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Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father, The Pornographer'

5 hours 31 min ago

Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. The writer tells Fresh Air his dad believed he would be "extremely famous" for it.

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'Now Is The Time' For Organist Chris Foreman

5 hours 31 min ago

Foreman is one of a few Chicago jazz heroes who should be better known outside the city limits.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Larry Wilmore, The Smart Home And Bill Gifford

February 28, 2015 - 9:03am

Wilmore talks about how he's is still fine-tuning The Nightly Show; Alexis Madrigal explores a home full of appliances with computers; Gifford discusses his new book Spring Chicken about longevity.

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Fresh Air Remembers Former Notre Dame President Rev. Theodore Hesburgh

February 27, 2015 - 1:44pm

Hesburgh died Thursday. He was 97. He was an author, theologian and activist who took on the Vatican over issues of academic freedom. Hesburgh spoke with Terry Gross in 1990.

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From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle'

February 27, 2015 - 1:44pm

Colson Whitehead's book, now out in paperback, was born of an assignment to write about the World Series of Poker. It's a sharp observational tale of poker: those who play it and how it changed him.

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'Maps To The Stars': Either The Funniest Horror Movie, Or The Most Horrific Comedy

February 27, 2015 - 1:44pm

In the film about a toxic Hollywood, John Cusack plays a self-help guru whose clients include Julianne Moore. It's full of anxious shoptalk and name dropping, druggy kids and druggier grown-ups.

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'Battle Creek' Has The Flavor Of A TV Throwback From An Earlier Age

February 26, 2015 - 2:39pm

The new CBS show about two very mismatched investigative partners plays like a comedy. The characters are complicated and surprising, and the dialogue is crisp and quick. It's "a lot of fun to watch."

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'Battle Creek' Has The Flavor Of A TV Throwback From An Earlier Age

February 26, 2015 - 2:39pm

The new CBS show about two very mismatched investigative partners plays like a comedy. The characters are complicated and surprising, and the dialogue is crisp and quick. It's "a lot of fun to watch."

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From Naked Mole Rats To Dog Testicles: A Writer Explores The Longevity Quest

February 26, 2015 - 2:38pm

"Nature knows how to let animals live a very long time," says Bill Gifford, whose latest book is Spring Chicken, a look at the history of anti-aging schemes and current ways people try to live longer.

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From Naked Mole Rats To Dog Testicles: A Writer Explores The Longevity Quest

February 26, 2015 - 2:38pm

"Nature knows how to let animals live a very long time," says Bill Gifford, whose latest book is Spring Chicken, a look at the history of anti-aging schemes and current ways people try to live longer.

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Mavericks' Singer Raul Malo Restlessly Explores Genres

February 25, 2015 - 2:12pm

In the band's latest album Mono, Malo demonstrates how he likes to make music that confounds the usual expectations of what a country hit-maker can do.

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A Hard Look At The Risks Of Transporting Oil On Rail Tanker Cars

February 25, 2015 - 2:12pm

Marcus Stern has spent the past year investigating the practice in collaboration with the Nation Institute's Investigative Fund. Recent accidents show cars aren't built to carry so much oil, he says.

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Mavericks' Singer Raul Malo Restlessly Explores Genres

February 25, 2015 - 2:12pm

In the band's latest album Mono, Malo demonstrates how he likes to make music that confounds the usual expectations of what a country hit-maker can do.

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A Hard Look At The Risks Of Transporting Oil On Rail Tanker Cars

February 25, 2015 - 2:12pm

Marcus Stern has spent the past year investigating the practice. Recent accidents in Canada and U.S. show that the cars aren't built for carrying so much oil, he says, and tracks are deteriorating.

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Mavericks' Singer Raul Malo Restlessly Explores Genres

February 25, 2015 - 2:12pm

In the band's latest album Mono, Malo demonstrates how he likes to make music that confounds the usual expectations of what a country hit-maker can do.

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A Hard Look At The Risks Of Transporting Oil On Rail Tanker Cars

February 25, 2015 - 2:12pm

Marcus Stern has spent the past year investigating the practice. Recent accidents in Canada and U.S. show that the cars aren't built for carrying so much oil, he says, and tracks are deteriorating.

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The World Loves The Smartphone. So How About A Smart Home?

February 25, 2015 - 2:08pm

The ultimate smart-home vision is a home that basically runs itself, from coffee makers to washing machines. But we're not there yet: The real world is a hard place for little computers to operate in.

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The World Loves The Smartphone. So How About A Smart Home?

February 25, 2015 - 2:08pm

The ultimate smart-home vision is a home that basically runs itself, from coffee makers to washing machines. But we're not there yet: The real world is a hard place for little computers to operate in.

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The World Loves The Smartphone. So How About A Smart Home?

February 25, 2015 - 2:08pm

The ultimate smart-home vision is a home that basically runs itself, from coffee makers to washing machines. But we're not there yet: The real world is a hard place for little computers to operate in.

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After His Brother's Suicide, Writer Seeks Comfort In 'All The Wrong Places'

February 24, 2015 - 2:27pm

In his new memoir, Philip Connors writes about "living in the shadow of a suicide." Wracked by guilt and haunted by what-ifs, Connors investigated his brother's death and learned a terrible secret.

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