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Fresh Air Weekend: Mark Ronson, The Mountain Goats, Beau Willimon

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 8:03am

Music producer Ronson gives the story behind the hit song "Uptown Funk"; Ken Tucker reviews the Mountain Goats' new album Beat The Champ; House of Cards creator Willimon discusses the show.

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In 'True Story,' A Shamed Journalist Interviews A Fugitive Who Stole His Identity

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:17pm

In 2001, Michael Finkel was fired for making up a story. Then he learns that a suspected murderer is posing as him, so he gets to know him. The best word for the drama is "dumb," says David Edelstein.

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Comedian Joel McHale Talks Dyslexia, Bad TV And Filming A Thriller

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:17pm

The host of The Soup co-stars in the thriller Deliver Us From Evil. "I felt like a 12-year-old getting to be in an action film," McHale tells Terry Gross. Originally broadcast June 30, 2014.

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On YouTube, A Global Archive Of Daily Life, Both Humble And Transcendent

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 1:59pm

The video-sharing website is now 10 years old. YouTube estimates that each day 432,000 hours of video gets posted on the service: a stunning record of our current civilization.

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The Long, Labored Process Behind Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Funk'

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 1:54pm

The producer says there was a moment when his co-writers thought, "Maybe this song wasn't meant to be." He also describes working with Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars.

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'Justified' Ends With An Unpredictable, Poetic And Memorable Finale

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:05pm

After six seasons on the FX network, Justified ended Tuesday. "What a triumph," says critic David Bianculli who adds that he loved the finale's "touches of grace" and "emphasis on character and tone."

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Billy Crystal And Josh Gad: Separated By A Generation But United By Laughs

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:05pm

The two play satirical versions of themselves on the new FX show The Comedians. But in real life they share "a lot of commonalities," says Crystal.

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The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle Finds Refuge In The Ring

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 1:24pm

Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says The Mountain Goats' concept album about pro wrestling is filled with a remarkable range of melodies and moods.

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'The Children's Crusade': A Heavily Plotted Family Saga To Dive Into And Savor

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 1:24pm

Ann Packer's latest is about a young Navy doctor who, after the Korean War, builds a house south of San Francisco. Fifty years later, his four adult children argue over the property's fate.

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Forget Right And Wrong: 'House Of Cards' Is About Pragmatism And Power

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 1:24pm

Kevin Spacey strangles a dog in the pilot, which creator Beau Willimon says producers balked at because they'd lose viewers. But "why not provide that litmus test right at the beginning?" he says.

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