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Fresh Air Remembers Lesley Gore Who Sang Hits Including 'You Don't Own Me'

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:34pm

Gore is known for her Top 40 sensations such as It's My Party, produced by Quincy Jones. Her last album was released in 2005, the year she came out as a lesbian. She died Monday at the age of 68.

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For Host Larry Wilmore, A Year Of 'Extraordinary' Highs And 'Humbling' Lows

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 1:11pm

Wilmore is still fine-tuning The Nightly Show, which fills the late-night spot on Comedy Central vacated by Stephen Colbert. The show launched just as Wilmore's 20-year marriage was coming to an end.

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For Host Larry Wilmore, A Year Of Personal Lows And Professional Highs

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 1:11pm

Wilmore is still fine-tuning The Nightly Show, which fills the late-night spot on Comedy Central vacated by Stephen Colbert. The show launched just as Wilmore's 20-year marriage was coming to an end.

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Robert Earl Keen Delves Into Bluegrass With A Texan Twang

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:45pm

The singer-songwriter usually follows in the story-song tradition of his forebears Townes Van Zant and Guy Clark. But in Happy Prisoner he brings enthusiastic curiosity to covers of bluegrass greats.

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Robert Earl Keen Delves Into Bluegrass With A Texan Twang

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:45pm

The singer-songwriter usually follows in the story-song tradition of his forebears Townes Van Zant and Guy Clark. But in Happy Prisoner he brings enthusiastic curiosity to covers of bluegrass greats.

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David Remnick Looks Back On Tough Decisions As 'The New Yorker' Turns 90

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:45pm

Remnick, who became editor in 1998, talks about his early days at the magazine and his biggest regret: He says he'd "dearly love to have another crack" at covering the weapons of mass destruction.

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In Richard Price's New Novel, Haunted Cops And Cases They Couldn't Close

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 12:07pm

Price says that in every precinct there's one cop who just can't let go of a case. "They all reminded me of Ahab ... looking for their whales," he says. Price's latest is called The Whites.

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The Furniture Company That Sang The Blues

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 2:04pm

In the mid-1920s, Paramount Records was the leading blues label in America. The second box set featuring this music was released in late 2014.

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The Politics Of Passing 1964's Civil Rights Act

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 2:03pm

The act, which turned 50 last year, ended the era of legal segregation in public accommodations, like restaurants and hotels. Author Todd Purdum talks about the battles that surrounded it.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Photojournalist Lynsey Addario And Michael Keaton

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 8:03am

Addario, who was taken captive in 2011 while covering Libya's civil war, talks about her new book It's What I Do; Keaton talks about Birdman, Batman and growing up the youngest of seven.

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If You Strip The Bondage, '50 Shades' Is A Conventional Love Story

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:52pm

The film, based on E.L. James' best-selling novel, has been denounced by decency brigades. But it's a surprisingly mild, corny romance that affirms traditional values: It's Jane Eyre with ropes.

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David Carr Called Himself 'Part Pirate, Part Thug' But Also 'A Decent Person'

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:52pm

Carr, media columnist for The New York Times, died Thursday after collapsing in the newsroom. He was 58. Carr talked with Fresh Air in 2008 about his memoir and in 2011 about the future of journalism.

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Fresh Air Remembers '60 Minutes' Correspondent Bob Simon

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:32pm

Simon was killed in a car accident Wednesday. He was 73. He was a CBS reporter for nearly 50 years. In 1991, he was detained by Iraqi soldiers. He talked with guest host Marty Moss Coane in 1992.

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'Ida' Director Made Film To 'Recover The Poland' Of His Childhood

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:32pm

The film is set in 1962 in Poland where director Pawel Pawlikowski lived until he was 14. Up for an Oscar for best foreign language film, Ida is about identity, faith, guilt and socialism.

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Schneider Quartet's Haydn Recordings Reissued

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:32pm

Among the best loved recordings from the 1950s were 15 LPs of Haydn string quartets. They originally appeared on the Haydn Society label, but were never reissued on CD until now.

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Twice Kidnapped, Photographer Returns To War Zone: 'It's What I Do'

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 1:05pm

Lynsey Addario was taken captive in 2011 while covering Libya's civil war. With a gun to her head, she says she was thinking, "Will I ever get my cameras back?"

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New Comedy 'Schitt's Creek' From Canada Is A Reboot Of 'Green Acres'

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 12:59pm

The sitcom on Pop network is about a wealthy family that is thrust into poverty. Their interactions with the locals is the main story, and the main source of comedy — and it's worth checking out.

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Funny If It Weren't So True: A Farce About 'The Importance Of Beauty'

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 12:59pm

Amanda Filipacchi's novel is about a costume designer who wears a fat suit after a suitor commits suicide. It's structured as a mash-up of an old Friends episode, a fairy tale and a murder mystery.

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David Axelrod Recounts His Years As Obama's Adviser And 'Believer'

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 12:59pm

In his new book, the veteran political consultant tells stories about his years at Obama's side. After one debate, Axelrod says, Obama "made clear how he felt about me at that moment, and he bolted."

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From 'Batman' To 'Birdman,' Michael Keaton Knows Suits And Superheroes

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 1:23pm

Keaton says his 1989 bat suit was downright claustrophobic, but he somehow made it work. In the existential comedy Birdman, Keaton plays a washed up, insecure actor looking for a second shot at fame.

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