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Roman Diaz Makes A Spiritual Statement With 'L'ó Dá Fún Bàtá'

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 2:03pm

Percussionist Roman Diaz arrived in New York from Havana in 1999 and has since become a mainstay in the avant-garde jazz and Afro-Cuban music communities. Critic Milo Miles reviews his debut album.

An Addict, Now Clean, Discusses Needle Exchanges And 'Hope After Heroin'

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 1:39pm

At the height of her addiction to heroin, Tracey Helton Mitchell lived in an alley and sold her body. Now she works as an addiction specialist helping others. Her new memoir is The Big Fix.

'Charlie Chan Hock Chye' Offers A Heartfelt Take On Aging, Art And History

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 12:27pm

The new graphic novel by Malaysia-born cartoonist Sonny Liew spans 80 years as it tells the story of a fictional comic-book. Critic John Powers calls the book a "startlingly brilliant tour de force."

The Supreme Court Ruling That Led To 70,000 Forced Sterilizations

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 12:22pm

In the first half of the 20th century, American eugenicists used forced sterilization to "breed out" traits they considered undesirable. Adam Cohen tells the story in his new book, Imbeciles.

Fresh Air Weekend: Louie Anderson; The Waco Brothers; Reconsidering Lovecraft

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 8:00am

Louie Anderson says he modeled his 'Baskets' role after his own mom. The Waco Brothers' new album mixes country and punk. Writer Victor LaValle discusses his conflicting feelings for H.P. Lovecraft.

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