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Best Of: Michael K. Williams / Soul Singer Sharon Jones

Over the course of his career, actor Michael K. Williams says he's learned to separate himself from his characters (like Omar on 'The Wire'). He also co-starred in 'Boardwalk Empire,' and is now in HBO's 'The Night Of.' Critic at-large John Powers reviews a new dystopian novel. Also we hear from soul singer Sharon Jones. In 2013, she was forced to take a hiatus from her band The Dap-Kings, after she was diagnosed with cancer. The documentary 'Miss Sharon Jones!' follows her musical comeback.

Best Of: Michael K. Williams / Soul Singer Sharon Jones

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Caitlin Moran On 'How To Be A Woman'

British columnist Caitlin Moran talks about her book 'How to Be a Woman,' which is part memoir, part comic manifesto. Moran discusses her early understanding of feminism, and also abortion, waxing, and marriage. We also listen back to interviews with two people who died this week: Tim LaHaye, co-author of the apocalyptic 'Left Behind' novels, and Marni Nixon, who dubbed singing for actresses in the films 'The King and I,' 'West Side Story, and 'My Fair Lady.' Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Jason Bourne.'

Caitlin Moran On 'How To Be A Woman'

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Soul Singer Sharon Jones

In 2013, the energetic lead singer for The Dap-Kings was forced to take a hiatus from the band after she was diagnosed with cancer. The documentary 'Miss Sharon Jones!' follows her musical comeback. Linguist Geoff Nunberg discusses Donald Trump's pledge to be the "law-and-order candidate."

Soul Singer Sharon Jones

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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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