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Jane Mayer: Obama In 'Impossible Bind' Over Donors

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Paul Auster Meditates On Life, Death And Near Misses

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'New York Times' Executive Editor On The New Terrain Of Covering Trump

Dean Baquet talks about covering tweets as news, his decision to use the word "lie" in a headline about Trump and why he's not worried about libel suits from the new president.

'New York Times' Executive Editor On The New Terrain Of Covering Trump

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Book Reviews

The 10 Best Books Of 2016 Faced Tough Topics Head On

Book critic Maureen Corrigan says that if there's one word that characterizes her list this year, it's "serious." These books certainly aren't grim or dull, but they take on big, difficult subjects.

The 10 Best Books Of 2016 Faced Tough Topics Head On

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Wednesday

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Megyn Kelly On Trump And The Media: 'We're In A Dangerous Phase Right Now'

The Fox News host tells Fresh Air that she worries about Trump's "de-legitimization" of the media. "Too many millions of Americans aren't listening at all to what the press tells them," Kelly says.

Megyn Kelly On Trump And The Media: 'We're In A Dangerous Phase Right Now'

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Music Interviews

Dwight Yoakam Says New Album Was Inspired By Coal Mining And Mountain Music

The country star plays songs and talks with Fresh Air about his grandfather's work in the coal mines. Yoakam's latest album, Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars ... features bluegrass versions of his hits.

Dwight Yoakam Says New Album Was Inspired By Coal Mining And Mountain Music

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Author Interviews

'Today Will Be Different' Tackles Parenting Fatigue And Middle-Aged Marriage

Maria Semple's new comic novel is about a stressed-out wife and mother who starts every day with a mantra. She tells Fresh Air's Sam Briger that the book was inspired by her own experiences as a mom.

'Today Will Be Different' Tackles Parenting Fatigue And Middle-Aged Marriage

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6 Jazz Virtuosos Share The Stage In 'The Concert Of The Century'

Kevin Whitehead reviews a newly released recording of the '80 Montreal concert in which Dizzy Gillespie is joined by jazz legends Milt Jackson, Hank Jones, Ray Brown, James Moody and Philly Joe Jones.

6 Jazz Virtuosos Share The Stage In 'The Concert Of The Century'

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