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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Missing Microbes,' 'The Both,' And Mike Judge's 'Silicon Valley'

April 19, 2014 - 9:03am

Dr. Martin Blaser explains why modern medicine may not be doing your microbiome any favors. Aimee Mann and Ted Leo team up to become the duo "The Both." And Mike Judge pokes fun at programmers.

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'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff

April 18, 2014 - 2:21pm

Amy Schumer's Comedy Central special was called Mostly Sex Stuff but her comedy is about more than that. In her stand-up and her show Inside Amy Schumer, she tackles racism, awkward moments and more.

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Undead Hipsters And An Abstract Alien Star In Two Arty Horror Pics

April 18, 2014 - 1:52pm

Every so often an arthouse director dips a toe into the horror genre and you realize vampires and space aliens are subjects too rich to be the property of schlockmeisters, says critic David Edelstein.

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A Duo's Debut Album: A Collaboration From 'The Both'

April 17, 2014 - 4:48pm

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo began performing together in 2012, when Leo was Mann's opening act. Mann began joining Leo onstage during his set. Their debut album is "The Both."

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'Silicon Valley' Asks: Is Your Startup Really Making The World Better?

April 17, 2014 - 4:11pm

Mike Judge's HBO sitcom pokes fun at programmers hoping to hit it rich. It's not the first time Judge has satirized the workplace: His 1999 cult film Office Space explored desk-job-induced ennui.

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'Bintel Brief' And 'Hellfighters': American Stories, Powerfully Illustrated

April 17, 2014 - 2:49pm

Critic Maureen Corrigan recommends two graphic novels — one about a Yiddish advice column in the early 1900s and another about a regiment of African-American soldiers who fought during World War I.

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Edward Snowden: From 'Geeky' Dropout To NSA Leaker

April 16, 2014 - 3:24pm

What motivated the former NSA contractor to divulge carefully guarded NSA secrets? A new Vanity Fair article takes a look back at the "kid from the Maryland suburbs."

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Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir

April 16, 2014 - 3:24pm

A crackling new translation of Giorgio Scerbanenco's crime novel Private Venus has just been released. Critic John Powers read it in a single sitting.

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FX's 'Fargo' Is Neither Remake Nor Sequel

April 15, 2014 - 2:33pm

The cable network premieres a new drama series tonight. It's called Fargo, and has the same title as the 1996 Coen Brothers movie. Critic David Bianculli says it's very definitely a wonderful show in that same wacky spirit – but it's just as important to note what this new Fargo is not. It's not a remake — and it's not a sequel.

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Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War

April 15, 2014 - 2:25pm

In a new book, New York Times correspondent Carlotta Gall offers new information about how Pakistan has helped the Taliban in Afghanistan and may have helped hide Osama bin Laden.

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Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors

April 14, 2014 - 1:17pm

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'

April 12, 2014 - 9:03am

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

April 11, 2014 - 3:29pm

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'

April 11, 2014 - 11:59am

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

April 11, 2014 - 11:59am

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

April 10, 2014 - 4:11pm

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

April 9, 2014 - 1:41pm

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

April 8, 2014 - 2:03pm

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

April 8, 2014 - 1:37pm

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

April 7, 2014 - 2:02pm

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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