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Best Of: Bassem Youssef / 'Homegrown Terrorists' / Why Our 'First Bite' Matters

Known as the "Egyptian Jon Stewart," Bassem Youssef created what became the most popular TV show in Egypt's history, but the government had the show cancelled, and Youssef fled. Then, CNN's Peter Bergen describes how the Internet and social media have been used to radicalize and recruit Americans to jihad. Finally, Bee Wilson says that our taste preferences can be formed even before birth. Her new book is 'First Bite.'

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Family Secret Revealed In 'My Father, The Pornographer'

Chris Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. The writer tells Fresh Air his dad believed he would be "extremely famous" for it. Ken Tucker reviews Sia's album 'This is Acting.'

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How We Learn To Eat

Bee Wilson says that our taste preferences can be formed even before birth. Her new book, 'First Bite,' examines how genetics, culture, memory and early feeding patterns contribute to a child's palate. Also, David Edelstein reviews the Coen brothers' new epic, 'Hail, Caesar!'

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Political Satirist Bassem Youssef

Known as the "Egyptian Jon Stewart," Bassem Youssef created what became the most popular TV show in Egypt's history — but the government had the show cancelled, and Youssef fled. He talks about leaving a career in medicine for comedy, being detained and life after the Arab Spring. Also, Milo Miles reviews 'Big Grrrl Small World' from alt-rapper Lizzo.

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Who Are America's 'Homegrown Terrorists'?

CNN's Peter Bergen describes how the Internet and social media have been used to radicalize and recruit Americans to jihad — and how some new jihadists then use those same tools to draw in others. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'The Yid.'

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The Consequences Of China's One-Child Policy

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mei Fong says that China's one-child policy drastically reshaped the country's demographic make-up. "China has 30 million more men than women," she says. Her book is 'One Child.' John Powers reviews the 10-part FX series 'The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.' Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead shares early recordings from the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.

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Best Of: Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard / 'Mind Over Body' Science

The lead singer and a guitarist of Alabama Shakes was raised on her father's junkyard in the woods of Athens, Alabama. She reflects on small town life and big-time music. The band's second album 'Sound & Color' is nominated for six Grammys. Then, commentator Sarah Hepola tells us how online dating taught her something she's struggled to do all her life: Tell men the truth. Also, the mind has the ability to directly affect our health, from pain and depression to heart disease. Science writer Jo Marchant describes how things like mindfulness, virtual reality and the placebo effect are being harnessed in medical treatments.

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Mike Nichols / Carol Burnett

Filmmaker Mike Nichols directed 'The Graduate' and 'The Birdcage' and the Broadway musical 'Spamalot, and he's the subject of the new PBS American Masters documentary. Nichols spoke to Fresh Air in 2001. Carol Burnett was among the first women to host a TV variety show. This weekend, she'll receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Burnett spoke to Terry Gross in 2003. Film critic David Edelstein reviews indie film 'Naz & Maalik.'

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Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard

The lead singer and a guitarist of Alabama Shakes was raised on her father's junkyard in the woods of Athens, Alabama. She reflects on small town life and big-time music. The band's second album 'Sound & Color' is nominated for six Grammys.

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Why The Iowa Caucus Matters

New York Times political reporter Trip Gabriel has spent the past year in Iowa, covering the political operations, speeches and rallies leading up to the first vote of the presidential campaign. Also, rock historian Ed Ward traces the brief, tumultuous existence of Ork Records.

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