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Covering Hillary Clinton, A Candidate 'Forged In The Crucible' Of Conflict

As a reporter for The New York Times, Amy Chozick's beat is Hillary Clinton. But, Chozick says, it's hard to get to know a candidate who "has been so scarred" by her decades in the public eye.

Covering Hillary Clinton, A Candidate 'Forged In The Crucible' Of Conflict

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The Rise And Fall Of Fox News CEO Roger Ailes

Ailes resigned last week amid allegations of sexual harassment. Biographer and journalist Gabriel Sherman joins us to discuss the accusations, as well as Ailes' influence on political discourse in America. Critic at-large John Powers reviews 'The Natural Way of Things,' by Charlotte Wood. Kevin Whitehead shares an appreciation of jazz guitarist Charlie Christian.

The Rise And Fall Of Fox News CEO Roger Ailes

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'Wire' Actor Michael K. Williams On Lucky Breaks And Letting Go

Over the course of his career, Williams says he's learned to separate himself from his characters (like The Wire's Omar). In HBO's 'The Night Of,' he plays a powerful prison inmate named Freddy. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Maxwell's new album 'blackSUMMERS'night.'

'Wire' Actor Michael K. Williams On Lucky Breaks And Letting Go

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Best Of: Comic Mike Birbiglia / 'Veep' Showrunner David Mandel

Mike Birbiglia talks about parenthood, his new film, 'Don't Think Twice,' and how he stopped procrastinating writing his screenplay. John Powers reviews 'Zero Days,' a chilling new documentary by Alex Gibney. Then David Mandel, the Emmy-nominated writer, director and executive producer of the HBO series 'Veep,' discusses this past season, working with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and getting his start working for Al Franken.

Best Of: Comic Mike Birbiglia / 'Veep' Showrunner David Mandel

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The Modern Struggle For Voting Rights In America

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed racial discrimination in voting. But author Ari Berman says a 2013 Supreme Court ruling blocks the act's enforcement — and opened the door for new restrictions. His book 'Give Us the Ballot' is now out in paperback. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Star Trek Beyond.'

The Modern Struggle For Voting Rights In America

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Black Lives And Blue Lives

We hear from Tom Gibbons, a former Philadelphia police officer, who was shot three times. We'll also hear from Eric Adams, who has marched against police brutality, and served as an NYPD officer. He was beaten by police when he was 15, and now, as a black father, he worries about his son. Mat Johnson reads an essay about what the craft of storytelling can offer us as we try to make sense of our times.

Black Lives And Blue Lives

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'Veep' Showrunner / Remembering Garry Marshall

David Mandel, the Emmy-nominated writer, director and executive producer of the HBO series 'Veep,' talks about this past season, working with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and the 2016 election. Then we remember Garry Marshall, the man behind 'Happy Days' and 'Laverne & Shirley,' and countless other TV shows and films. Marshall spoke to Fresh Air in 1991. He died yesterday at 81.

'Veep' Showrunner / Remembering Garry Marshall

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Comic Mike Birbiglia

Birbiglia wrote, directed and co-stars in the new film, 'Don't Think Twice.' It's about an improv comedy group, and what happens when one member gets a job on a popular TV sketch comedy show, and how the group splinters. Also, Lloyd Schwartz discusses the exhibit at the Met Breuer Museum, 'Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible.'

Comic Mike Birbiglia

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Novelist Explores The Comedy & Despair Of Caring For Aging Parents

Author Cathleen Schine says that living far away from an elderly parent can create feelings of guilt as well as those of relief. Her darkly comic novel is 'They May Not Mean To, But They Do.' John Powers reviews 'Zero Days,' a chilling new documentary by Alex Gibney. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Dan Cray's new album 'Outside In.'

Novelist Explores The Comedy & Despair Of Caring For Aging Parents

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Best Of: Actor Christopher Eccleston / Comedy Writer Jessi Klein

Christopher Eccleston, who co-starred in 'The Leftovers' on HBO, plays a grandfather who struggles to relate to his autistic grandson on the BBC drama series 'The A Word.' The actor talks about Brexit, faith, and his father's dementia. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Underground Airlines.' Also, comedy writer Jessi Klein ('Inside Amy Schumer') talks about competition among women, what she calls the "thong industrial complex," and having to pump breast milk at the Emmys. Her new book of essays is 'You'll Grow Out Of It.'

Best Of: Actor Christopher Eccleston / Comedy Writer Jessi Klein

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