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These 13 'Almost Famous Women' Stirred Up Trouble, Or Trouble Found Them

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:14pm

Megan Mayhew Bergman's stories about historical women is littered with bad-girl paraphernalia, like smashed-up motorcycles and morphine needles. In this collection, their lives are richly imagined.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Al Michaels, Review Of Sleater-Kinney's New Album, David Morris

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 8:03am

Broadcaster Al Michaels talks about anchoring the Super Bowl; Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Sleater-Kinney's latest album; Journalist David Morris talks about his book The Evil Hours about PTSD.

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Producer Cosimo Matassa Always Believed In New Orleans

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:20pm

In the '60s, musicians left New Orleans, major labels lost interest, and Motown and Memphis took over the black music charts. But one producer didn't give up.

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In The World's 'Sixth Extinction,' Are Humans The Asteroid?

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:20pm

Scientists think an asteroid killed the dinosaurs. In today's extinction, humans are the culprit. Originally broadcast Feb. 12, 2014.

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Tom Varner's Got 'Nine Surprises' And A Big Band Is All Of Them

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:14pm

In 2005, jazz composer and french horn player Tom Varner left New York for Seattle, where he put together a nine-piece band of local players.

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Broadcaster Al Michaels Gets Ready To Provide 'Lyrics' For The Super Bowl

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:12pm

Michaels will anchor the Feb. 1 game between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots. He tells Fresh Air about when he fell in love with sports and the hardest sport to announce.

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Sleater-Kinney Comes Roaring Back With 'No Cities To Love'

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:13am

Few bands re-form with their power as intact as Sleater-Kinney have; fewer still brag about their power, and make the claim something more than a brag.

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'Leviathan' And 'Red Army' Deliver A Peek Inside Russia, Now And Then

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:13am

Leviathan follows a man who fights back after a corrupt mayor uses eminent domain to claim his house, and Red Army recounts the story of the Soviet Union's famous hockey team.

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Benedict Cumberbatch On Alan Turing's Awkwardness And Sherlock's Sex Appeal

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:13am

The actor gained critical acclaim — and a big following — for his role in Sherlock. Now he's up for an Oscar for his portrayal of eccentric mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

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'The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore' Debuts In Slot Vacated By Stephen Colbert

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 1:01pm

On Monday night, Comedy Central premiered former Daily Show correspondent Larry Wilmore's new show. While Wilmore's sarcastic comments on clips were funny, the round-table discussion didn't sparkle.

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In 'The Evil Hours,' A Journalist Shares His Struggle With PTSD

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 1:01pm

While embedded with troops in Iraq, David Morris almost died when a Humvee he was riding in ran over a roadside bomb. His book explores the history and science of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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'Gateway To Freedom': Heroes, Danger And Loss On The Underground Railroad

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 11:30am

While writing his new book, historian Eric Foner relied on a recently discovered record of slaves' escapes. He says the documents paint a "revealing picture" of life on the Underground Railroad.

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'Still Alice' Is A Triumph For Julianne Moore, But The Rest Of Film Is Thin

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:55pm

The movie is based on neuroscientist Lisa Genova's novel about a linguistics professor with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. While Moore is fascinating, the rest of the characters are half-formed.

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Skeptic Takes A Tour Of Self-Help's 'Promise Land'

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:55pm

Despite being the daughter of a child psychologist and self-help author, Jessica Lamb-Shapiro has spent her life recoiling from the self-help industry. She talks about how the industry helped her.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Boyhood' Stars, 'Broad City' Co-Creators, A Review Of Ty Segall

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:52pm

Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke talk about filming Boyhood; Broad City stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer discuss their Comedy Central show; Ken Tucker reviews Segall's new album.

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How Orwell's 'Animal Farm' Led A Radical Muslim to Moderation

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 1:05pm

When Maajid Nawaz was 16, he joined a radical Islamist group. After four years in prison in Egypt, he decided to leave it. "I'm very, very lucky to have been able to get through it," he says.

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Fresh Air Remembers National Book Award Winner Robert Stone

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 1:08pm

Stone wrote eight novels, including Dog Soldiers, and a memoir. He died Saturday at the age of 77. In 1986 and 2007, Stone talked with Terry Gross about, among other things, writing and his childhood.

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In 'Broad City,' Two Women Make Comedy From The 'Muck' Of New York Living

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 1:08pm

The Comedy Central show is about single 20-somethings who sit around and make each other laugh. Stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer poke fun at New Yorkers' "sick, masochistic romance" with the city.

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'Man Seeking Woman' Examines How It Feels To Be Single, Dating And Rejected

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 1:10pm

The new comedy series on FXX is a cross between an early Woody Allen comedy and a very edgy late-night comedy sketch. It's part literal, part impressionistic — even surrealist — and very different.

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The Magic Of The 'Boyhood' Experiment: Time And Patience

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 1:10pm

If the story fell apart after 12 years of filming, it would have been a "real drag," says Patricia Arquette, and a "colossal waste of time," says Ethan Hawke. Instead, it won three Golden Globes.

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