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Tracey Thorn's third album focuses on the small details in life: weddings, singles bars and the size of one's jeans. Edward Bishop hide caption

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Monday

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Susan Silverman On Anxiety, Adoption And Making A Family In An Uncertain World

In Casting Lots, the rabbi and mother of five explains how Judaism helped her come to terms with her anxiety. She says she and her sister, comic Sarah Silverman, are "two sides of the same coin."

Susan Silverman On Anxiety, Adoption And Making A Family In An Uncertain World
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Music Reviews

Little Scream Casts A Dreamy Spell With 'Cult Following'

Musician Laurel Sprengelmeyer — aka Little Scream — refers to prayer, devotion, heaven and Satan on her new album. Critic Ken Tucker calls Cult Following a "testament to desire and endurance."

Little Scream Casts A Dreamy Spell With 'Cult Following'
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Fresh Air Weekend: Kenya Barris; 'A Bigger Splash'; Novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen

Black-ish creator Kenya Barris says his own family experiences inspire the show. John Powers reviews the film, A Bigger Splash. Nguyen discusses The Sympathizer and his escape from Vietnam.

Fresh Air Weekend: Kenya Barris; 'A Bigger Splash'; Novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen
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Interviews

From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation

After five seasons as Walt on Breaking Bad, Cranston reinvented himself as Lyndon B. Johnson in the play (and now the HBO film) All the Way. Originally broadcast March 27, 2014.

From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation
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The 'Other Woman' Tries To Fix The Marriage She Destroyed In 'Maggie's Plan'

In Rebecca Miller's comedy, an affair leads to divorce and remarriage — until the new wife decides she wants out. Critic David Edelstein says that Maggie's Plan doesn't quite come together.

The 'Other Woman' Tries To Fix The Marriage She Destroyed In 'Maggie's Plan'
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