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Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:17pm

In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser argues that the overuse of antibiotics, as well as now-common practices like C-sections, may be messing with gut microbes.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Nurse Jackie, Mad Men And Frozen

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 8:03am

Edie Falco discusses sobriety, The Sopranos, and Nurse Jackie's self-medication. We tell you everything we're allowed to about Mad Men, and we talk princesses with the songwriters behind "Let It Go."

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Colbert Moves Into Letterman's Coveted Late Night Spot

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 2:29pm

CBS announced Thursday that the spot held by David Letterman for 21 years will go to Stephen Colbert.

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Without Giving Too Much Away, Here's What We Can Say About 'Mad Men'

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:59am

The AMC period drama returns Sunday, with the usual shroud of secrecy that makes it difficult — but not impossible — to review. Fresh Air critic David Bianculli does his best.

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At Last, David O. Russell Is Making The Films He Was Meant To Make

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:59am

David O. Russell, director of American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook, first spoke with Terry Gross back in 1994. In February, he told her that after 20 years, he's finally met his aspirations.

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Songwriters Behind 'Frozen' Let Go Of The Princess Mythology

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:11pm

Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez tell Terry Gross about the inspiration for "Let It Go" and a "very strong strike across the bow at all princess-myth things" song that didn't make the film.

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Edie Falco On Sobriety, The Sopranos, And Nurse Jackie's Self-Medication

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:41pm

Falco plays ER nurse Jackie Peyton, who is competent at her high-stress job but struggles with addiction. The sixth season of Nurse Jackie begins Sunday on Showtime.

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'Parenthood' Is Hard, But NBC Gets This Family Drama Right

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 1:03pm

Critic David Bianculli says family dramas have always been one of television's most difficult genres to do properly — without getting too sweet, too overwrought, or too predictable.

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A Nonbeliever Tries To Make Sense Of The Visions She Had As A Teen

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:37pm

Barbara Ehrenreich — a rationalist, atheist and scientist by training — has written a new memoir called Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything.

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Peter Matthiessen On Writing And Zen Buddhism

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 1:02pm

Fresh Air listens back to our 1989 interview with Snow Leopard author and Paris Review co-founder Peter Matthiessen, who died Saturday at age 86. His new novel In Paradise comes out Tuesday.

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If Jesus Never Called Himself God, How Did He Become One?

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:42pm

In How Jesus Became God, Bart Ehrman explores how a Jewish preacher from Galilee was transformed into a deity. "Jesus himself didn't call himself God and didn't consider himself God," Ehrman says.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Michael Lewis, Jon Langford, And A Housekeeping How-To

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 8:03am

On a "rigged" Wall Street, milliseconds make all the difference. Jon Langford sings our impulse to destroy. And new cleaning guide that will help even with the embarrassing stains.

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The Politics Of Passing 1964's Civil Rights Act

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:03am

The act, which turns 50 this year, ended the era of legal segregation in public accommodations, like restaurants and hotels.

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Carlene Carter Carries The Heavy Burden Of History Lightly

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:02am

The country singer treats the classic songs on her new album like living, vital pieces of art that can withstand being taken apart, thought about and re-imagined.

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HBO Fills Sunday Night Lineup With Entertaining Power Struggles

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 2:19pm

This week, HBO airs the season premieres of two returning series — Game of Thrones and Veep -- and launches a new series called Silicon Valley. Fresh Air's TV critic has seen them all.

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Embarrassing Stains? This Housekeeping Guide Gets That Life Is Messy

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 2:06pm

Jerry Seinfeld joked that if you have bloodstains on your clothes, you have bigger problems than the laundry. But Jolie Kerr helps with all the stains in a new book, My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag.

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