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Fresh Air Remembers 'Jazz Master' Orrin Keepnews

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 1:09pm

Keepnews co-founded two of the most important independent record labels of the 1950s and '60s. The Grammy-winning producer passed away Sunday. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1988.

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Fresh Air Remembers 'Jazz Master' Orrin Keepnews

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 1:09pm

Keepnews co-founded two of the most important independent record labels of the 1950s and '60s. The Grammy-winning producer passed away Sunday. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1988.

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Prepare For 'The End Of College': Here's What Free Higher Ed Looks Like

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 1:09pm

In his new book, Kevin Carey envisions a future in which online education programs solve two of colleges' biggest problems: costs and admissions.

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'Welcome To Braggsville' Isn't Quite 'Invisible Man,' But It's Close

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 1:09pm

T. Geronimo Johnson's latest follows four Berkeley students who take an American history class that leads to disaster. It's an ambitious book about race that wants to say something big about America.

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Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father, The Pornographer'

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:17pm

Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. The writer tells Fresh Air his dad believed he would be "extremely famous" for it.

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'Now Is The Time' For Organist Chris Foreman

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:17pm

Foreman is one of a few Chicago jazz heroes who should be better known outside the city limits.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Larry Wilmore, The Smart Home And Bill Gifford

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 8:03am

Wilmore talks about how he's is still fine-tuning The Nightly Show; Alexis Madrigal explores a home full of appliances with computers; Gifford discusses his new book Spring Chicken about longevity.

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'Maps To The Stars': Either The Funniest Horror Movie, Or The Most Horrific Comedy

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:44pm

In the film about a toxic Hollywood, John Cusack plays a self-help guru whose clients include Julianne Moore. It's full of anxious shoptalk and name dropping, druggy kids and druggier grown-ups.

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'Maps To The Stars': Either The Funniest Horror Movie, Or The Most Horrific Comedy

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:44pm

In the film about a toxic Hollywood, John Cusack plays a self-help guru whose clients include Julianne Moore. It's full of anxious shoptalk and name dropping, druggy kids and druggier grown-ups.

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Fresh Air Remembers Former Notre Dame President Rev. Theodore Hesburgh

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:44pm

Hesburgh died Thursday. He was 97. He was an author, theologian and activist who took on the Vatican over issues of academic freedom. Hesburgh spoke with Terry Gross in 1990.

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From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle'

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:44pm

Colson Whitehead's book, now out in paperback, was born of an assignment to write about the World Series of Poker. It's a sharp observational tale of poker: those who play it and how it changed him.

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Fresh Air Remembers Former Notre Dame President Rev. Theodore Hesburgh

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:44pm

Hesburgh died Thursday. He was 97. He was an author, theologian and activist who took on the Vatican over issues of academic freedom. Hesburgh spoke with Terry Gross in 1990.

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From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle'

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:44pm

Colson Whitehead's book, now out in paperback, was born of an assignment to write about the World Series of Poker. It's a sharp observational tale of poker: those who play it and how it changed him.

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'Battle Creek' Has The Flavor Of A TV Throwback From An Earlier Age

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:39pm

The new CBS show about two very mismatched investigative partners plays like a comedy. The characters are complicated and surprising, and the dialogue is crisp and quick. It's "a lot of fun to watch."

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'Battle Creek' Has The Flavor Of A TV Throwback From An Earlier Age

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:39pm

The new CBS show about two very mismatched investigative partners plays like a comedy. The characters are complicated and surprising, and the dialogue is crisp and quick. It's "a lot of fun to watch."

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From Naked Mole Rats To Dog Testicles: A Writer Explores The Longevity Quest

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:38pm

"Nature knows how to let animals live a very long time," says Bill Gifford, whose latest book is Spring Chicken, a look at the history of anti-aging schemes and current ways people try to live longer.

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From Naked Mole Rats To Dog Testicles: A Writer Explores The Longevity Quest

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:38pm

"Nature knows how to let animals live a very long time," says Bill Gifford, whose latest book is Spring Chicken, a look at the history of anti-aging schemes and current ways people try to live longer.

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Mavericks' Singer Raul Malo Restlessly Explores Genres

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 1:12pm

In the band's latest album Mono, Malo demonstrates how he likes to make music that confounds the usual expectations of what a country hit-maker can do.

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A Hard Look At The Risks Of Transporting Oil On Rail Tanker Cars

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 1:12pm

Marcus Stern has spent the past year investigating the practice in collaboration with the Nation Institute's Investigative Fund. Recent accidents show cars aren't built to carry so much oil, he says.

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Mavericks' Singer Raul Malo Restlessly Explores Genres

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 1:12pm

In the band's latest album Mono, Malo demonstrates how he likes to make music that confounds the usual expectations of what a country hit-maker can do.

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