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Music
12:31 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Courtney Barnett Makes Ennui Vivid On Debut Album

Courtney Barnett is an Australian singer-songwriter in her late twenties who's just released her first full album. It's called Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. Barnett fills her songs with details about things she observes around her, everyday details that Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says she somehow manages to infuse with a freshness rare in any songwriter, let along one this young.

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Television
12:29 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

'Justified' Creator Aims To Stay True To The Late Writer Elmore Leonard

Timothy Olyphant plays Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens on FX's Justified, which is based on a novella by Elmore Leonard. The show's creator, Graham Yost, says the only "tussle" the writers had with Leonard happened during the pilot, over which hat Raylan should wear.
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The FX series Justified, which is in its sixth and final season, is based on the novella Fire in the Hole by Elmore Leonard. Leonard was an executive producer of the series until his death in 2013. The show's creator and showrunner, Graham Yost, says he has made it his mission to stay as true as he can to Leonard's vision and storytelling style.

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Politics
11:37 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Journalist Says Ted Cruz's Message Is Clear That 'Compromise Is For Losers'

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This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. On Monday Ted Cruz, the first-term senator from Texas, became the first Republican candidate to officially declare he was running for president.

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Book Reviews
11:37 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Do You Believe In Ghosts? You Might After Reading This Book

Who doesn't love a good ghost story? The unseen hand moving a cup or the shadow climbing a staircase promises an existence beyond our mundane realities. Hannah Nordhaus's new book American Ghost is an offbeat mish-mosh of memoir, cultural history, genealogical detective story and paranormal investigation, but it opens in the classic manner of spooky tales — with a sighting.

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Television
11:40 am
Tue March 24, 2015

James Corden Hits Late-Night TV With His Own Skill Set And Mindset

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 11:53 am

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Television
11:39 am
Tue March 24, 2015

'American Crime': A Series Packed With 'Emotional Honesty' About Race

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 11:59 am

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Animals
2:15 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Former Orca Trainer For SeaWorld Condemns Its Practices

John Hargrove, a trainer who spent 14 years working with orcas, mostly at SeaWorld, eventually became disillusioned with the company's treatment of its killer whales.
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Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 5:38 am

Last year 4 million people visited SeaWorld's theme parks, where the top shows feature orcas, also known as killer whales. For years, activists have charged that keeping orcas in captivity is harmful to the animals and risky for the trainers who work with them, a case that gained urgency in 2010 when Dawn Brancheau, a veteran orca trainer, was dragged into the water and killed by a whale at the SeaWorld Park in Orlando, Fla. When Brancheau died, there was some dispute as to whether the whale's intent was aggressive and whose fault the incident was.

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Fresh Air Weekend
9:00 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Daniel Genis, 'Seymour' Documentary And Norman Blake

Daniel Genis, son of Soviet emigre Alexander Genis, served 10 years in prison for armed robbery. He was released last year, and his essays about life in prison have been widely published.
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Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

Released From Prison, 'Apologetic Bandit' Writes About Life Inside: Daniel Genis, son of Soviet emigre writer Alexander Genis, served 10 years for armed robbery. The crimes fueled his heroin addiction. "It was so obvious I didn't fit in," he says.

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Author Interviews
11:01 am
Fri March 20, 2015

In 'Redeployment,' Former Marine Explores The Challenges Of Coming Home

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Remembrances
11:01 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Fresh Air Remembers Blues And Jazz Historian Samuel Charters

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Movie Reviews
11:01 am
Fri March 20, 2015

'Seymour': A Loving Portrait Of An Acclaimed Classical Pianist

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Music Interviews
11:16 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Bluegrass Musician Norman Blake Releases An Album Of Original Songs

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 7:57 am

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Book Reviews
11:16 am
Thu March 19, 2015

'A Little Life': An Unforgettable Novel About The Grace Of Friendship

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 10:52 am

America is hooked on stories of redemption and rebirth, be it Cheryl Strayed rediscovering herself by hiking the Pacific Trail or the late David Carr pulling himself out of the crack-house and into The New York Times. We just love tales about healing.

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Music Reviews
11:16 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Saxophonist Tony Malaby's New Quartet Brings Out His Rowdy Side

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Around the Nation
11:16 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Released From Prison, 'Apologetic Bandit' Writes About Life Inside

Daniel Genis, son of Soviet emigre Alexander Genis, served 10 years in prison for armed robbery. He was released last year, and his essays about life in prison have been widely published.
Courtesy of Petra Szabo

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 1:48 pm

After he was arrested for robbing people at knifepoint in 2003, Daniel Genis was nicknamed the "apologetic bandit" in the press. He offered apologies to his victims as he took their cash. The money was stolen to pay off his debt to his heroin dealer.

"I really, really did not want to do this," Genis tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I had to work my nerve up every time and I was also really, really bad at it."

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