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Author Interviews
10:36 am
Tue January 6, 2015

D.C. Author George Pelecanos Writes What He Knows In 'The Martini Shot'

George Pelecanos is a crime novelist who was a writer and producer for the HBO series The Wire and Treme.
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Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 12:46 pm

When writer George Pelecanos was growing up in Washington, D.C., he was chased by the police several times.

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Music
11:10 am
Mon January 5, 2015

At The Peak Of Her Powers: Barbara Lynn's 'Complete Atlantic Recordings'

Barbara Lynn wrote her own material, played stinging left-handed guitar, and recorded scores of wonderful records for a number of labels. With The Complete Atlantic Recordings released by Real Gone Music, Fresh Air rock historian Ed Ward has a look in to a vital part of her career.

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Shots - Health News
11:10 am
Mon January 5, 2015

'America's Bitter Pill' Makes Case For Why Health Care Law 'Won't Work'

Steven Brill is a journalist who also founded Court TV, American Lawyer magazine, 10 regional legal newspapers and Brill's Content Magazine. He teaches journalism at Yale.
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Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 8:46 am

While reporting on the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, journalist Steven Brill was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition that required heart surgery.

"There I was: a reporter who had made hospital presidents and hospital executives and health care executives and insurance executives sweat because I asked them all kinds of questions about their salaries and about their profit margins," Brill tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "And now I was lying on a gurney in a hospital in real fear of my life."

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Fresh Air Weekend
9:20 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Serial' Host Sarah Koenig; Scott Saul On Richard Pryor

Sarah Koenig is an executive producer and the host of the podcast Serial.
Meredith Heuer Courtesy of Serial

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:

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Author Interviews
12:07 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

For Working Moms, Key To Balance May Lie In Elusive Leisure Time

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 1:08 pm

If waiting for help when your car breaks down doesn't strike you as a leisurely activity, it may be time to reconsider. A new book looks at time management challenges of being a working parent.

Originally broadcast March 11, 2014.

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Movie Interviews
12:07 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And Death

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 1:08 pm

In late 2012, filmmaker Steve James and Roger Ebert began talking about filming a documentary based on Ebert's memoir. Ebert's wife, Chaz, agreed. They didn't know that he would die within months.

Originally broadcast July 3, 2014.

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Author Interviews
10:31 am
Thu January 1, 2015

What's It Like To Be Neil Patrick Harris? He Gives You Options

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Book Reviews
10:28 am
Wed December 31, 2014

In 'Death By Pastrami,' Charming Stories Of New York's Garment District

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Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 11:58 am

No, it's not a posthumously published mystery novel by the late, great composer and conductor. Rather, Death by Pastrami by Leonard S. Bernstein is a collection of short stories mostly about life in the garment district of New York City. This Leonard Bernstein knows whereof he writes: He owned and managed a garment factory; now, in his 80s, he's published his first work of fiction, making him a veritable Grandma Moses of the garment district.

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Television
10:28 am
Wed December 31, 2014

John Oliver Is No One's Friend On His New HBO Show

The comedian who was a correspondent on The Daily Show for 7 1/2 years now pokes fun on Last Week Tonight. Oliver talks about tasing his leg, temping for a thief and remaining an outsider.

Originally broadcast June 19.

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Pop Culture
10:28 am
Wed December 31, 2014

For Comic Hari Kondabolu, Explaining The Joke IS The Joke

Many comedians think that explaining jokes ruins jokes, but Hari Kondabolu doesn't mind. Especially when it comes to jokes about race and ethnicity, he's willing to explain until everyone gets it.

Originally broadcast April 21.

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Television
10:38 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Louis C.K. On His 'Louie' Hiatus: 'I Wanted The Show To Feel New Again'

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Author Interviews
10:38 am
Tue December 30, 2014

A Cartoonist's Funny, Heartbreaking Take On Caring For Aging Parents

In Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast combines text, cartoons, sketches and photos to describe her interactions with her parents during the last years of their lives.

Originally broadcast May 8.

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Author Interviews
10:56 am
Mon December 29, 2014

New Yorker Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us Get It

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 11:44 am

Humor is both a creative and a cognitive process, says Bob Mankoff, who has contributed cartoons to The New Yorker since 1977. His memoir is called How About Never — Is Never Good For You?

Originally broadcast March 24.

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Music Interviews
10:56 am
Mon December 29, 2014

At 90, 'Fiddler' Lyricist Tells His Story

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 11:44 am

"Any successful lyricist has to be part playwright and has to be able to put himself into the minds and the hearts and the souls of the characters," Sheldon Harnick tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

Originally broadcast April 30.

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Fresh Air Weekend
10:13 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Fresh Air Weekend: The Best Of 2014 For Films, Books, Music And TV

Ellar Coltrane, who plays Mason in Boyhood, was 6 years old when director Richard Linklater picked him for the role. Made over the course of 12 years, the film is David Edelstein's favorite of the year.
Courtesy of Matt Lankes

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:

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