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Fresh Air Weekend: Benedict Cumberbatch, 'American Sniper' Review And 'Teenage Brain'

January 31, 2015 - 9:03am

Cumberbatch portrays the eccentric mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game; John Powers reviews American Sniper; neuroscientist Frances Jensen discusses why teens should protect their brains.

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When Islamists Impose Their Will In 'Timbuktu,' One Family Resists

January 30, 2015 - 2:24pm

The movie, one of five Academy Award nominees for best foreign language film this year, is about radical Islamists occupying the city in Mali. Remarkably, it's often on the verge of being a comedy.

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Fresh Air Remembers Long-Time New York TV And Radio Personality Joe Franklin

January 30, 2015 - 2:23pm

Franklin was a talk-show host for more than 40 years. Guests ranged from Elvis Presley, Woody Allen and Barbra Streisand. He died Jan. 24 at 88 years old. In 1988, Franklin talked with Terry Gross.

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Are We Having Fun Yet? New Book Explores The Paradox Of Parenting

January 30, 2015 - 2:23pm

Kids can be magical and maddening. The title of Jennifer Senior's book — All Joy and No Fun — contrasts the strains of day-to-day parenting with the transcendent experience of raising a child.

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In 'Outline,' A Series Of Conversations Are Autobiographies In Miniature

January 29, 2015 - 2:21pm

Rachel Cusk's novel centers on a writer and mother recovering from divorce who teaches a summer course in Athens, Greece. The narrator has 10 conversations filled with holes, lies and self-deceptions.

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Editor Picks Religions For The First Norton Anthology of World Religions

January 29, 2015 - 1:39pm

The anthology includes ancient and contemporary interpretations of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Daoism. Editor Jack Miles discusses primary texts, extremism and death.

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Full Of Complexity And Ambivalence, 'American Sniper' Shows The Cost Of War

January 28, 2015 - 2:37pm

The film about a Navy SEAL whose service in Iraq made him a mythic figure has become a cultural lightning rod. But the squabbles are too simple for a low-key movie striking in its lack of stridency.

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Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

January 28, 2015 - 2:03pm

New research shows that teenagers' brains aren't fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.

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At The BBC, The Beatles Shocked An Institution

January 27, 2015 - 1:23pm

Between 1962 and 1965, The Beatles were featured on 53 BBC radio programs. For The Beatles: The BBC Archives, Kevin Howlett had to search for many of these recordings, and they weren't easy to find.

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'Ghettoside' Explores Why Murders Are Invisible In Los Angeles

January 26, 2015 - 1:14pm

In her new book, journalist Jill Leovy studies the epidemic of unsolved murders in African-American neighborhoods and the relationships between police and victims' relatives, witnesses and suspects.

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These 13 'Almost Famous Women' Stirred Up Trouble, Or Trouble Found Them

January 26, 2015 - 1:14pm

Megan Mayhew Bergman's stories about historical women are littered with bad-girl paraphernalia, like smashed-up motorcycles and morphine needles. In this collection, their lives are richly imagined.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Al Michaels, Review Of Sleater-Kinney's New Album, David Morris

January 24, 2015 - 9:03am

Broadcaster Al Michaels talks about anchoring the Super Bowl; Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Sleater-Kinney's latest album; Journalist David Morris talks about his book The Evil Hours about PTSD.

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Producer Cosimo Matassa Always Believed In New Orleans

January 23, 2015 - 1:20pm

In the '60s, musicians left New Orleans, major labels lost interest, and Motown and Memphis took over the black music charts. But one producer didn't give up.

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In The World's 'Sixth Extinction,' Are Humans The Asteroid?

January 23, 2015 - 1:20pm

Scientists think an asteroid killed the dinosaurs. In today's extinction, humans are the culprit. Originally broadcast Feb. 12, 2014.

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Tom Varner's Got 'Nine Surprises' And A Big Band Is All Of Them

January 22, 2015 - 1:14pm

In 2005, jazz composer and french horn player Tom Varner left New York for Seattle, where he put together a nine-piece band of local players.

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Broadcaster Al Michaels Gets Ready To Provide 'Lyrics' For The Super Bowl

January 22, 2015 - 1:12pm

Michaels will anchor the Feb. 1 game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. He tells Fresh Air about falling in love with sports and the hardest sport to announce.

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Sleater-Kinney Comes Roaring Back With 'No Cities To Love'

January 21, 2015 - 12:13pm

Few bands re-form with their power as intact as Sleater-Kinney have; fewer still brag about their power, and make the claim something more than a brag.

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'Leviathan' And 'Red Army' Deliver A Peek Inside Russia, Now And Then

January 21, 2015 - 12:13pm

Leviathan follows a man who fights back after a corrupt mayor uses eminent domain to claim his house, and Red Army recounts the story of the Soviet Union's famous hockey team.

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Benedict Cumberbatch On Alan Turing's Awkwardness And Sherlock's Sex Appeal

January 21, 2015 - 12:13pm

The actor gained critical acclaim — and a big following — for his role in Sherlock. Now he's up for an Oscar for his portrayal of eccentric mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

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'The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore' Debuts In Slot Vacated By Stephen Colbert

January 20, 2015 - 2:01pm

On Monday night, Comedy Central premiered former Daily Show correspondent Larry Wilmore's new show. While Wilmore's sarcastic comments on clips were funny, the round-table discussion didn't sparkle.

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