey continues a time-honored pop tradition of developing a public persona that challenges fans to decide what's real and what's not.

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'Most Dangerous Book': A Rich Treasury Charting James Joyce's 'Ulysses'

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 1:07pm

There are many heroes in Kevin Birmingham's new book about the novel that sparked a revolution, but James Joyce isn't one of them. The strength of The Most Dangerous Book lies in its subtle details.

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The Women Behind 'Obvious Child' Talk Farts, Abortion And Stage Fright

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:33pm

For her first feature film, director Gillian Robespierre says she wanted to cast Jenny Slate in the role as an empowered, funny woman. They tell Fresh Air about what shaped them as women in comedy.

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Dexter Filkins On ISIS And The 'Bitter Consequences' Of The Iraq War

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 2:22pm

The writer who covered the war in Iraq, and its aftermath, details the militant Sunni Islamist group, the power it has in Iraq and Syria and how its war is destabilizing neighboring countries.

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